2007 through 2012 Dodge Caliber Transmission Overview

By | April 4, 2016


The 2007 through 2012 Dodge Caliber has a transmission that confuses a lot of people.
 
On most all vehicles, there is a dipstick for the oil and transmission fluid levels. The process is simple. Pull the dipstick and read the oil, or fluid levels. If it is low, then you would add more of the type of fluid it calls for. when looking at the top of the engine and transmission for this vehicle, the dipstick for the oil is very easy to locate.
2007 through 2012 Dodge Caliber Transmission Overview
Clearly the yellow handle is for the oil. When searching the rest of the engine compartment, there is no other dipstick.
 
That’s because this vehicle has a transmission that is not recommended to be serviced by anyone that is not certified on this particular transmission.
 
However there is a way to check the level, and to top it off as well.
 




 
Keep in mind you will need to look up your transmissions specs for the proper type of fluid according to your make, model, and year.
 
Look in the engine compartment to the right. (Drivers side) notice the battery access cover.
2007 - 2012 Dodge Caliber Transmission Overview
To the left of the cover, and below the cover is a red cap on top of the transmission. This location is where you will add the manufactures recommended transmission oil for your vehicle.
2007  Dodge Caliber Transmission Overview
Now to determine if you need to top off your transmission fluid with the manufactures recommended transmission oil. You will have to get under the vehicle. This particular transmission has a plug on the side of the transmission just like a standard transmission, or rear end plug. You will need a ¾ inch ratchet wrench to remove the plug.
 
After removing the plug, place a small container under the vehicle directly under the plug hole. This is to catch any fluid that comes out of the transmission plug hole. Go back to the engine compartment and remove the red transmission plug that is located under the battery access cover.
 
Place a funnel into this hole. Slowly add your manufacture recommended transmission fluid. After pouring a ounce or more. Look under the car and see if it is coming out the transmission plug hole. If it is, stop you are full of the manufacture recommended transmission fluid. If the fluid does not come out of the transmission plug hole, Repeat the step and pour another ounce or so into the transmission. Continue these steps, until fluid drips out. When it does, your transmission is at the proper level. Be sure that your vehicle is sitting as level as possible. Tighten the plug back into the hole, and replace your red transmission cap.
 
So in short, this particular transmissions fluid level is very similar to the filling of fluids on a standard transmission, transfer case, and rear differentials. The fluid level will go in at the top of the transmission, and drip out the side of the transmission when it is full. This allows you to never over fill the transmission. In most cases it is harder on a transmission if the fluid level is to high then if it was too low. Happy driving in your Dodge Caliber.
 


 




 

31 thoughts on “2007 through 2012 Dodge Caliber Transmission Overview

  1. Bri

    Where can I find the transmission plug on the 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT? I find no videos showing where to find it.

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  2. Omojasola Olatunji

    Hi, my. Dodge caliber 2007 transmission not shifting. It drives and reverse when put to either D or R, but not changing on motion. Any urgent help or suggestion pls?

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    1. Eric Schutz

      It’s a CVT transmission and is ran with only 1 belt so it doesn’t have shift point like other transmissions.

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    2. Eric Schutz

      A CVT transmission in the 2007 dodge caliber is operating on a single belt so there will be no shift points like other transmissions that have actual 1st gear 2nd gear and ect… CVT transmissions are also a sealed transmission and is recommended a dealership to look at it at what ever milage point your manual tells you to.

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  3. Henry

    2011 Dodge Caliper was feeling like it was shifting funny. Resolved my issue by changing out the COIL ON BOOT PLUG. THEY are located on on all 4 sparks plug coils on boot plug made of rubber. whole job done at home for $28.00 dollars total at O’reilly auto parts parts part number 99-212 Ultima Secect company. blow is the link to the parts to get started. the next link is a picture of the coils you put the boots on.

    “https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b/ultima-select-wires-4537/ignition—tune-up-16776/coil-boot-13143/ecb4de869e48/ultima-select-wires-coil-on-plug-boot/99212/4604961”

    “https://www.amazon.com/Ignition-Coils-Chrysler-Compatible-C1587/dp/B00M0T34WA”

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    1. Angelo

      Just curious to know… how does changing the ignition coils affect any shifting issues???

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  4. Charles

    Yeah can I get trans flush kit or just fluid. For a cut on dodge caliber and were do I find it if so

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  5. Segun Adeniyi

    Hi Thomas, I have a 2009 Dodge Caliber, I recently changed the transmission from a running 2008 caliber to my 2009, only to discover after the swap, the transmission not changing to 2-3-4 but was fine in the old car, do I need to reprogram the transmission to the new car or what? I am curious! I will appreciate your prompt response. Thanks

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  6. Tracey

    I have a 2011 Cailber. As I know the transmission fluid has never been changed (I’ve had the car almost 2 years). It is jerking while driving and my RPM’s STAY high even with the cruise on about 2-3 RPM. It also has a loud noise that it constantly makes. Like a whining noise. I can always tell when my husband is coming down the road because of the noise. I have started putting higher grade gas in and the jerking has pretty much stopped. But I’m wondering if anyone else has had this noise issue or high RPM issue. I’m thinking that the transmission fluid needs changed…

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  7. David

    Ive recently had to change my transmission oil cooler after an accident. This caused a loss of fluid which I’m trying to refill, unfortunately I cant seem to find said 3/4″ plug for the life of me. Ive looked on the sides, and the top. The only plug Im able to locate is one recessed plug on the top. Does anyone have a picture of this plug?

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    1. Scott

      Mine doesn’t either, but it does have a pan. I’m wondering if there is an “in-between” CVT. It does have the same stupid fill tube with no dip-stick. Plus, I just checked and Auto Zone does carry a filter and pan gasket for it. I also can’t find the plug to pull out to achieve the proper level.

