Well I decided to check my transmission fluid level at 15,000 km (9,000 miles) when I did my 3rd oil change. Lucky I did, as I couldn't feel the fluid level when I put my finger in the inspection hole. I then proceeded to add fluid until it just started to run out the inspection hole. It took over half a litre (quart).
I don't know what the total capacity is (it's not in the owner's manual or the service manual) but over half of a litre sounds like a lot to have to add. There were no signs of leakage. I suspect it left the factory without being topped up. I've never had to add transmission fluid in any vehicle I've had with a manual transmission. In my Corolla, I changed the fluid at 100,000 km and the level was still fine.
I'm going to check the level again next oil change to see if it is actually consuming oil.
It wasn't too hard to check and add fluid. From under the car, I removed the rubber inspection plug using a pair of pliers (it just pulls out). I was able to reach in and feel the level with my finger, even though it is a bit tight and is a bit of a reach. To add oil, I had to remove the air filter housing. From the top, I was able to remove the rubber fill plug, again using pliers. I added fluid using a funnel which has a long flexy end on it. As I was pouring the fluid, I could easily see the inspection hole. I could see the fluid reach the bottom of the hole so I was able to stop pouring before it ran out. Now I have done it once, I could probably check the fluid in about 5 minutes and adding the fluid would probably take another 10 minutes.
The owner's manual calls for Mopar ATF+4 MS9602. They didn't have Mopar at my local Canadian Tire but luckily they had Valvoline ATF+4 full synthetic which says it is "Officially licenced & Chrysler approved ATF+4 fluid. Recommended for most Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth & Jeep vehicles".
Last edited by kanus; 03-27-2008 at 04:50 PM.
Reason: Corrected amount of fluid added