Water may leak into the transmission from the dipstick tube, causing fluid contamination and a shudder during light acceleration. New seals for the dipstick tube are available; the transmission fluid should be flushed as well. If the problem lingers, a new torque converter may be needed.
Car Problem Reports
Chrysler 300 Water Leak into Transmission From the Dipstick Tube
Chrysler 300 Problem
Drive Train Affected: 2WD
Average Mileage: 56,500 mi (35,700 mi - 85,500 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Chrysler 300, 2WD
This has happened twice to me.
Water in Transmission, having problems. Car would not change from 2nd to 3rd gear. Complained to dealership,now need new transmission. Extended warranty will not pay for water intrusion, because it is not mechanical. Chrysler Corp says it is not manufacture defect. So does the consumer just lose!!!
Visitor, 2006 Chrysler 300, 2WD, 50,000 mi
I had shuttering in my transmission took it to the dealer and they said it was water in my transmission. I bought the car used with 30,000 miles on it and purchased a warranty. The warranty company said they will not cover it and Chrysler said its not their problem so now I am out the cost of a transmission and I'm mas as hell.
Visitor, 2005 Chrysler 300, 2WD, 85,500 mi
Took car into dealer for shuddering. They told me it was due to bad torque converter. After market warranty company told me that vehicle was flooded or someone must have poured water into my transmission. Idiots at dealership pretty much acted like they have never heard of such a thing. Thanks so much for this blog!! This crap crosses the very thin line of do you think I am stupid or you are smarter than me - either way you are pissing me off!
Go to the nearest junk yard and buy a oil dip stick and insert into trans diipstick tube...
Transmission shuddering at shift points originally, then shuddering most of the time. Replaced torque converter and transmission pump. Was told there may have been water in the transmission, but none was found during replacement.
Visitor, 2006 Chrysler 300, 2WD, 37,000 mi
This occurred on my 300C about 3 years ago, with less than 15k miles at the time. It turned out to be the result of boutique car washes that use high-pressure for under-body cleaning. The little "O" ring that seals the dip-stickless tube to the transmission was not tight enough to prevent water under such pressure from being forced into the transmission. Not long after the wash, the transmission went into "safe" mode (2nd gear only) and was flat-bed carried to a Chrysler service center, where soapy water was present when the fluid was drained. The repair included a metering block replacement, complete flush, new fluid and a different "cap" on the tube leading to the transmission. As it turned out, the weak cap seal was the subject of a service bulletin update so I was not charged. At 37k miles, no further problems since.