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A deeper look at the Dart DDCT fix

by David Zatz on

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.)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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