Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Automatic Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



When adding fluid or refilling the transaxle, use ATF + 3 type 7176 fluid. If this is not available, you can use ATF+3(or its superceding fluid type) automatic transmission fluid.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface.
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  3. Start the engine and let it run for at least 1 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 of the fluid is hot or warm. Hot fluid is about 180°F (82°C) that is the normal operating temperature after the vehicle has been driven al least 15 miles. The fluid is too hot to touch. Warm is when the fluid is about 85-125°F (29-52°C).
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  3. Wipe the dipstick clean, with a lint free rag, then reinsert it fully it is seated.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean then reinsert it fully until it is completely seated

  1. Remove the dipstick again and note the reading. If the fluid is hot, the reading should be within the cross hatched 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: Depending upon engine temperature, the fluid level should either be between the WARM or HOT holes in the dipstick

  1. If the fluid level is low, use a funnel to add the proper type and amount of transaxle fluid to bring 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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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a long necked funnel when adding automatic transaxle fluid, to avoid making a mess


WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube.

DRAIN, REFILL & FILTER REPLACEMENT



See Figures 4 through 14

The car should be driven approximately 15 miles (24 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. 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. 4: Loosen the transaxle oil pan mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 5: Your vehicle may have a plastic wiring harness nipple that must be removed from the pan


  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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Fig. Fig. 6: Carefully pry the pan, being sure not to damage the mating surfaces ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then allow the fluid to drain completely into a suitable container

  1. Remove the remaining bolts, then remove the pan. Thoroughly clean the gasket mating surfaces.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Once the fluid has drained, remove the bolts and lower the pan

  1. If necessary, unfasten the retaining screws, then remove the filter.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Unfasten the filter-to-transaxle body screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 10: ... then remove the filter from the transaxle



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Fig. Fig. 11: Use a gasket scraper to clean the old sealant from the transaxle fluid pan ...



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Fig. Fig. 12: ... and the transaxle gasket surface

To install:
  1. If removed, install a new filter and gasket on the throttle valve body. Tighten the retaining screws to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm). Make the filter gasket is aligned properly before removal.
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WARNING
Be careful not to use too much sealant when installing the fluid pan as this could flow over into the pan and mix with the fluid when the pan is tightened!

  1. Clean the oil pan and magnet. Use a thin bead of suitable adhesive sealant on the edge of the transaxle pan and around the bolt holes, 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. 13: After cleaning the magnet, place it back into the pan in its original position



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Fig. Fig. 14: Run a THIN bead of sealant around the edge of the transaxle pan and bolt holes

  1. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  3. Pour 4 quarts of the proper automatic transaxle fluid through the dipstick tube. Make sure to use a funnel to avoid making a mess!
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  1. Start the engine and allow to idle for at least a minute. With the parking brake on 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 in. 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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