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DODGE NEON TRANSMISSION PROBLEM

2001 Dodge Neon • 102,000 miles

I accidentally bought power steering fluid instead of transmission fluid and put it in the transmission fluid receptacle. Will it cause damage to the car and what can I do to fix it if necessary?
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Guest
November 19, 2012.




The two fluids are very similar but the additives are different because they do different things. It's unlikely anything will be damaged but your transmission uses a special transmission fluid with the correct additives to prevent a shudder during up-shifts and torque converter lockup. I'd probably pursue a transmission filter change and flush to be safe, but I don't think I'd lose sleep over it.

It's the brake fluid you don't want to get any hint of a petroleum product in. That can cost more to repair than a 10-year-old car is worth.

Caradiodoc
Nov 19, 2012.


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