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#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.
#1546 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 19, 2007 (4:47 pm)
I have had both updates. They were performed at the same time. I still have the same problem. The cold weather seems to make a hard shift more noticeable. Taking mine back in tomorrow to see what kind of bull they will have. ......Thanks for the update.
#1547 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [ericbenwa]
Dec 21, 2007 (4:47 am)
Same thing they said to me. The vehicle had to adapt to my driving, what kind of a response is that. I've never heard of such a thing. I'll tell you, we never buy an American made car ever again. Will stick with Honda.........
#1548 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [issy]
Dec 21, 2007 (6:17 am)
A couple of points:
1) It is true that the 41TE transmission in late model minivans need to learn and adapt to the driving style of the main driver, in fact, this has been true since that transmission was first brought out nearly twenty years ago. That said, due to the nature of the heavier duty clutch material that is used in the 2007 and later transmissions, it seems that they take longer to adapt to the driver, even after the firmware has been upgraded.
2) Honda has had a significant issue with their transmissions as well (some say they've been corrected, some say otherwise), so if you're going to buy Honda, be prepared to deal with tranny problems as well. FWIW, every Odyssey in our neighborhood (all three of them) has required a new transmission, one of them twice (and the second one wasn't covered under the secret extended warranty, that was an ouch to the tune of $4,500).
#1549 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [issy]
Dec 22, 2007 (8:24 am)
in my opinion chrysler cannot afford to fix this problem, it would require replacing all of these clutches with different ones, that is far too expensive, this company is in a financial death spiral. they will continue to stone wall customers until the warranty is over. even for those with the lifetime warranty, remember that warranty is only good for the lifetime of the company, witch if it is sold off in chunks by cerberus who knows how that would effect a so called lifetime warranty.
buying a honda may not be the answer but it probably would be better to buy from a company in better financial shape that can afford to stand behind their products.
#1550 of 2083 Re: 2007 Dodge Caravan transmission [brokenspoke]
Dec 22, 2007 (11:25 am)
IMHO nobody "stands behind their products" and all the dealers/companies need to be threatened, sued, and coerced into fixing problems. Honda needed the class-action lawsuit to get off its rear and Toyota is being threatened by one too. I don't know how much worse Chrysler is financially than other companies. They all go through their ups and downs. I bought alot of Apple computer stock when everybody thought they were going down the tubes, and now look at it -- wish I had bought more.
For all the hoopla I believe Chrysler builds a better minivan transmission than Honda, about as good as Toyota does. GM probably builds a better one than any of them but they aren't in the minivan business anymore. I am currently at 174,xxx on my original Chrysler transmission and it is going strong. Flush it every 60K and that is it.
I don't understand why all the companies have transmission problems yet only the American companies get blasted for it. When an American transmission fails its "I'll never buy from this company again". When a Jap transmission fails its "Oh well at least it was better than an American car".
#1551 of 2083 Re: 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission [jrakers007]
Dec 27, 2007 (10:01 am)
The same thing just happened to my 02 GC. I checked that it does not exhibit the issue while in D3, so I believe it is going from 4 to 3. My manual does suggest fluid and filter change, and I had mine done with ATF4 as part of the PM schedule. The problem existed on the mechanics test drive, and it was not there before. My question is what is really wrong. The local dealership says I need a complete rebuild w/ Torque Converter at $1900. I only want to fix what is broken. Any help is appreciated, as some of you on this forum state you are Master Tech Certified, this applies to you.
#1552 of 2083 Re: 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission [vinniet]
Dec 27, 2007 (9:56 pm)
Were having the same problem with our 2006 Chrysler minivan. When we slow down at about 28 mph there is a small jolt. Does anybody know what might be causing this? Will a transmission service help?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1553 of 2083 Re: 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission [rjmjajrj]
Dec 28, 2007 (5:14 am)
Same thing happens to me with my 2007 T&C van. I had the low gear replaced on the transmission and three adjustments made within 5 months. I doesn't jolt as frequently or as strong as before. I heard after I purchased the vehicle that this is common on Chrsyler vans. Supposedly the vehicle has to adjust to your driving and adjusting the system is there only temporary solution. However it is not a permanent fix.
#1554 of 2083 Re: 2001 Chrysler T & C - Transmission [issy]
Dec 28, 2007 (7:54 am)
I've read through a lot of these forums and I couldn't find a common answer to this question. I guess what I'm wondering is does this mean my transmission is on it's way out? The vehicle has 134000 miles on it. Or will another transmission fluid service help? Or is this a computer problem which could be reset by a mechanic. Or could there be a variety of reasons that cause it?
The problem seems to be a consistent one so I thought the answer might be also. Thanks.