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#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.
#1691 of 2083 Re: 94 town & country not shifting into overdrive [rhtrans]
Dec 20, 2008 (5:39 pm)
Thanks now I only have one little issue Autozone said they no longer pull the fault codes and I have called my local Napa Auto Parts and they said they do not do it either.
I got a tip from a co-worker who said I can find my reader at harbor freight for really cheap but to add to my recent string of bad-luck I have had the readers were for models ranging from 1996 and above my van is a 94.
So is there any other places to look where I can have the codes pulled free of charge?
I am located in Central California "Fresno Area"
Thanks in advance like always all help is greatly appreciated!
#1692 of 2083 transmission problem 97 chrysler t&c
Dec 22, 2008 (9:17 pm)
Im having shifting problems.I've changed the trany filter an that worked for a while,I was on hwy then all sudden car wouldn't accelerate so got off hwy an put car in park started up again went to change to drive.nothing happen reverse nothing n nothing. i accelerated on gas in n an then went to drive a it went,next day nothing so now im stuck can anybody tell me if its a sensor prob.please someone help.give me options
#1693 of 2083 Re: transmission problem 97 chrysler t&c [nanc4]
Dec 22, 2008 (9:37 pm)
Well this Saturday I am going to a reputable Mom&Pop shop where they will hook my "94" up to a OBD1 reader to pull my fault codes for about 70.00$.
If you think that a sensor may be causing this issue I believe you should be able to purchase aOBD2 reader for approx 50.00$ since your vehicle is a "97"
If you have a harbor freight near by you they would have a reader approx 50.00$