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Re: 2003 Grande Caravan Trans fluid capacity
Have you checked the owners manual? Called the dealer or a local transmission shop? Also, does it have an external cooler? this will make a difference. Are you changing the fluid and filter and need to know how much to put in? If so start with 3 liters/quarts and then cycle through the gears from park to low allowing each gear to engage. keep checking the fluid level as you go, fluid is checked with the vehicle running and in park.
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Advanced Auto offers free code readings that will tell you exactly what is wrong with the van, how do I know, you ask, I have a Dodge Grand Caravan and that is what I did.I'm sure you checked the fluid. also there is a filter just inside the trans. pan that may need to be cleaned or changed good luck. walter286
My 1997 Caravan manual states that the trans fluid capacity is 8.5 quarts. However, in the transmission oil change section, it says to drop the pan, drain the oil, replace the filter and add 4 quarts of new fluid. This tells me that the torque converter is not draining so you are in fact, only changing "half" of the transmission fluid.
if you choose to do it at home all you can drain out is about 40%. A shop machine will replace 100%. Just keep that in mind if you really want to preserve the trans since these transmissions are prone to high rate of failures. Number 1 reason trans fail is do to bad fluid.
it is indeed under the trans pan. the trans pan is on the driver side of the car. it should have a fairly large drain bolt in it.
my i suggest that unless this service is absolutely needed that you leave your transmission alone.
chances are that your transmission is already malfunctioning, and if thats the case you will need a new transmission. as fluid changes have no effect on ultradrive transmissions that are malfunctioning.
in fact fluid changes on working ultradrive transmissions have been known to make them non-functional.
If u know u need to add trans fluid, I assume u found the dipstick to check the fluid level? If so, that's where u add the fluid, w/ engine running and using a funnel, slowly add it. Shift thru the gears slowly several times, and check level again. Don't overfill, it's bad for the tranny.
Unfortunately Discoveries will always eventually leak some fluid, People who say theirs do not leak have just not found the problem yet. I just traded a 2003 for a new vehicle. First the power steering can and does leak but since the fluid capacity is not that much, if you have a continous leak and the power steering still works it is probably not the leak you need to address. also the plastic splash guard makes it difficult to identify leaks easily. My 2003 discovery was leaking for a while the leak was from the auto trans cooler. Check the leak colour, white paper under car, red fluid will be the trans fluid, The power steering fluid in the car is a special fluid (not trans fluid) if the correct fluid would be a greenish colour. Other than this oil leaks can be plentiful.