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batsona
Maryland

join:2004-04-17
Ellicott City, MD
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reply to shdesigns

Re: Difficulty backing up driveway....

OP here: Unfortunately, this 3.7L V6 has a limited-service transmission that has a plug in the dipstick filler, "Dealer Access Only". I've been to the Chrysler dealership, and begged them to check the fluid for me, and the guy used this long snake-like dipstick after he took that plug out. The level of fluid is measured in millimeters, and apparently it varies greatly w/ the temp of the trans. --so much so, that you have to consult a chart to see how many mm of fluid you should have, at a given temp. We had 85mm with the engine off (and at operating temp), and it went down to 74mm with the engine running.

I purchased a premium-level support plan when I bought it; hopefully it will cover any horrible repairs that may be needed. The transmission is manufactured by Mercedes, I'd read....


aurgathor

join:2002-12-01
Lynnwood, WA
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Reviews:
·Frontier Communi..
There are 12V oil change pumps made specifically to suck oil out of engines/trannies through the dipstick hole -- I'd get one, remove as much ATF as possible, and then put back the equal amount, or maybe a little more. Then send the oil that came out for oil analysis.

Disclaimer: I have one such pump and found it money well spent.
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Lurch77
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join:2001-11-22
Oconto, WI
kudos:4
reply to batsona
A limited service transmission will still need maintenance if it was abused, such as heavy towing. I'd still inquire about getting a fluid and filter change.

Side note: These limited service engines, transmissions, etc, are horrible. They've removed the ability for an owner to easily do his own maintenance.


jrs8084
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join:2002-03-02
Statesville, NC
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Reviews:
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said by Lurch77:

Side note: These limited service engines, transmissions, etc, are horrible. They've removed the ability for an owner anybody to easily do his or her own maintenance.

Fixed it for you.