There is no external filter for automatic transmissions except on a few Saturns and Toyotas. I guess the manufacturers felt there was a problem that could be solved by frequent filter changes.
There is no particular order to follow when installing the pan bolts. Just don't get carried away with "tight". If using an aftermarket pan gasket, over-tightening the pan will split the gasket and cause leaks. If using just RTV sealer, be sure there is no trace of transmission fluid on the sealing surfaces. Many sealers will leak at any point that is not perfectly dry. Mopar gray RTV sealer is designed to adhere to the surfaces even if there is some fluid residue present. It will seal better than the black stuff.
Don't over-tighten the bolts. One fist with a quarter inch drive ratchet is more than tight enough and will prevent pulling out the threads in the aluminum housing. If a bolt just spins and won't tighten up, a quick fix is to poke a piece of solid copper wire through the hole, then run the bolt in. 14 gauge house wire works nicely. The proper fix is to drill the hole out and install a "Heli-coil" insert. You can find the kits at auto parts stores. It's a lot easier to just not over-tighten the bolts to start with.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 AT 2:43 AM