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How do I check the transmission fluid on a 2009 Dodge Journey with the 3.5 liter engine. There is no transmission dipstick.

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Below is info from the owners manual. I do not have a repair manual, but you may be able to buy one that would say how to check the transmission fluid on the 3.5L. It sounds like they don't expect you will need to check it.

Fluid Level Check - Vehicles with 3.5L Engine

The automatic transaxle has no dipstick and is dealer

serviced only.

Fluid Level Check - Vehicles with 2.4L and 2.7L


Use the following procedure to check the automatic

transaxle fluid level properly:

1. Park the vehicle on level ground.

2. Run the engine at curb idle speed for a minimum of 60


3. Apply the parking brake fully.

4. Place the shift lever momentarily in each gear position

ending with the lever in PARK.

5. Wipe the area around the dipstick clean to eliminate
the possibility of dirt entering the transaxle.

6. Remove the dipstick and determine if the fluid is hot

or cold. Hot fluid is approximately 180°F (82°C), which is

the normal operating temperature after the vehicle is

driven at least 15 mi (24 km). Hot fluid cannot be held

comfortably between the fingertips. Cold fluid is at a

temperature below 80°F (27°C).

7. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until seated. Then,

remove dipstick and note the reading.

a. If the fluid is hot, the reading should be in the

crosshatched area marked "HOT" (between the upper

two holes in the dipstick).

b. If the fluid is cold, the fluid level should be between

the lower two holes in the area marked "COLD."

If the fluid level is low, add sufficient fluid through the

filler (dipstick) tube to bring it to the proper level. Do not

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  • Andy Watson Dec 26, 2013

    The 2.7 Ltr (2010) Journey does not have a dipstick, just a lid. how then can the level be checked?

  • Michael Coons Nov 19, 2016

    Its probably a sealed transmission. Have to fo to dealer to get it messed with. You my be able to check it but don't hold me to that.


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There is a plug near the cooling lines, remove it and pour fluid in through the cap on top the transmission and fill until fluid runs out of plug, and you are full,
some have a small set screw in the middle of the drain plug, remove it and fill until fluid comes out of that set screw hole

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    Can you send me a picture? is it near the air filter on the driver's side?


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Yes the 3.5L has no dipstick, but I changed my transaxel oil & filter a year and a half ago and while I had the pan off I studied the path of a dipstick if inserted. After measuring the recommended fill and pouring it in I used my Oil Dip Stick (cleaned well first) and determined that the level when the stick hit the bottom of the transaxel's pan was at the 1 quart low mark - I now use that as a gauge for my reference . No issues. I have 155,000 miles so far on this unit.

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I could be wrong but even though it doesn't come with a dip stick, it is my understanding that you can purchase one for the 3.5L. It costs about $68.00. So, there must be a place for it, if that information is correct. I would also like to perform some normal service for it.

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