How to Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid in My PT Cruiser

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How to Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid in My PT Cruiser
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The Chrysler PT Cruiser should have a transmission fluid change every 30,000 miles or every two years, according to the PT Cruiser Haynes Repair Manual. Fresh transmission fluid helps prevent the engine from overheating and enables the gears to shift smoothly in the gearbox. It also prevents debris from old fluid from clogging the transmission. Neglecting maintenance can lead to serious and costly engine repairs.

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Things you need

  • Front jacks
  • Five-quart collection pan
  • 1/2-inch socket wrench
  • Fluid pump

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  1. 1

    Lift the front of the car with a jack. Rest the vehicle on jack stands to allow you access to the underside of the engine. Go underneath the PT Cruiser, and locate the round, silver metal gearbox. The gearbox has one pipe coming from the front and another coming from the back, and each pipe has a bolt. Place a five-quart drain pan beneath the front drain bolt to collect the transmission fluid as it falls out of the gearbox.

  2. 2

    Remove the fill plug (bolt) on the back pipe with the 1/2-inch socket wrench. Take this bolt out first to ensure that fluid can be replaced in the gearbox once it's removed. Remove the drain plug on the front pipe with the 1/2-inch socket wrench. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the fluid to stop dripping into the collection pan. Replace the drain plug.

  3. 3

    Place the plastic hose of the fluid pump into the fill plug. Squeeze the pump to inject three quarts of transmission fluid. The fluid should reach the same level as the bottom of the fill plug when all the fluid has been injected. Fluid also should begin to fall from the hole. Replace the fill plug. Lower the car from the jacks.

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