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1988 dodge caravan has been setting up for some time, transmission will shift from first into second but will not shift into high third gear ?

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If the unit worked before you parked it, likely you had a varnish buildup inside that was the result of lack of service or an overheat condition previous to parking it.(while sitting the varnish can harden up and cause internal solenoids and valves to become stuck) The only real way to remove the varnish would be to remove it and have it rebuilt. You could try something like changing the fluid and using an additive such as the one made by Lucas. I would also check any electrical harness plugs going to the transmission to make sure none have become corroded, as that too can affect the shift pattern, If changing the fluid works, change it again in 2,000 miles to remove anything that could block the filter.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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Check the fluid level first. I'm assuming it's 3 spd no overdrive. Worst case it's in limp in mode & you need to get the cvi's (clutch volume index) checked. If they're out of range,the tranny is shot.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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