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What did I do to my transmission?!?!?

I drive a '97 dodge caravan, lots of miles on it (upwards of 165k). But, the car has been running GREAT. No engine trouble - nothing. I felt completely confident to drive a distance. So today I drove about an hour from my house. I came to an intersection where I needed to make a right turn. There was a bit of an upward incline going into the turn and then once I made the turn, I would go over a kinda steep bridge. Mind you, NO transmission probs before this. All of a sudden, I'm accelerating,  trying to continue up this incline and the engine starts racing. Every time I try to restart and go forward, I'm rolling backwards down the hill. It won't kick into gear. The fluid levels were fine when I left the house. What the heck did I do wrong!?!? What would cause a perfectly fine transmission to just "go"... What's the problem here and is it terribly expensive to fix? I just had it towed to a local regular repair shop based on a friend's this something that your average mom & pop repair shop can fix?

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  • MichieFish Jul 29, 2008

    I had some really bad transmission problems last year and subsequently had them repaired by a very good mechanic. I mean, the problems were so bad I thought I was going to have to junk the car. Since then, I have had no problems. A transmission problem is the last thing I expected at this point. My husband checked the levels and your guess is as good as mine whether he did it properly. But, I'd think there'd be some sort of idk skipping or trouble shifting or something before just...kaput. It had to be something sudden. When I try to shift into Drive, it just makes a loud clunk and it just doesn't go into gear. No gears...not 1st, 2nd, reverse, drive...nothing... All the gears are Neutral. 



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You stated that you checked the fluid level, I'll assume you did that correctly (engine running at idle, tranny at operating temp, level ground).
Have you ever had the fluid and filter replaced? the filter could be clogged, now allowing the fluid to circulate as needed.

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  • danny_clark Aug 03, 2008

    Back to the mechanic. Something mechanical has failed. It's not necessarily a reflection on the mechanic, parts fail.



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