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#1536 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 09, 2007 (5:28 pm)
I had the update done on my 07 town and country, it has not totally eliminated the problem but it is much better, because it is much better and doesn't happen as often it is nearly impossible to demonstrate this to the dealer, i get the typical "you must be driving it wrong" or "it is electronically controlled and the computer has to adapt to each driver" even though i am the only driver. Remember dealer motto, blame the customer.
#1537 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 09, 2007 (5:46 pm)
I too, have had the updates and still have the problem. I did take the mechanic out on a test drive but he didn't feel anything, so he says. I'm glad to be getting feed back on this. Feel free to give the dealer my e-mail addres and I'll verify that I'm still having the same problem as you.
#1538 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 10, 2007 (5:20 am)
Tom 166. I have a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country van (similar to your Dodge van). Had software updated, low gear replaced, etc. Rides a little bit better but problem still there. Mechanics say there is nothing wrong per computer. No lights in van indicating anything wrong. I can feel the van shifting from one gear to the next. Service manager said to come back if the problem still exist. Unfortunately I can't bring the van in for service every week. Not a good solution to this matter. Next car or van I buy I'm sure it will not be a Chrsyler/Dodge/Jeep product. Had a 1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager that was the best van I ever had. I sold it in 2000 and van lasted until 2003 when it was involved in an auto accident and declared total loss. If not for the accident, with proper care, the van would still be around today. Like the saying goes, " they don't make them like they use to." I will continue to bring the vehicle in until the warranty runs out anyway......
#1539 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [issy]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:29 am)
Thanks for the message.........I'm not going to let up on the dearlership, I'll be a pain in their ass until I get it fixed or replaced....
#1540 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [tom166]
Dec 12, 2007 (2:38 am)
I'm not surprised. Here is what I received in writting from the manufacturer concerning my transmission problems:
The total operation of any vehicle is subjective in nature which would result in differences of opinion.
You may bug them until they fix it, but I'm warning you, I was already told by the dealership that they can't do anything more than what the sofware update did.
I have my CAMVAP hearing on next Monday. I'll let you know what the arbitrator had to say.
#1541 of 2083 Re: Chrysler Minivan Transmissions [chdabren]
Dec 13, 2007 (6:57 am)
"Whether u use the 7 pin or not makes no difference. A 7 pin connector provides for use of a trailer with electric brakes. These type trailers are WAY TOO HEAVY for a minivan to be towing. Anything with electric brakes is going to weigh in excess of 7,000 lbs.."
It might be mentioned that a lot of owners use a 7-pin to 5-pin adapters when towing their boats on trailers with brakes. These trailers typically handle no more than 3,000 pounds.
That said, I still wouldn't recommend a T&C for towing a boat. Since AWD is no longer an option (after Sto 'n Go was introduced), one shouldn't count on front wheel drive to pull a boat out of a public access going uphill on a wet ramp.
#1542 of 2083 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission
Dec 17, 2007 (12:09 pm)
Our 2001 T & C has aprox 75,000 miles. This past week we had the AT Fluid changed for the first time using the Chrysler recommended product spec.
Immediately afterwards the Van "jerks" when slowing down to around 28 mph after being in the 4th Gear at about 40 mph. We never had this problem before. What might have caused this problem to suddenly start and is there an adjustment to the AT that could correct without a major tear-down/ repair?
#1543 of 2083 Re: 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission [jrakers007]
Dec 17, 2007 (6:55 pm)
Just in case you didn't see my response on the other board:
Be nervous, be very nervous. Your transmission does NOT call for a fluid service of any kind, regardless of mileage (unless you're towing, I think). A few questions spring to mind:
- What caused you to opt for this service in the first place?
- Why did you opt for a "flush" instead of a pan drop, filter replacement, and top-off type of service?
- While your transmission may well have been refilled with ATF+4, what was it flushed with?
- Who did the work, a dealer, a Jiffy Boob, an Indy shop?
I'm thinking that the first thing that I'd do would be to swap out the filter and top the transmission off again. Drive it a few thousand miles, pump out as much fluid as you can and top it off once again.
#1544 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 19, 2007 (8:17 am)
Hello; Just cking to see how your CAMVAP meeting went!
#1545 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [tom166]
Dec 19, 2007 (1:57 pm)
Chrysler said that only part 1 of the service bulletin was done (which was the software update). They said that part 2 (changing the torque converter) was not done. So the arbitrator ordered the part replaced before we continued. I will put an update on the forum as soon as there is other development. It is my understanding that the arbitrator has the file open up to 90 days after the repairs have been done. If it didn't work, I can continue with the arbitration process. They said that their experience was that the symptoms were reduced by 90% or the success rate was 90% of the fixes that have worked (the representative was not sure which one it was). They tried to reassure me that it was not damaging the transmission and that the vehicle had to adapt to my driving.