Dodge Journey: Diagnosis and testing

COMMON PROBLEM CAUSES

The majority of transaxle malfunctions are a result of:

  • Insufficient lubrication
  • Incorrect lubricant
  • Misassembled or damaged internal components
  • Improper operation

HARD SHIFTING

Hard shifting may be caused by a misadjusted crossover cable. If hard shifting is accompanied by gear clash, synchronizer clutch and stop rings or gear teeth may be worn or damaged.

Misassembled synchronizer components also cause shifting problems. Incorrectly installed synchronizer sleeves, struts, or springs can cause shift problems.

Worn, damaged, misassembled or leaking hydraulic clutch release system/components can also cause difficult shifting or gear clash.

NOISY OPERATION

Transaxle noise is most often a result of worn or damaged components. Chipped, broken gear or synchronizer teeth, and brinnelled, spalled bearings all cause noise.

Abnormal wear and damage to the internal components is frequently the end result of insufficient lubricant.

SLIPS OUT OF GEAR

Transaxle disengagement may be caused by misaligned or damaged shift components, or worn teeth on the drive gears or synchronizer components. Incorrect assembly also causes gear disengagement.

LOW LUBRICANT LEVEL

Insufficient transaxle lubricant is usually the result of leaks, or inaccurate fluid level check or refill method.

Vehicle must be level to accurately check fluid level. Leakage is evident by the presence of oil around the leak point. If leakage is not evident, the condition is probably the result of an underfill.

If air-powered lubrication equipment is used to fill a transaxle, be sure the equipment is properly calibrated.

Equipment out of calibration can lead to an under fill condition.

CLUTCH PROBLEMS

Worn, damaged, or misaligned clutch components can cause difficult shifting, gear clash, and noise.

A worn or damaged clutch disc, pressure plate, or a faulty slave cylinder can cause hard shifting and gear clash.

    Description
    Fig. 1: BG6 Manual Transaxle - OUTPUT SHAFT #2 - INPUT SHAFT - OUTPUT SHAFT #1 - DIFFERENTIAL The Aisin BG 6 6-speed transaxle is a constant-mesh transaxle that is synchronized in all ...

    Removal
    Fig. 2: Engine Cover Remove the engine cover. 1. Disconnect battery negative cable. 2. Remove air inlet tube (2) and air cleaner assembly (4). Fig. 3: Bleeder At Slave Cylinder 3. Remove ...

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    TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
    Two latches must be released to open the hood. 1. Pull the hood release lever located under the left side of the instrument panel. Hood Release 2. Outside of the vehicle, locate the safety latch ...

    Operation
    Fig. 427: Identifying Torque Converter Fluid Pressure Operation - APPLY PRESSURE - THE PISTON MOVES SLIGHTLY FORWARD - RELEASE PRESSURE - THE PISTON MOVES SLIGHTLY REARWARD The co ...

    Cover(s), cylinder head, right
    REMOVAL 1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Fig. 126: Engine Harness Retaining Clips - Left cylinder head cover engine harness retainers - Right cylinder head cover engine harness retainer ...

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