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  8. Daniel

    Hello! 2012 Dodge Caliber SE – Standard Transmission. Currently at 65k miles at wanted to do a service/get old fluid out, new fluid in. Same steps/spots for the bolts?

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  9. Jesse

    Hi I own a 2008 Dodge Caliber cvt 4 cylinder and when the car is put on reverse or drive it stalls 2 to 3 seconds I also experienced the temp light coming on 20 minutes into driving on the freeway I took the car to Ammco transmission shop in Fontana ca they told me two codes popped up p0777 and p0700 they told me it would need a complete tear down for a new transmission . The car doesn’t make any strange noises can some one give me some advice I would really appreciate it . Thanks

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    1. Tbones

      Hey did u ever get a answer about your car my is doing the same thing

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      1. Tbones

        Jesse did u get a answer on your question about your car because my car is doing the same thing

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      2. dodgy_dodge

        Hello Tbones, the same thing is happening to me. did you find out what it was?

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    2. dodgy_dodge

      Hi Jesse, The same thing is happening to my 07 dodge. Did you find out what was wrong with it?

      Reply
  10. Billybill

    2011 caliber 2.0 L engine 6 speed 68,000 on it does stutter shifting at low speeds or slow accelration in city speeds aka hard shifting.

    Talked to my mechanic about this and said if continues we are changing fluid and filter in couple of weeks OR maybe it’s the shift solenoid any help will be.

    I know somethings wrong with this trans because all year after i bought it in sept last year nothing happened not a squeak or peep from this car I ‘m in panic mode right now because i have no warranty at all.

    IF worse comes to worse i wll but the new warranties from auto delta thenjh get it done at a shop …

    BUT i know MY Guy Tony can fix anything on almost any car …. really he was a gold find through another freind.

    E mail through link plaese

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  11. Brian Clarke

    Hello Thomas, my 2008, with 5 spd manual tranny, all of a sudden, clutch went right to the floor. Was unable to change gears at all. Fortunate, as I was entering the driveway, so when I turn the engine off and restarted, it jerked forward and was able to get it parked. I have not been able to locate a fluid leak, was also unaware that their are two reservoirs? Any assistance would be appreciated.
    Brian

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    1. Christen Peck

      My 2008 Dodge Caliber did the same thing, I was told it was the slave master or slave cylinder, I’ve been told they’re the same thing, went out.

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  12. RANDY

    I scanned for codes and found p0730 incorrect gear ratio and p0777 secondary pressure solenoid stuck on. I was told I need to change it to see if it would help. I own a repair shop and have 35+ years in automotive industry and have changed several other models fluid and filter on the ( non serviceable) trans but not this particular one. I have a snap on modis ultra and a autell to check the fluid

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    1. Luis torres

      Hola amigo yo tengo el mismo problema como lo solucionaste tu cual era la falla

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  13. Rebecca

    Hi there, I have a 2012 Caliber and I recently took my car in to get an oil change and the mechanic told me my battery access cover (like the one you have pictured) was left sitting in the wrong area and has been melted badly, and I need to replace it. They said this was important to replace to protect from debris and heat. Do I really need this cover on my car? I feel like this is not an important item that needs replacing.

    Thanks for any advice!

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    1. B Thomas

      It is important , but not a huge concern. You can hit a wrecking yard for the part for prob about 5 bucks. You can cut some plastic off of something ( about the same thickness and place it there as well. ) zip tie it if needed. It sounds like you wouldn’t mind if it looks a little funky. Seperateing the heat is all that is needed. But in my mind it’s not something that is major. If you have ever seen a nascar engine (runs very hot ) they pull all the plastic , wheel covers etc to release the heat. It’d really up to you, but by keeping an eye on it , you would know better than him or I. Thanks for the great questions. And for visiting ..

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  14. Melinda Jones

    I have a 07 caliber, but when I mash on the gas, it’s like it won’t go and it start trembling does it mean the fluids can be low. Melinda.

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    1. B thomas

      That’s what it sounds like. Low fluid pressure. Check it first. But don’t force it to go faster to many times. This can ruin the clutches. And you own a very expensive transmission.

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  15. B thomas

    It sounds like a bad shifting solenoid. But dirty fluid can cause this too. It takes a sec to push through a dirty filter before it gets to the front pump. Try a tranny flush and new filter before you jump to conclusions with the solinoids first. Thanks for your comment.

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  16. Rene Villar

    Hello Thomas, thank you for your instructions. Look, I have a 2007 Caliber r/t motor 2.4. It’s autostick (as you know) but when I put in Dirve it takes 2 or 3 seconds to move. The same thing occurs when I put Reverse. After that the car works perfectly. Do you have any idea about this?

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    1. Thomas brian

      That vehicle has a master cylinder for the clutch. It works just like the master cylinder for the brakes. Check for leaks. ( fluid and air )if the pedal hit the floor, I’m guessing you have air in the line. You will need to bleed it. It should use for 3 fluid as well. But check the cap to be sure. Some used a synthetic oil. Thanks for your comments, and questions. Please come back and talk about your fix. This will help others that read our post. Good luck. Feel free to come back and ask any question that may help. I will try my best to help. I have made a similar video to the bleeding of a clutch on you tube. Search Thomas Brian / how to find a short. Then click on my name under the video and search clutch slave cylinder. Enjoy.

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    2. B thomas

      There is not enough fluid pressure. Low fluid will not cause this. It is the pressure of the fluid itself. It sounds like you have a dirty transmission filter. If this does it when it is cold only then you may have a shifting solenoid going out. But if it does it even when you have been driving for 20 min or more , then it is probably a dirty filter. I hope this helps you out. Enjoy !!

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