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Transmission still shifts erractically

I changed the tranny fluid on my 2000 Town & Country today along with the filter. There were no leaks, and I put in a new gasket. The van still seems to be hesitating when going into drive or reverse. I usually have to accelerate the engine for the van to jump into gear. I did put in MOPAR AFT +4 fluid as that is the recommended brand for Chrysler.
Is there something else that may be causing my van to shift harshly into gear ?

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  • senator_1970 Jul 21, 2009

    the engine light (Amber colour) was coming on every once-in-a-while and only lasting 24-hours. The last time it came on was approx. 2-3 months ago I think. The van was shirting erractically and all my research indicated to change the fluid to MOPAR .... and that is what I did along with the filter. Now the vehicle seems to be shifting more harshly.

  • senator_1970 Jul 21, 2009

    I have figured out my own problem !!! Silly me....I just didn't add enough fluid to the tranny. The Mopar comes in 5l jugs, and when I read the dipstick, it was hard to tell where the fluid was topped off. Let me remind all....I have had to learn things myself my whole life. Sometimes difficult, and sometimes through my own experience. Thanks all who offered feedback. I will offer help if I can one day. :)

  • rottweiler10 May 11, 2010

    is there any service engine/check engine lights on?


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Well if you have a lot of millage it could only be the gearpump in the transy thats finished,unfotuntly cant really change -it without rebuilding the all transy
other than that you still can drive-it but try letting the gear go on by it self ,you could damage your van by doing that !! you mignt not have choice but if you do ...try not doing-it!

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PS I am not a mechanic, but I have the same vehicle, have rebuilt my own A604 and also diagnosed and repaired the electrical side of it recently.

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