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Transmission jerks I have a 2003 chrysler town and country limited edition, and i've had it know for 3 months now, and i've noticed that my transmission jerks really bad going into 2nd gear, all of the other gears change really smoothly, but its just second gear. It mainly does it when i drive off slow, and it jerks really bad when i make a right or left turn at a slow speed, and i dont know what it could be. First, i thought its a sign that my transmission is about to give out, but it only has 95,286 miles on it, Second, i thought it was the shift solenoid, then i thought the timing was off in the transmissions computer that makes it switch to the next gear to early, but im not for sure, but if anybody has solution to fix this problem, i would really appreciate having it. Thanx, Kenneth

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  • pattison606 Feb 06, 2009

    I too have a 2003 t& does the same thing. It did it when I got it two years ago with 74000 miles on it. It now has 125000 and still does the jerking into second gear...It hasn't gotten any worse...should I be concerned, or just continue to put up with it..It's my first t&c to has the 3.8 engine, and I couldn't ask for a better vehicle. I worried about this problem for awhile, but when it didn't get worse I relaxed..Anxious to know if it is something to be concerned about

  • salsaqueen_3 Feb 24, 2009

    i have a 2001 town & country and it jerks when i reduce speed.

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have 1999 chrysler t&c van and the transmission jerks when it shifts after slowing down and then speed up. It has been doing this a long while it has 124000 miles on it. Does anyone know what causes this and how to fix it. I'm worried it may get worse.

  • Keith Zettler
    Keith Zettler Apr 16, 2014

    any update on this / have a 2003 jerking into second and i want to hear from someone who got the actual fix

  • Keith Zettler
    Keith Zettler Apr 16, 2014

    2003 same jerking issue into second. Any update on an actual fix ?



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One possibility is that the speed sensor is going out. When that happens the computer gets bad information and thus makes bad decisions. When the car goes into 2nd all of the solenoids are actually off. That is so if there is some kind of problem the transmission gets no power, then it still has P, R, N, 2nd. It would be kind of weird, maybe, to see only the 1-2 shift being affected but I can't really think of anything else that could cause that kind of problem.

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