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#791 of 2083 Re: '99 Plymouth Voyager Transmission [pvowner]
Jun 07, 2005 (6:59 pm)
"I can't be absolutely sure, but I think the "engine" lamp came out first. Normally my driving routine is on city streets. So, kicking into overdrive is not an everyday event."
Hmmm, that's odd, the transmission on our 1998 GC with the 3.8 will drop itself into top gear (what I assume you are calling "Overdrive") somewhere in the twenty mile per hour range when tooling around town. Is the transmission used with the 3.0 liter Mitsubishi motor that different?
#792 of 2083 Re: '99 Plymouth Voyager Transmission [shipo]
Jun 08, 2005 (4:50 am)
Here's the complete sequence of events. I took the minivan in for standard oil/lube/filter process two weeks ago at the dealer. They did that and found some of the belts to start to wear off and recommended replacing them and they did. A week later, I notice the belt was noisy and the "engine" lamp was illuminated, and started to notice the gear shift problem too - can't shift from 3rd to OD (the highest gear) and also jerky shift just before stopping (this second symtom is intermittent) . I brought it back to the dealer. They said the belt has nothing to do with the transmission. At first, they said it was the input sensor that need replacing. 5 minutes later, I got a call saying that it was the input sensor and flexplate. I told them to just change the sensor, as it was relatively inexpensive, and I will need time to consider the fixing the flexplate. They say they won't just change the sensor as it will not fix the problem.
Next day, I bought the minivan to a local transamission specialist and explained the problem. They supposedly did a computer scan which took less than 10 minutes and indicated that it was the OD cludge plate that is worn out. They will need to open up the transmission to fix it.
Hope the sequence of events help to clarify the problem. Thanks to everyone that can offer some advise.
#793 of 2083 '05 T&C Transmissions?
Jun 08, 2005 (9:35 am)
I am considering the purchase of a new '05 Chrysler T&C and was wondering if the new DC minivans still have cronic transmission problems. One would hope that DC would resolve or has resolved this issue.
#794 of 2083 Re: '05 T&C Transmissions? [lou11]
Jun 08, 2005 (4:01 pm)
It is the same transmission. It has been updated several times, and since they started to use ATF+4 fluid, these transmissions have become quite dependable. Also purchasing a 2005 is a good idea, as the 70,000 mile 7 year powertrain warranty will be discontinued in 2006.
#795 of 2083 transmission wont change gears
Jun 09, 2005 (8:01 pm)
I have a 94 dodge grand caravan se the transmission is stuck in 2nd gear wont change just happened one day while driving down the road.... never had any problems in the past about changing gears.... i have been told that it could be a vechile sensor that has gone bad....i kno that we changed a relay fuse and it changed gears and had no problems for a week then it stuck again in 2nd gear..... Does anyone have any suggestions?
#796 of 2083 Re: transmission fails to shift [visitor]
Jun 09, 2005 (10:45 pm)
I have a 96 town and country that fails to shift into gear above 45 mph. When first taking off the vehicle will shift into gears at lower speeds but when i get to 35 mph it seems like the transmission shifts into neutral and the will not go back into gear until the speed drops below 35 mph and again shift out of gear when back at 45. As long as i stay below 40 mph everything works great. Would like to know if this could be fluid related (ie type), weak solenoid or dirty valve body related or is this something i should take the vehicle in to have repaired.
#797 of 2083 Re: '05 T&C Transmissions? [lou11]
Jun 10, 2005 (5:49 am)
No. The shift solenoids that were a major source of trouble have been revised. The failing input shaft seal that plagued the very early models has long since been resolved. Change automatic transmission fluid and filter at the recommended intervals and you shouldn't have a problem.
#798 of 2083 Re: '05 T&C Transmissions? [dustyk]
Jun 10, 2005 (2:38 pm)
I just changed the fluid with ATF 3+ and replaced the filted withit the last week, but i'm still getting the same indications.
#799 of 2083 2001 T&C Needs Engine Flush at 30k???
Jun 11, 2005 (10:20 am)
Just got back from the dealer and they suggested that I get an engine flush. I only have 32k on the engine and we purchased it new in 2001. I have had it in for every scheduled maintenance and had no problems. I can't find anything in the owner's manual. I think I've been taken by the dealer. Before I go pointing fingers, what do you guys think? With engines being as "high tech" as they are, I really can't imagine I would need something like this. Thanks in advance for your responses.
#800 of 2083 Unusual shifting problem
Jun 11, 2005 (11:51 am)
Have a ‘91 Grand Voyager, 3.3L, currently 140 K miles, purchased last summer (2004). Seller said transmission had been rebuilt at around 100 K and sometime after that the “transmission computer” had been replaced. I replaced fluid/filter when I bought the car and am virtually positive I used the correct fluid. Normally shifting takes place when rpms are around 2000 - 2100. Problem is that the car wants to “hang on” to 2nd gear until rpms reach 2800, then it will shift and frequently goes right away into 4th (shifting from 1st to 2nd is always fine). Also becomes reluctant to go into “lockdown” until car speed reaches 50 mph and wants to drop out of “lockdown” almost as soon as speed drops below 50 and will frequently drop past 4th into 3rd, even if the car is coasting downhill. This above scenario ONLY occurs AFTER the car has been driven for at least half an hour, never in the first 30 minutes of driving and usually it takes 45 minutes to an hour to occur. It makes no difference whether the first period of driving is on the freeway or around town. Stopping and restarting the car doesn’t help unless it is allowed to sit for half an hour or so. A hard (90 degree) turn will temporarily cure the problem!? It appears to me that after the crucial period of driving, something is not sensing load correctly, but that is as far as my thinking takes me. I’m grateful for any ideas.