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My 2000 intrepid was stuck in a snow drift and i tried rocking it out. That didnt work, so later on i had it pulled out and now it will go in forward, but not reverse. Do i need a new transmission or can my transmission be fixed??

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  • jessica_bosc Dec 31, 2008

    a friend of mine just also informed me that she knows of someone who had this same problem and they just put the car in a heated garage for awhile and whatever was frozen in the transmission melted out and it was fine...could that be my problem? what is the likeliness that it will be that easy to fix??

  • jessica_bosc Dec 31, 2008

    well i left it running for an hour over my lunch break thinking that just maybe if there was something frozen in it that running it for that long would thaw it out somewhat at least, but it still isnt going in reverse....any other suggestions???

  • jessica_bosc Jan 02, 2009

    well, i heard from my mechanic yesterday and i need either a new transmission or for him to rebuild mine...i am looking for a used one, but have only found one in Watertown, SD...any suggestions as to where else i could find a used one for little $$$ ??

  • jessica_bosc Jan 02, 2009

    to rebuild he quoted $1,700 so i talked with my dad and he would prefer that i get a used one and will be calling some people today to help find one and i spoke with my mechanic and he said he would look for one too with some places he knows of...but my car is almost at 100,000 miles so i dont want to invest a whole lot of extra money into it because i figure that in a couple years i will probably be needing to replace it anyway

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Anything free is worth a try right, and stranger things have happened. It may be just that the wiring harnesses to transmission need to dry out a bit, but don't get your hopes up too much. Depending on how much, how fast, you spun the wheels trying to get out, as well as how hard it banged back & forth from drive to reverse, trying to get it out. Transmissions now days don't hold up doing that, like they used to. Good Luck, let us know after the dry-out, warm up what happened.

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Having it scanned for codes now, may catch something before it's too late. Only other thing I might try is disconnecting battery for a few minutes, then re-attach, and try then.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 02, 2009

    To be honest, the problem with a used one is that quite often, mileage on it is either not noted or incorrect, and you could end up with same as you have now, a short time down the road. Is he going to rebuild it, or have it sent out to a reputable rebuilder of transmissions, and what price did they quote you?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 02, 2009

    I just recently paid approx. $1800 w/tax to have a rebuilt put in my 99 caravan. It has 150,000+ miles on it. Van still looks & runs great & I know what I've got into it. A brake job now days can run you $400-$800, so I figured what the heck. Here in Canada, just buying a half decent used vehicle, would cost me more than that in sales tax & changeover fees. Your decision, but i went through all that too, and ended up paying a place that used to rebuild exclusively for chrysler, (ontario reman) so I knew they were the ones to deal with, just because of the experience they have with those transmissions, and they knew what to look for. Most of the auto recyclers I called, could not gaurantee mileage on transmission because they didn't know if it was replaced or rebuilt prior to them getting the car in. Good Luck & if I can help from this end at all, let me know.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 02, 2009

    P.S. Double check on any warranty on them, and if you go used, make sure your mechanic changes the filter & fluid to assure that it has only genuine Mopar ATF4 fluid put back into it. Many mechanics swear (sepecially at quick lube places) it doesn't matter, but the ones that really know those transmissions, will not put anything else in them, as it's been proven time & time again, that it does matter. The ATF4 is new & is a better recommended fluid than the ATF3 that was used originally in those. Keep me posted. Good Luck.

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