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#1001 of 2083 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problems
Jan 23, 2006 (5:39 am)
My van has issues. First, and foremost the transmission. It works well in every gear except REVERSE. Also my service engine light remains on. Also all of my instrument lights on the dash do not register. For example I have no speed odometer and can not see my gas gauge as to how much gas I have in the vehicle.
So I need help. A garage told me there is a replacement switch or part that my fix the problem with power to the instrument panel as well as it will cause the transmission to not let it perform in reverse.
#1002 of 2083 Re: 2001 T&C Engine light ON problem [freshwater]
Jan 23, 2006 (11:40 am)
Got the call from Dealer, he told me Yes my Tranx is gone .
They will overhaul it (dont know what that realy mean). Everything will be covered except some cooling thing they need to change will cost me $200. They think that cooling part has caused the Tranx failover. They are ordering all the parts from accross the country so it will take some time. They also give me a rental for 5 days maximum.
I dont know what is the difference between an Overhaul or Rebuild. I hope whatever they do works fine.
#1003 of 2083 Re: 2001 T&C Engine light ON problem [freshwater]
Jan 24, 2006 (7:55 pm)
Actually the dealer put the rebuild trans. It took them one day to finish the job. Already got the van back and its looking good. They think the trans cooler was pluged which cause the trans breakdown. They replace the trans cooler for $275 and thats all I paid for the whole job.
This chrysler dealer was real good.
#1004 of 2083 Do I need an extended warranty?
Jan 29, 2006 (10:47 am)
Help, please! Post #998 is me and I have to decide to buy a Chrysler extended warranty before 48k mi according to their website. Apparently was a rental or fleet vehicle before purchase.
After getting a "front pump" replacement I wonder if I should be concerned about an '05 needing a trans in the future. I keep my vehicles for a very long time when practical. Owned 2 vehicles in the last 25 years! And I drive more than average. Thank you.
#1005 of 2083 Re: '05 Town & Country transmission problem [gregman]
Jan 29, 2006 (12:29 pm)
MY New 3.3 2005 lx only had 1,800 miles on it when they replaced entire tranny with a new one, not rebuilt, and i had to ask for another new car replacement because of all the noises i experienced in my new car in the tranny, whines, etc., they did a tsb first, did not help, finally they did replace tranny, but not car, also a new muffler system, and i still have peeling paint issue, never again, will i deal with a chrysler product, i thought all tranny and quality problems had been resolved, same old junk from chrysler, love the ride looks, etc., just did not like a remanufactured used car when i was supposed to get a new one, and now they have taken away the 7/70,000 tranny warranty for 2006, be aware of what you might be purchasing when going new anymore
#1006 of 2083 99 Dodge Transmission Problems
Feb 01, 2006 (8:19 am)
My caravan has been going into 'limp home ' mode. It does this after getting up to highway speed ( over drive ? ), and then having to slow down enough ( apx, 30-35 )for a down shift. After it does this , I've been restarting to reset, and it drives fine until slowing down again. This does not happen when driving around town at speeds lower than 40. I finally called the dealer who told me it was probably the input speed sensor that could be fixed for $120. When the tech scanned the DTC code he got P1776. He didn't have any info on this, so called their Dodge hot line. He was told that it was a stuck valve, probably caused by metal debris from the convertor. They recommended replacing the convertor, valve body, pump and seals....$1400. ( the tech did say that there was some fine metal shavings build up on the magnet. This is a reman trans with 50K )
Dusty had said in #864 that if a restart fixes a problem it Almost always is not the trans . I know that this may not be the case with my problem, but it gives at least a little hope that the dealer is wrong.
Does anyone have a second or third opinion as to the problem ( if not a stuck valve ), and/or a possible solution that is easier than a rebuild ?
Thanks, Jeff K.
#1007 of 2083 Re: 99 Dodge Transmission Problems [jedikia]
Feb 02, 2006 (4:33 pm)
My apologies but my response in #864 has misled you.
In that scenario I was meaning a PCM/TCM reset that is performed by disconnecting the vehicle battery. This wipes the shift algorithm from the TCM and puts it in the default mode.
In general, correct transmission performance after a reset by simply restarting indicates that the major components are probably healthy as long as the condition is not accompanied by a fault code or "limp in" mode indication.
If a problem occurs after a restart and there is a fault code or "limp" mode indicated, it generally means that there is a problem with a component.
In your case a P1776 code is not listed in the book I have. I'm pretty sure your problem is not the TCM. However, I think a sticking front servo or accumulator, or loss of line pressure could cause your symptoms. Of course, a problem in the valve body wopuld be the first thing I'd look for, so your tech's thought is logical.
You say this is a reman. How many miles on this transmission and did a Dodge dealer install this? A good reman shouldn't have a problem as long as the correct ATF is used.
Sorry for the poorly written statement.
#1008 of 2083 '05 T&C tranny problem/extended warranty
Feb 02, 2006 (8:01 pm)
Since no reply about '05 T&C trans reliability I can only assume it's the same old pos. Still thinking about extended warranty.
#1009 of 2083 Re: 99 Dodge Transmission Problems [dustyk]
Feb 02, 2006 (8:30 pm)
Thanks for the response. Your answers have been very helpfull to me in my researching efforts.
The original tranny blew a pin thru the side after apx. 90 thoasand. The dealer put in the reman. about 50 thoasand miles ago. They say they only use ATF fluid, and I trust them in that.
They said they didn't recommend just trying to replace the valve body because if the converter was deteriorating it would eventually foul another valve.(or something like that)
I'm not sure if that alternative would end up being the least expensive in the long run. What do you think?
#1010 of 2083 IWas the tranny problem really addressed by Dodge
Feb 03, 2006 (8:09 am)
I know the older Dodges all had Tranny problems. But they suppose to have been corrected from 04 models. However, when I had by 99 1500 tranny rebuild at 90K 1 year ago, the shop owner told me he has seen newer, 02-04 models, coming in for repair with the same failures.
Does anyone have info on the more recent models, maybe the 05-06? I like many of the dodge products, but I really hate the deal wiht the tranny problem again.