Removing the Valve Body

Tiny
DTC2004
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  • 2004 DODGE INTREPID
  • 155,000 MILES
I getting ready to remove the Valve Body on my Intrepid in order to get at and replace the Solenoid Pack. The instructions I have for removing the Valve Body claim to be universal across all LH cars with 42LE transmissions. The specific example given in the instructions appears to be a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special. My question is: Can someone verify to me that this compatibility claim is correct, and that my 2004 Intrepid SXT would be exactly the same as the above mentioned 300M? Specifically, do all LH cars require the shift lever to be rotated (disengaging the Valve Body?) And then removed?

I'm hoping to get to work on it in the next few days, so could someone please get back to me soon? Thanks!
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Friday, April 12th, 2013 AT 3:08 PM

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Tiny
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Disconnect cable from the shift lever, move shiftlever clockwise as far as it will go, this should be one position past the "L" position then remove shift lever. Be careful when valve body is removed as underdrive and overdrive springs may fall out. This is what are manual says so hope it helps. You hav eto remove clips to remove filter as well.
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Friday, April 12th, 2013 AT 3:17 PM
Tiny
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Let me know if this pic comes through please
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Friday, April 12th, 2013 AT 3:19 PM
Tiny
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Thanks so much for verifying that.

"let me know if this pic comes through please"

I don't think the picture made it through. I can't find it anywhere.
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Friday, April 12th, 2013 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
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Ok we are having a temporary problem and will be fixed soon thanks fo the reply
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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 AT 5:27 AM
Tiny
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Alright, I've got the car up off the ground and the battery disconnected. Could you help me locate the Transmission Range Sensor connector that must be disconnected near the shift lever? Is it below and aft of the shift lever or below and forward of the shift lever?
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 AT 1:57 PM
Tiny
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The second pic shows the trs it is item 2
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 AT 3:09 PM
Tiny
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I've seen this picture before, but it didn't help me locate it. Is this inside the valve body or is it a part of the TCM? I'm just having a lot of difficulty locating it inside the engine bay.
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 AT 5:05 PM
Tiny
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It is a part that is inside the transmission it is what you asked for.
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 AT 5:09 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help hmac300. Finally finished everything up and the problem seems to be fixed.

Unfortunately, I seem to be having difficulty with refilling the transmission fluid. I put in four quarts and started the car, letting it run for a few minutes while cycling the gears. When I checked the dipstick level, it was dry, so I added another quart. It was still dry so I added another quart (6 quarts so far). After 20 minutes of engine running, it looked like the fluid level was just below the cold fill area. Then I drove the car for about 20 minutes and parked it again. By this time, the dipstick looked pretty dry, so I added a 7th quart. Now, after checking the level with the engine off and cold this morning, the fluid level is up to the hot area. How is that possible? Do I now need to drain a bunch of fluid out or something?

BTW, I had a local repair shop give me an estimate on what they would charge me to replace the solenoid and refill the transmission fluid. They told me it might take 8-9 quarts of new fluid. So what am I missing here? Thanks again for your help.
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 AT 11:30 AM
Tiny
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Just make sure it is checked with engine running and transmission hot so that means until engine isup to operating temp, not shut off and cold.
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 AT 12:02 PM
Tiny
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Never mind. Just realized that checking the fluid level with the engine off will yield a faulty reading. Just checked it after 2 minutes of running and it is still a little low, so I'll be adding some more fluid.
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 AT 12:13 PM

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