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In this video I show how I replace the fluid in filters in a Dodge Dakota 4x4 for a long lime SMA viewer. This should apply to the 45RFE and 545RFE automatic transmissions. This procedure is very similar to most automatics too. Be sure to check your shop manual for the correct procedure.
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49 thoughts on “Dodge dakota – transmission service – 45rfe 545rfe”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Angel Rodriguez says:

    I have 2001 4,7 45rfe rear wheel drive what size should filter sump be

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rusty Highlander says:

    I'd put a drain plug in that sucker if I had the chance. I hope she keeps an eye on the water pump. These things chew up water pumps like bubble gum. If they leak the coolant down and the engine overheats a little, expect a whole slew of problems like head gasket, exhaust manifold & gasket, fuel injectors, and fouling plugs, maybe even dropped valve seat, all because the water pump leaks and you don't know it until it's gets a little too hot. It doesn't even have to go past the middle range, just slightly warmer than normal running temp. I speak from experience.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jorge Torres says:

    Nice video bro. That's right tool come first

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Myers says:

    Great video! I just did my shift solenoid today, and this video was very helpful.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Douglas Dailey says:

    Good job.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lyndon Chappell says:

    Back in the late '70s we used speed handles all the time to remove sheet metal panels on F-4 Phantoms.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike says:

    Just use a new pan with drain plug, a felt gasket, soak it in trans oil, and tighten pan in crisscross pattern in 4 steps to max spec torque. No messy silicone cleanup ever again.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul joey says:

    A real geek. Can't be too smart….bought a dodge.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ramvan says:

    Thank you for the tips on the dakota

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordan Blair says:

    I don't get it — you sucked the fluid out of the dipstick tube but the pan was still plum full and spilled fluid all over the place. How did that happen?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    The end Was Perfect ForgetAbout It

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Very rarely see customers watching or hear them in the background on the channel cool to see Eric O very clean Dakota @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Zeiger says:

    Worked in Chrysler Automatic Transmission Engineering for 36 years. We recommended running the RTV bead around the inward side of the bolt holes in the pan. This prevents oil from wicking through the bolt threads. Not a big deal, but stops what appears to be a leak around the pan rail.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ben Johnson says:

    next time put some trans fluid into oil filter.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars uglysteve1 says:

    At least it has a dipstick unlike my 2013 Town and country. Luckily Adv———- auto had one. Dealer did not have anyone smart enough to check it, according to them. They did tell me I had leaky coolant lines and offered to change them for $400. $49.00, at theRock, one you tube video And two careful hours later, job done. Also found green mold where a bundle had been slashed. Also tranny one quart low. Thank for emboldening me Eric although I have worked on cars for 55years.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trials and Tribulations says:

    I have a 02 3.9 v6 4wd auto, would it be exact same thing? Lower crossmember raise transfer case.

    Could do video service transfer case replace the small driveshaft.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Robison says:

    I always called it a speed handle.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Andrade says:

    Love my Dodge Dakota

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ozzy Krahn says:

    you can get your man card by not being a woose and not use rubber gloves

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Altman says:

    Thanks for the awesome video. Necer done this service before on any car or truck I've owned. This video made the process a breeze. Since I did this in my driveway without a lift I used 2 boards and a scissor jack to line up my cross member. I used my drill with a wire wheel and cleaned up the inside and outside of both the member and frame. Shot it down with some WD-40 and cranked the jack and it went right into place. Used my "alignment" tool to help guide the bolt holes and job complete. Hope this trick helps save someone a whole lot of headache down the road.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rod69 says:

    Very informative thank you for sharing. Doing a transition filter service on a 3.9 V6 today

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Learsi Salotiv says:

    I need to get better at doing these transmission services lol. Just realized that they pay 1.5+ hours for labor 😳. I found out when I pressed parts n labor on my shop tablet 😂

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr. Craig D. Smith says:

    Love seeing Hana in the videos.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars g33z3r_hd says:

    I have been binging SMA videos. This one really brings me back to high school when I worked at an oil change shop and did a TON of transmission fluid changes…I learned with a speed wrench and have several in my tool box still today (over 30 years later).

    Thanks for the entertaining and informative vids Eric!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Hedden says:

    This shop sounds familiar,do you know Ladd Youmans?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Hedden says:

    Wonder what he says when noboddy is listening? Mopar Rocks!!! and fish steaks with hot sauce!!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Hedden says:

    So when I drop off from 50 mph and roll up to a stop and hear a slight ring? No one can tell me,I hope it's the heat sheid on my helper bags. But you know when got the feeling. Trans works great,never had an issue. Fliuds like new. Buggin the crap out of me!!! Very slight for two years!!! Its prolly something simple,I pray.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Hedden says:

    Damn skippy,stand there and watch the Magic!!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Hedden says:

    Who trusts a mechanic they dont know???

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Shopper says:

    It seems like taking a wire wheel to that trans support bracket would have made it a LOT easier to reinstall.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Jacobs says:

    ..

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Red Grainge says:

    Dude! What in the hell is growing in your ear canal? Please go see a doctor or veterinarian.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars the reptile guyz says:

    You charged him double for watching right That's What I tell my customers And 4 times as much if they want me to teach them 😆

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars the reptile guyz says:

    Any time I check the stick and don't see anything on it I check the floor before add more lol

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pedro bisono says:

    Only negative is if you know you should have filled the filter why not do it so instead of take only a 70 percent chance of it not showing why not increase the odds to 100 percent

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Otis Cox says:

    This was the first video of yours I found. I serviced my trans last weekend. I have been watching the video on Dakota front CV axle. Both videos are very good, I have subscribed.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mary Cox says:

    cool know do my 2000 now thks

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt Roszak says:

    Your ear is dirty. Great channel. One of my favorites.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ItsWilsonGames says:

    My shift solenoid went so i came to YT to watch someone do the job before i attempted it myself. Found a handful of guys doing it, not many views and, kinda sketchy looking work. So i crack the pan open and go for it. Everything went fine. YT recommends me this video today, 3 weeks after i did the work. Ive been watching you for years. Wtf youtube?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Hubert says:

    Bought an aftermarket pan for my Dakota with a drain plug, no more mess dropping the pan!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Danny Wojkiewicz says:

    Can you fill the secondary filter up first before you put it on

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Dogg says:

    My filter came with a gasket. Do I just throw it away and use the form a gasket?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Emmons says:

    I've never understood why the OEM transmission oil pans don't come with a drain plug like some of the aftermarket replacement pans do. Is it to discourage consumers from simply changing their own ATF?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Gary says:

    What do you think of Scotty’s saying you should never change transmission fluid?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PHILIP GARVOILLE says:

    I forgot to seat my seal before installing the sump filter. All the gears are like neutral, no forward or reverse. Now I’m gonna have to do it all again, but this time I’ll remember to seat the seal. Thanks for the video. Now I know what I did wrong. Learning new things about transmissions all the time. You guys are great. By the way, I used a 1/4” drive and didn’t need to pull the transfer case support to access the rear bolts to the transmission pan.