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I have a 2010 Dodge Journey with just over 8300 miles on it. It's the wife car, so I don't drive it much. I drove it this weekend to take the family to our daughter's volleyball tournament, 2 hours away. Once getting there, I could smell something was hot. While maneuvering in the parking lot, I had a little forward momentum when I put it in neutral and the transmission made a popping sound.
Being able to add 2 and 2, I tried to measure the level of the transmission fluid. Guess what, no ****ing dipstick. I look under the car, and the rear output shaft seal is leaking. What is a guy supposed to do? I can't just dump a quart of ATF +4 into it. I had to drive it home the way it was. What really pisses me off it the car was just at the stealer's for the first oil change. How can a "competent" mechanic not see the oil all over the cross member? It's right ****ing there. A brand new car has an oil covered cross member, and the guy doesn't think anything of it, yet wants to charge my wife extra because the tires need to be rotated?
I told the wife to take it to the stealer today so they can look at it. They told her the fluid level was fine, they'll order the part, no worries. So here I am, a good God fearing, honest person that will have transmission failure after the warranty expires because I took the car in. If this happens to someone who is an idiot, they drive it until it runs out of oil and they get a brand new transmission care of Chrysler. Where's the justice?
Americans have been checking their own damn transmission levels for 100 years. Why must I go to the stealer for this? My dad retired from Chrysler, I've owned nothing but Chrysler products, and now I'm so pissed at them, I might go elsewhere.
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I ordered it from ToolSource.com for $46. They have several part numbers, depending on your tranny model, but I really can't see them being that different. It's a stainless steel cable with a flat steel end to it that measures from 0 to 120 MM. It's like three feet long, which I don't get, 'cause I think 18'' would work. Now I just need to remember to throw it in the glove box... When we get the car back from getting fixed, I will check the fluid level when it is cold. That should give me a benchmark. I could run it around the block to completely warm it to get that measurement too. I'll post when I get the chance.