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Remanufactured Chrysler Aspen Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Chrysler Aspentransmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Chrysler Aspentransmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Chrysler Aspentransmission 


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Remanufactured Chrysler Aspen Transmissions 

With luxury SUV sales on the rise, Chrysler decided to dress up a Dodge Durango in 2007 to compete in this segment. The resulting Chrysler Aspen had all of the luxury amenities that Daimler-Benz offered, and was the first production vehicle to feature trailer sway control. Power was supplied by a pair of V8s or a hybrid system. The only Chrysler Aspen transmission offered was the 5-speed 545RFE transmission, which was programmed to know when to downshift and provide engine braking when in Tow/Haul mode. Overall, it was a fairly robust gearbox. However some issues may require the installation of a remanufactured Chrysler Aspen transmission. So let’s find out what your options are. 

Common Chrysler Aspen Transmission Problems  


Delayed and/or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 shifts 
Problem – Owners may experience an unusually delayed or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 gear change, where the transmission doesnt seem to want to go into that particular gear. 
Solution  This issue is related to valve body problems where the material used to make one of the checkballs has broken down to the point that fluid is able to get past and engage the underdrive clutch during those shifts. An upgraded #2 checkball will be needed to solve the issue. 


Solenoid Pack: With no transmission bands, the electronically controlled 545RFE relies on a solenoid switch pack to direct fluid to the correct clutch pack for gear engagement. If the solenoid pack goes bad, youll experience no gear engagement, engine stalling, limp mode, or failure to engage overdrive. 


Slipping and Delayed Gear Engagement: The transmission pump has a little valve mechanism inside it, which controls the fluid pressure being transferred from the torque converter. If it goes bad, youll have delayed gear engagement, transmission/torque converter overheating, stalling, slipping, and reduced fuel economy. 



How to Solve Chrysler Aspen Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used Chrysler Aspen Transmission 

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used 545RFE transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chrysler Aspen Transmission 

Getting a rebuilt 545RFE transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Chrysler Aspen transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chrysler Aspen Transmission 

If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Chrysler Aspen transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.