How to Change the Transmission Fluid Type of a Chrysler Town and Countryby Matt Scheer
The transmission fluid on a Chrysler Town and Country should be changed every 30,000 miles or two years (whichever comes first). If the car is being used to tow, then the frequency increases to every 15,000 miles. The vehicle takes ATF+4 transmission fluid when its changed. Changing the fluid also requires changing the transmission filter, which keeps the fluid clean. Performing this routine maintenance keeps the gears shifting smoothly and can prevent engine damage. This job requires only a couple of tools and about an hour of time.
Access the underside of the engine carriage by raising the front of the car up on a pair of jacks. Slide underneath the center of the car and locate the transmission drain pan, which is a large metal box surrounded by bolts. Place a 5-qt. pan underneath the drain pan.
Remove the drain bolt on the pipe in front of the drain pan with the 1/2-inch socket wrench. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the liquid to stop draining into the pan. Remove all but one bolt from around the drain pan and wait until it stops dripping down. Place a hand on the drain pan to steady it and remove the final bolt. Slowly lower the pan, and tip the remainder of the liquid into the pan. Wash the drain pan and bolt.
Remove the filter below the drain pan with the 3/8-inch socket wrench. Replace it with the new filter. Reattach the drain bolt and pan. Lower the car from the jacks.
Pop the hood by pulling the hood release lever under the steering column. Locate the transmission dipstick above the drain pan. Pull out the dipstick. Place a funnel in the tube that the dipstick came from. Pour in 4 qts. of ATF+4 transmission fluid. Remove the funnel and replace the dipstick. Close the hood.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager & Chrysler Town & Country: 1996 thru 2002"; Alan Ledoux; 2002
Things You'll Need
- Front jacks
- 5-qt. pan
- 1/2-inch socket wrench
- 3/8-inch socket wrench
- New transmission filter
- 4 qts. ATF+4 transmission fluid
Matt Scheer began writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in "The Daily Texan" and "The New York Tribune." Scheer holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Texas. He is also a certified Yoga teacher and Web designer.