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Fluid level checks Chrysler Sebring 1995 - 2005 Petrol 2.7

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Chrysler Sebring 1995 - 2005  | 2.7 Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1
Note: The following are fluid level checks to be done on a 250-mile or weekly basis. Additional fluid level checks can be found in specific maintenance procedures that follow. Regardless of the intervals, develop the habit of checking under the vehicle periodically for evidence of fluid leaks
Note: Fluids are an essential part of the lubrication, cooling, brake and window washer systems. Because the fluids gradually become depleted and/or contaminated during normal operation of the vehicle, they must be replenished periodically. See this Chapter's Specifications before adding fluid to any of the following components
Note: The vehicle must be on level ground when fluid levels are checked

Engine oil

1 Engine oil level is checked with a dipstick
2 The oil dipstick is located at the front (passenger’s) side of the engine and is clearly marked (V6 engine shown)
3 The oil level should be checked before the vehicle has been driven, or about 10 minutes after the engine has been shut off. If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper engine components, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick
4 Pull the dipstick out of the tube and wipe all the oil off the end with a clean rag or paper towel. Insert the clean dipstick all the way back into the tube, then pull it out again. Note the oil level at the end of the dipstick. Add oil as necessary to bring the oil level to the second notch in the dipstick or to the top of the cross-hatched area, as applicable (see below)
5 The oil level should be between the two marks, or near the top of the cross-hatched area, on the dipstick - if it isn’t, add enough oil to bring the level up to or near the upper mark (do not overfill)
6 Oil is added to the engine after removing a cap located on the valve cover (see below). Use a funnel to reduce spills as the oil is added
7 Turn the oil filler cap counterclockwise to remove it
8 Don’t allow the level to drop below the lower notch or mark on the dipstick or engine damage may occur. On the other hand, don’t overfill the engine by adding too much oil - it may result in oil aeration and loss of oil pressure and also could result in oil fouled spark plugs, oil leaks or seal failures
9 Checking the oil level is an important preventive maintenance step. A consistently low oil level indicates oil leakage through damaged seals, defective gaskets or past worn rings or valve guides. If the oil looks milky in color or has water droplets in it, the block or head may be cracked and leaking coolant is entering the crankcase. The engine should be checked immediately. The condition of the oil should also be checked. Each time you check the oil level, slide your gloved thumb and index finger up the dipstick before wiping off the oil. If you see small dirt or metal particles clinging to the dipstick, the oil should be changed

Engine coolant

Warning: Do not allow antifreeze to come in contact with your skin or painted surfaces of the vehicle. Flush contaminated areas immediately with plenty of water. Don’t store new coolant or leave old coolant lying around where it’s accessible to children or pets – they’re attracted by its sweet smell. Ingestion of even a small amount of coolant can be fatal! Wipe up garage floor and drip pan spills immediately. Keep antifreeze containers covered and repair cooling system leaks as soon as they’re noticed
Note: All vehicles covered by this manual are equipped with a pressurized coolant recovery system. A white plastic coolant reservoir (all engines except the 2.7L V6) or expansion tank (2.7L V6 engine) is located on the right (passenger’s) side of the engine compartment
Warning: Do not remove the pressure cap or expansion tank cap to check the coolant level when the engine is warm
Note: Some models do not have a HOT mark on the tank
1 The coolant level in the tank should be checked regularly. The level in the tank varies with the temperature of the engine. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be at or slightly above the COLD or MIN mark on the reservoir or expansion tank. Once the engine has warmed up, the level should be at or near the HOT or FULL mark. If it isn’t, allow the engine to cool, then remove the cap from the tank and add a 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol based antifreeze and water (see below)
2 Maintain the coolant level near the upper line on the reservoir
3 Drive the vehicle and recheck the coolant level. If only a small amount of coolant is required to bring the system up to the proper level, water can be used. However, repeated additions of water will dilute the antifreeze and water solution. In order to maintain the proper ratio of antifreeze and water, always top up the coolant level with the correct mixture. Don’t use rust inhibitors or additives. An empty plastic milk jug or bleach bottle makes an excellent container for mixing coolant
4 If the coolant level drops consistently, there may be a leak in the system. Inspect the radiator, hoses, filler cap, drain plugs and water pump. If no leaks are noted, have the pressure cap or expansion tank cap pressure tested by a service station
5 If you have to remove the pressure cap or expansion tank cap, wait until the engine has cooled completely, then wrap a thick cloth around the cap and turn it to the first stop. If coolant or steam escapes, or if you hear a hissing noise, let the engine cool down longer, then remove the cap
6 Check the condition of the coolant as well. It should be relatively clear. If it’s brown or rust-colored, the system should be drained, flushed and refilled. Even if the coolant appears to be normal, the corrosion inhibitors wear out, so it must be replaced at the specified intervals

