2002 Dodge Intrepid iM confused/transmission

Tiny
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  • 2002 DODGE INTREPID
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  • 110,000 MILES
So my transmission is very slow to "drop into gear" after I am stopped. What I mean is it feels like its in neutral and then suddenly it gets into gear and lurches. When adding transmission fluid one day I noticed that the gasket in the cap is too large and doesn't properly fit. How big a deal is the lurching? And how much could the lack of a fitting gasket be to blame?
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 AT 7:36 AM

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Tiny
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What gasket in what cap? There should be a dipstick tube and dipstick.
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 AT 5:21 AM
Tiny
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To add transmission fluid I just remove a cap, but that the gasket for that cap is too big and so it cant seal at all.
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 AT 2:18 PM
Tiny
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I don't mean to sound crazy, but I honestly never saw a cap to remove for adding trans fluid. I have always added through the dipstick tube. Can you upload a picture for me to see what you are referring to?
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 AT 5:28 AM
Tiny
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As you can see the opening then the yellow cap and then the black is a gasket that literally cant fit into said cap. You may note the dipstick is barely within sight on the bottom
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 AT 6:09 AM
Tiny
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If I'm mistaken then my brother and I need to have a discussion, cause he has been adding trans fluid there for quite some time and so I do the same
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 AT 6:16 AM
Tiny
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DAMN IT! So that's where my brake fluid goes huh? I just read the metal behind it. I don't know if I should be pissed or laugh
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 AT 6:31 AM
Tiny
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Yes, that is the brake master cylinder. Now you have a new problem. You need to totally remove the trans fluid from the brake system. It will damage components and cause brake failure. Listen, at this point the system needs to be totally flushed and the proper brake fluid replaced. As far as the rubber gaskets, they may be swelled as a result of the trans fluid being in the system. The brake system should then be inspected by a certified tech.

As far as the transmission, the dipstick is on the transmission. It should be under the battery area. Check the fluid when the engine is hot and running in park. If you need to add, make sure you have the correct fluid and using a funnel, add (if needed) through the dipstick tube.

Let me know if you have questions.
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 AT 8:48 AM

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