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#902 of 2083 Not Downshifting All the Way at Stop
Aug 30, 2005 (8:13 pm)
I have a 1992 Plymouth Voyager, 3.0L engine, 3-speed transmission, 138K miles. The transmission was rebuilt yesterday and today ($1485) after it burned up last week. (It had been behaving badly for a couple of weeks. My usual mechanic drained fluid, found metal bits in the pan, and flushed the transmission. Said we would try the cheap fix first, but that the transmission probably needed to be replaced. It appears he was right. He went on vacation and the transmission failed the next day. Another mechanic that I use less often recommended the rebuilder.) Based on invoice, rebuilder replaced torque converter, front planetary gear, and used a rebuild kit (looks like "32007 AF OH Kit" on the invoice, which is hand-written). Invoice indicates that fluid was 10 quarts of Mercon III ATF.
Intermittently, the transmission does not downshift to first gear when coming to a stop, but downshifts only to second. On moving from the stop, it will sometimes rapidly downshift to first with a bit of a jerk. (Failing to downshift all the way was a problem for a few days before the rebuild. The transmission died very suddenly.) Is this a problem that can be expected to work itself out, does it indicate a problem with the rebuild, or is it related to some part that would not ordinarily be replaced in a rebuild?
There is a lot of talk about the evils of Mercon/Dexron in a Chrysler transmission on this board. Owner's manual says Dexron III can be used if ATF+3 is not available. I did not ask the rebuilder why Mercon III was used. Does this cause a problem?
Thanks in advance for whatever suggestions you have.
#903 of 2083 Re: 2001 T&C, 32,000 mi, transmission is dead [mddamus]
Aug 31, 2005 (3:26 pm)
Please tell us what happened with chrysler as our 03 town and country transmission just died this weekend and ruined our family vacation. We are also out for a hotel where we got stuck and rental of another van to return us home. Thanks, Docsbdrochester.rr.com
#904 of 2083 Torque Converter/Torque Converter Solenoid
Sep 01, 2005 (3:24 am)
Have a '95 Caravan with 116k that has just been a peach for us. Absolutely no problems until now. Got a check engine light and my mechanic advises either the torque converter or the torque converter solenoid is getting ready to give it up. Car is running smoothly, with no shifting problems, no overheating, no drop in gas mileage. Any thoughts?
#905 of 2083 Re: 2001 T&C AWD 80,000 mi [dspring]
Sep 03, 2005 (6:34 am)
No, the transmission should not be replaced until someone can give you a detailed description as to why the transmission is causing the Engine Lamp to illuminate.
It seems that everybody you've mentioned seems to think the same thing, so there's something going on. If that's truly the cause, my first suspicion is that you're not getting torque converter lock up in fourth gear, but it would be nice to know if the Transmission Control Module is laying down a code.
#906 of 2083 Re: Torque Converter/Torque Converter Solenoid [jsweeney]
Sep 03, 2005 (6:39 am)
See my reply in post number #905.
#907 of 2083 how to change the trans filter
Sep 06, 2005 (4:05 pm)
Our 1994 Plymouth Voyager's trans. pan is dropped and I am ready to go to the
dealership tomorrow to get a new filter. How does it remove? I cannot find any
screws or fasteners on it, and it is "loose" or wobbles if pulled down some. I have
never changed one myself, but want to this time as I had to remove the trans.
cover to repair or replace it due to a small hole in it from dragging on our gravel
road. I thought I would change it while I was there. It is a 3.0L engine with the overdrive transmission. I am afraid to tear it up, so please help me- where are the screws?
#908 of 2083 THANK dusty for reliable information on Chrysler minivan transmissions
Sep 06, 2005 (5:07 pm)
And for providing accurate, reliable information on other questions concerning DC minivans.
#909 of 2083 Re: how to change the trans filter [jeepersx5]
Sep 07, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Recently did a pan drop with filter change on our '95. The filter has no screws, it just pulls off. No fear of wrecking anything. Very important point-- Use Chysler brand fluid only, purchased from your local dealer. ATF+3 is the one to best use for your year. Do not use any of the 'compatibles' available at auto stores. I've learned from this and other forums that the 'compatible' fluids more than likely will cause you un-needed problems.
#910 of 2083 Power Steering Fluid
Sep 08, 2005 (3:42 am)
I looked at my power steering level in our '05 T&C Touring and decided to top off. I read the owners manual and realized Chrysler recommends Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF+4) in the power steering resivoir. I went to pick some ATF+4 at my local car parts and they only had ATF+3. I asked the Associate and he said ATF+3 would work fine for the power steering. I would NEVER use ATF+3 in the transmission, but what are your thoughts about using it for power steering fluid? Is there that much of a difference between ATF+3 and ATF+4?
#911 of 2083 Re: No transmission bus message [mzzchris]
Sep 09, 2005 (10:42 am)
Did you have any luck getting this fixed? I have a 97 Grand Caravan w/ 160K miles and have replaced the body control module twice w/ a used part (in 8/02 and 8/03). It quit on me today without warning. I'm hoping my van will keep running for 1 more year but hate to replace the BCM a third time and don't want to pay for a new part fom the dealer.