Windshield washer fluid

1 The fluid for the windshield washer system is stored in a plastic reservoir. The reservoir level should be maintained about one inch below the filler cap. The reservoir is accessible after opening the hood and is located on the right (passenger’s) side of the engine compartment next to the coolant recovery tank on some models (see below). On other models it is located on the firewall
2 Flip up the cap and add the washer fluid (convertible and sedan models shown)
3 In milder climates, plain water can be used in the reservoir, but it should be kept no more than two-thirds full to allow for expansion if the water freezes. In colder climates, use windshield washer system antifreeze, available at any auto parts store, to lower the freezing point of the fluid. Mix the antifreeze with water in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions on the container
Caution: DO NOT use cooling system antifreeze - it will damage the vehicle’s paint. To help prevent icing in cold weather, warm the windshield with the defroster before using the washer

Brake and clutch fluid

Note: Not all models equipped with a manual transaxle have a hydraulic clutch release system - some are cable actuated
1 The brake fluid reservoir is located on top of the brake master cylinder on the driver’s side of the engine compartment near the firewall. The clutch fluid reservoir is mounted on the firewall, next to the brake master cylinder
2 The brake fluid level, indicated on the translucent white plastic brake fluid reservoir, should be kept at the upper (FULL or MAX) mark
3 If additional fluid is necessary to bring the level up, use a rag to clean all dirt off the top of the reservoir to prevent contamination of the system. If any foreign matter enters the reservoir when the cap is removed, blockage in the system lines can occur. Also, make sure all painted surfaces around the reservoir are covered, since brake fluid will ruin paint. Carefully pour new, clean brake fluid obtained from a sealed container into the reservoir. Be sure the specified fluid is used; mixing different types of brake fluid can cause damage to the system. See this Chapter's Specifications or your owner’s manual
4 The fluid and the master cylinder should be inspected for contamination. Normally the brake hydraulic system won’t need periodic draining and refilling, but if rust deposits, dirt particles or water droplets are observed in the fluid, the system should be dismantled, cleaned and refilled with fresh fluid. Over time brake fluid will absorb moisture from the air. Moisture in the fluid lowers the fluid boiling point; if the fluid boils, the brakes will become ineffective. Normal brake fluid is clear in color. If the brake fluid is dark brown in color or is over three years old, it’s a good idea to flush the system and refill it with new fluid
5 Reinstall the fluid reservoir cap
6 The brake fluid in the master cylinder will drop slightly as the brake shoes and pads at each wheel wear down during normal operation. If the master cylinder requires repeated replenishing to maintain the correct level, there is a leak in the brake system that should be corrected immediately. Check all brake lines and connections, along with the calipers, wheel cylinders and vacuum booster
7 If you discover that the reservoir is empty or nearly empty, the system should be thoroughly inspected, refilled and then bled


