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Unread 06-09-2010, 10:56 AM   #1
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change transmission fluid?

After an inspection I was told to change the trans fluid on my 89,000 mi. 05 Liberty, but a transmission servicer I called did not recommend I do it. I used to get it serviced at a dealership, but I can't recall or find paperwork if the fluid had ever been changed. What would you recommend I do?

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Unread 06-09-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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Change the trans fluid and filter every 30,000 miles for a longer lasting trans.At 89,000miles you should have be on your 3rd trans fluid change.Use only ATF+4 only,best to have the dealership do this service since the correct fluid will be used.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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FYI, My dealer (long island NY)only hit me up for $200 total.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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I will second having your trans fluid and filter changed at your Jeep dealership for reasons mentioned above. Do not do it at one of the quick lube places for your KJ! Many of those quicky places will tell you they have the correct fluid (ATF+4) - but really don't.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 02:40 PM   #5
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I have had the best results using a dedicated transmission shop near me. Not one of the big names like AAMCO. The shops that specialize in transmission work and also cater to the racing crowd give the best transmission services. I have had the internal filter fall off and leave me high and dry after a dealer service. I don't use many Amsoil products, but I have had very good results using the Amsoil Synthetic Universal Transmission fluid in the 545 tranny in my KJ CRD.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 03:07 PM   #6
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I have had the best results using a dedicated transmission shop near me. Not one of the big names like AAMCO. The shops that specialize in transmission work and also cater to the racing crowd give the best transmission services. I have had the internal filter fall off and leave me high and dry after a dealer service. I don't use many Amsoil products, but I have had very good results using the Amsoil Synthetic Universal Transmission fluid in the 545 tranny in my KJ CRD.
Amsoil ATF is about the worst stuff to put in a newer Chrysler trans,better off putting DEXIII in,it's cheaper.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:34 PM   #7
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Then don't put it in your transmission. But I will take issue with putting DEXIII in the 545 transmission, which is in my CRD. That is not the best idea either. Chrysler ATF-4 is the recommended fluid if someone is going to go with a standard product.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 10:15 PM   #8
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Then don't put it in your transmission. But I will take issue with putting DEXIII in the 545 transmission, which is in my CRD. That is not the best idea either. Chrysler ATF-4 is the recommended fluid if someone is going to go with a standard product.
ATF+4 is the only fluid that goes into any newer Chrysler auto trans.
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Unread 06-19-2010, 12:34 AM   #9
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I don't want to start a war, but...... I've used Amsoil tranny fluid in all of my newer Chrysler transmissions. I've never had a transmission failure in any of them. This includes a Ram 2500 with a Cummins diesel that was over 100K miles when I sold it. I wouldn't exactly call Amsoil the worst thing to put in with that track record.
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Unread 06-24-2010, 07:36 AM   #10
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I'm a little worried.....I have an 03 with 140,000 miles and I have not had any service on my transmission. It is now having a little trouble shifting in to 3rd gear. Should I change the fluid at this point or am I just screwed?
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Unread 06-24-2010, 10:46 PM   #11
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Make sure the correct fluid is used, I took mine to Jiffy Lube to change the motor oil and they suggested I change the transmission oil at 40k, I said sure, well they used the wrong fluid and 2 weeks later my transmission failed. They had to replace the valve body. 20K later still going strong...
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Unread 06-25-2010, 09:13 AM   #12
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thanks - I'll get that done, with the correct fluid!
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