Pull the inspection plate, and using a good light source, check to see if you can locate the leak with the engine running. . This is on a 98 Dodge Dakota 4 Wheel Drive Thanks Dustin Was it leaking from the front seal again? I tried to apply that force to the wrench. Actually, I found it easier to lay under the front of the truck and tighten the bolts, because I could use the wrench on the bolts that were in tight quarters, and it was easy to reach all the other bolts with a ratchet and extension. If the fluid is dark or smells burned, that's a sign of transmission overheating at some point in the past. Also the Pickup wont start in park, but it will start in reverse. If I was just doing a simple fluid change, I would install a new filter at this point, but I have more extensive repairs to make.
The service manual says to tighten these screws to 35 inch-pounds. I had some tranny fluid in a shopping bag, so I just lifted 3 quarts to get an idea of the weight. Also sorry its frustrating having to drop the tranny for the second time and now I have to do it again Dustin, check the torque converter on the engine side. The engine is in front of this pipe. Fluid Quality: Be on the lookout for dark, brownish transmission fluid.
Also, using a micrometer, you need to check the converter. Thats ok you are giving me more help then anybody else right now. When checking the automatic transmission fluid level on Chrysler vehicles, the engine should be running and hot and the transmission should be in Neutral. This is the automatic transmission pan after removal. Then I sprayed some brake cleaner in the pan and wiped it clean with a paper towel, making sure there were no bits of paper towel left behind. If the gasket area was even slightly dirty or rusted, I would buff the gasket surface on a wire wheel. The tranny fluid looks like tranny fluid but with a lot of bubbles in it.
The switch thinks it is in park and not reverse. Three quarts of oil would be a close approximation. There was a black rubber gasket around the mating surface. Note that this picture was taken while lying on my back, so it's upside down from how you'd see it if the car was on a hoist. The holes in the gasket are designed to be a bit too small, so the bolts will stay in place.
Then I turned the screw until it got tight. Then I check the level and add more as needed. I'm guessing that getting the torque exact isn't a big huge deal, because when that screw got tight, it got tight fast, and it turned about one-twelfth of a turn from snug to my estimate of 72 inch-pounds. I don't have one that goes that low. I changed the transmission fluid for the first time around 80,000 miles, and again around 150,000 miles. On all transmissions, install and tighten transmission drain plug to specification. Just for kicks, I counted the number of turns.
Normally I would start by adding 5 quarts and then running the engine for a few minutes, while shifting the transmission through all the gears. But, if the plug isn't the issue, try having the front pump and the converter magnafluxed to check for small cracks. Read at the end of this article. Chrysler recommends changing the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 37,500 miles. Remove transmission drain plug and allow fluid to drain from transmission. To catch the fluid, I placed a large plastic tub beneath the transmission pan.
That makes no sense other than if you took a nick from the front seal when reinstalling. I last changed the fluid about 30 thousand miles ago. Consider that a gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds, so 6 pounds is as heavy as 3 quarts of water. Get yourself a face shield. Now the truck has 183,000 miles and the transmission still works great. Some auto parts stores, such as Advance Auto Parts, accept used automotive fluids such as motor oil and transmission fluid. Note the brownish-looking bolt near the upper-right.
I tightened the bolts gradually, snugging-up all the bolts in the cross-pattern, then doing them again, and again, before the final tightening. Considering that the screw went 4 turns inward and then 2 turns out, the net change is 2 turns in. The front band adjustment is outside the transmission case, just above and in front of the manual lever shaft. When the drain pan gets full, I pour my old oil-based fluids into gallon jugs and take them to a local garage that has a furnace that burns used motor oil. I cleaned the mating surfaces of the oil pan and the transmission case with brake cleaner. Once the seal is installed, it is stationary.