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#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!
#1971 of 2083 Re: Transmission won't shift into gear [gg1328]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 17, 2011 (12:35 pm)
You may or may not be able to see it. It would be much easier if the car could be got on a lift and checked out that way. It's just not possible to "hear" noises of course at this distance.
A broken axle joint might be a $300--$400 repair. If it's internal in the transaxle, then that gets a lot more expensive of course.
#1972 of 2083 2001 Town & Country Transmission "Slip"
Feb 26, 2011 (7:22 am)
Hi, I just signed up and now I can't find out where I was. So unorganized. Me, or Edmunds, gosh, could be both!
So, this 2001 Town and Country with the smaller V6 has just now, with 98k miles, showing signs of transmission slip. Put it in gear, wait 6 seconds, then the gear engages.
From what i recall, Chrysler never made the transmission to go much past 100k, and I'm at the door.
I can do some stuff, but, not all that much. Aside from changing oil, I'm pretty useless. Afraid of doing more harm than good, you know?
Thanks in advance, wondering if and when this ever gets read, by whom, etc. Feel free to email em directly at tdbrgrhotmail.com .
#1973 of 2083 2002 Chrysler T&C transmission shifts to neutral
Feb 26, 2011 (8:10 pm)
My wife's 2002 Town and Country stopped working on her way home from work. when she pulled away from a stop it shifted from first to neutral, and the engine would just free spin in any gear. If you turn the key all the way off you can start the car back up and it will drive, but will slip back into neutral after first gear unless it is shifted into Low keeping it locked in first.
I replaced the solenoid and then the TCM (bought a rebuilt/programmed unit) but nothing has helped. The trans was replaced just over a year ago at 112,000 miles, and we only have 125,000 miles on it now. Does anyone have any idea what is wrong?
#1974 of 2083 Re: Picking Up Bad Vibrations [bill197]
Feb 26, 2011 (8:44 pm)
Update on my reply. I just rebuilt the used A413 transmission I installed 4 yrs ago. My vibration (symptoms identical to bill197) began right after installing the used tranny. I had suspected and changed both drive-shafts and wheel bearings. I think changing the right drive-axle fixed it, but my son mostly drove it since. Anyway, in rebuilding the tranny, I found the nut on the output shaft was loose, the inner bearing pitted, and the nut retainers missing (separate post). That could likely have caused or compounded the problem.