STANDARD PROCEDURE - FLUID AND FILTER
NOTE: Refer to the maintenance schedules in LUBRICATION and MAINTENANCE, or the vehicle owner’s manual, for the recommended maintenance (fluid/filter change) intervals for this transaxle.
NOTE: Only fluids of the type labeled MoparT ATF+4 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) should be used. A filter change should be made at the time of the transmission oil change. The magnet (on the inside of the oil pan) should also be cleaned with a clean, dry cloth.
NOTE: If the transaxle is disassembled for any reason, the fluid and filter should be changed.
FLUID/FILTER SERVICE (RECOMMENDED)
(1) Raise vehicle on a hoist. Refer to LUBRICATION and MAINTENANCE for proper procedures. Place a drain container with a large opening, under transaxle oil pan.
(2) Loosen pan bolts and tap the pan at one corner to break it loose allowing fluid to drain, then remove the oil pan.
(3) Install a new filter and o-ring on bottom of the valve body (Fig. 193).
(4) Clean the oil pan and magnet. Reinstall pan using new Mopar Silicone Adhesive sealant. Tighten oil pan bolts to 19 N·m (165 in. lbs.).
(5) Pour four quarts of Mopart ATF+4 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) through the dipstick opening.
(6) Start engine and allow to idle for at least one minute. Then, with parking and service brakes applied, move selector lever momentarily to each position, ending in the park or neutral position.
(7) Check the transaxle fluid level and add an appropriate amount to bring the transaxle fluid level to 3mm (1/8 in.) below the lowest mark on the dipstick (Fig. 194).
(8) Recheck the fluid level after the transaxle has reached normal operating temperature (180°F.). Refer to Fluid Level and Condition Check for the proper fluid fill procedure.
(9) To prevent dirt from entering transaxle, make certain that dipstick is fully seated into the dipstick opening.