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How to Change Transmission Fluid in a Dodge Caravan

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Published on Dec 30, 2012

This video shows the standard maintenance process to change the transmission fluid and filter on a Dodge Caravan. We remove the transmission pan, drain the fluid, install a new filter, put it all back together and add the new fluid. There are a few tips and tricks to make the job easier and it's all condensed into a short video to make it easy to review before you start on your own vehicle.

The parts used in the video cost about $40 at the local Autozone as of January 2013 and the job doesn't take very long at all (an hour or so total time). People sometimes fear working on an automatic transmission, but you can see in the video that this is a simple job and there is no need to let this job go undone or to overpay for something you can do yourself.

Tools needed are:
- 10mm socket with a 3" or 6" extension
- 1" putty knife (optional)
- deadblow hammer (optional)
- Some sort of catch pan (to collect the old fluid)
- jack stands, ramps, a vehicle lift, or some other way to lift the vehicle up a bit helps out a lot. You can also pull one wheel of the vehicle up on a curb to give some extra space in a real pinch.
- a gasket scraper (in the video, we use a glass scraping razor-blade)
- a funnel with a very narrow spout
- shop towels for cleanup
- torque wrench (that measures in inch-pounds) if you don't have a torque wrench, this job is still doable, but you may have a harder time getting the pan to be leak free and you run the risk of stripping bolts or warping the pan

Parts to get from the parts store:
- (1) new filter/gasket set (as low as $9.99)
- (5) quarts of ATF+4 transmission fluid (as low as $5.99 each)
- (1) roll of shop towels or (1) bag of rags (as needed)
- (1) drain pan (as needed)
- (1) narrow funnel (as needed)

Good luck, and have fun!

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