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#667 of 2083 Tranny or computer problem??
Feb 19, 2005 (1:18 pm)
Hello, I'm actually writing for my sis who's comp is down at this time. She just bought a 1992 dodge caravan (automatic). She says that SOMETIMES the vehicle will not shift from 2nd to 3rd, and also sometimes it will only go into reverse as well. She says that it doesnt happen all the time, but when it does, if they turn the vehicle off and on 3 times it (resets) itself and works properly again until the next time. I have never heard of anything like this before but she says that a few garages have told her that its either the "brain" OR the "tranny" and theres no way to tell until it actually goes. Does this van have an electronic tranny? Could the brain effect the tranny in this manner, or in anyway for that matter?
If anyone has any idea of what the problem could be, please write me back and let me know. i would like to help her out as she spent all the money they had on this vehicle and now are afraid to take it anywhere, and I would also like to learn myself what could cause such behavior.
Thanks much in advance!
#668 of 2083 Re: Tranny or computer problem?? [buymichigan]
Feb 22, 2005 (10:17 am)
You'll need to take it to a dealer and have them scan the TCM (transmission control module, ie, "brain" of the transmission) for error codes and CVI's (Clutch Volume Indices - tells how much wear the clutches have). Depending on the error codes found and the CVI's they can tell you whether or not she may need a rebuild or not.
Just as an fyi, the tcm will default to 2nd gear(limp mode) when it has a hard error. Under these conditions you will only have 2nd and reverse. If either one of those fail then indications are you will need a rebuild or install a remanufactured unit. If you have to go that route a Mopar remanufactured unit is best as it comes with a 3/36 warranty.
#670 of 2083 Re: tried something new [trans]
Mar 10, 2005 (8:42 am)
Dude, the transmission in a Chevy Trailblazer has virtually nothing in common with the transmission in a Caravan. There is no such a thing as a "one size fits all" with regard to the fluids that go in modern automatic transmissions.
FWIW, I just took a look at that web site, and to me at least, that stuff smells like Extract of Snake. Buyer beware, I doubt seriously that Chrysler would honor any kind of a warranty if they found this stuff in a transmission.
You don't perchance work for/own the outfit responsible for this stuff. If so, you are in serious violation of the Membership Agreement here at the Town Hall.
#671 of 2083 Re: tried something new [shipo]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 10, 2005 (11:04 am)
Mar 10, 2005 (11:55 am)
okay, don't laugh, but i have a 1996 plymouth voyager, which is a piece of junk, and it needs some transmission fluid. the problem, of course, is that i don't know where to put it. please tell me where to look. i have the fluid, and i need to get it in quickly, while i still HAVE a tranny!
#673 of 2083 Re: help [loriforeman]
Mar 10, 2005 (12:12 pm)
First, have you checked it with the engine running, warmed up fully,on level ground and in park?
If you've found the dipstick, you've found the filler hole as well. Use a funnel into the dipstick tube.
There are a lot of warnings about being careful to not overfill it, so beware. I myself always have had some trouble checking the level as it never seems to be all that stable when the engine is running--churns the fluid enough to make it hard to determine how full it is. My 96 Caravan transmission is still going good at 81K miles, knock on wood!
#674 of 2083 Re: help [loriforeman]
Mar 10, 2005 (1:56 pm)
You state you "have some fluid". I sure hope it's the correct fluid, ATF+3 for your application. Do NOT use anything else!
#675 of 2083 Re: Hard Downshift & delayed reverse [ohvan]
Mar 15, 2005 (4:55 am)
Hello, My name is Ottis. I have a 2002 voyager had all the same problems your van has. I took it to the dealer and found out it was a pump inside the transmission. they replaced the pump and the problems went away.
#676 of 2083 Re: help [97xpresso]
Mar 27, 2005 (4:05 pm)
Autually, ATF+4 has replaced ATF+3. ATF+4 is only available from Chrysler.