1997 LHS Automatic Transmission sluggish

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by katherat, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. katherat

    katherat Guest

    Backed out into the street this AM...Put the car in D, but it didn't
    engage. Tried R and it wouldn't engage. After what seemed like about
    a minute, it engaged and all gears seemed to work. Weather in the
    upper 20's-low 30's.

    Was there an issue with Chrysler automatic transmissions a few years

    I will check the fluid level this evening when I get back ot the car
    and top it off if necessary.

    Any advice is welcomed...
    katherat, Dec 9, 2005
  2. Fluid and filter change with the correct Chrysler Mopar ATF+4, ASAP.
    Daniel J. Stern, Dec 9, 2005
  3. katherat

    katherat Guest

    Is the filter change difficult?
    katherat, Dec 9, 2005
  4. katherat

    Bob Shuman Guest

    Not particularly difficult if you have the tools. The trans pan must be
    dropped to drain the fluid (there is no drain plug) and get to the filter.
    The hardest part about this job is that it is messy. You also need to
    remove the old RTV sealant used at the factory and re-seal. I strongly
    recommend the Chrysler metal/silicone gasket available at the dealer. It is
    a bit pricey, but can be re-used.

    Regarding the filter and fluid change, this is something that should be done
    as preventive maintenance. I do mine on three Chrysler vehicles every 30K
    miles. The good news is there is nothing restricting access so the pan is
    easy to get at and remove (no cross members, etc.)

    Good luck. Post your results. If the fluid and filter change does not
    help, then you will need to get this serviced at a competent trans service
    center. make sure they know about Chrysler transmissions and use genuine
    ATF+3 or ATF+4 fluid. Anything else and you will have major problems.

    Bob Shuman, Dec 10, 2005
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