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.
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.
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.
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.