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#1805 of 2083 Caravan Stops idle when cold
Aug 28, 2009 (12:11 am)
I've encountered some problems with my transmission (Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
3.8 AWD year 2000 ).
I've already exchange transmissin oil three times (once with filter) Oil was
dirty and brownish but smells normally -(not burned). Now is Reddish.
I've exchanged Solenoid Pack (brand new)
I've checked by OBDII reader - but no transmission error codes
(question: is it possible to check and read codes by standard OBDII
reader codes from transmission? or it is possible only by DRBII)
My main problem is:
When I start my car in the morning (engine is cold and aslo transmission
oil is cold; ambient temp. 15 Deg Celcius)
Engine works fine, idle approx 900~700rpm.
And after changing from PtoR or NtoD or NtoR (and all other combination
when cold - engine stops idle - dies,
-Then I start again engine try to put gear once again sometimes is good> and I can drive - no problems all day(until next morning)
- or sometimes I must afer changing gear to D or R quickly release brake
- car is driving going forward or reverse.
If in last case if I push brake pedal just after releasing brake pedal
Engine will stop idle. But I if I push brake pedal after 100m of driving
it will be no problem all day long)
I was visiting couple mechanics (they dont have DRBII or DRBIII scanning
tool) - first diagnosis Solenoid Pack (it's replaced now brand new).
but after replacement no luck.
It could be in the valve body of the electronic
transaxle where there is a switch valve, a control valve and a regulator
valve all three related to the torque converter clutch.
How to check this Valves - if they are working correctly or not (after disassembly Valve body)?
#1806 of 2083 Re: Caravan Stops idle when cold [kitt78]
Aug 28, 2009 (3:23 am)
I would have to say if there is no codes then it would be the torque converter it self not the valve or solenoids.
#1807 of 2083 Re: 2008 DODGE GC SXT TRANSMISSION FAILURE!! [sean9]
Sep 03, 2009 (9:06 am)
I've heard on a different minivan related site that Chrysler got a bad batch of transmissions (or was it transmission components?) from a supplier that has led to a rash of failures. As I understand it, Chrysler changed suppliers and the problem has since been corrected, and now they are waiting for the pipeline to refill due to the extra demand for transmissions (both for production as well as for warranty replacements).
Keep us posted.
#1808 of 2083 Re: Caravan Stops idle when cold [kitt78]
Sep 03, 2009 (9:10 am)
Personally I'm kind of doubting that your problem has anything to do with the transmission and everything to do with the engine sensors. Find a competent mechanic that has the necessary diagnostic equipment and have the problem pinpointed. Throwing parts at a problem like this is almost always more expensive than paying for a professional that knows what he or she is doing, even if that individual costs more than the guy next door.
#1809 of 2083 Re: Caravan Stops idle when cold [shipo]
Sep 03, 2009 (11:28 am)
Yes you are correct, but it's hard to find correct person to manage this issue in my country.
#1810 of 2083 Re: 99 T&C kills the engine when shifted into gear. [thudpucker]
Sep 03, 2009 (11:14 pm)
I have this same problem with my Dodge Grand Caravan 2000. 3.8L AWD.
When it's cold outside below 15deg Celcius and car is not used for more than 8 hours, I must long wait for warming up the engine or put gear on quickly as I can just after engine start. Sometimes thats enough for all day or after couple meters I stop - engine stall again, I suppose that it could be something wrong with Valves on the Valve body, or Toque Converter is dying. I've changed already Solenoid Pack and I'm keeping changing oil at right time (ATF +3, 7176)
How do you repaired your car?
Please advise, Thanks in advance.
#1811 of 2083 Re: 99 T&C kills the engine when shifted into gear. [kitt78]
Sep 04, 2009 (9:33 am)
This sounds like it might be a vacuum issue. Have you checked the vacuum hoses to ensure there are no breaks?
#1812 of 2083 I hate this van.!!!!!
Sep 04, 2009 (10:32 am)
This is it #1 cylinder misfire... new plugs wires and coil pack...still not fixed then new valves in head so new head and intake gaskets back together...still misfire back apart took out the piston bearings are fine rings look fine but putting new in ...so we will see what happens this time . anyone have a clue....?
#1813 of 2083 Transmision Parking Pawl
Oct 03, 2009 (7:34 pm)
I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan with the 3.8 engine and 4spd od trans. There is a clicking noise seams to only do it when van is in park. Could this be a problem with the parking pawl? All the forums I have read about the Parking Pawl talk about the van rolling in park when parked on a hill or not being able to shift in to Rev or Natural I have neither of these problems just a clicking noise seams to be coming from the left side
#1814 of 2083 transmission/electrical problems
Oct 05, 2009 (12:37 pm)
Whenever I put the shifter into any forward gears, the instrument panel and everything that is electrical goes black and the engine idles very rough. When in P, N or R it acts perfectly fine. What is wrong with my transmission, a sensor or a short in the wiring?