Question about 1996 Dodge Caravan
I agree with kirkx about things to check .. maybe this added suggestion will not be needed but that transmission has a special "limp along" feature .. that is, if it detects something wrong then the "limp along" mode is involked .. thats intended only to allow you to get to a service shop .. it may limit what gears you can use and can even lock up the torque converter .. you can still drive but it will lurch when you put it in gear and it may not shift ... its not unusual for the transmission to go in and out of the "limp along" mode for awhile until even more damage is done which locks it in that mode or until it quits completely .. lets hope you are just low on fluid ... make absolutely sure you use the correct fluid .. this tranny has a cooling problem (due to very low internal spacing) and needs a special thin oil to keep it from overheating .. you might consider having the tranny flushed ... they force a cleaning fluid thru it to wash out scale and deposits .. about $100 .. that wont help if its already damaged but worth a try since a new tranny costs about what the 96 is worth .... i love my 96 .. wish it would last forever .. the tranny repair shop tells me to expect from 75,000 to 150,000 lifetime .. but i have seen several with 200,000 or more miles .. maybe thats just luck ..
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
Did you check the AT fluid level?
You need to do that with the engine running.
If the fluid is not low or dark and burned, then the only thing left is the linkage or kickdown. I assume you can put it in all the different gear settings, so it is not the linkage. But the kickdown can prevent it from getting into high gears. Kickdown can be a electric switch on the gas pedal, on the linkage, or even controlled by vacuum going to a modulator diaphram on the tranny.
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