Chrysler specifically states that color is not a wear indicator.It is not a nice color
A top chrysler tech explained to me to keep this trans compact,flush? no
drop pan, refill with fresh ATF+4? maybe
seems like almost everyone has a rough 1-2 shift though, i just live with mine and play with the throttle to make it smoother
Do not use chemical flushes in your transmission as the chemicals can damage your transmission components. Such damage is not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Specified fluid would be ATF+4 for the transmission (41TE and 62TE).Your vehicle has been built with improved fluids that protect the performance and durability of your vehicle and also allow extended maintenance intervals. Do not use chemical flushes in these components as the chemicals can damage your engine, transmission, or air conditioning. Such damage is not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. If a flush is needed because of component malfunction, use only the specified fluid for the flushing procedure.
IMO, the actual "danger" level of just doing a fluid exchange is pretty darn low.The danger of exchanging all ATF at once on a neglected trans is that new fluid will have plenty of detergents that can loosen up clumps of sediment (even without external pressure).
People get away with all sorts of things. It doesn't necessarily make them a good idea. I'm not going to lie.... I definitely don't miss reading the same line of BS where he told people that they were somehow going to trash their transmissions just by changing their ATF..... literally every freakin' time the subject came up.@LEVY (RIP) swore by never changing the fluid and seemed to get away with it.
I bet in the real world outside this forum the majority of owners of gen 4 vans followed the owner's manual recommendation thus never changed the trans fluid ---- and got away with it.
The system is basically closed and if the filter gets dirty, there's something untoward going on in the transmission, or there was dirt in there from day 1. Inline filters (return cooler line) do a better job of filtering (more efficient). Ford and Chrysler use to include them (Magnefine?) with their remanufactured transmissions. Being real serious about filtration would involve using a better filter system.Modern pan filters average about 100-micron filtering efficiency (see the sidebar), with older screen filters as poor as 200. For comparison, an average engine oil filter can remove particles about 25 microns in size.
For all of its complexity, the automatic transmission has been almost forgotten in the oil filtration department. For many of its 70-plus years, minimal filtratwww.motortrend.com