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Trans service intervals

Discussion in 'Dodge Journey' started by 360VF, May 16, 2014.

  1. 360VF

    360VF Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Hiya all

    We have a 2013 Dodge Journey in the family. 2013 3.6 pentaster, 6 speed AT.

    As far as I know, these are supposedly a 'sealed for life' trans. US service data clearly shows on the US owners manual first service occurring at 192,000kms (96,000 if used for police, taxi or other HD use)

    The issue is that here in Australia, Dodge is a bit of an orphan brand. The only model we get is the Journey.Owners manuals have been updated, but there is a separate maintenance and service book - this has NOT been updated, and still relates to the 2.7L motor. As such it stipulates 48,000km intervals for transmission services. These services are extremely expensive ($500 or so just for the transmission alone ) due to the specialist fluid.

    I've rang several dealers, and pointed this out to the service advisors, and they seem polite , but insistent that this is the advice they are given by CJD Australia. Had our 48k service the other day, and luckily they could not service the trans due to the fact they didn't have any of the fluid in stock.

    So - am I right? I'm thinking of contacting CJD Aus directly, as I know that I am not the only one that will encounter this (currently they are selling around 750 or so Journeys a month here)

    Noel in Aus
  2. ImperialCrown

    Level III Supporter

    Jun 8, 2008
    There is no service interval for normal use, only severe use as you stated. I think that a periodic service (96,000 km) is prudent. The maintenance information that states a 48,000 km is obsolete for a 2013.
    You can tell CJD Aus that this is occurring, but the dealerships will probably continue to push the 'gravy' maintenance services. It is easy money for them and they usually set their own policy when it comes to 'suggested scheduled services'.
    You could do the 62TE transaxle fluid and filter yourself when the time comes with some tools, parts and a drain pan if you wanted to.
    A dipstick could be made with a length of flexible speedometer cable and estimating fluid temperature.
    Slide the cable down the dipstick tube until you hear it 'thunk' at the bottom of the pan (no further). It may take some practice.
    Only use ATF+4 that meets Chrysler's MS-9602.
    Save your receipts with the date and mileage when the service was performed for your records.
    saltydog likes this.
  3. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

    Aug 10, 2000
    Don't know if it's because our Journey is an older model, but the owner's manual for our 2010 Journey SXT with the 3.5L/62TE indicates the transmission fluid/filter should be changed at 60K miles and then again at 114K miles. Just thought I'd offer that as an FYI.
  4. vipergg

    vipergg Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    For 2014 on the minis with the same tranny it is 120000 miles before non severe duty service.

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