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#1051 of 4276 2000 Grand Caravan Transmission dead
Jan 21, 2002 (1:52 pm)
just had van towed to dealer with 56K miles and a dead transmission. Have had a leak in transmission since 35K miles but the dealer service shop has never been able to locate the leak. Well guess what, 21k miles later the transmission is shot. Symptoms were the transmission started with a winding sound, then would not engage in any gear, this all in the same morning within 20 minutes of driving time. Will update once repairs have been completed by dealer service shop. Thank god for the extended warranty. Don't get stuck without one especially on a Dodge/Chrysler product.
#1052 of 4276 Shaking at 40-45 mph
Jan 23, 2002 (6:54 am)
We have a 96 Grand Caravan that started shaking at 40-45 mph around 60,000 miles. It only shudders when we try to maintain that speed going up an incline. Mechanics haven't been able to solve the problem, even though they've done fuel injection service, fuel induction service, tune-ups, new spark plug wires, fuel filter, air filter, etc. Has anyone else experienced this? Any ideas? We have not had any transmission problems yet- hope that's not it.
#1053 of 4276 Shaking at 40-45 mph by musicmom
Jan 23, 2002 (7:08 am)
How about the frontend like alignment, wheel balance worn frontend parts etc. Going up hill is shifting the center of balance of van and causing the problem. Again just a thought.
#1054 of 4276 Shaking at 40-45 mph
Jan 23, 2002 (9:26 am)
We replaced two tires in June and the other two in Sept.with wheel balancing, although we can check it again, especially after reading the above posts about axles and out of round tires. However, the shuddering feels more like the engine isn't getting enough gas - sometimes it's difficult to accelerate when it's acting up. If we continuously accelerate going uphill, instead of trying to maintain steady speed at 40-45 mph, it's alright.
#1055 of 4276 Musicmom Re:Shaking at 45 mph
Jan 24, 2002 (8:44 pm)
If we continuously accelerate going uphill, instead of trying to maintain steady speed at 40-45 mph, it's alright.
Sounds to me the torque convertor could be hanging up. Has the trans ever been serviced ?
#1056 of 4276 A/C evaporator coil FAILURES
Jan 25, 2002 (5:00 pm)
DC paid for new part on '94 GC but not labor. Apparently AC failures are common across the DC lines but this secret warranty still seems to be a secret. Unfortunately, labor cost is high for this part, 5-6 hours. Cheaper at an independent garage but you may have more difficulty in getting DC to pay for the part ($250).
#1057 of 4276 Re shaking at 45 mph
Jan 25, 2002 (9:19 pm)
Have the motor mounts and transmission mounts replaced, may solve the problem.
#1058 of 4276 Leaks Cooler Lines Transmission 2000 GC Sport
Jan 26, 2002 (11:08 am)
2000 Dodge GC Sport After 19,172 miles I started to have tranmission fluid leaking. Brought in for service check and had one line and new clamps installed all under factory warrantee. No charge.Wonder if this is going to be a constant problem at another 20000 miles. Lines use to be metal, dont know about this rubber hose stuff. it's like taking a whipping with a rubber hose. Watch for Red Tranmission fluid leaks. Two of these small rubber hose lines run from the radiator to the tranny.This probably could have caused the failure of ACE 37 s transmission failure or could be one of the leaks in Zimm04 T&C
#1059 of 4276 Trans Fluid Cooler Lines
Jan 26, 2002 (4:30 pm)
I don't know how long ago it was that these lines were metal, but on my '91 Grand Voyager they were rubber. They never leaked once in 139K miles. But I did have a trans go out at about 58K. I am sure they are rubber on most cars because they run between the engine/transmission assembly, which moves around, especially under load, to the radiator, which is mounted to the chassis.
Jan 27, 2002 (9:28 am)
If the problem was truly a leaking line and the dealer replaced it, this will not be a recurring problem for you. As dkrab states, those lines should last the life of the vehicle. You either got a very rare defective line (no doubt purchased by DC from an outside supplier) or it wasn't installed/tightened properly during assembly (unlikely or it would be a common problem).
The good news is that this was a very minor deficiency in your very complex automobile. Kudos to your dealer for identifying the problem and fixing first try and to Chrysler for standing behind their product and paying for it under warranty.