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How to Service Automatic Transmission and Filter 01-06 Chrysler Sebring

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How to Service Automatic Transmission and Filter 01-06 Chrysler Sebring

Created on: 2013-10-31

Watch this video to learn how to change or service the automatic transmission filter and fluid on your 01-06 Chrysler Sebring.

  1. step 1 :Draining the Transmission Fluid
    • Remove the clips from the splash shield panel with pliers
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Remove seven of the fourteen 10mm bolts that are closest to the back of the vehicle from the transmission pan
    • Loosen the bolts but not removed at each end of the transmission pan
    • Pry down the front of the transmission pan
    • Allow the transmission fluid to drain
    • Remove all but two of the bolts
    • Allow the transmission to drain further
  2. step 2 :Removing the Transmission Filter
    • Remove the remaining 10mm bolts
    • Pull off the transmission pan
    • Pull off the transmission filter
  3. step 3 :Cleaning the Transmission Pan
    • Scrape the gasket residue off the pan with a razor blade
    • Scrape the gasket residue off the pan mounting area with a razor blade
    • Remove the magnet from the transmission pan
    • Clean the magnet thoroughly
    • Clean the transmission pan
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Transmission Filter
    • Put the magnet into the transmission pan
    • Put a new gasket or RTV onto the transmission pan
    • Push the new filter into place
    • Put the pan into place
    • Insert the 10mm bolts into the pan
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to 12 to 14 foot-pounds
    • Insert the splash shield into place and push in all the clips
  5. step 5 :Refilling the Transmission Fluid
    • Pull out the transmission dipstick
    • Refill the transmission fluid using a funnel
    • Put the dipstick back
    • Start the engine
    • Check the transmission fluid with the vehicle running
    • Stop the engine
    • Add fluid as necessary

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

    Funnel

    Jack Stands

    Drain Pan

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    RTV

    Transmission Fluid

    Cloth Rags

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pry Bar

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to change the transmission fluid in this 2004 Chrysler Sebring. The items you'll need for this include jack and jack stands, pliers, a 10mm socket and ratchet with extension, pry bar, flat blade screwdriver, drip pan, razor blade, RTV, rag, funnel, transmission fluid filter, and some transmission fluid.

Your transmission oil pan is actually right here. You can see that to get to it we're going to have to first remove this panel right here, so you're just going to want to pull out these clips that line it, and you can see our vehicle's missing quite a few of them. There's some up in the wheel well for it, too. We'll show you how to do the first one.

You just want to pull out the center. Pull it out, and then you can just pull the rest of the clip out. We'll fast-forward as Don goes around and does that to the rest of them. As you can see, lining the transmission oil pan there's 14 bolts. For right now, you just want to remove the seven closest to the back of the vehicle. We'll fast-forward here as Don removes those bolts.

Now this is what it should look like. You should still have these seven bolts in your oil pan. Now what you're going to want to do is just loosen each of them. Once you've done this, place a drip pan underneath this pan. With those bolts loosened, you just want to pry down the back end and drain some of that transmission fluid. Then, when it starts to slow down, you can loosen the bolts a little more and do it again. Then when it seems like it's getting empty, you want to just remove all but two of these bolts.

Now you want to just pry this pan down. Once you get it separated you can then remove those last two bolts. The pan pulls right off. Now you can remove your transmission fluid filter.

Now you just want to take a putty knife or a razor blade and just scrape up the old gasket off of the pan. You want to take this magnet out of here and just clean it off and set it aside. Now, using your rag, you want to just clean up the transmission fluid that's still left in the pan. It's important that there's no gasket left on the edge of this pan. As you can see, we're just sanding it off. You can use whatever you need to do, but you want to make sure that that gasket is completely removed. If there's any gasket left up here you're going to want to remove that, too.

Now, you can put your new transmission fluid filter back up into place. Now, using RTV, you want to just make a new gasket on your transmission fluid pan. You just want to circle all the bolt holes, and make sure that it's completely connected all the way around. You may notice that we're using the new transmission fluid pan as compared to the old one because the new pans from 1A Auto actually have a drain plug. The next time you want to do this process, it's going to be a lot easier, but if you don't have a new one, you can just do this on your old pan.

Put your transmission oil pan back up into place. Then you're just going to want to replace all 14 of those bolts. Now you can put this panel back into place. You just want to replace those clips. We'll show you with the first one. You just push it in with the center still popped out, and then you just push that center in to lock it. We'll fast-forward as Don does the rest of these.

To replace the transmission fluid, you just want to pull out your transmission fluid dip stick, put a funnel in there, and replace the transmission fluid. We do about three and a half quarts. It could vary based on your vehicle. Once you feel like you've filled it up to a good point, you want to put the dip stick back, start your vehicle, pull out the dip stick, clean it off, and put it in again so it will help you get a more accurate reading.

You can see ours is actually right where it needs to be. If yours isn't, just turn off your vehicle, fill it up with a bit more fluid, and check again.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper
  • Funnel
  • Jack Stands
  • Drain Pan
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • RTV
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Cloth Rags

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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