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#696 of 2083 Re: I can tell you about my 1999... [vcheng]
Apr 21, 2005 (9:33 am)
I have a 2002 dodge grand caravan and it had to be towed to the car dealership because it was losing power and making a whistle sound when I stepped on the gas. They told me they had to take the transmission apart and see what the problem is. They said the torche converter was broken off the engine, it needed a front pump and overhaul kit. Cost $1900. I have had this car 3 1/2 years. This is not right. I contacted the Dodge Corp. and am working with them. I told them I should not have to pay for this because this has been a problem that has been going on for 15 years with these transmissions. I would like to know if there is anyone else out there that has had this problem. I have 52,000 miles on the van, we do all the maintenance that needs to be done on it regularly.
#697 of 2083 2002 dodge grand caravan transmission problem
Apr 21, 2005 (10:01 am)
See my message above.
#698 of 2083 Same tranny problem...
Apr 21, 2005 (6:20 pm)
on our '93 Grand Voyager since we bought her. She had 98k miles on her and a shudder moving from 3rd to 4th, around 35-45 miles per hour. Five years later she has 281k miles, same shudder, maybe a little worse, and one she picked up along the way that happens around 70 mph under certain circumstances. I think it's when the torque converter tries to go into lockup mode and the RPMs aren't high enough. To the best of my knowledge, this has the original Chrysler 3.3l engine, original tranny, and even the original timing belt! We tried to get a tranny flush a while ago but they wouldn't do it. Said on a tranny with that high mileage, new fluid would be too strong for it and would blow the seals. So for the last (almost) 200,000 miles, all we do is have the tranny fluid topped off every few oil changes. The moral of the story is that if you have an older one of these, you may be better living with some idiosyncrasies than pouring megabux down your local repair shop.
#699 of 2083 Only second and reverse
Apr 23, 2005 (5:26 am)
my 1995 T&C LXI transmission only works in second (45 mph/3500 rpm) and reverse.
a couple of times in cold weather the transmission would shift out a gear when first starting in the morning, but it would go "normal" right the way.
yesterday it slipped going down the highway exit.
since then i only can get second gear and reverse.
any ideas on how to diagnose the problem.
the van did not have any transmission work or fluid change in the last 60,000. it has now 165.000.
thanks for the help
#700 of 2083 Re: Only second and reverse [gabrielrms]
Apr 24, 2005 (5:02 am)
Sounds like your transmission is in "limp mode." Have you checked the fluid level when the engine/transmission are warm and the vehicle is running?
If it were me, the first thing I would do is get a transmission fluid flush and a new filter. Make sure they use the correct fluid for your transmission. I believe you need ATF+3 for that year vehicle (check your owner's manual). Using the wrong fluid type will really screw things up.
I'd start there and hope for the best.
#701 of 2083 Mileage at first transmission fluid change
Apr 24, 2005 (9:11 am)
I have a 2003 T&C ex. Yesterday while having the brakes inspected and pads changed at a local "auto center - TUFFY", I was told that the 30,000 mile recommended maintenance included changing the transmission fluid, I asked if the fluid used is the correct type for the Chrysler van and the tech said yes . . they added some type of added to make the formulation correct.
After looking at my manual and reading some of the post on this site, I'm not sure I did the right thing. The recommended maintenance suggests inspecting the fluid but not changing it at 30,000 miles. Should the fluid be changed at 30,000 miles?
Also, if I don't know that the newly installed fluid is ATF +4, should I change it again, or??
Any informed advice would be appreciated.
Additionally, we hear a hum or whining sound coming from our van while driving at low speeds, particularly when cold. It's unclear where the sound is coming from. Any thoughts on the source and significance?
#702 of 2083 Re: Mileage at first transmission fluid change [ohvan]
Apr 24, 2005 (10:09 am)
I think that the general consensus is that if you even remotely suspect that you've got the wrong stuff in your transmission, get it out of there like right now. To the best of my knowledge, there is no such a thing as an additive to normal tranny fluid that makes ATF +4, and as such, I'd demand my money back for that portion of the job.
Apr 24, 2005 (12:16 pm)
Get that fluid out of there now!!!! Use only Chrysler AFT+4 and nothing else! Take it to your Chrysler dealer and tell them what happened so they can flush your transmission completely.
#704 of 2083 Can you swap a basic transaxle for OD one
Apr 25, 2005 (2:55 am)
Hi this is my first time posting here. I have a dodge caravan with a basic 3 -speed automatic transaxle, but the transaxle is junk. I also have a dodge caravan for parts, it has a good automatic transaxle, but it is overdrive. Can I put an overdrive transaxle in a minivan that has a non-overdrive transaxle in it. I don't care if the overdrive doesn't work, as long as its drivable.
#705 of 2083 Re: Mistake!!!! [just4fun2]
Apr 26, 2005 (3:09 pm)
Today I discussed the ATF +4 with the Tuffy representative. He said that ATF +4 was installed. He said that you can purchase at any Autozone, not just from Chrysler. Is there a difference between the off-the-shelf ATF +4 and the Chrysler product?
Should I still pursue replacing the new "Tuffy installed ATF +4" fluid with a product produced by the OEM?