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Transmission won't shift out of first gear

I have a 96 Chrysler Town & Country Mini-van with the 3.8 engine and 178,000 miles. I bought it about 4 months ago from my neighbor and it had been sitting in his yard in the non-running state for at least 6 months. I replaced the fuel pump and it runs good. The previous owner said the transmission slipped and I found the fluid was very low, so I put in a quart of Lucas Transmission treatment along with 2 quarts of ATF-4 fluid. It seemed to drive & shift well, but the next morning I saw transmission fluid all over my driveway, so now I knew why the fluid was so low. I discovered a transmission pan leak, so I dropped the pan and replaced the pan gasket, filter & replenished the trans fluid. Now the car won't shift out of first gear. :-( The linkage seems fine and it has no problem switching from forward to neutral or reverse.
Any suggestions?
Thanks Evan

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

kirkx
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SOURCE: 2001 Chrysler Town & Country

P0700 Internal TCM
P0732 Gear Ratio Error in 2nd
P0733 Gear Ratio Error in 3rd
P1782 2-4 Pressure Switch Sense Circuit
P1784 L-R Pressure Switch Sense Circuit
P1787 OD Hydraulic Pressure Switch Circuit

http://www.dodgetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=177119

But I am afraid I can't tell you want all these codes mean for your car. It was probably not related to the change in fluid that was performed. However, it is serious and should not be driven until fixed. Risk of total destruction of the transmission is too great. I would assume the symptoms are so diverse that it may be a bad transmission control module. Which is about $200, and fairly easy to replace:
http://www.autocomputerexchange.com/Product/731
But there are other possibilities, such as a bad relief valve could be letting main pressure drop too low.
This is the type of thing which does require an expert and can't easily be done remotely.

Posted on Sep 09, 2010

ourhowse
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SOURCE: 2001 dodge ram 1500 4X4 transmition slips

I think you might be barking up the wrong tree. Try changing your fuel filter. Often people confuse a plugged fuel filter for transmission problems. I'm not positive, but from what you've descibed it certainly could be. The engine is starving for fuel, and this makes it seem like the transmission is acting up.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Transmission still shifts erractically

well if you have a lot of millage it could only be the gearpump in the transy thats finished,unfotuntly ...you 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!

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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