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PML Deep Transmission Pan for Chrysler/Dodge 42RLE

Part Number 11044

PML 42rle tranny pan, as-cast
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PML 42rle tranny pan, polished
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As-cast finish
$235.00
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Black powder coating
$290.00
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Volume: 1 to 1 1/2 quarts over stock depending on application

Dimensions: Height: 3.9", click for dimensions in a pdf file. Stock pan is 3.2". PML pan does work with many skid plates (see pictures of installations below).

Number of Bolts: 13

The PML pan for the 42RLE transmission has a low profile as many vehicles with this transmission have clearance issues with skid plates, exhaust routing, or cross frame members. See Installations below.

PML designed this transmission pan in response to customer demand to replace the stock 42RLE pan. Our thanks to those who helped us during design and test.

Features: This PML transmission pan features fins, cast aluminum construction, mounting hardware, and magnetic drain plug. The drain hole and magnetic drain plug allow for easier oil changes since the fluid can be drained without pulling the pan. The cast aluminum construction and fins provide for cooling. The pan has a bit more capacity than the stock pan, which also helps lower transmission fluid temperatures. The cast aluminum construction gives the pan thick walls and a thick gasket flange for strength and a secure seal.

Applications

This cast aluminum transmission pan for the 42RLE transmission fits many vehicles.

PML knows of successful installations of our transmission pan on these Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles but configurations vary and you should always check your vehicle before ordering:

  • Jeep Wrangler TJ 2003 to 2006 (in-line 4 or 6 cylinder engine) — including Rubicon
  • Jeep Wrangler JK 2007 to 2011 with V6 engine. These newer Wranglers have the exhaust routed close to the transmission pan. There are three bolts that are difficult to access. We have had customers install this pan on many models. To make access easier, they either loosened the transmission mount and jacked it up or used a pry bar to temporarily move the exhaust out of the way. A customer with a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X was unable to move the exhaust far enough, however.
  • Jeep Liberty KJ and KK all years with this transmission (some Liberty models have 5–45RFE transmission which has 15 bolts on the pan)
  • Dodge Charger 2006 to 2011 with 4 speed transmission
  • Dodge Nitro 3.7L 2007 to 2010
  • Dodge Dakota 2004 to 2011 with 3.7L V6
  • Dodge Durango 2004 to 2009 with 3.7L V6
  • Dodge Ram 1500 2006 to 2012 with 3.7L V6 with the 4 speed transmission
  • Chrysler 300 (not 300C) 2005 to 2010 with V6 engine and 4 speed transmission

This PML 42rle transmission pan may other vehicles such as:

  • Dodge Challenger 2008 to 2010 with 4 speed transmission
  • Dodge Magnum SE/SXT 2005 to 2008 with 4 speed transmission
  • Mitsubishi Raider 2007 to; 2008 with 3.7L V6

Always check your truck or SUV to verify the transmission and look for clearance. This transmission has 13 bolts holding the pan onto the valve body. The 42RE transmission, which also is found on Jeep and Dodge trucks/SUVs, has 14 bolts and is PML part number 9862. The Dodge 5-45RFE transmission is found on Ram 1500 and Liberty and Wrangler with diesel engines and that pan has 15 bolts and is PML part number 10304.

Scroll down for pictures of Installations.

Some 2005 and 2006 Rubicons have reported the frame or skid plate support is close to or contacts the drain plug on the PML pan. This required some modifications to frame or support.

Chrysler issued a recall on 2010 Jeep Wranglers with automatic transmissions on May 15, 2012, because of fire hazards associated with the skid plate. The Chrysler recall number is M22. See the NHTSA website: www.safercar.gov. This recall has nothing to do with our transmission pan, we just want to make folks aware.

Drain and Temperature Sensor Bosses

Drain and temp sending unit location on PML 42RLE transmission pan Driver's side of PML 6L50 Pan, drain hole shown, click to view larger image

This pan has a boss on the front side of the pan near the drain hole that can be machined for a temperature sending unit. The drain hole is on the passenger side of the front and the boss is on the driver's side of the front.

The boss on the bottom of the pan is an alternative drain hole location.

On some Jeep Rubicons (probably 2003 to 2006 models), the drain is close to the cross member or support bar so check clearance carefully and note that draining fluid will require some care.

Filter Info

The interior of the pan has a filter support. Use a stock filter with this pan. No filter extension is needed.

Skid Plate and Frame Cross Member Under Stock Pan

2010 Wrangler with Chrysler additional cross member per recall M22
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Thank you to Justin for the picture!

A customer let us know that Chrysler added a additional cross member that runs under the stock pan for 2010 and Newer JK Jeep Wranglers. See image at right.

Since our pan is larger than stock, always watch out for clearance with skid plates, exhaust and and cross members and other vehicle components. Some folks have reported back to us that they have added spacers to lower their skid plate.

We have had many installations on Wranglers from 2003 to 2011.

Dipstick

Some vehicles use a special dipstick that hits the bottom of the pan to check the transmission fluid. PML updated this pan to include a ledge for the dipstick (November 2013). This ledge is at the same location as the bottom of the stock pan.

Here is a reference on the LostJeeps Forum about the special dipstick. According to one owner, this special dipstick uses a graph of temperature and oil level to calculate if oil needs to be added and there is a warning on the dipstick tube cap that says "Dealer Service Only".

Inside of PML 42rle tranny pan
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The image at left shows the inside of the PML pan.

The ledge for the dipstick is the half circle on the left side of the image.

PML Transmission Pan Compared to Stock

PML Transmission Pan Part Number 11044 height compared to stock  PML Transmission Pan Part Numbers 11044, compared to stock
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These images show this PML transmission pan compared to the stock pan.

