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Unread 05-27-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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45RFE Transmission Flush/Service?

As some of you know from reading my other threads, I got my 2003 Renegade KJ up and running this last weekend.

Dealer sent me a coupon for a transmission service for $119 which included new filter, gasket, fluid, etc. They had mysteriously used the ford FLUSH on there a few places, so I assumed that's what they were going to do. Took it there this morning and they said my service was actually going to be $219 because of the RFE transmission being "heavy duty" and it wasn't really a flush but actually a drain and fill. I read the fine print of the coupon and the only exclusions were for IMPORT or HEMIs...Neither of which applied to me.

Got pissed and left without leaving my Jeep. The Jeep has 138K on it (fresh rebuild)...Shifts smoothly, however the oil pan is quite rusty (I have a newly sourced MOPAR one ready to go on) and there is fluid leakage on the pan. I had already purchased the filter and gasket kit (WIX) and was going to do the service myself, but saw the coupon for a "flush" from the dealer so thought I would go that route.

I don't know the service history of the transmission...I can only assume it wasn't serviced at all based on how poorly the PO cared for the engine and the interior of the Jeep.

Here's my question for you guys. Should I drop the pan and replace the filter/fluid myself as I was intending to do (I am more than capable), should I take it to a local reputable car shop for a FLUSH, or should I take it to a different dealer (about 30 minutes from my house)?

The stealership I went to said that Chrysler doesn't recommend a flush on these transmissions. Thoughts?

Bill

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Unread 05-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Use only the OEM filters(from dealer) if you have the 45RFE,will include the updated spin on filter not offered in aftermarket kits.No gasket either,use RTV.

$219 for the flush is actually a good price since ATF+4 is not cheap($5-$7 per qt).Most independent shops are not much cheaper and if they are they will not be using the correct ATF+4.
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Unread 05-27-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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I don't disagree that $219 wouldn't be too bad except that it isn't a flush...so they'll only be replacing about 5 quarts...5 x $7 is only $35 in fluid....
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I don't disagree that $219 wouldn't be too bad except that it isn't a flush...so they'll only be replacing about 5 quarts...5 x $7 is only $35 in fluid....
Gotta think delaer prices,closer to $10 per qt and can take up to 7qts for a drain/fill on a 45RFE.Then you got the filter kit,RTV,and off course labor so $219 is not a outrageous price for a filter change either.
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Unread 05-28-2014, 08:18 AM   #5
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Just make sure whoever does it uses ATF+4.
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