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Old 01-01-2010, 05:54 PM
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Thumbs up Maintenance 101: How to change your transmission fluid and filters

Here are some videos I made on how I changed my transmission fluid and filters on my 2006 4.7L 4x4 Grand Cherokee. Since they are basically the same mechanically as a Commander, I'd thought I'd share it here. Please let me know if I missed any steps or if you have any tricks to add in.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81tt6-CC0VE
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVCFvvPGkNc
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wcKFSeslj8

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well done and entertaining, to boot. i'm convinced to not do this myself. :-)
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When are you doing mine? Thanks for the vid.
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I just ordered the parts to do it myself. Its not so expensive to let the dealers do this but I have to wait for a day.
Thanks for helpful info.

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I enjoyed your video's. Thanks for posting them. But I'll continue to have the dealer do this for me. Good job.
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I enjoyed your video's. Thanks for posting them. But I'll continue to have the dealer do this for me. Good job.
Not to rain the DIY parade, but I called AAMCO to get a quote the other day: $99. I'm not sure how much the dealer charges. To me, this is one job worth paying for at that price. I do a lot of servicing and working on cars myself.
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I wouldn't ever take my Commander to a place like AAMCO. I might take it to the dealership but even then, especially on the transmission, I like to do it myself because it gives me the opportunity to take a look at the magnet. You want to see fine ground metal, almost like pepper. You don't want to see silver shavings.

Some comments on the videos: I know sometimes you have to do what you have to do, and if you have to use a screw driver then you have to use it to get the pan off, but I wouldn't bang it in there with a hammer like that, you'll wind up gouging the mating surface of the transmission which is aluminum and causing a leak.

Also, it's pretty half [removed] to leave the old seal in the transmission. If you're doing it for yourself that's fine, but if you want to make a DIY video it should be done right.

Also, the manual will typically tell you to loosen all of the bolts a certain amount, and then to loosen the bolts towards the back more so that the oil can come out, I wouldn't remove them all and leave two or three holding the pan in.
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I wouldn't ever take my Commander to a place like AAMCO. I might take it to the dealership but even then, especially on the transmission, I like to do it myself because it gives me the opportunity to take a look at the magnet.
What bad experience(s) have you had with AAMCO? Seems to me it would be a fine choice considering it is what they specialize in.

Maybe some dealers are fine, depends on the relationship you develop I suppose. I recently had a poor experience with an alignment job at a Jeep dealer...the before after spec printout wasn't completed properly and the service lady was telling me some things I knew weren't true. I'm not sure they did a thing other than swipe my credit card, to be honest.

I agree to make 100% sure it is done correctly and to your complete satisfaction, DIY. It is just too bad one bad dealer experience puts a sour taste in your mouth for so long. Some dealers do a fine job.
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