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#1819 of 2083 Re: 1998 Dodge grand caravan transmission slipping [isinika]
Oct 15, 2009 (4:37 pm)
Is it low on fluid again? If not, there may be bad seals internally on the transmission, which is causing the pressure to seep out and preventing normal operation. this would require a rebuild. If the fluid is burnt (brown in color), it needs to be replaced and is not likely providing the protection or the hydraulic characteristics the unit needs.
If you have to rebuild the transmission, you might consider cutting your losses given the mileage on the vehicle, but it all depends on whether you can get into something else that is reliable for an amount in your budget. There is nothing worse than abandoning one old vehicle only to get into another one and have serious maintenance/repair issues to address right away.
If the engine and other drivetrain components are in good shape, my concern at this point would be the reliability of the electrical system. I have a '98 DGC with 213,000 miles on it that is dead due to electrical gremlins. The rest of the van is in excellent condition. I really wanted to use it a couple more years, but my wife said she had enough and we bought a new car. The van is still in the driveway....
#1820 of 2083 Re: 1998 Dodge grand caravan transmission slipping [xwesx]
Oct 15, 2009 (6:02 pm)
You can order a used trans thru the net, might be cheaper but, if the engine is not in good condition or electrical. No one I know has xray vision. I got ride of my 1995 only AFTER TRANS started to slip and died on me. I put everything in it, I spent 2k from both drive shafts to new braking system. I got $100 bucks trade in when I pushed it into the dealership. Left me on foot, I thought I could get another 2 years with all the repairs. MY WIFE was at the dealerhsip waiting for me and 1st thing, I TOLD YOU SO!!!....... The more miles you have on it the chances a major failure will happen.
#1821 of 2083 Re: 1998 Dodge grand caravan transmission slipping [isinika]
Oct 16, 2009 (2:25 am)
I'm not sure I would put $2K+ into a 12 year old Grand Caravan with that kind of miles on it. Maybe if you had been the original owner and was thoroughly familiar with the van's history, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.
You might want to do a complete transmission drain and refill and clean the filter/screen and see what that does for you. Do not do a flush. And make sure you fill with the right type of transmission fluid.
#1822 of 2083 2002 T&C tranny problems
Oct 16, 2009 (5:11 am)
#1823 of 2083 2002 T&C tranny problems
Oct 16, 2009 (5:22 am)
I bought this van 4 years ago at a dealer, It had about 30,000 miles on it. They replaced the transmission when we bought it. At 70,000 the transmission just died while we were on the highay heading to Fla. for vacation. It was still under warranty
and an out of state dealer replaced the transmission, It has about 5,000 miles on it and I went to go out yesterday and the transmission is gone again, of course my original warranty ran out 3 weeks ago. We did have our local dealer check it out when we returned from our trip, they said it was fine. Does anyone know if the dealership or Chrysler should be responsible? I mean it only has 5,000 miles on it, and they charged $3,500 to put it in.
#1824 of 2083 Re: 2002 T&C tranny problems [conniez]
Oct 16, 2009 (7:46 am)
On something that major doesn't the dealer/manufacturer warranty it for at least 12 months or 12,000 miles? It seems odd that the replacement transmission (assuming it's OEM) is not under warranty. Good luck.
Oct 29, 2009 (2:22 pm)
chrysler autos are the worst cars in America, i have 96 voyager with 135k, the only reason why i still have it bc it uses a Mitsubishi motor
#1826 of 2083 Re: vans [pmesfun]
Oct 29, 2009 (3:47 pm)
That's interesting, given that the Mitsu motor was the least reliable of the bunch during that era. My '98 DGC, with its 3.8L V6, has 213,000 miles on it. The engine still purrs like new.
#1827 of 2083 Re: vans [pmesfun]
Oct 30, 2009 (5:51 am)
Too funny, the Mitsubishi engines used by Chrysler were by far the crappiest engines ever put in a Chrysler minivan. You're actually proud of yours? I don't get it.
From a different prespective, there are many-many documented cases of 3.3 and 3.8 liter engines that have three, four, and even five-hundred thousand trouble free miles on them with no more than regular maintenance and a few changes of valve cover gaskets.
Long story short, you couldn't pay me to have a Chrysler minivan with the Mitsusquishy 3.0.
#1828 of 2083 2001 tc trans prob
Nov 07, 2009 (8:14 am)
DOWNSHIFTS HARD FROM OVERDRIVE TO 3 ONLY AND HAS A LEAK. HAVE REPLACED PAN GASKET TWICE IN PAST 9 MONTHS. THOUGHT IT WAS LEAKING AGAIN BUT ISNT FROM PAN. ANY INPUT. VAN HAS 130000 MILES NEVER TOWED ANYTHING DRIVEN GENTLY