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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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CHECK Your Transmission Fluid Level!!!


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I never check mine. It is almost a easy to replace it every other oil change.

After draining, the drain plug is put back in. Next the 2 rubber plugs are removed. I fill from the top hole until the lower hole overflows. There are several ways to do this but I use a long funnel.

This fluid is supposed to last forever but it does get black with use. I have found that shifing is better with fresh fluid.
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I just got back from the dealership and my transmission was 1 qt low. New 2012 Patriot 5 spd.
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Will report back when I check.

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Originally Posted by pursuit1980 View Post
...ENSURE you maintain a CLEAN environment and keep any dirt/grime/dust completely away from the transmission bung holes.

I hope this both warns and helps.

I too try to keep dirt clear of my bung hole.
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Wonder if I should have this checked as well soon.
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I was surprised to see how often the maintenance schedule says to change the transmission oil. I don't recall the interval right now, but it is fairly often, like 12,000 miles or so.

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I see the instructions are how to check the level; OK but how do you drain the old fluid ? and I thought the drain & refill mileage was 80,000 km or 50,000 miles ?
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by pursuit1980 View Post
I have a new Patriot Sport, 5 Speed, with 1,300kms.

I was due to take my wife and daughter away for the weekend so I decided to check the fluid levels, oil, water, etc....

While checking the manual transmission oil level, I noticed it felt a bit dry, although suprised, being brand new car, I went and purchased some MOPAR ATF+4, and a 1litre oil pump bottle made for filling transmissions/diffs etc... hard to reach places basically.

Being that its a brand new car practically, I only put 200ml into the bottle ready to pump it in, thinking this would be MORE than enough to top it up to the overflow hole.....WRONG!

The transmission needed 700ml!!! before a single droplet started forming on the overflow hole.

700ml!!! Rediculous!!!

Now I bet there is at least 80% of members here who have NEVER checked their transmission fluid level.

Personally, this is a no-brainer, I would now urge EVERYONE to check their transmission fluid level asap!
I'm new to the patriots so forgive me if my question is abit ignorant, but I was wondering why you used Automatic transmission fluid when you have a manual transmission? Isn't that what the "ATF" in ATF+4 means? that it's for automatics? Or is that what is required? I know The transfer case on my WJ uses ATF+4 too, so it's pretty versatile just never heard of it being used on a manual tranny.

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replaced all transmission fliuds at 95000 km.
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transfer case and diff - 80W-90 transmission oil (Castrol)
the colour of the original oils was still very nice btw.


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I need TP for my bung hole!!!!!!

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Definitely gonna do this over the weekend.
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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 01:20 PM
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Wow, at least Chrysler is consistent. I checked my 5 speed manual today, 2012 got it in Dec ('11) and it was almost a quart low. By the way I stuck my finger in the hole and got enough fluid on it so that I thought it was full, just to make sure I poured a bit of fluid in, then a little more, then some more all in all about 8/10 of a quart before it started coming out the side bung.

I'm jumping on the "check yours" band wagon. I went out to buy wax and microfiber towels and almost blew off getting the ATF4+ but went ahead and got some, figured what the heck I'll check it once I'm home. Sure glad I did.

By the way the screw heads and bolt take 8mm and 10mm sockets AND I found you don't have to open the air filter container, just remove the air intake hose and one bolt on the box and there are 3 plastic pins underneath the box that fit into rubber grommets, you can lift the entire thing out and off to the side to get to the bungs. In fact it's so easy to then access the front screws that I'll say remove the entire box if you want to change the filter.

I wonder what the tolerances are on these transmissions? I know in the old days you had to be right on, a low ATF level could ruin the tranny, I hope these newer ones can handle lower levels and it's just a matter of the cheapskates at the plant filling them to the lowest permissable level.

Glad these forums are here, the Jeep is a much loved vehicle so these issues get some exposure, I can't imagine a Le Car or a Yugo having a forum of it's own.

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I'm new to Patriot's and just bought a used 2011 Latitude FWD 2.4
with a 5 speed trans. How do you go about changing the manual trans fluid? Is there a write up with pics perhaps?
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