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Intrepid base: I changed the trans fluid [+4ATF] and filter

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I changed the trans fluid [+4ATF] and filter and used UltraGreg RTV gasket material. Refilled, all shifting well, but a quart low in 150 miles. Refilled and 3/4 qt low on 150 mile home trip. I have no drops on the floor but had hanging drops on the exhaust hangers behind the 42LE trans. I have wipped around the pan gasket with a white cloth and find no leakage. The Ultra grey is not cross referenced to Chrysler. What do you suggest next? I see no leakage at any of the 3 sensors, around the dip stick/filler or at the cooling connections.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Eric replied 2 years ago.
First, to put your mind at rest, based upon symptoms, I see nothing at all to suggest needing a transmission overhaul. No shifting issues, no slippage issues.
A small leak around the pan will usually only show as droplets on the exhaust behind the trans and wont show on the pan as they are blown off by the airflow.
Drop the pan, clean pan and transmission case thoroughly and apply a 1/8 inch bead of MOPAR Silicone Sealer onto oil pan flange before installing.
Sometimes NAPA will carry it, but if your local one doesnt stock it, run by a dealership and pick some up.
Make sure to torque the pan bolts to 17 ft lbs. I always do a crisscross from the center outward.
This will take care of the leak
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