This post will hopefully be the last transmission update for some time! This was a pretty gnarly overhaul. I want to do as much preventative maintenance as I can, especially before I go away to college. With the solenoid pack shot, I opted to get the updated genuine Mopar solenoid, B&M Drain Plug Kit http://www.bmracing.com/products/802...rain-plug-kit/
, Transgo 5-45RFE-HD Shift Kit http://www.transgo.com/products.php?...&product_id=96
, Auto-RX http://www.auto-rx.com/category/transmissions/
, new Royal Purple ATF http://www.royalpurpleconsumer.com/p...mission-fluid/
, Fel-Pro gasket, and Filtermag pan magnet http://www.shopfiltermag.com/product/tm/
Starting off with the simple things... I installed the drain plug kit at the lowest portion of the pan so most of the fluid will come out and so that it doesn't interfere with the dipstick. As for the magnet, I just placed it on the outside as it is meant to be! I was not sure of clearances on the inside of the pan, so I opted for one that sits on the outside. I am actually very excited to see what this picks up as even in the small amount of time since I changed the fluid, there are some metal particles floating around that were not caught by the puny stock magnet.
Next up I will mention the Auto-RX. I have been purchasing bottles of these for my engine and motorcycle engine, but had half a bottle left over and it makes some good claims to help the transmission. Here are some:
-Prevent or delay costly transmission repairs.
-Dramatically increase the life of your transmission.
-Improve overall transmission performance.
Next up is the Transgo shift kit. This kit is awesome and not pricey at all! It is meant to quicken shifts while making them more firm. Most of the parts can be installed with the valve body removed (which I have to do for the solenoid) and is not complicated at all. Most of the work is centered around the five accumulators which are the five holes with springs in them.
The five holes are accumulator pistons and inside the pistons are springs. Five springs, all five inner piston seals, the switch valve and cap, as well as the plate to hold it all in will be replaced!
The springs are much stiffer in the shift kit. The new one is on the right.
As for the piston, my finger is pointing to the seal the is going to be replaced. It is replaced with an expander and a new ring.
The new switch valve and cap are on the bottom. They are claimed to be self lubricating.
And the new reinforced plate to cover it all up!
And the solution to my problem to begin with, the new solenoid!
All finished up and ready to be reinstalled!