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Can completely dead car battery cause transmission fluid pressure sensor to fail?

My battery died and had to be jumped 3 different times before I could get somewhere to have the battery tested. It was bad, so I replaced it with a new one. Just before replacing it, my vehicle started acting like it couldn't shift properly, revving and not moving at all or very very slowly. I replaced the battery, thinking all was well, and the same (and worse) symptoms kept happening! Could the completely dead battery somehow have messed up a sensor in the transmission? I scanned for codes and got 7 total, noted them and cleared them, scanned again. One code kept returning: P083B (Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor). My vehicle was running/driving perfectly prior to the dead battery and ensuing symptoms. Please help! I know it's not a bad tranny, and have ALWAYS had my vehicle serviced and maintained at the dealership I purchased it from. At this point I'm wondering if they have been lax in performing all the services I've paid for (checking transmission fluid, for example), but don't want to accuse them if it's not their fault.

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* Make, Model, year for specific solutions.
* Check warranty. Contact your dealer (do a system's test using Computer.)

*** Following is for information only.***
* Since your indicating there is an "Error code". I'm presuming this is a late model car with an electronic, digital system.
* First, There is a "shorted" condition in the car that's draining your battery.
* "phantom drain" is when there is something on like a light that is not noticed unless the car is visually checked. (Kids often play with things in the back seat and may turn on lights or lighter button, etc.
* Depending on the amount of 'drain' (amperage) this will draw power and voltage away from the car's digital control system.
* Low voltage on car's system will give false errors or indication that everything is okay but you don't have enough cranking power to turn over the engine (won't start).
* You can perform visual checks to make sure EVERYTHING is in the off position. I really mean , you have to crawl into the back seat and imagine your a kid and what's there to play with. I've found many 'options' the car had that I was unaware of. Who knew there was a 'Makeup' mirror in the back of the passenger seat with a 'lighted' option if the switch was on. Another time the cigarette lighter was stuck in the down position and came on when I turned on the car. (it was in the middle arm rest of the back seat.)
* If you have a voltmeter or better yet a DC amperage meter then you can monitor the battery drain while the car is off. Disconnect items (fuse) while checking if the 'amp drain' falls off.
* quick test; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRcj1fQcWwU
* Amprobe test; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdIKNnwEjIs
* Check the oil pressure switch; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF0fdo04pBY
* Replacing Oil sensor; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX7DbNpFVWo
* Measuring the pressure; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TvFxEVxnGo
* Shop testing oil solenoid; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui6Rce4Y9-8
* Error P0843; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6FObgb-2Lk
* Using scan tool; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4p55pvePeU
* Technical specs on ; https://f01.justanswer.com/TRags85/7dd0f82b-d1e0-4c87-bcd4-4869ef0d71ce_P083B.pdf
* Codes (breakout); https://www.carid.com/images/autel/items/pdf/aual301-instruction-manual.pdf
* Check with your Dealer for additional advice.
Aloha, ukeboy57

PS; Check, Hood light, Trunk light, Passenger makeup mirror light, wide mirror blinker/running lights, ID Plate light, Rear back up system (New cars have back up camera or distance radar.), ect.

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    Dave Aug 09, 2018

    Followedd through on all links above, and am more convinced than ever that my bad battery was the instigator here and probably screwed up the TFPS (hence the code P083B). NOW, to find out where the blasted thing is and how to replace it OR find a trustworthy transmission place to fix it without robbing me blind. Any help on locating the sensor 2015 Chrysler Town and Country much appreciated. No repair manuals found around here, am told it's "too new".

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    Mark Cheong Aug 09, 2018

    * Try this link;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H0Sjp3A...
    * The main issue with a 2015 car is that it is 3 years old and may still be in the warranty period.
    * You also need to check if there was a recall.
    *https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/2...
    * How old was battery? 3 years is normal (in Hawaii) for a battery to go bad. But it still does not happen all at once. You will notice slow cranking at first. Then it will get slower and harder to turn over engine.
    * You should have gotten plenty of warning and time to replace the battery.
    * A sudden dead battery with no warning is an indication of a shorted DC system.
    Aloha, ukeboy57

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Nice elaborate story but what type of vehicle i-e year make model engine auto / stick --have -you checked your fluid level and its condition checked the sensor they do go bad as well as fluids

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    Dave Aug 08, 2018

    2015 Chrysler Town and Country, automatic. No dipstick to check fluid level (cap says "For Dealer Use Only), but AS I SAID, ALL maintenance and service performed by dealership regularly every 2-3 months since purchased from them (27 pt. inspection check off sheet shows ATF good/does not need attention).

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    Dave Aug 08, 2018

    Have not checked the sensor since I can't seem to find out where the heck it's located - seems to be internal on trans. This is my wife's vehicle...I prefer older vehicles that make more sense!

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Generic (Common for all car manufacturers):
Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch "G" Circuit Range/Performance

If you boost charged you car, it could damage the electronics!

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    Dave Aug 08, 2018

    So, then, how exactly would you handle a dead battery to avoid damaging electronics??

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    JonSnell Electronic Aug 09, 2018

    Use a battery charger without the boost charge facility or jump it with another battery/vehicle.

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    JonSnell Electronic Aug 09, 2018

    Boost charge can put over voltage on the battery affecting most of the electronics.

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I had a similar problem in my Mazda truck before. There is a pressure switch on the side of my truck's automatic gear box. The switch is connected to the engine vacuum system. When the switch leaks, the vacuum sucked the transmission oil through the vacuum line to the engine over time. Have you checked your transmission oil level? If the oil level is low, that's probably the reason. I was still able to drive back home by adding sufficient amount of transmission oil.

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