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2000 Town and Country 3.8 L suddenly will not shift into higher gear. No prior shifting problems. Engine light came on with problem.

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    Thanks very much for your help


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A well-equipped and knowledgeable trans shop is your best bet. There are not too many possibilities but here they are: transmission solenoid pressure switch assembly, a long shot that there is a problem with the output speed sensor, or the internals needing a rebuild because of slipping. The diagnostic readout box III used by Chrysler dealers can fairly quickly determine if either of the first two might be the answer, and if not, then the last, a rebuild is necessary. You might try buying an output speed sensor yourself and replacing the present one. It is located on the side of the van facing the front of the car, just to the rear of the vertical shift rod (there is a very similar-looking sensor, input sensor to the front of that same rod). Gently lift the tab on the electrical plug and remove, unscrew the old, install the new, torque to about 20 foot-pounds (similar to a spark plug) then see if anything changes. If not, then a shop test to see if it could be the pressure switch assembly is not properly setting the clutch is the only remaining possibility, short of rebuild.
So that is my best suggestion as to how to approach this.
Please let me know how it works out

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

  • jkoromilas Jun 03, 2010

    My layman experience is that transmission or shifting problems are usually slight at first then migrate worse over time. This problem occurred out of nowhere, no prior problems. While the van has 155,000 miles since we bought it new, their has never been an engine light on and never a problem with shifting through all the gears. Does this fact lean you more heaviy to any one of the three solutions indicated?



  • Roger Campbell
    Roger Campbell Jun 03, 2010

    transmission solenoid pressure switch assembly is the more likely suspect, and like I said the long shot that there is a problem with the output speed sensor. Those seem to be the most likely. But without a code its a **** shoot.


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