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#1844 of 2083 Re: 1996 dodge caravan 3.0 [leadfoot69]
Jan 03, 2010 (6:18 am)
After 6 months, I found the problem with my 1996 dodge mini van. It was a cracked
rotor in the distributor. on the bottom where the screw fits. looking at top of rotor
it looked ok. How it had a smooth idle and would start quickly. I suppose as the crack
got worse when it got to operating temp it would die and start back up. Thanks to all
who posted and helped me trace down my problem. van now performs great.
have 186,000 miles on this one have over 250,000 on my other van got to replace radiator.
#1845 of 2083 Re: 04 G Caravan growling noise when in drive w/brake applied [dcurley]
Jan 03, 2010 (8:44 pm)
Did you ever find out what the growling noise is? i am experiencing the same thing right now.. Just started making this reasonably loud noise from the transmission when the car is parked in the transmission is placed into drive....
#1846 of 2083 Re: Town Country whining noise after long drives [triestino]
Jan 16, 2010 (9:00 am)
Thanks for the info. Just took my 1994 T&C to the local dealer this morning because it went into the "limp-in mode" comming home from work last night. Would not shift out of 2nd gear and I have a 60 mile commute. Discovered that when I shut the car off and "reset" the computer that it would shift to higher gears until I had to slow down or stop. Then back in limp-in mode. Finally, I discovered that if I would place it in neutral when expecting to slow down or coming to a stop light, it would continue to operate and shift into the higer gears. I have 225,000 miles on it so, it may mean a more expensive rebuild. Waiting on the read out of the transmission codes to see what they say. Would love to have it be a simple filter or sensor change out but not expecting too much. It does have a hard jerk when shifting and this morning after I got it to the shop it did not go into reverse.....
#1847 of 2083 Re: 2002 Grand caravan sport 3.3 in limp mode [dano853]
Jan 17, 2010 (9:23 am)
I had an identical problem on my 2002 dodge caravan 3.3. After diagnostics it turned out to be the TCM. I purchased a recon unit with warranty from e-bay. The TCM is already set ready to install and does not need dealer set up. I installed it and the problem was solved. 24 thousand miles later it is still fine.
#1848 of 2083 2003 Caravan in limp mode
Jan 18, 2010 (4:15 pm)
A little over 90,000 and transmission slammed into limp mode with no warning of problems. Check engine light came on. Luckily my independent mechanic went over it thoroughly and found a wire corroded right through. He fixed the wire and all is well.
#1849 of 2083 Re: Picking Up Bad Vibrations [bill197]
Jan 20, 2010 (11:49 pm)
I also experience a bad shake between 45 and 55 mph under strong throttle like entering the freeway. It seems to come from the left side and seems at the tire frequency. At other speeds it accelerates fine. This is a '96 Voyager w/ 2.4L and 3-spd hydraulic transmission. It started right after I replaced the original transmission w/ a used one at ~120K miles. Initially I thought I must have damaged the CV joint when I pulled the driveshaft. However, no difference after I replaced the left driveshaft and bearing. I now suspect from the transmission differential, probably the output bearing/race that supports the driveshaft. Since I have the old transmission I may be able to swap those parts with it in the vehicle. If so, I'll report the result.
BTW, I think Chrysler is unfairly bashed on transmissions. Mine failed because the seal on the reverse piston tore (forensic tear-down). That was probably due to adding stop leak (never use again) for a front seal leak that was my fault (long story). It seems most of today's >4500 lb minivans w/ V6 engines have transmission problems. We considered a used Honda Odyssey a friend offered to sell, but I found those trannys fail like clockwork at 30K miles. He was on his 3rd tranny at 90K and my sister's Odyssey on the 2nd at 70K.
If you want a transmission that lasts buy a 4-cyl van, but I don't think anyone makes them anymore, due to public demand. I can't rant since we recently bought a 02 T&C AWD w/ 3.8L to satisfy my wife. I will change the ATF4 fluid and filter every 60K, but still expect the tranny will need rebuilding every 100K. There is just too much load from a monster van. However, mileage is amazing, comparable to our 3500 lb 2.4L van on the highway.
#1850 of 2083 Re: Picking Up Bad Vibrations [billgrissom]
Jan 21, 2010 (9:31 am)
I also think the transmission problems may, in part, be due to situational stress. My van has nearly 215,000 miles on it with no transmission (or engine) problems - it is the electrical system that currently has it hobbled!
#1851 of 2083 Re: Tranny problem? [georgetran]
Jan 21, 2010 (5:27 pm)
sounds like a vacum problem. when u hit the brakes your vacum brake booster robs the eng of vacum. so then the motor will try to recover by reving up. the trans has notthing to do with the way the motor runs.
#1852 of 2083 trans Fixs kit
Jan 21, 2010 (6:31 pm)
there is a transmission fix kit for $25.00 Canadian however it is not a told fix it will just prevent the spider gear pin from walking its way threw the case of your transmission. there is a little pin thats called a split-pin that holds the spider gear pin in. thats the pin that brakes and lets the spider gear pin to wreck the case. when your transmission actually is fine. after buying the fix get your tranny service regularly because the tranny and the rear end or axle casing use the same oil you will find small bits of metal filing in the pan that will tell you to check your pin to see if it is broke then it will only cost you for changing that pin instead of a tranny.
#1853 of 2083 Re: trans Fixs kit [mc400dc]
Jan 21, 2010 (6:41 pm)
any ? just ask