Dodge Journey: Diagnosis and testing


The majority of transaxle malfunctions are a result of:

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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