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Transmission/Check Engine Light/Speedometer

My caravans transmission downshifts and periodically upshifts back into drive.Make the van feel kind of like it is bucking slightly.As well the Check Engine light has come on since this problem has started and the speedometer goes backwards as your driving,never more than the speed your doing just backward to zero from the speed you are doing.Any suggestions I sure hope this isnt the transmission going bad because I cant afford 1800.00. Thank you Shawn

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First you need to check for error code to narrow down possible problems. Check out this site http://www.ptcruizer.com/computer-codes.html. Even though it says pt cruizer, it works for most chryslers. Personally I think you have a bad speed output sensor located on right side of transmission (as you look at it from the fornt of the vehicle). Hope that helps!

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Change baterry then check altinator

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If your gauges dont work then hit the dashboard (no love taps or full strenth hits)

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