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#1497 of 2083 Hard Shifting Transmission Problem Fixed
Oct 28, 2007 (6:00 pm)
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.1L
For maybe 2 years, the transmission would "jerk" while driving anywhere, in town, on the highway, at any speed basically, and in any gear. It was annoying but I did what I do best and ignored, it, figuring I would just wait for the whole transmission to go instead of sending a mechanic in there to waste my money and maybe solve nothing.
Anyway, I had a wild hair about a month or so ago, and decided to change the filter. It had never been done, on a van with 190,000 miles. (No comments, please.) So, changed the filter, cleaned the magnet (it was really bad), put it all back together and VOILA! The thing shifts as smooth as the day I bought it.
I've been told that a flush would have done the same thing, but some mechanics have told me that a flush will just stir things up that don't need stirred up. It wasn't all that difficult doing the filter and magnet, and if you are careful it isn't overly messy. So, needless to say, I am glad I did it. If anyone out there is having transmission problems, try what I did first. It's better than a $150.00 diagnostic charge.
#1498 of 2083 Re: Hard Shifting Transmission Problem Fixed [gabhanjacisa]
Oct 29, 2007 (11:00 am)
Last thursday the tourqe converter was replaced along with computer updates. This has almost taken care of the problem. I still feel a slight surge as I come to a stop and take off. I will give it a week and take it back. The fluid change may work for you but on the new caravans it's more then the fluid.
#1499 of 2083 Re: Hard Shifting Transmission Problem Fixed [tom166]
Nov 02, 2007 (6:12 am)
Just an FYI . . .
We recently sold our 1994 Grand Caravan ES with the 3.3L and 4-speed ECT. We got 162K on the original transmission, but it was starting to act a bit weird at times (hard bump downshifts, etc.) prior to selling the van. In excess of 150K is possible on the original transmission, but we drive very conservatively and changed the ATF every 24K or 2 years. The only real strange symptom was about a year after purchase in the spring of 1995, the transmission went into "limp mode," but after a reset all was fine, and it never did it again - very strange.
#1500 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [manipulators]
Nov 03, 2007 (9:19 am)
My 2007 trans seems to be fixed, dealer installed computer update for transmission and it is now shifting verry smooth
#1501 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [brokenspoke]
Nov 03, 2007 (2:53 pm)
Happy to hear that your vehcile has been fixed. Mine, it improved a lot but I still have the problem. Will be taking it back in on the 5th.
#1502 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [brokenspoke]
Nov 06, 2007 (7:00 pm)
That is good news.
Dealor called and said the software update came in last week. Taking it in tomorrow. 2007 sxt
Hope it works.
#1503 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [simidave]
Nov 07, 2007 (2:50 am)
Let me know if that has fixed yours.It helped mine, but I still have the problem ,but not as bad.
#1504 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [tom166]
Nov 07, 2007 (6:20 pm)
Just picked up my 2007SXT. Drove it about 18 miles. So far it shifts fine. Nothing like it used to. No more weird downhshift into 1st at slow, stop and go speeds.
The paperwork references TSB 21-015-07. They reflashed the
pcm. Good luck. They said this fix just came out 2 weeks ago. Good luck
#1505 of 2083 i have a 96 town and country
Nov 08, 2007 (6:12 pm)
I got a 96 town and country lxi, the transmission started slipping real bad. I want to replace it but it is impossible to find one. is there any other tranny that would work with my 96 lxi motor is a 3.8l please help anyone.
#1506 of 2083 Re: i have a 96 town and country [yankeeinnc2002]
Nov 09, 2007 (12:41 pm)
If you value your van, go to your dealership and have them put in a Factory Remanufactured transmission. The reman is built to the latest 2000 model year specs for that generation of that transmission and is the only Generation 3 minivan transmission designed specifically for the new ATF+4 transmission fluid. That and you get a 3-Year and 36,000 mile warranty for your $2,600.