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Transmission oil change....

Old 04-05-2012, 09:30 PM
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Default Transmission oil change....

We have a 2008 T&C with 50K miles, when cold transmission shifts can be a bit clunky but fine when warmed through.
Is changing the transmission oil a DIY job or if not what would I expect to pay to get it done.

Cheers, John
Old 04-06-2012, 01:16 PM
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Can be a nasty job if not careful. You have to remove the fluid pan on the bottom of the tranny which means loosening it just enough to let the fluid drain out then removing it. They can be stubborn making the "mess" a good possibility. Cost to have it done? Generally around $100 but special offers can bring that down to as little as $50. Make sure they put ATF+4 fluid back in it.
Old 04-09-2012, 01:36 PM
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Not a DIY job in my opinion, very messy and sealing the pan and getting the bolts in and tightened without stripping the threads is not for everyone. At 50K you should not need an oil change and the problem might be something else, I would have it checked out first.
Old 04-11-2012, 04:49 AM
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I ad my 2005 2.8 CRD transmission oil change ty the dealer at 120k. Just gone thru 180k and I changed the oil by syphoning out of the dipstick tube with clean tubing and a small hand pump.
I got as near as damn it 4 litres out which is exactly the capacity of the oil I bought from the dealer. Its sucks out easily, especially when warm, the oil is quite thin. I echo Ettiennes comment, don't use anything other than the correct oil, there are Mopar equivalents, someone published a list on here recently, but I wasn't sure so used the dealer stuff, I think about £45 for 4 litres.
I chickened out dropping the pan, not for the mess, but the risk of stripping threads. Not sure what I will do at 240k miles.
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