Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Automatic Transaxle



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Draining the automatic transaxle fluid

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 2: The automatic transaxle filter

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 3: Checking automatic transaxle fluid level

Automatic transaxle fluid type ATF+3 is required.


Check the level of the automatic transmission fluid every 2,000 miles.

The electric cooling fan may switch an any time the engine is running. Keep hands away.

The dipstick has a high and low mark which are accurate for level indications only when the transmission is hot (normal operating temperature). The transmission is considered hot after 15 miles of highway driving.

  1. Park the car on a level surface with the engine idling. Apply the parking brake.
  3. Shift the transmission through all ranges and return the lever to the PARK position.
  5. Remove the dipstick wipe it clean, then reinsert it firmly. Be certain that it has been pushed fully home. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level while holding the dipstick horizontally. The level should be at or near the high mark.
  7. If the fluid level is below the low mark, add Dexron ®II type automatic transmission fluid through the dipstick tube. This is more easily accomplished with the aid of a funnel and hose. Check the level often between additions, being careful not to overfill the transmission. Overfilling will cause slippage, seal damage, and overheating. Approximately one pint of fluid will raise the level from low to high.

The fluid on the dipstick should be a bright red color. It it is discolored (brown or black), or smells burnt, serious transmission troubles, probably due to overheating, should be suspected. The transmission should be inspected to locate the cause of the burnt fluid.


  1. Jack up the front of the car and support it on jackstands. Remove the lower cover.
  3. Slide a drain pan under the differential and remove the drain plug. When the differential is completely drained, move the pan under the transmission. Remove the plug (on models equipped), or the transaxle oil pan (see the proceeding RWD information).
  5. Install the drain plug(s) Clean all gasket mounting surfaces. Install the oil pan and new gasket. Tighten the mounting bolts to 8 ft. lbs. Fill the transmission with the required amount of ATF+3 fluid. Start the engine and allow to idle for at least two minutes. With the parking brake applied, move the selector to each position ending in PARK.
  7. Add sufficient fluid to bring the level to the lower dipstick mark. Check the fluid level after the transmission is up to normal operating temperature.


Drain the transaxle. With the oil pan removed, inspect the filter. If mileage servicing, or a clogged condition exists, remove the filter. Install a new filter and tighten the mounting bolts to 35 in. lbs. Install the oil pan and fill the transmission/transaxle with the proper amount of fluid.