Volume: 1 to 1 1/2 quarts over stock depending on application
Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. Height is 3.9 inches, Stock pan is 3.2
Number of Bolts: 13
PML designed this pan considering that many vehicles with the 42RLE do not have space for a large transmission pan. It is a tight fit but the pan has worked with many configurations of exhaust routing, frame cross members and skid plates. See Applications and Installations for more information.
- Fins for heat dissipation
- Extra capacity
- Heavy duty sand cast aluminum construction
- Drain and magentic drain plug for easier fluid changes
- New mounting bolts included
- Thick walls for strenght
- Thick gasket flange a secure seal
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.
Always check your vehicle to verify transmission and available space. Configurations vary.
- Jeep Wrangler TJ 2003 to 2006 (in-line 4 or 6 cylinder engine) — including Rubicon
- Jeep Wrangler JK 2007 to 2011 with V6 engine.
- 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
- Other vehicles with the 42RLE transmission such as some 2008 to 2010 Dodge Challenger, 2005 to 2008 Dodge Magnum SE/SXT, and 2007 to 2008 Mitsubishi Raider 3.7L V6
2003 to 2006 Rubicons: some have reported the frame or skid plate support is close to or contacts the drain plug on the PML pan.
2007 to 2011 Wranglers: Jeep routed the exhaust close to the pan on many of these Wranglers. There are three bolts that are difficult to access. To make access easier, most customers have 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.
Bolts holding the pan on to the transmission:
- 42RLE transmission pans have 13 bolts
- 42RE transmission pans have 14 bolts
See PML Part Number 9862
- 45RFE, 545RFE, 68RFE, 66RFE, and 65RFE transmission pans have 15 bolts
See a PML Part Number 11161, this transmission is on some Ram 1500 and Liberty and Wrangler with diesel engines, PML makes 4 pans for this transmission
- 2011 Jeep Wrangler
- 2009 Jeep Wrangler
- 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
- 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
- 2008 Jeep Wrangler X
- 2007 Jeep Liberty KJ
- 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon TJ
- 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
- 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
- 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport
- 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ (temperature sensor installed in pan)
- 2003 Jeep Wrangler
PML provides socket head cap screws bolts, 8mm – 1.25 x 25mm. You use a 8mm allen wrench to install these bolts.
2011 Jeep Wrangler
Jason's 2011 JK 3.8 has a Magnuson Super Charger and Full Flow Exhaust Headers. And now it also has a PML transmission pan.
Jason opted to have PML machined a 1/8 NPT in the pan so he can monitor his transmission fluid temperatures. The aftermarket temperature sending unit is installed in the PML pan and is sticking out of the pan in the two images on the right.
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 Rubicon
PML 42rle transmission pan 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 the 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
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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 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.
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.
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.
2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Tim attempted to install this pan on his Rubicon but his vehicle has a frame cross member right next to the pan. The drain plug hits the beam and would have to be notched.
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.
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.
2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ
Tim Henry installed this PML transmission pan on his 2004 TJ. He reported that he had no clearance issues and the pan fit perfect. He added a temperature sensor to monitor his fluid.
PML transmission pan on 2004 TJ
2004 TJ, PML 42RLE pan with temperature sending unit installed
Passenger side of PML 42RLE pan on 2004 TJ
Driver side of PML transmission pan on 2004 TJ
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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.
DrainPML 42RLE Pan, drain hole shown, click to view larger image
The drain hole is on the passenger side of the front of the pan.
On some Jeep Rubicons (probably 2003 to 2006 models), the drain is close to the cross member or support bar. Check clearance carefully. Some modification might be needed. Draining fluid will require some care.
Optional Machining for a Temperature Sending Unit
The boss for optional temperature sending unit machining is on the driver side of the front of the pan.
This PML pan works with the stock filter and has a small post to keep the filter supported in the valve body. No filter extension is needed.
Skid Plate and Frame Cross Member Under Stock Pan
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. This is shown in above picture.
A Chrysler recall may modify 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.
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.
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".
The ledge for the dipstick is the half circle on the left side of the image.