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Will a 94 Dodge Caravan transmission fit in a 96 Plymouth Voyager

I am looking to buy a pair of mini-vans. One is a 1994 Dodge Caravan and the other is a 1996 Plymouth Voyager. I was told that there may be a transmission problem with the Voyager and I was wondering if the transmission from the Caravan would fit in the Voyager if there was a problem. The vans are a steal and I don't want to let them go. I just want to be sure that I can make one sound vehicle out of the two. Thanks in advance.

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  • cjh1221 Jun 03, 2009

    I am not very good with cars, have gone as far as to change the plugs and wires but thats about it. I am hoping that it is a minor problem. He said that occasionally it would not shift out of first gear. As soon as it started happening his grandmother went out and bought a new car. I just wanted to be sure that I was not getting in waaay too deep with this vehicle. Thanks.
    Someone else suggested that it could be the Throttle valve cable getting stuck so I will do my best to look at all that and see if I can find the problem. Thanks again!


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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.

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 03, 2009

    Since your limited on the caravan on knowledge for now till we turn you in to an expert on caravan's. Go to Auto Zone and have them see what the DTC codes are.

    It will let us know if there is a problem with the TCM or it may just be as simple speed sensor that can be replaced as easy as a spark plug on the transmission.

    You say it's not shifting out of first. OK Transmission 101, there is a speed sensor and turbine sensor that sends signal to the Power control module (PCM) and (TCM) which controls the shifting of the transmission electronically. If one or both of these sensors go bad or the PCM or TCM does not get any signal then the transmission will not get any signal to shift gears from the TCM.

    Go to Auto Zone and have them pull any DTC codes and lets start from there and hope it's just a simple sensor which is easier then finding a corroded wire in the harness.

    The electrical harness will be next on our list to do. As i mentioned earlier, disconnect the TCM and see if there are any changes to the Shift performance to the transmission. Oh and check the fuses under the dash and under the hood for bad fuses and corroded fuse connections, the van is 16 years old.

    Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to help you save some money. P.S there is no Throttle valve cable, that's for the older type cars and van with out a electronic transmission.


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