1991 3.3L Plymouth Voyager, Transmission temp sticks in first.
I have a 1991 Voyager with a 3.3L engine. The van runs and shifts great most of the time. Every once in a while, sometimes several times in a row, the AUTOMATIC transmission will not shift out of first gear after stopping and taking off again. While still rolling down the road I have to put the van in neutral, turn off the ignition, wait a second and restart. After restarting the engine it starts to shift perfectly fine untill I stop again. Works while rolling in neutral and also works if I just pull over...Key is to kill the engine and then restart either way.
John, this sounds like a valve hanging up in the valve body. The car shifts when the govenor pressure overcomes throttle valve pressure in this valve body.
What is the condition of the fluid? Is it at all dark or grey, does it smell burnt? It should be a nice light pink. If not, have the fluild and filter for the trans changed. This may take care of the problem.
If the oil is really burnt, you are at the end of the life of the clutches and you are looking at a complete trans rebuild. If the oil is ok, a trans shop should be able to take just the valve body down, clean it and eliminate the problem without overhauling the entire transmission
I have a 91 Voyager that, every once in awhile, was hard to shift from Drive to Park. If you turned the wheel a bit while trying to shift it would unstick. My son Tried to UNstick it last night and SNAPPED something, The lever now moves freely but doesn't engage the gears. PLEASE tell me this is an easy fix?
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If you are referring to an A/T, you need to change the transmission fluid and filter. After doing this start the engine and let it set and run for about 30 minutes. After the fluid is at full operating temperature see if it will shift. If not, you need to seek help from a transmission pro.
i have had this problem before. driving around 45mph still in second gear. when u let off of gas van lurches as if you were downshifting to stop. however, van is automatic. doesn't make sense. van is low on oil and causes gears to stick. like some insane nightmare. give it a quart of oil and you will find the van easily changing gears and acting normal again. don't ask me why or how, but i speak from experience
Not shifting? or is the tranny dust? Is this mechanical (in the linkage) or does the transmission "spin" when put into Drive?
The Voyager is infamous for it's bad transmissions.. Craigslist is "littered" with Caravans and Voyagers that need transmissions.. The replacement can cost as much as $2600.. and finding a used one is not always easy.. the cheapest and best way to replace it is get a rebuilt one.. and do it yourself.. it is time consuming yet fairly simple on the 3.0 engine. The hardest part is seperating the struts.. this might be a two man job.. BTW.. don't let the torque converter fall out of the transmission.. get a book if you attempt this repair at home.. jack he van up as high as you can.. the engine is easily supported with a couple of 2x4 cut to fit..
80 percent of the time the transmission problem is electrical. Pull the transmission dip stick and check the condition of the transmission fluid. If it's not burn and the transmission runs with out slipping but does not shift properly. Good chances are that it may be the Transmission control module (TCM) which is on the passenger side fender close to the headlight.
Check the condition of the wire harness to the TCM, look for corrosion and try disconnection the TCM and see if there is any changes to the way the transmission performs.
As for the transmission fitting, as long as the engine size are the same. the 3 liter and 3.3 liter use different transmission.
Good luck and hope this helps.
Hi the Transmission control module is having communication issues with the sitting solenoids that actually preform the shifting once you initiate it by using the in car stick. these solenoids are inside of the transmission pan and you will need to replace them.