Michael Volkmann provided photos of a Fiat dual-dry-clutch transmission being repaired under the Dodge Dart DDCT recall. The transmission provides the direct-contact efficiency of a manual, but automatically shifts itself; this particular design was tuned carefully to feel more like a traditional hydraulic-activation automatic than most dual-clutch units.
According to Chrysler, the clutch slave cylinder may have been made incorrectly, causing a fluid leak. The issue only affects transmissions made in a certain date range, and customers are being notified. Dealerships have reportedly been told to fix all cars they have on the lot before selling them; if they sell the car before fixing it, the dealer will reportedly have to cover the labor costs.
The instructions are highly detailed, with over 100 steps, and while the transmission has to be completely removed before servicing, the case does not have to be opened. The slave cylinder is on top of the transmission. Technicians must measure how far the threaded end of the input shaft is sticking out; this measurement is critical. (For more information and other new photos, see our Fiat dual-dry-clutch transmission page.)
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