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Solenoid pack leak

I have a 02 Dodge neon es and i was told i have a solenoid pack leak. I need to know where it is and how to fix it.Thank you

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  • daddsplace57 Dec 31, 2008

    which bolts do I take off at the valve body to remove the solenoid pack on a 2002 dodge neon. Do you have a diagram? My car is stuck in limp mode and the codes say solenoid pack. Thanks

  • gyxzcd Feb 05, 2009


    hello truckerjobs:you mentioned "it shifts now like nothing happened", it is good?
    I had a neon 2002 second hand. when driving, I don't feel gear shifting. I thought it is in so called "limbo"????

    I used to drive toyota camry and tacoma trucks, I can feel shifting in those.

  • xavier205 Feb 12, 2009

    Where can i buy the transmission selenoid pack for a Chrysler T&C 2002? I have a leak also..

    thank you

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    i have a solenoid pack leak

  • mdcordry Apr 29, 2009

    I have a 2003 Neon. It is leaking red fluid from the drivers side of the engine. Does the Trans sol Pak have fluid in it?

  • Mikelito May 12, 2009

    I have a transmission solenoid pack that needs to be replaced. How can i replace it?

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Th e trans solenoid pack is located on the trans just under the air box, it has a cover on it that says DO NOT REMOVE, there are three bolts on the top and the others you will have to drop the pan and valve body to access. there are seals under/behind it that leak.

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The solenoid they are refering to is the Transmission Shift Solenoid pack located on the tranmission.

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The solenoid pack for the transmission has nothing to do with the starter solenoid! The solenoid pack is located under the aircleaner box. Take out the aircleaner box. The solenoid pack is held on by 3 bolts. I believe they are # 10 metric size. You do NOT have to take the transmission drainpan off. It will be on there tight as it has a gasket. You may have to take a mallet or hammer and tap it to loosen it. But it will come off. I will mention that it has 3 little **** on the bottom of it and it will have to raise straight up to be removed. I hope this information helps.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

  • daddsplace57 Feb 04, 2009

    truckerjob, I am glad that replacing the solenoid pack did the trick for you and solved your problems. I havent had the chance to replace mine yet. It is snowing again and it is very cold and I dont have a garage. Your story is encouraging though.



    Thanks for your post, Dave

  • daddsplace57 Feb 18, 2009

    I purchased mine on eBay and saved about $100. It was new in the box with the gasket for $90. That includes the shipping cost. There was a good selection on eBay from used ones - new ones. I saw used ones starting at around $50 but thought it was worth a few more bucks for the new on

    Good Luck,Dave

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Rough idle and miss at 2000 RPM @ highway speed . no alarms or codes. 2002 dodge neon

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Where is the Solenoid valve of the transmission of s600 v12 mercedes and Solenoid Pack . the transmission elctrical **** \r\n\r\nthank?

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    Troubleshooting Automatic Transmission Problems
    The most common issues in an automatic transmission troubleshooting are discussed below.

    Fluid Leaking: The biggest concern in automatic transmission is that of fluid leakage. Fluid generally starts leaking when either the filler tube is loose or there is a defect in the pan gasket. However, as a preliminary measure, you can fix this problem by tightening all the bolts surrounding the leakage area and also tightening the tube nut. If the problems still persists, you need to straightaway change the gasket.

    Gear Problems: Gear problems in the form of gear shifting or slipping gears are again a common troublesome area for the owners of vehicles with an automatic transmission. Gear shifting problems occur either when there are any defects developed in the vacuum or linkage controls or when fluid level goes down. Sometimes the failure of the internal clutch or band is also responsible for problems in gear shifting. The simplest remedy for this problem is to perform a regular check on the fluid level and correct it accordingly.

    Spilling out of Fluid: It is not always the low fluid levels that pose a problem to the automatic transmission, sometimes high levels of fluids can also prove troublesome. Spilling of fluid from the oil filler tube is a problem that is caused due to high fluid levels. However, internal fluid leakage, clogging in oil filter or breather vent are also sometimes responsible for fluid spillage. The possible solution to this problem is to change the filter and if necessary change the fluid.

    Erratic Gear Shifting: Sometimes there can be a delay in gear shifting. This is a result of some malfunctioning in the internal auto parts, low levels of fluid or breaking of vacuum lines. However, this problem can be fixed by either replacing or repairing the vacuum lines or it can be prevented with the help of a regular check up of the fluid.

    Overheating of Transmission: Overheating of transmission at regular intervals leads to its malfunctioning. Overheating mainly occurs due to clogging in the fluid cooler lines. Any type of defect in the oil pump or fluid or decrease in the fluid levels can also be the causes for overheating of the transmission. This problem can be resolved by altering the cooler lines and updating the fluid levels.

