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#1725 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [shadow2299]
Feb 04, 2009 (9:01 pm)
Well sorry about your luck with the transmissions. But need more info about van.what motor and tranny do you have in it.
I would also like to no more about your driving habbits due to beeing 4th tranny shot. Like do you tow anything with this and if so how much weight.? or is loaded heavy in back alot? Does your van have a trans cooler on it?
And need codes off the tcm if equip with it.
#1726 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [shadow2299]
Feb 04, 2009 (9:09 pm)
It gets oil changes every 4 - 5 000 kms and i have the tranny flushed and new fluids put in every 20 000 kms.
If in fact you have been having your transmissions FLUSHED every 12,400 miles, then there's your problem. Flushing is horribly destructive to automatic transmissions in general, and especially so for these transmissions. You would have been far better off if you had simply gone with the 30,000 mile pan drop, filter change and a top off of ATF+3 (when the van was new) or ATF+4 (as now recommended by Chrysler), than all of the money you've tossed in the trash by having unnecessary and useless service done on your transmission.
#1727 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [leadfoot69]
Feb 04, 2009 (10:31 pm)
3.0 3 speed auto. Have never towed anything with it, use it to go to work and back and to take kids to soccer .. hockey etc. Never alot of weight in the back . i am not mechanically inclined at all i have no idea if it has a trans cooler and dont know what tcm codes would be?? any and all work that has been done on it including oil changes are directly from chrysler dealership from where i purchased it.. I always get done what they reccommend, and they reccommened the tranny flush and new fluids every 20000.
#1728 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [shadow2299]
Feb 05, 2009 (6:11 am)
welll that tranny doesn't have a tcm so no worries there. But that also doesn't give very good hope either as we know know it not sensor issues.So unless it's a shift cable or linkage then there is not much anyone can do but take it apart and try to fix or rebiuld or replace.
if your are going to take it somewhere go to a trandmission shop they may be able to fix it where car dealer just going to replace.
#1729 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [shadow2299]
Feb 05, 2009 (10:17 am)
"any and all work that has been done on it including oil changes are directly from chrysler dealership from where i purchased it.. I always get done what they reccommend, and they reccommened the tranny flush and new fluids every 20000."
A few points:
1) Transmission flushes ARE NOT recommended by Chrysler.
2) Chrysler recommends that a transmission "service" (i.e. a pan drop, filter swap and fluid top-off) be performed every 30,000 miles or 50,000 kilometers. They DO NOT recommend any services for the transmission every 20,000 kilometers.
3) Your dealership is at fault here. Why? Because they are engaging in the predatory practice of fleecing their customers by recommending services that are profitable, unnessary, and in many ways harmful to the vehicles they "service".
4) Were I in your shoes, I might investigate filing a lawsuit against your dealership for damage to your vehicle.
#1730 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [leadfoot69]
Feb 05, 2009 (8:48 pm)
Just wanted to say thanks for the advice to take to a transmission shop rather then taking to chrysler like i normally would have... i had the van towed there which costed 50.00 about an hour after dropping it off they called me to come pick it up. from what I took from their giberish about what was wrong with it, it was some kind of chip?? all i know is it only costed me 67.00 and i have my van back and running good.. I'm glad i never took it to chrysler like before because chances are i would have spent a whole lot more unnecessary money. thanks again for the quick responses to questions and helpful advice from everyone.
#1731 of 2067 Re: Picking Up Bad Vibrations [bill197]
Feb 07, 2009 (7:56 pm)
have them check to make sure the CV shafts are in all the way
#1732 of 2067 which minivan to buy?
Feb 11, 2009 (8:59 pm)
Input please! Am looking to buy either a 2001 Windstar LX with original 36,000 miles (deceased grandpa owned)....or a 2003 Town & Country also a one owner with all maintenance records with 72,000 miles. Am retired and on an extremely fixed income so don't need any large repair bills. Also am looking at a 2005 Grand Caravan with 65,000. I just lost my 98 Silverado as totalled which would have lasted me to my grave..never any problems...so I really need some feedback on the vans. Thanks.
#1733 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [shadow2299]
Feb 13, 2009 (10:44 am)
I own Dodge Caravan 1995. I have purchased it when it had 120000 km and now it has 400000 km on it. I never had any problems with transmission or engine. What I have found the problem with the transmission is that manufacturer recommends to use ATF3+ in this car but places like Canadian Tire do nit care about it, they put ATF3 not ATF3+ and this creates problems. My mechanic told me that ATF3+ viscosity is different and ATF3 would just effervesce and this would cause the problem. These shops just DO NOT CARE, you will come and spend your money on transmission with them...
#1734 of 2067 Re: 1997 Plymouth Voyager Transmission only has reverse [piezomot]
Feb 13, 2009 (7:39 pm)
There has never been any such a thing as ATF3 or ATF3+. The tranny fluid that your van was designed to run with is ATF+3, however, ATF+3 has long since been out of production (although there are some companies that sell fluid that is allegedly compatible). When Chrysler developed and released ATF+4, the made sure that the new fluid was completely backward compatible with ATF+3, and as such, that IS THE ONLY transmission fluid you should be using in your 1995.
FWIW, ATF+4 has virtually identical friction properties when compared to ATF+3, however, where ATF+3 was only good for 30,000 miles, the new fluid is typically good for over 100,000 miles.