The proper fluid for all manual transaxles is Mopar® type M.S. 9417 manual transaxle fluid. Do NOT use Hypoid gear lube, engine oil and/or automatic transmission fluid, as these may cause damage. The manufacturer does not give an interval for manual transaxle fluid change; however, the fluid should be drained and refilled if water contamination is suspected. If the oil is foamy or looks milky, it should be replaced.
You should check the manual transaxle for leaks and proper fluid level each time the vehicle is raised. To check the oil level, perform the following:
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Make sure the vehicle is raised level and evenly for an accurate reading.
The transaxle fill plug is accessible through the left fender well.
- Remove the fill plug from the transaxle side cover. If the fluid level is within 3 / 16 in. (5mm) of the fill plug opening, the fluid level is fine.
- If the fluid level is 3 / 16 in. (5mm) below the bottom of the fill plug opening or lower, you should add the proper type of fluid through the filler hole, until the proper level is reached.
DRAIN & REFILL
- Raise and safely support the vehicle in a level position.
- Place a suitable drain pan under the transaxle drain plug.
- Remove the rubber fill plug, located on the left side of the transaxle differential area.
- Use a wrench to loosen the drain plug, then remove the drain plug from the transaxle and allow the fluid to drain completely into the pan.
- After the fluid has drained completely, install the drain plug and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
- Add the proper type and amount of fluid to the transaxle through the filler hole, then install the rubber filler plug.
- Wipe the outside of the transaxle if any fluid spills.
- Carefully lower the vehicle.