Installations

This PML 42RLE transmission pan has been installed on many trucks and SUVs. Our thanks to these customers who sent us their pictures and comments.

PML provides socket head cap screws bolts, 8mm – 1.25 x 25mm. You use a 8mm allen wrench to install these bolts.

2009 Jeep Wrangler

Rodrigo in Chile installed this pan on his 2009 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 door. He reported that the installation was relatively easy and everything fit perfectly. The two bolts under the exhaust took a lot of work and effort. He lowered the skid plate 1/4 inch with a spacer, shown in picture on the right. We machined the pan with a 1/8 NPT so he can monitor his fluid temperatures.

2009 Jeep Wrangler JK has PML 42rle transmission pan installed   PML transmission pan installed, 2009 JK   PML transmission pan installed, 2009 JK, side view   PML transmission pan installed, 2009 JK, side view
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2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

PML 42rle transmission pan installed on a 2009 Rubicon

PML 42rle transmission pan can be installed on a 2009 Rubicon. These images and descriptions are courtesy of Alvin. According to Alvin, the pan fits and works well. Two of the rear bolts are hard to access during installation. The exhaust runs right next to the pan, as shown in this picture.

Alvin solved the access problem by just prying the exhaust away with a large pry bar and then letting it spring back after installation.

Alvin reported that there is enough clearance for normal operation so no permanent movement of the exhaust is necessary. He also installed a transmission cooler for good measure.

From left to right: Stock transmission pan on the 2009 Rubicon, Driver's side view, pry bar has grease rag on it, View from the front of PML tranny pan installed
Stock transmission pan on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon   PML transmission pan on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, pry bar holding exhaust out of the way   PML transmission pan on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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2008 Jeep Wrangler

Tim installed this PML transmission pan on his 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara JK 3.8. He ordered the as-cast pan and painted it himself. Looks good!

2008 Wrangler Sahara   2008 Wrangler Sahara stock transmission pan   2008 Wrangler Sahara with PML transmission pan
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2008 Jeep Wrangler X

Mike attempted to installed this pan on his 2008 Jeep Wrangler X but could not get enough movement of the exhaust pipe. He pried the exhaust and wedged wooden blocks on alternating sides of the exhaust crossover and on both side of the exhaust crossover simultaneously. The force applied did move the pipe downward but not enough. He felt that any further prying could result in damage. Many others have successfully moved the pipe downward during installation. We do not know why Mike's Wrangler could not. We were sorry to hear that Mike was unable to get the pan installed and appreciate him letting us know what he found.

PML 42rle transmission pan installed on a Liberty

2007 Jeep Liberty KJ

Rhett installed this PML transmission pan on his 2007 Liberty KJ. This image shows the PML transmission pan installed and the skid plate underneath the pan. He reported that "the install is a little tight but the fitment is perfect." Our thanks to Rhett for the picture and his feedback.

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon TJ

Dave installed this PML pan on his 2006 Wrangler Rubicon TJ. He took pictures showing the skid plate with the stock pan and the PML pan. He also snapped of photo of draining the fluid from the stock pan — very messy!

Looks like the tape measure shows about 3/8 inch space between the bottom of the PML pan and the skid plate.

Draining the fluid from the stock transmission pan on a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon   Stock transmission pan on a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon   PML 42rle transmission pan installed on a Wrangler Rubicon with skid plate
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2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

PML transmission pan with cross member

Tim attempted to install this pan on his Rubicon but his vehicle has a cross member right next to the pan. The drain plug basically hits the front cross member and would have to be notched to allow the pan to drain.

Other 2006 Rubicons have installed this pan without a problem. Some others have worked around this by lowering the skid plate or modifying it.

The drain is on the front side of the PML transmission pan.

2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Juan installed a PML transmission pan on his 2005 Rubicon with skid plates. He found that the configuration is such that the drain boss rubs on the factory Jeep transmission pan skid plate. He modified the skid plate so as the entire front of the PML pan now clears the skid plate. He could see an issue with the pan hitting the support bar on the skid plate and causing problems even possibly cracking the pan housing. He sent these images so others would be aware of a possible clearance issue.

PML transmission pan plug and skid plate     PML transmission pan plug and skid plate, closer view
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2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Bill has a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport found the skid plate was not low enough for our pan. His Wrangler Sport has two skid plates, a smaller front skid plate is under the tranny pan. He purchased a spacer kit to lower the skid plate. He also notched the support bar that attaches the plate to the frame for the drain plug.

PML transmission pan on Jeep Wrangler Sport, skid plate too close   Skid plate spacer kit   Skid plate notched for PML drain plug   Skid plate spacer kit installed on a 2005 Wrangler Sport
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2003 Jeep Wrangler

Michael installed this PML transmission pan on his 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4.0L.

He has a skid plate under the stock pan and reinstalled the skid plate under the PML pan to protect it from debris and hazards.

2003 Wrangler   Stock transmission pan 2003 Wrangler   PML transmission pan installed on a 2003 Wrangler
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PML Transmission Pan Features

  • Increased oil capacity for cooler temperatures
  • Sand-cast aluminum with raised fins
  • 3/16-inch thick wall construction to add strength to the transmission case
  • 3/8-inch thick gasket flange will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Machined gasket surface for a secure seal
  • Boss cast into pan can be machined for a temperature sensor
  • Drain hole and magnetic drain plug for easier, less messy maintenance

All PML transmission pans ship with new mounting bolts and a magnetic drain plug.

If you would like PML to machine your pan for a temperature sending unit, there is an additional charge of $45 .

Find out why you should buy a PML transmission pan.

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