Engine oil
  Type API “Certified for gasoline engines”
  Viscosity See accompanying chart at the bottom of the page
Manual transaxle lubricant
  Avenger and 2000 and earlier Sebring and Stratus MOPAR MS9417 MTX fluid (P/N 4773167)
  Sebring and Stratus (2001 on)
    2001 API classification GL-4 SAE 75W-90, 75W-85
    2002 MOPAR 4659920AB Type MS-9602
    2003 on MOPAR ATF+4 automatic transmission fluid
Automatic transaxle fluid
  1995 through 1997
    Except Sebring Convertibles MOPAR ATF Plus or Diamond ATF SP
    Sebring Convertibles
      1996 MOPAR ATF Plus
      1997 MOPAR ATF+2
  1998 through 2000
    Except 1998 Sebring Convertible MOPAR ATF+3
    1998 Sebring Convertible MOPAR ATF+2
  2001 on
    Except Sebring Coupe and Stratus Coupe MOPAR ATF+4 or ATF+4 Type 9602
    Sebring Coupe and Stratus Coupe Diamond ATF SPII, SPIIM or SPIII
Power steering fluid
  1995 through 1997 MOPAR ATF Plus or DEXRON II
  1998 through 2000 MOPAR ATF+3
    Except Stratus Coupe MOPAR Type MS-9933
    Stratus Coupe Dexron II
  2002 MOPAR Type MS-9602
  2003 on MOPAR ATF+4
Brake and clutch fluid* DOT type 3 or 4 brake fluid
Engine coolant
  1995 through 2000 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol-based antifreeze and water**
  2001 and later 50/50 mixture of Mopar 5 year/100,000 mile Formula (MS-9769) antifreeze coolant with HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology) and water
Parking brake mechanism grease White lithium-based grease NLGI no. 2
Chassis lubrication grease NLGI no. 2 LB grease
Hood, door and trunk hinge lubricant Engine oil
Hood latch and door check spring grease NLGI no. 2 multi-purpose grease
Key lock cylinder lubricant Graphite spray
Door latch striker lubricant Mopar Door Ease no. 3744859 or equivalent
Note: *If the fluid type on the dipstick differs from that listed here, use the type listed on the dipstick
Note: **Some models are filled with a 50/50 mixture of Mopar 5 year/100,000-mile coolant that shouldn’t be mixed with other coolants. Refer to the coolant reservoir label under the hood to determine what type coolant you have. Always refill with the correct coolant


Engine oil (including filter)
  1995 and 1996 models 4-1/2 quarts
  1997 and 1998 models
    Coupe 4-1/2 quarts
      2.4L four-cylinder engine 5.0 quarts
      2.5L V6 engine 4-1/2 quarts
  1999 and 2000 models
    2.0L four-cylinder and 2.5L V6 engine 4-1/2 quarts
    2.4L four-cylinder engine 5.0 quarts
  2001 on
    Coupe 4-1/2 quarts
    Convertible and sedan models 5.0 quarts
Fuel tank 16 gallons
Automatic transaxle (drain and refill)
  2000 and earlier coupe models, all convertible and sedan models) 4.0 quarts
  2001 and later coupe models** 5.8 quarts
Manual transaxle
  2000 and earlier models
    Coupe 2.1 quarts
    Convertible 2.3 quarts
  2001 models 3.0 quarts
  2002 and later models
      Four-cylinder models 2.3 quarts
      V6 models 3.0 quarts
    Convertible and sedan 2.5 to 2.8 quarts
Cooling system
  2.0L engine 8.5 quarts
  2.4L engine 9.0 quarts
  2.5L engine 10.5 quarts
  2.7L engine 9.5 quarts
  3.0L engine 8.5 quarts
Note: * All capacities approximate. Add as necessary to bring the the appropriate level
Note: ** On 2001 and later coupe models you’ll have to buy an additional 6 quarts, because the fluid changing procedure requires flushing the system (the transaxle on these models does not have a fluid filter)
Torque specifications Ft-lbs (unless otherwise indicated)
Automatic transaxle fluid pan bolts (2000 and earlier coupe models, all convertible and sedan models) 165 in-lbs
Automatic transaxle drain plug (2001 and later coupe models) 24
Engine oil drain plug
  2000 and earlier models
    Four-cylinder engines 25
    V6 engines 29
  2001 models
    Coupe (all) 29
    Convertible and sedan
      2.0L four-cylinder engine 25
      2.4L four-cylinder and 2.7L V6 engines 20
  2002 and later models
    Coupe (all) 29
    Convertible and sedan (all) 20
Manual transaxle drain plug 22
Wheel lug nuts
  Coupe models 65 to 80
  Convertible and sedan models 100
Note: One foot pound (ft-lb) of torque is equivalent to 12 inch-pounds (in-lbs) of torque. Torque values below approximately 15 ft-lbs are expressed in inch-pounds, since most foot-pound torque wrenches are not accurate at these smaller values
Engine oil viscosity chart. For best fuel economy and cold starting, select the lowest SAE viscosity grade for the expected temperature range
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