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#1590 of 2070 1999 Plymouth Voyager Transmission problems????
Mar 03, 2008 (10:23 pm)
I have a 1999 Plymouth Voyager 2.4L with the 3 speed 31TH transmission. It has 132,000 miles on it but around 128,000 miles the tranny began having what felt like a short slip from 2nd to 3rd. It only happened occasionly on the highway. Well I had it flushed and filter changed also adding lucas transmission additive for high mileage transmissions. The trans seemed to be fine for awhile then around 130,000 miles a whining sound with the smell of trans fluid began. I checked for leaks but found none so my guess was it was overheating the transmission. Shortly after it lost any shifting into 3rd gear at that time we turned around and headed back home half way there it kept sliding in and out of gears droppingus down to 20 MPH now the trans will shift into first some times and other times barely. PLEASE IF YOU CAN HELP I NEED TO GET THISS PROBLEM SOLVED IS IT SIMPLE OR LARGE? I have rebuilt transmissions before but never on a dodge. I have done one GM and three Ford but all have been manuals please let me know if you can help me with this problem.
#1591 of 2070 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [dadto3]
Mar 05, 2008 (9:28 am)
You may want to check the level of your power steering fluid. I had a similar whining noise on my 2005 TC with about 42,000 miles on it. The noise changed as engine RPM changed. I found my power steering reservoir to be a little low ( it was at the bottom of the ok range). I filled the reservoir with ATF+4 fluid up to the top of that range and my whine issue is gone. Make sure you use ATF+4 and not power steering fluid. There have been several people that have reported having issues with a leaking seal in the rack and pinion and the dealer wanting $800 to change the rack and pinion. It seems to be somewhat wide spread. When I checked the level of the fluid I found that someone had painted a blue line on the reservoir which was near the upper end of the ok range. Iím guessing my dealer noted the level of my fluid during one of my oil changes because they know there is an issue with seal leaks. Hope this helps.
#1592 of 2070 Re: 2002 Chrysler T & C Transmission Failure [bmorr]
Mar 09, 2008 (1:40 pm)
While I have not experienced this first hand, my pastor had his transmission fail suddenly on him. His was an older (1999) but it only had about 100000kms on it. The transmission shop he took it to found that the pin in the differential had worked it's way out after the keeper failed. It had been thrown out the side of the transmission. I have done some research and talking with our local transmission shop and he said that up until the 2006 model year this was a problem for the Chrysler(Dodge and Plymouth) minivans. It happens specifically when the tires are spun(if the vehicle gets stuck). The shop he went to said that there is a very simple fix for this problem, change the pin and keepers to the ones used in the 2006 models. It is only a 2 hour job and it can save thousands. I will be doing some calling on Monday to find out about this fix and post an update. I just wonder why Chrysler hasn't seen fit to bring this potential problem to light?!?!?!?!?
#1593 of 2070 Re: 99 caravan transmission problem [jmangrum]
Mar 17, 2008 (6:25 pm)
Had the same problem on my 2000 caravan last Aug. took it to shop had to replace speed control sensors only 1 was bad but was told when 1 goes bad other isnt far away. so it cost me about 250.00 to have them fix it. They over charged me for parts. they were 25.00 a piece at autozone. they charged 80.00 a piece so labor wasnt much at all about 1/2 hour job. I didnt know what was wrong with it so I had to suck up the cost . Sincerely Martin Baker
#1594 of 2070 Re: 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan front end problem [engr2go1]
Mar 18, 2008 (7:27 am)
Have you solved your front end shake problem? If so, what was the problem?
#1595 of 2070 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [dadto3]
Mar 18, 2008 (12:23 pm)
Did you resolve your whining noise? My 06 Grand Caravan does the exact same thing. I drive mostly around town, but have noticed on longer trips on the interstate of 45-60 minutes I have the whining sound you describe. If I stop the car for a while and restart, the sound goes away until I travel again at higher speeds for the longer trip. Last time I heard it, I drove at slower speeds on a side road for about 10 minutes and the sound went away before I had even stopped the car. My husband has never been with me when the sound has occurred. As I travel out of town with the kids alone occasionally, I'm afraid this is a sign of a problem that will cause me to be stranded on the side of the interstate. My car is currently at a dealership getting checked out, but I'm afraid they think I'm crazy as they haven't heard the sound yet. They are currently checking out the transmission and power steering. Any details from your investigation that could help me out in leading them to my problem?
#1596 of 2070 Town Country whining noise after long drives [tnvolfan]
Mar 30, 2008 (4:24 pm)
Any leads on the whining noise? My 06 Grand Caravan has the same problem. We drove 2 hours to visit family over Easter and it was really bad as I stopped for gas. Five minutes with the van off while filling up, no noise?? A month ago I stopped for fast food after driving for 5 hours, I could barely hear the noise after sitting in the drive through for 5-7 minutes?? I am very curious what the dealer says. Are you still under warranty? My van has 96K miles because I travel for work. It looks like rancherat and dadto3 have the same issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1597 of 2070 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [dad22]
Mar 30, 2008 (6:57 pm)
After 3 days of investigating (supposedly) the dealership service department determined that the whining was coming from the power steering pump. They replaced it under warranty. We have around 20k miles on our van. We haven't taken any long trips since the repair so we don't know for sure that our problem is fixed. Hopefully, it is and this info helps you.
#1598 of 2070 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [dad22]
Mar 31, 2008 (6:13 am)
They determined mine is the power steering rack that is causing the problems and it's being replaced this week. They topped off my power steering fluid, which stopped the whining, but I'm also slowly losing fluid, so hopefully this new rack will take care of the problem. I'd say top off your power steering fluid and if that eliminates your whining noise, then I bet you need your rack replaced as well.
#1599 of 2070 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [dadto3]
Mar 31, 2008 (7:54 pm)
I took mine to the dealer and they hadn't heard of the issue before..No suprise there. Mine still has the noise but only after long drives. I'm going to check the PS level and see if that's a help. I've got 68,000 on my LX and that's the only thing I've had problems with. Thanks everyone! Is the rack going to be a recall thing or just our problem?