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1991 dodge caravan while driving suddenly as if it slipped out of gear, engine revved but was only coasting. Found that forward gears weren't working but reverse did work.

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First thing is check the fluid level. If low, add fluid and see if it helps.
If it is not low on fluid, that's not good news at all. Probably need a new or rebuilt or used transmission. The age of your caravan makes it a good candidate for a used unit, if otherwise you want to keep it.
If your fluid is dirty brown, it is certainly toast. The discoloring means that all the material on the clutch packs has been worn off and is dispersed in the fluid.

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