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#1277 of 2083 Re: 2005 Town and Country 3.8L Transmission fluid change?? [mudra]
Feb 17, 2007 (6:21 am)
No, no, no. You were correct for being concerned and you need to take remedial action NOW!
Point 1: ATF+3 is Chrysler's very specific semi-synthetic formulation and no amount of any additive in the world will make Dextron (of any flavor) compatible with ATF+3.
Point 2: Even if they did put ATF+3 in you 2005 transmission, it will still get destroyed. Why? If you check your Owner's Manual, you will see that your van requires ATF+4, which is Chrysler's fully synthetic transmission fluid, and is backward compatible with ATF+3, not the otherway around.
Summary: Get that stuff out of your transmission pronto or you'll find yourself paying upwards of $3,000 for a new transmission. Once you get your tranny flushed by the dealer, demand that Pep Boyz not only refund the money you paid, but that they also pay for your flush.
#1278 of 2083 Re: 2005 Town and Country 3.8L Transmission fluid change?? [mudra]
Feb 17, 2007 (2:32 pm)
Like I said, they don't have a clue, or even know what ATF+4 is. $230 seems very high, even for a dealership. Stay away from Paramus + Westwood.
#1279 of 2083 Re: 2003 Transmission Problems [kendvm]
Feb 22, 2007 (10:28 am)
I also have 2003 T&C with a shifting problem (slipping) from 1st to 2nd. It's in the shop today actually. They (Suppose ably) replaced the torque converter, a pump, and some other things the 1st time it was in along with a computer update but it still has the problem. Did your shop make you pay the $100 deductible every time you carried it in for the same problem? Mine says "DC makes us charge the Deduc every time, regardless if it is for the same problem". That just doesn't sound right to me.
Is there a fix out there for this tranny problem????
BTW: This started at 50-55K miles, it now has 59-60K miles.
#1280 of 2083 Re: Another hard down shifting problem [shipo]
Feb 25, 2007 (1:24 pm)
Referring to wannbemech's e-mail, I have a hard downshift problem. I had the oil changed with new filter, used ATF+4 and hard shifting problem started. The hardshift occurs at 30 mph while slowing down. Same symptoms as wannabemech.
When they did the oil change thay used a FRAM filter. The problem started immediately and I went to Chrysler and purchased a Chrysler filter for my transmission 2002 Town & Country 3.8. No change, problem still exsits. Since the oil change, 400 mi. have passed and still no change in condition. What do you think?
#1281 of 2083 Re: Another hard down shifting problem [captainibc]
Feb 25, 2007 (1:46 pm)
While I've never experienced the "Bump Shift" thing occurring after a fluid change, any number of folks have, and in most cases the response from the dealership/transmission shop is that the TCM signaled "Loss of Prime" (happens on some oil changes and not on others, no explanation as to why). There are two ways of clearing the error, 1) disconnect the battery for some period of time (I don't remember the exact interval, however, I'm sure an hour would be more than sufficient), or 2) have your friendly neighborhood dealership/transmission shop trigger a reset inside of your TCM.
I hope this helps.
#1282 of 2083 Re: Another hard down shifting problem [shipo]
Feb 25, 2007 (3:51 pm)
Thanks Shipo. You've pointed me in the right direction...I hope! I'll disconnect the battery for at least 1 hr. If this does not help I'll bring it to my dealer/transmission shop. Thanks again.
#1283 of 2083 Cruise Control Problem
Feb 28, 2007 (11:43 am)
When driving with my cruise control on the transmission will jump in and out of overdrive. It only does this when I have the cruise control on.
#1284 of 2083 Re: Cruise Control Problem [tsguru59]
Mar 01, 2007 (7:00 am)
First off, you are most likely not changing gears (or overdrive gears) at all, what you are experiencing is the torque converter locking and unlocking.
Second, depending upon the terrain, the incline (or decline) of the road, your vehicle speed, the load you're carrying and the engine and transmission installed in your van, your transmission should lock and unlock the torque converter. Now, if you are tooling down the freeway at 65 mph, and the road is flat, and you have little load, and you have either the 3.3 or the 3.8 liter engine, then your transmission should lock the torque converter and keep it locked.
#1285 of 2083 Re: 2005 Town and Country 3.8L Transmission fluid change?? [97xpresso]
Mar 01, 2007 (7:37 am)
Well, I am in East Brunswick,NJ and the lowest any dealer around here has quoted for a Flush is $200 + tax. I called up PepBoys and discussed the issue with their Service Manager . They did a flush with ATF4 under warranty. Thanks, everybody for your helpful suggestions.