2004 PT Cruiser needs 2 transmission pans?!?

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I am doing some homework on a transmission pan drop, filter change, and a fluid refill, and was looking at alternate drain pans that have drain bolts for ease of future fluid changes. Dorman makes such a pan, but when I searched for the car (2004 PT Cruiser), two pans were listed- a transmission pan 265-801 and a transmission rear cover 265-820. Both have a drain bolt installed. http://www.dormanproducts.com/gsearch.as...nsmission%20Pan I'm not familiar with "transmission rear covers". Is this something unique to Chrysler? Should I buy or do I need to buy both for a pan drop and fluid change? I'm unsure how to proceed on this at the moment. Thanks!
 
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The "rear cover" is the side cover in the wheelwell that covers the transfer gears.You wont need that unless its rusted up.
 
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The transfer gear cover, 265-820, does not have a drain plug it doesn't need one. The differential cover has some ATF behind it that won't drain out when trans is serviced. If you want to drain that oil, just pop the cover off.
 

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Thanks for the info! The information listed for the 265-820 says it has a drain plug, but the picture shows no plug in the pan. It must have been misinformation. And I'd rather spend about $25 on a new pan than weld anything to the current pan. If it's done as part of a drain and fill, it'll be no additional labor to put it on.
 
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Some cars have something that looks like a transmission pan on the side of the transmission. I don't know of any situation where that pan was replaced unless there was a leak at that location.
 
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Originally Posted By: artificialist
Some cars have something that looks like a transmission pan on the side of the transmission. I don't know of any situation where that pan was replaced unless there was a leak at that location.
I have replaced the gasket on one of these side pans due to leakage. I had to use a make a gasket type of thing out of a tube. Yes, it was on a Chrysler product. I probably should have taken some pics of what was inside it, but it looked like gears to me.
 
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