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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sudden grinding noise with no prior warning * Primarily in 2nd
gear, behavior in reverse may be abnormal; sunshell is fractured.
R&R. Try not to run or drive the car or further damage could result.
* Reaction planetary is worn out due to high miles or insufficient lubrication. Not a critical failure, but not a good sign either. R&R sooner rather than later.
* Either a torrington bearing or a planetary bearing is on its way out. Trans will eventually die a loud, catastrophic death. Cheaper to rebuild now (saves further damage to hard parts), but requires R&R. It is drivable until it breaks.
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Posted on Mar 17, 2010
Test at the spark plug if you are getting current there with a cheap spark plug tester, if not, it could be the spark box. ( it used to be an ignition coil on older cars ) double check the computer for codes which may lead to a cam sensor not giving the PCM information.
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
My 2003 dodge caravan would not start after driving about 1/2 hour. I stopped for coffee and when got back in to start it started I switched gears and it stalled. I tried to start again switched gears then it started but only for 2 sec. No clicking, no cranking sound just would not start but battery functions were great. Spent 2 days with a mechanic who could not resolve so sent to Dodge. After a day of putting wires back and checking out the problem they said it was the computer. Said that it was bad and could be replaced at no charge due to malfunction. Yes, it worked fine afterwards no more problems. They also said that some of the computers are found to be defective like this one so I hope this helps you in the right choice to have the dealer check it out if you are unable to get a computer reading and there is no obvious short in the system. Free sounded very good but as you know there is no such thing as really free as they got me for other things $350 worth. ouch!
Posted on Jul 24, 2010
Could be dirty fuel injectors. solution: pour fuel additive such as SeaFoam or Lucas injector cleaner in the gas and drive.
Ignition timing could be off. Check timing.
OR, could be throttle position sensor is going bad. If cleaning the injectors doesn't fix it, then the sensor is going out and needs to be replaced.
Posted on Apr 09, 2011
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