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#1681 of 2083 POOR TRANSMISSION DESIGE 2008
Oct 27, 2008 (3:37 am)
If you own a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and are going down a long steep hill and drop the transmission down to # 3 or # 2 in order to hold the Van back, that will work as long as you have the breaks to hold the transmission in that range, if you donít apply the breaks or you lose your breaks the transmission will automatically shift up to the nest higher gear putting you into freewheeling, if you donít believe me try it. Forget about the emergence break it locks when you push it on, which will put into an uncontrolled skid.
Pray you are not pulling a trailer or have your family in the Van when or if that ever happens.
#1682 of 2083 2008 T&C Sudden change from R to D
Nov 13, 2008 (4:05 pm)
Has anyone experienced the transmission changing from Reverse to Drive, while it was in gear? We had one that went while the gas was pressed. Looking to see if this is a one time anomaly or if it's happened before. Thank You.
#1683 of 2083 Speedometer out, engine light on, and stuck in a gear
Nov 25, 2008 (4:09 pm)
Just thought someone might know whats going on with my van. First thing I backed out of my parking spot and put it in drive and nothing, just the motor reving, after it kicked into gear down the road my speedometer drops to zero, so I stop and check the tran fluid, it was on add, so I added a quart. Left the parking lot and figured out that I am now stuck in 2nd gear (I think) and my engine light is also now on. HELP!?
My van is a 2000 Grand Caravan.
#1684 of 2083 Re: 2008 T&C Sudden change from R to D [spike89]
Dec 04, 2008 (9:12 am)
I had a rental Dodge Grand Caravan which was parked in parking lot that was relatively flat. I put the vehicle in park, removed the key from the ignition, which can only be done if the vehicle is in park. Went to a reataurant to have lunch and came out to find the vehicle had rolled into another parked vehicle. A police officer was there and said when they slim jim opened the locked doors the vehicle was in neutral. Do not know why. But could help explain the need for Chrysler to be bailed out for making poor cars.
#1685 of 2083 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive
Dec 17, 2008 (7:34 pm)
Hello alright guys here goes my issue.
I bought a 94 town & country from a private owner here in my town and was told that the motor had been replaced with a rebuilt one less then 50,000 miles ago and the purr that it produces leads me to believe that is true but just yesterday I had to tell my wife to pull off the freeway because I felt it was not shifting and rpms were going sky high.
Now we cannot go past 35 mph without stressing the vehicle as it appears to be stuck in 2nd gear if it indeed has a four speed automatic counting the OD.
Any help would be highly appreciated since I need to get to work and it is 25 miles away and it is the only vehicle I currently have for me and the wife&kids.
Please advise me as what steps I need to take, I have checked the tranny fluid and it is full.
#1686 of 2083 Re: 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive [roro121]
Dec 18, 2008 (5:09 am)
input and output sensors are culprits and sounds like that is your issue
#1687 of 2083 Re: 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive [roro121]
Dec 18, 2008 (4:04 pm)
As shockey said, an input or output speed sensor can cause the computer to go into limpmode which keeps the trans in second gear until repaired. Unfortunately there are many electrical and mechanical issues that can that can cause the computer to go to limpmode. Anytime there is a fault that the computer picks up,the computer has the same reaction..2nd gear only. The first thing you need to do is find out what codes have been stored to cause the limpmode to begin with. If you want to try to avoid professional opinions & repairs and try to do it yourself... Autozone will usually pull the codes for you for free..once you know the fault or faults..then you can think about what to repair or replace.
#1688 of 2083 Re: 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive [joshockey]
Dec 18, 2008 (7:53 pm)
I am sorry if I sound naive but I really have no mechanic experience and am only trying to avoid costly repairs because I am not at my best financially, with that said if I go to auto zone and have the codes pulled will that tell me if the input and output sensors are at fault?
If they are the issue then how much more or less would they cost and how hard are they to remove then install?
#1689 of 2083 Re: 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive [roro121]
Dec 19, 2008 (5:56 am)
Using a scanner is the most accurate way to check them but In most cases yes, it will be a simple input ss or output ss circuit fault code "if" that is the problem. if anything else like, fault after shift, gear ratio errors in a certain gear, eatx relay codes, solenoid or pressure switch codes then its not the problem. Don't waste your time and money changing them. A gear ratio error code may be accompanied with the sensor code. I suggest when you get to autozone, unhook the battery for about 30 secs, clearing the codes, hook it back up, drive the vehicle till it goes to limpmode (may be in limp when you crank it up) then have the codes checked right after so you can focus on the immediate fault code only and not associated codes.
If it is a sensor they are relatively cheap, round 30 dollars and easy to change, They simply screw into the side of the transmission, you do need a 1 inch socket though. Keep in mind bad connections and wiring can cause the same code.
#1690 of 2083 96 t/c tranny woes
Dec 20, 2008 (4:49 pm)
my 96 t/c with a 3.8 has a tranny issue,when i start it and put it in gear,it will take off in 1st then shift to second then 3rd,wont go to o.d.then i stop at a light and it wont downshift to 1st ,,stays in 2nd.it will go up and sometimes shift to 3rd but then revs freely .then re-engages.there is no slip when taking off in 1st or when it does go to 3rd.it will stay in 3rd for a bit then you can rev it ,sometimes it goes back in sometimes not.if i shut it off and start it back up at a light,it'll be in 1st,shifting can be eratic..ther were no issues leading up to ths it just all of the sudden started doing it.