When adding fluid or refilling the transaxle, use Mopar ATF plus (automatic transaxle fluid type 7176) or Diamond ATF SPII, or equivalent.
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Drive the vehicle until normal operating temperature is reached.
- Place vehicle on level surface.
- Move the gear selector level into every position. Once this is done, position the shifter in NEUTRAL and apply the parking brake firmly.
Wipe the dirt from around the dipstick on the transaxle case. Remove the dipstick and check the condition of the fluid. The fluid should be changed if:
The fluid smells burnt
- Wipe the fluid from the end of the dipstick and reinsert it into the transaxle assembly. Pull out the dipstick and inspect the fluid level on the stick.
- On all vehicles, except 1995-98 2.0L non-turbo engines, the fluid level should be in the HOT range on the stick. If not, add the appropriate fluid to fill to specifications.
- For 1995-98 2.0L non-turbo engines, if the vehicle has been driven for over 15 minutes before checking the level, the transaxle can be considered hot, and the reading should be above the warm mark. If the vehicle was running for under 15 minutes, but more than 60 seconds, the transaxle is warm and the reading should be above the ADD mark. Add fluid only is the level is below the ADD mark on the dipstick when the transaxle is warm.
- Inspect the transaxle and related components for fluid leaks. Repair leaks as required.
When adding fluid to the transaxle, do not overfill the transaxle. Too much fluid could result in fluid aeration and cause slipping and eventual damage.
DRAIN & REFILL
Except 1995-98 2.0L Non-Turbo Engine
See Figures 5, 6 and 7
- Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground. Raise and safely support the vehicle, if necessary for access to the drain plug.
- Place a suitable drain pan with a large opening under the automatic transaxle fluid pan.
- Remove the drain plug(s) and allow the fluid to drain completely.
- Unfasten the retainers, then remove the transaxle oil pan.
- Check the oil filter for damage or restrictions and replace as required.
- Clean the inside of the pan and the magnets. Make sure the magnets are positioned to the concave part of the oil pan.
- Clean all gasket mating surfaces.
- Install the oil pan with new gasket in place. Install and tighten the retaining bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
- Install the oil drain plug with new gasket in place. Tighten the plug to 25 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
- Fill the transaxle assembly through the dipstick hole, adding 8.5 pints of specified ATF.
- Start the engine and allow to idle for 2 minutes. Cycle the gear selector lever through all gears and then position in NEUTRAL. Add sufficient ATF to the transaxle to fill to the lower mark.
- Allow the engine to reach normal operating temperature. Recheck the fluid level and add until fluid registers at the HOT mark on the dipstick.
- Inspect for fluid leaks.
See Figure 8
- Raise and safely support the vehicle, for access to the fluid pan.
- Place a suitable drain pan, with a large opening, under the transaxle oil pan.
- Loosen the fluid pan bolts, then tap the pan at one corner to brake it loose, allowing the fluid to drain. Once the fluid is done draining, remove the pan.
- Thoroughly clean all the gasket mating surfaces and the oil pan and magnet.
- Install a new filter and o-ring on the bottom of the valve body.
- Apply Loctite® 18718 or equivalent to the transaxle oil pan, then install the pan. Tighten the fluid pan retaining bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Add 8.0 pts. of the specified fluid through the transaxle fluid dipstick/filler tube.
- Check the fluid level, as outlined earlier.
PAN & FILTER SERVICE
- Drain and remove the transaxle oil pan.
- Remove the oil filter retainers and the filter noting exact positioning of both.
- Install the oil filter in the exact positioning as removed and secure with the retainers.
- Install the transaxle oil pan.
- Refill the transaxle assembly with the correct amount of ATF.
- Inspect for fluid leaks.