    So folks, this was an article on automatic transmission troubleshooting. Remember these were some common problems and there are many other problems that can be caused by the automatic transmission of your vehicle. After reading this article though you can now detect the problem and discuss it with a mechanic. Take care that the automatic transmission repair is dealt with by the mechanic himself. However, for your car safety, I would advise you to perform a regular check up of the entire vehicle, as a car check up is less expensive than car repair!





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  • zakmaz Apr 20, 2010

    What is an automatic transmission
    A transmission is the device that transmits the power of the engine to the drive wheels of your car. This power is transmitted via the axle. Your car could be a front-wheel-drive if the power is transmitted to the front wheels, back-wheel-drive if the power is transmitted to the back wheels, and an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive, more commonly known as a 4X4 if the engine power is transmitted to all the four wheels.

    How do you know whether a car has a manual or an automatic transmission? Very simple: a manual transmission car will have three foot pedals - clutch, brake and accelerator. An automatic transmission car has just two - brake and accelerator. A manual transmission car has a gear shift; this is replaced by a lever for parking, neutral, and engage in a car with automatic transmission.

    The engine of a car runs best at a particular RPM. The job of the transmission unit in a car is to transfer optimum power at any stage using a variety of gears, keeping the RPM in a comfortable range. This is why you will always use the first gear when moving from a standstill. As your speed increases, you will keep shifting into a higher gear. You do this gear-change manually using the clutch and gear lever in a car with a manual transmission. A car with auto-transmission will not require you to make the gear changes, it will do it automatically using various sensory equipment.

    Older car models using automatic transmission were pretty simple and depended more on mechanical components. The latest cars depend on a host of components - mechanical, hydraulic and electronic - all working in perfect synchronization. What causes your automatic transmission to cause problems is when all of these various parameters stop synchronizing perfectly.

    It is much easier for you to know that there is a problem with the transmission when it is manual. Many a times you get the feeling of the gear not shifting the way it should when you do it manually. You immediately take the car to an authorized mechanic, and the fault is rectified, causing a minimum dent in your pocket. This is usually not possible with an automatic transmission, since you could notice something strange only when it is too late. This can sometimes involve major work with high costs involved.

    Problems with an automatic transmission
    The automatic transmission on the latest automobiles consist of a variety of components. These include: Planetary gear sets, the hydraulic system to control and activate the clutch, the torque converter which acts as a clutch allowing the vehicle to come to a standstill with engine running and in gear, the governor and throttle cable monitor that senses when to shift gears (in older models), and the onboard computer which senses various parameters allowing for precise gear shifting allowing you the freedom to choose between settings for high power or better mileage.

    How all these components work is a very complex subject. The working of all of these components in perfect harmony requires high precision and split-second accuracy. The malfunctioning of even one component can cause undesired results during gear shifting. Smooth gear shifts happen when you can't hear it, but feel it when at the same acceleration your power suddenly drops down but speed increases. There is something wrong when you can feel the gear changing, but at the same time also hear a clinking sound. There is something really wrong when you feel a shudder with each gear shift.

    Taking care of your vehicles automatic transmission
    Since you do not have any role in gear-change when using a vehicle with automatic transmission, the chances of the gears getting faulty due to human error are non-existent. The main ingredient that will keep the automatic transmission performing like new is the transmission oil. You know how important changing the engine oil on time is, and the serious damage that can occur in case you don't. Same is the case with changing transmission oil, but this is one area that is very often neglected, resulting in sudden and serious damage to the transmission.

    If you get your vehicle serviced at a company specified service outlet, chances are that you do not need to worry about the various oil changes that your car requires. In all likelihood your vehicles entire service details will be maintained and all required changes and servicings done on time. The problem is that most will go to such service outlets only when their vehicles are new. Once the vehicle gets older, the local mechanic will do. This is one reason why you must keep a maintenance record of all servicings and oil changes made since the vehicle was new. Engine oil change is a regular feature and will be done at every servicing. Not so with certain other oils such as the axle oil, brake oil, coolant oil, and transmission oil. You should know when these oils were last changed and when they need changing next.

    Always follow what your vehicle manufacturer suggests. They have done a lot of R&D to know what suits your vehicle best and will need changing at what interval. If your manufacturer suggests that you change your automatic transmission oil after every 40,000 miles, do it on time. To be on the safer side, get the oil change done around the 35,000 miles mark. This will not harm in any way and ensure that the transmission unit keeps performing like new.

