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Jeep 45RFE to 68RFE Transmission Pan Guidelines

Jeep 45RFE to 68RFE Transmission Pan Guidelines

PML makes four different pans for the 45RFE, 545RFE, 65RFE, 66RFE, 68RFE series of transmissions. The part numbers are 10304, 11078, 11079, 11161:

PML Chrysler/Dodge RFE transmission pans   Rear of transmission pans, click to view larger

Each pan has different benefits and fitment guidelines.

  • 11078: Stock capacity, similar shape to stock "4WD" pan but slightly larger, no cut out on passenger front corner
  • 11079: 2 quarts over stock, step in back for exhaust and frame clearance, no cut out on passenger front corner
  • 10304: 2.5 quarts over stock, not parallel to ground when installed, no cut out on passenger front corner
  • 11161: 4 to 4.5 quarts over stock, has cut out on passenger front corner

1999 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ:

All of the above PML transmission pans have been installed on configurations of 1999 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 or 5.7 Hemi.

4.0 engine models have the 42RE, 44RE transmission and should see PML part number 9862.

2002 to 2004 Jeep Liberty 3.7:

We have mixed reports from customers. One customer reported the passenger, front corner was under the exhaust so the PML stock capacity pan did not fit. Others with 2002 to 2004 Liberty Jeeps have installed PML stock capacity pan (part number 11078), 2 quarts over pan (part number 11079) and deep pan (part number 10304). We do not know if anyone has tried PML deepest pan (part number 11161).

Jeep Liberty CRD, 2005 and 2006:

All of the above PML transmission pans have been installed on configurations of 2005 and 2006 Liberty CRD Jeeps.

Check skid plate. If there is a skid plate, it may need spacers to lower it for a larger transmission pan.

2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokee WK and Commander XX:

PML pans probably will not fit. There is not much room. Part number 11161 has not been tried and may fit because the passenger/right front corner of 11161 is differently shaped. However the catalytic converter is also very close to the transmission pan. In the passenger/right front corner:

  • Distance from the flange to the exhaust is about 4.5 inches.
  • PML pans 11078, 11079, and 10304 are 4.8 to 6.3 inches from flange to top.
  • PML pan 11161 is 2.7 inches from flange to top of ledge.

Concern #1: Exhaust too close to pan on passenger/right side, especially the front corner. PML part number 11161 might be ok. Picture shows passenger/right front corner of OEM transmission pan and exhaust.
      passenger front corner of OEM pan and exhaust Click to view larger.

Concern #2 Catalytic converter too close to the front of the stock pan, it hits the larger PML pan. Image shows OEM pan and exhaust and catalytic converter.
      OEM pan and exhaust and catalytic converter Click to view larger.

Jeep Wrangler 2010 and 2011 2.8 Diesel:

Check for clearance, especially for space between the skid plate and the OEM pan. We have heard that PML pans fit but have not heard back from a customer. These Wranglers were available outside the US.

2011 to 2012 Grand Cherokee WK2:

There is not enough space to get a PML pan installed. Even the stock pan is difficult to remove for fluid changes. PML 11078, the smallest pan, could not be installed.

The primary issue is the front cross member. It is welded on so it cannot be temporarily removed for installation of a PML pan. There is a large spin on filter that also makes it difficult.

Concern #1 Frame cross member too close to install PML pan. Image shows front of pan and cross member, front is on the right in the image, view from passenger/right side of vehicle.
      OEM pan and frame, passenger side view Click to view larger.

Concern #2 Skid plate would not fit with PML deep pans. PML stock capacity pan part number 11078 may fit under skid plate. Might be possible to use spacers with skid plate if Concern #1 is resolved.
      2011 Grand Cherokee OEM pan skid plate Click to view larger.

Modifying PML pan: A few customers that were unable to install a PML pan have tried removing fins and part of the pan. It did not help. The PML pan still did not fit.