Removing and replacing the transmission Solenoid Pack w/ pictures



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
    Check your cooler line connections first (if you haven't already). They can develop leaks during cold weather.
    Thanks, I did check the hoses.

    Quick question, if I am only changing the gasket, do I need to remove the hoses and sensor from the pack?
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    The solenoid pack is connected by 3 vertical bolts to a shelf that protrudes out from the transmission. Hoses and sensor are not connected to the solenoid pack but are in the way of removing the pack. I believe sheldon only removed the sensor and worked around the cooler lines per his Post and pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
    The solenoid pack is connected by 3 vertical bolts to a shelf that protrudes out from the transmission. Hoses and sensor are not connected to the solenoid pack but are in the way of removing the pack. I believe sheldon only removed the sensor and worked around the cooler lines per his Post and pictures.
    That's right, I did not want to do any more than was necessary so I only removed the sensor to get to the middle bolt. There was plenty of room under the hoses to get in the socket. (I know it's a bit hard to see in the photo, but you can see the silver of the socket just coming to the flats of the sensor)
    Incidentally, it is a pain to know I have a known good sol pack that was replaced only because of a leak. However, if you remove the side of the sol pack where the leak apparently comes from you could damage the insides. In other words, darned if you do and darned if you don't.
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    Oh, I get it now. Thank you guys so much for your help. I will try the gasket this weekend and report back.
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    I remove the cooler lines and sensor. So I guess either way works.
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    Guys, I just wanted to say thank you. Replaced the gasket and all is well. Until I saw this post, I was ready to take the car to the transmission shop (which is strictly forbidden in my religion). $5 fix and it is going great.
    BTW, on my 01, 3.8L, it was much easier removing the cooler lines (which took all of about 10 senconds).
    Thanks so much for your help!!!!
    Bob
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    Sheldon,
    You gave me a clue to a similar problem. My son has a '96 Stratus that drips ATF. I changed the pan gasket with no luck so I was suspecting the solenoid pack (similar setup to the vans). A few weeks ago I had the car in my garage and jacked up the front to replace the timing belt and water pump (2.4L). I carefully wiped off the bottom of the transmission so I could locate that pesky leak as I knew the car would be in the garage for a few days. After three days - nothing! BUT, you say that jacking the vehicle up would move the ATF rearward away from the solenoid pack. That could explain why I found no leakage. It's probably the solenoid pack after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodgeboy77 View Post
    BUT, you say that jacking the vehicle up would move the ATF rearward away from the solenoid pack. That could explain why I found no leakage. It's probably the solenoid pack after all. Bill
    Bill,

    When I removed the Solenoid Pack I could see the level of fluid was about 1/8 inch (or so) below the surface of where the Solenoid Pack had been attached. I felt that if the van had been jacked up from one point, front or side, it would have tilted the level of the transmission, perhaps enough to spill the fluid out.
    That said, it is also possible my observation and conclusion could be wrong. But, it does seem to make sense.

    Finding a fluid leak is rarely a fun proposition, desperation led me to find mine. You might consider cleaning the area around the suspected leak, then going for a drive followed by an immediate under-vehicle inspection. Good Luck!
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    I'm a little confused, can one just replaced the gasket instead of forking out the money for the solenoid pack? and do you recommend to do the change with the van sitting on all four tires or jacked?

    My understanding is that yes the solenoid pack gasket can be changed without buying the whole solenoid pack. And the job needs to be done without lifting the van up to prevent major loss of tranny fluid. Please let me know if I'm right or wrong.

    Thanks a lot for the useful post,

    Carlos

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosandcamy View Post
    I'm a little confused, can one just replaced the gasket instead of forking out the money for the solenoid pack? and do you recommend to do the change with the van sitting on all four tires or jacked?

    My understanding is that yes the solenoid pack gasket can be changed without buying the whole solenoid pack. And the job needs to be done without lifting the van up to prevent major loss of tranny fluid. Please let me know if I'm right or wrong.

    Thanks a lot for the useful post,

    Carlos
    Looking at Post #1, I would say you are correct.
    Work is done from the top. Gaskets can be purchased separately. For my vehicle the Part # is 04659982 for the gasket by itself and 05140429AA for the solenoid pack which includes a gasket.
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