    One of the prime reasons for automatic transmission problems occurring after the oil is changed is using of the wrong grade of oil. Every manufacturer clearly mentions what grade of oil is to be used in case of an oil change. Make sure that your mechanic used only this grade of oil for the oil change. Using any other grade of oil, however small the difference may be, could prove extremely fatal for your vehicles transmission unit. It is also possible that your mechanic has told you that he has used the specified grade of oil, but in reality has used oil of some other grade, possibly left-over after changing the transmission oil for some car of a different make. Always make it a point to be present when your mechanic is getting the oil changed. Also make very sure that he changes the oil filter. Using an old filter will result in the clean oil getting dirty with all the previous oils contaminants.

    There are several other minor problems that may occur with an automatic transmission. Proper and timely care is all that is required to avert any damage. Most of the problems that you may notice might just require some minor tuning.

    If you notice that the gear does not shift smoothly or shifts at odd times, the problem could be a minor one with the onboard computer. Some settings could have got disturbed, causing the problem. What is usually required is reconfiguring the computer resulting in smoother and timely gearshifts. A delay in getting this done will have no impact on the computer, but on the mechanical parts that help in the gear change.

    When you give your car for a normal service always ask the mechanic to check for even the slightest leakage of oil from the transmission unit. If a leak is noticed ask the mechanic to get the leak sealed off. If the leak is of extremely minor nature and the mechanic says that the oil leak requires a gasket change that would require him to remove the entire unit, forget it for the time being. Get it replaced when going in for an oil change. Just make sure that the oil level is maintained and occasionally keep checking for an increase in the oil leakage.

    When a problem is noticed, act immediately
    Once you get used to the transmission changing gears smoothly, you will surely notice even the slightest change when the unit performs undesirably. Do not hesitate or wait for later, visit your mechanic as soon as possible and tell him of the change. It could be something very minor that can be solved immediately. Ignoring it may result in this small problem getting bigger and in turn involving more components. This in time can lead to major malfunctioning resulting in the requirement of a total overhaul. What could have been solved in a few dollars will now cost you a great deal more. This will also require precious time, so you will have to do without your car for a few days.

    Always be alert and wise. The moment you notice or feel something amiss, get professional advice immediately. This applies not only for your automatic vehicles transmission, but to absolutely any vehicle, and absolutely any component.

    Remember: Once you notice even the smallest of problems in your vehicle, get it solved immediately. The more you delay solving the problem, the deeper will the hole in your pocket get!





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  • zakmaz Apr 20, 2010

    What is an automatic transmission
    A transmission is the device that transmits the power of the engine to the drive wheels of your car. This power is transmitted via the axle. Your car could be a front-wheel-drive if the power is transmitted to the front wheels, back-wheel-drive if the power is transmitted to the back wheels, and an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive, more commonly known as a 4X4 if the engine power is transmitted to all the four wheels.

    How do you know whether a car has a manual or an automatic transmission? Very simple: a manual transmission car will have three foot pedals - clutch, brake and accelerator. An automatic transmission car has just two - brake and accelerator. A manual transmission car has a gear shift; this is replaced by a lever for parking, neutral, and engage in a car with automatic transmission.

    The engine of a car runs best at a particular RPM. The job of the transmission unit in a car is to transfer optimum power at any stage using a variety of gears, keeping the RPM in a comfortable range. This is why you will always use the first gear when moving from a standstill. As your speed increases, you will keep shifting into a higher gear. You do this gear-change manually using the clutch and gear lever in a car with a manual transmission. A car with auto-transmission will not require you to make the gear changes, it will do it automatically using various sensory equipment.

    Older car models using automatic transmission were pretty simple and depended more on mechanical components. The latest cars depend on a host of components - mechanical, hydraulic and electronic - all working in perfect synchronization. What causes your automatic transmission to cause problems is when all of these various parameters stop synchronizing perfectly.

    It is much easier for you to know that there is a problem with the transmission when it is manual. Many a times you get the feeling of the gear not shifting the way it should when you do it manually. You immediately take the car to an authorized mechanic, and the fault is rectified, causing a minimum dent in your pocket. This is usually not possible with an automatic transmission, since you could notice something strange only when it is too late. This can sometimes involve major work with high costs involved.

    Problems with an automatic transmission
    The automatic transmission on the latest automobiles consist of a variety of components. These include: Planetary gear sets, the hydraulic system to control and activate the clutch, the torque converter which acts as a clutch allowing the vehicle to come to a standstill with engine running and in gear, the governor and throttle cable monitor that senses when to shift gears (in older models), and the onboard computer which senses various parameters allowing for precise gear shifting allowing you the freedom to choose between settings for high power or better mileage.

    How all these components work is a very complex subject. The working of all of these components in perfect harmony requires high precision and split-second accuracy. The malfunctioning of even one component can cause undesired results during gear shifting. Smooth gear shifts happen when you can't hear it, but feel it when at the same acceleration your power suddenly drops down but speed increases. There is something wrong when you can feel the gear changing, but at the same time also hear a clinking sound. There is something really wrong when you feel a shudder with each gear shift.

