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Jan 06, 2011 (8:01 pm)
I have a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country that recently has been giving me issues. After starting it in the morning and throughout the day it will not shift into reverse or drive. I put it back into park or neutral and try again and it might go into gear. Also slowing down to a stop it will sometimes clunk before the vehicle stops. I am obviously worried about this since it is the only means of conveyance for my wife. Is there anything that I could do to help or fix this without taking it to a garage? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1962 of 2083 Transmission Woes
Jan 25, 2011 (7:58 pm)
How many miles do you have on this vehicle? Has the tranny been serviced, i. e. , Oil changes, filter cleaned/replaced, Flushed?
Suggest you check the Dip Stick [engine running, in Park] for oil quantity. Wipe Stick with clean white cloth to check for Color of Oil [ pink preferred] .
If oil level is low, add ATF 4. If color is brown, it needs replacing. If color is black, a professional opinion may be needed to assess the risks of changing the oil.
Checking the tranny for computer codes and measuring the pump pressure to determine if internal leakages are present, may be necessary steps to take as part of the diagnoses.
[ Tasks for transmission facilities ].
I wish you well with it,
#1963 of 2083 99 T&C Transmission problem
Jan 26, 2011 (8:21 am)
99 T&C Transmission issue. When driving to the store, the tranny just gave out like it was in neutral. I shifted back and forth from N to D and it finally caught again. It did that 10 times in 2 miles while trying to drive home. Is it dying on me? Or could a fluid change get us some more use out of this old friend? Thanks.
#1964 of 2083 Re: olizer [badgerfan]
Feb 14, 2011 (9:32 am)
My uncle had a Manual from the factory it was only a 5 speed. When you had 8 passengers in it; it wouldn't go over 65 lol. It didn't have a turbo and I think that would have helped but it also didn't come with factory ac he went and had an after market installed and man you could tell when the compressor kicked in while driving down the road lol. Here is the link to a site that shows that they had one available it was rare mind you but they did make them.
#1965 of 2083 Transmission won't shift into gear
Feb 14, 2011 (1:20 pm)
I have a 1998 Plymouth Voyager (Expresso,) 3.3 engine. It has 198,400 miles on it. I was stuck on ice last week, trying to free vehicle by rocking it backward and forward. Then I heard something snap. Now car starts, but will not go forward or reverse when I put it in gear.
Is there a chain or belt that broke? Is it something that I could fix myself, without removing the entire transmission? Or is the entire transmission shot?
Thanks for your time and effort,
#1966 of 2083 Re: Transmission won't shift into gear [gg1328]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2011 (3:50 pm)
You might get underneath (engine off, brake on, in gear) and see if you snapped off an axle joint.
#1968 of 2083 Re: Transmission won't shift into gear [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 14, 2011 (5:01 pm)
I'll check it later this week, the car is sitting on ice. If it is an axle joint, is it something I can do myself? If not, do you think it is expensive to fix? I forgot to mention, that when I put the shift gear back into park, it makes a noise like a chain is rubbing on something.
Thanks for your time,
#1969 of 2083 Re: Transmission won't shift into gear [gg1328]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2011 (6:51 pm)
If you busted an axle, no, that's not too expensive. You just buy an entire rebuilt axle for that side. It's cheaper than replacing the individual joints. I can't hear the noise you're talking about, so can't help you there.
You might also have something broken inside the transaxle, in the differential gears, or, as you suspect, in the transmission itself.
But simpler things first, then go to the complex.
#1970 of 2083 Re: Transmission won't shift into gear [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 17, 2011 (11:36 am)
Dear MR SHIFTRIGHT:
I looked under the car this afternoon, could not see anything physically broken. Did not look real carefully, because ice still surrounds car and did not want to jack it up. Is this broken axle something I can see and replace myself. What's your definition of not to expensive? The noise sounds like a chain swinging.
Thanks for your time and help!