Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Automatic Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



When adding fluid or refilling the transaxle, use MOPAR® ATF+3 type 7176 fluid. If this is not available, you can use Mopar ATF+3 automatic transmission fluid, or equivalent.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface.
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  3. Start the engine and let it run at curb idle for at least one minute.
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  5. Apply the parking brake and block the drive wheels.
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  7. With the brakes applied, move the shift lever through all the gear ranges, ending in P .
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The fluid level must be checked with the engine running at slow idle, with the car level, and the fluid at least at room temperature. The correct fluid level cannot be read if you have just driven the car for a long time at high speed, city traffic in hot weather, or if the car has been pulling a trailer. In these cases, wait at least 30 minutes for the fluid to cool down.

  1. Remove the dipstick, then determine if the fluid is hot or warm. Hot fluid is about 180°F (82°C), which is the normal operating temperature after the vehicle has been driven at least 15 miles (24 km). The fluid is too hot to touch. Warm fluid is about 85-125°F (29-52°C).
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Fig. Fig. 1: Pull up on the transaxle fluid level dipstick and remove it from the engine

  1. Wipe the dipstick clean, with a lint-free rag, then reinsert it to the fully seated position.
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  3. Remove the dipstick again and note the reading. If the fluid is hot, the reading should be within the crosshatched area marked "HOT" between the upper two holes in the dipstick. If the fluid level is warm, the fluid level should be within the lower two holes in the area marked "WARM".
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Fig. Fig. 2: If the fluid is warm, the level should be within the lower two holes of the dipstick (1). If the fluid is hot, the reading should be within the two upper holes of the dipstick (2)

  1. If the fluid level is low, use a funnel to add the proper type and amount of transaxle fluid to bring it to the correct level, through the dipstick tube. It generally takes less than a pint. DO NOT overfill the transaxle! If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.
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WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube.

DRAIN & REFILL



See Figures 3 through 14

The car should be driven approximately 10 miles (16 km) to warm the transaxle fluid before the pan is removed.

The fluid should be drained while the transaxle is warm.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
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  3. Place a suitable drain pan under the transaxle fluid pan.
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  5. If necessary, remove the splash shield below the transaxle pan by pulling down on the fasteners.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the splash shield for access to all the transaxle pan bolts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Loosen all of the transaxle fluid pan bolts

  1. Loosen the automatic transaxle fluid pan bolts.
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WARNING
Be careful not to damage the mating surfaces of the oil pan and case. Any damage could result in fluid leaks.



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Fig. Fig. 5: Tap the pan loose with a rubber faced hammer



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Fig. Fig. 6: Allow the pan to hang down slightly, enabling the fluid to drain into a suitable container

  1. Lightly tap the pan at one corner with a rubber mallet or carefully pry the fluid pan loose, and allow the fluid to drain.
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  3. Remove the remaining bolts, then remove the pan. Thoroughly clean the gasket mating surfaces.
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Fig. Fig. 7: After the fluid has fully drained, remove the remaining bolts and then the pan



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the transaxle fluid filter

  1. If necessary, unfasten any retaining screws or clips, then remove the filter.
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To install:
  1. If removed, install a new filter and O-ring gasket on the throttle valve body.
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  3. Clean the oil pan and magnet. Apply a 1 / 8 inch (3mm) bead of MOPAR® RTV sealant or equivalent on the transaxle pan, then install the pan and secure with the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 9: Do not forget to remove the O-ring gasket and replace it with a new one, if installing a new filter



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Fig. Fig. 10: Be sure to thoroughly clean the oil pan before installation



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Fig. Fig. 11: Clean the oil pan magnet of any metallic shavings



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Fig. Fig. 12: Clean the oil pan of all old gasket material using an appropriate surface scraping tool



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Fig. Fig. 13: Applying a bead of RTV sealant to the oil pan

  1. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  3. Pour 4 quarts (3.8 liters) of the proper automatic transaxle fluid through the dipstick tube. Be sure to use a funnel to avoid making a mess!
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Fig. Fig. 14: To avoid a mess in the engine compartment and on the ground, always use a funnel when pouring automatic transmission fluid into the transaxle

  1. Start the engine and allow to idle for at least a minute. With the parking brake set and the brakes depressed, move the gear selector through each position, ending in the Park or Neutral position.
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  3. Check the fluid level and add just enough fluid to bring the level to 1 / 8 inch (3mm) below the ADD mark.
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  5. Allow the engine to fully warm up to normal operating temperature, then check the fluid level. The fluid level should be in the HOT range. If not, add the proper amount of fluid to bring it up to that level. If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.
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WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube.

 
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