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'96 Dodge Stratus auto trans lost 3rd and 4th gears

'96 Dodge Stratus ES 2.5L V6 AT

Seems to have lost third and fourth gears; whenever the transaxle tries to shift to either one, the engine revs wildly like it's in neutral, then the transmission drops back to 2nd and locks there in 'limp home' mode until I turn the car off and on again. This happens in the "D" position and when using the autostick feature (which is how I found out that 4th gear is gone as well).

I've cleaned the contacts on both the TCM and the solenoid pack, and replaced the input speed sensor. Was looking suspiciously at the solenoids before I realized 4th was gone too; now I'm thinking this is a lot more serious, as in bands/clutches/transmission rebuild time.

Anything else I can do before I start hunting down a used transmission? I'm stumped at this point.

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    Jerry Jul 12, 2009

    Oh, and of course the first thing I did was to check the transmission fluid level - it was no more than a half quart low before I topped it up.

  • Jerry
    Jerry Jun 03, 2010

    Final resolution to this was that I ended up replacing the transmission with a used one from a wrecking yard; doing it myself only cost me about $400 vs. the minimum $1000 I would have had to pay to have it repaired.



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