Own 2002 dodge caravan with 3.3 liter motor. The engine light is on and the tranny is now stuck in second gear.
That's called "Limp in Mode" Something in the transmission has failed. You may have lost 3rd gear, or reverse, or some other problem. The TCU (transmission control unit) has detected a fault, and has put the tranny in to 2nd gear. That way you can still drive it to the local dealer so they can repair it. Limp in mode keep you going so you don't have to have it towed. However, since it is only second gear, you won't want to drive very fast, probably no more than 30pmh, and you will want to get it checked out as soon as you can. Could be something as simple as a sensor failing or coming unplugged, or an internal failure with one of the bands, servoce, solenoids, or bands or clutch packs.
When you start it up and drive it the next time, pay close attention to how it shifts. Does it instantly put you into limp mode (First gear failure) or when it tries to shift into 3rd, and then put s you back into seond for limp more. this information will be important in getting an estimate. I appologize for any typpos here, as this form is not letting me see what I am typing.
Aug 15, 2010 |
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