    Taking care of your vehicles automatic transmission
    Since you do not have any role in gear-change when using a vehicle with automatic transmission, the chances of the gears getting faulty due to human error are non-existent. The main ingredient that will keep the automatic transmission performing like new is the transmission oil. You know how important changing the engine oil on time is, and the serious damage that can occur in case you don't. Same is the case with changing transmission oil, but this is one area that is very often neglected, resulting in sudden and serious damage to the transmission.

    If you get your vehicle serviced at a company specified service outlet, chances are that you do not need to worry about the various oil changes that your car requires. In all likelihood your vehicles entire service details will be maintained and all required changes and servicings done on time. The problem is that most will go to such service outlets only when their vehicles are new. Once the vehicle gets older, the local mechanic will do. This is one reason why you must keep a maintenance record of all servicings and oil changes made since the vehicle was new. Engine oil change is a regular feature and will be done at every servicing. Not so with certain other oils such as the axle oil, brake oil, coolant oil, and transmission oil. You should know when these oils were last changed and when they need changing next.

    Always follow what your vehicle manufacturer suggests. They have done a lot of R&D to know what suits your vehicle best and will need changing at what interval. If your manufacturer suggests that you change your automatic transmission oil after every 40,000 miles, do it on time. To be on the safer side, get the oil change done around the 35,000 miles mark. This will not harm in any way and ensure that the transmission unit keeps performing like new.

    One of the prime reasons for automatic transmission problems occurring after the oil is changed is using of the wrong grade of oil. Every manufacturer clearly mentions what grade of oil is to be used in case of an oil change. Make sure that your mechanic used only this grade of oil for the oil change. Using any other grade of oil, however small the difference may be, could prove extremely fatal for your vehicles transmission unit. It is also possible that your mechanic has told you that he has used the specified grade of oil, but in reality has used oil of some other grade, possibly left-over after changing the transmission oil for some car of a different make. Always make it a point to be present when your mechanic is getting the oil changed. Also make very sure that he changes the oil filter. Using an old filter will result in the clean oil getting dirty with all the previous oils contaminants.

    There are several other minor problems that may occur with an automatic transmission. Proper and timely care is all that is required to avert any damage. Most of the problems that you may notice might just require some minor tuning.

    If you notice that the gear does not shift smoothly or shifts at odd times, the problem could be a minor one with the onboard computer. Some settings could have got disturbed, causing the problem. What is usually required is reconfiguring the computer resulting in smoother and timely gearshifts. A delay in getting this done will have no impact on the computer, but on the mechanical parts that help in the gear change.

    When you give your car for a normal service always ask the mechanic to check for even the slightest leakage of oil from the transmission unit. If a leak is noticed ask the mechanic to get the leak sealed off. If the leak is of extremely minor nature and the mechanic says that the oil leak requires a gasket change that would require him to remove the entire unit, forget it for the time being. Get it replaced when going in for an oil change. Just make sure that the oil level is maintained and occasionally keep checking for an increase in the oil leakage.

    When a problem is noticed, act immediately
    Once you get used to the transmission changing gears smoothly, you will surely notice even the slightest change when the unit performs undesirably. Do not hesitate or wait for later, visit your mechanic as soon as possible and tell him of the change. It could be something very minor that can be solved immediately. Ignoring it may result in this small problem getting bigger and in turn involving more components. This in time can lead to major malfunctioning resulting in the requirement of a total overhaul. What could have been solved in a few dollars will now cost you a great deal more. This will also require precious time, so you will have to do without your car for a few days.

    Always be alert and wise. The moment you notice or feel something amiss, get professional advice immediately. This applies not only for your automatic vehicles transmission, but to absolutely any vehicle, and absolutely any component.

    Remember: Once you notice even the smallest of problems in your vehicle, get it solved immediately. The more you delay solving the problem, the deeper will the hole in your pocket get!





    zakmaz@yahoo.com k.s.a

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Hey Dave, thanks for the advice on my 2002 town and country!!! I changed the solenoid pack about a month ago and it shifts now like nothing happened. It took me about 2.5 hours. The only thing that was tough in changing it was it was really stuck because of the gasket. All I had to do was go under the motor and hit in an upward motion against the solenoid pack and right away it was free from the transmission. If you have any questions, or need any help, just let me know. Thanks Dave!!!
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If we knew the problem it would help to tell you what a solenoid pack may be. There is a such thing as a solenoid but there is not a way for it to leak so I would rule that out. The solenoid is a part in between the ignition and the starter. It's gives the starter a boost of power to give it the initial start. Some are built in to the starter itself. I would bet that an 02 Neon would have it built in to the starter.

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