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Thread: 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE - which transmission fluid to use?

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    Greg Houston
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    Default 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE - which transmission fluid to use?

    Well if you Google this newsgroup, you will find a HUGE debate about
    various fluid types and additives.

    However, if I recall correctly, the ATF+3 is for use in chysler
    transmissions built prior to 1996? (or is that 1998?)

    But anything after that (incl. 2000 model year) the specified fluid is
    ATF+4.
    Per TSB 21-16-99, the transition to ATF+4 (Chrsyler Spec 9602) at the factory
    took place at the following dates and serial numbers for each body type:

    **GS** **AFTER NOVEMBER 8, 1999 (MDH1108XX)**
    JA AFTER SEPTEMBER 7, 1998 (MDH0907XX)
    **JX** **AFTER MAY 21, 1999 (MDH0521XX)**
    LH AFTER JULY 20, 1998 (MDH0720XX)
    **NS** **AFTER OCTOBER 10, 1999 (MDH1010XX) WINDSOR ASSY PLANT**
    **AFTER OCTOBER 18, 1999 (MDH1018XX) ST LOUIS ASSY PLANT**
    11TH POSITION OF VIN - R = WINDSOR/B = ST LOUIS
    **PL** **AFTER APRIL 24, 1999 (MDH0424XX)**
    PR AFTER JULY 20, 1998 (MDH0720XX)

    Another TSB specifies which earlier vehicles can/should be switched to ATF+4.
    IIRC, it was all Chrysler vehicles except certain minivans, although that
    exception may no longer be in effect.

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    Jerry
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    Default 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE - which transmission fluid to use?

    ATF+4 unless you want to lose a friend (and a transmission) in the near future.
    If the vehicle came with ATF+3 and has never been changed over to ATF+4
    then there is no reason not to use ATF+3 in the transmission. Once you
    change over there is no going back. My truck (1999) was sold with ATF+3
    in it and that is all I use. The thing Mike has to be sure about is
    what is in the transmission right now.

    Jerry

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    MikeWrite
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    Default 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE - which transmission fluid to use?

    If the vehicle came with ATF+3 and has never been changed over to ATF+4
    then there is no reason not to use ATF+3 in the transmission. Once you
    change over there is no going back. My truck (1999) was sold with ATF+3
    in it and that is all I use. The thing Mike has to be sure about is
    what is in the transmission right now.
    Yep. I remember there was an insert card in the owner's manual telling her
    to ignore whatever tranny fluid the manual specified and to instead use ...
    well there's the damn thing, I can't remember what the card said, and she
    lost it and the manual. I vaguely remember it saying to not use ATF+X and
    instead use ATF+Y, but which way it went, who knows.

    Gonna stick with ATF+4 to be safe!

    Mike

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    Cirrus99x
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    Default 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE - which transmission fluid to use?

    was curious. at times I can go to the parts house and they can give me
    different quotes depending on whos reading the book.

    any way its good to know its coming down some in price now.
    Yep, I just priced ATF +4 at my local DC dealer in NJ. a couple days ago and it
    was $5 a qt. even.

    Lou

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