Question about 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan
Does anyone have a clue why my van's transmission won't shift? It jerks
like it wants to shift but never does and the tach just climbs and
climbs...no shifting. What a pain. Could it be a vacuum line or
something like that?
Could it be no fluid in it? Electrical problem perhaps?
It's a 3.3-liter V6..
I just need somebody to help!!
Kenhoneycutt, Not undermining keemo68's suggestion as ill given, I wouldn't necessarily use that Lucas additive in your transmission. Is your "check engine" light on? If so, it would be prudent finding out what codes are stored before advancing. It is a good suggestion of having your transmission's fluid changed by dropping down the trans pan and taking a look at what resides in the bottom of the pan. It shouldn't be anything more than a slightly grayish to black "film" deposit laying on the bottom. There shouldn't be any major amounts of brass or aluminum. I would wash that film out, making sure it is dry, replace the filter, then reinstall the pan. Then disconnect the trans cooler lines and flush the cooler out using some compressed air and brake kleen making sure it has all been removed, then reinstalling the lines. At this point, I would install the recommened amount of transmission fluid using ATF+4 trans fluid. Not ATF3 or anything else, not even the Chrylsers brand of ATF fluid. All the other ATF's were insufficiant due to foaming of the fluids. The replacement of your transfluid should clean most of the varnish deposits from your trans because of it's high detergent properties. If you do have the "check engine" light on, most probably you'll have a P0700 code with one or more additional codes stored. Without knowing what these are, the most probable problem would reside in your "shift solenoid pack." The shift solenoids are what put the trans thru the different gears. If the computer sees a fault with this pack, it will only allow it to remain in 2nd gear "limp home" mode Disconnecting the connector at this pack and examining it for corrosion or dirt, poor connection...etc. would be next. After that, I would replace this "solenoid pack" and see what happens. Chrysler had beaucoup problems with these.
Posted on Jan 17, 2009
Dodge grandcaravan was driving fine. stopped at astop sign and then wouldn't move. Transmission fluid level is fine. No sound of it shifting into gear. No limp mode
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
Dodge grandcaravan 2003, 3.3L .when drive in "D" POSITION it run ok but when you slow down speed close to 45 it give some jirk.than after that i drive in "M" POSION it work fine no proble any speed please tell me what is the priblem
Posted on Mar 22, 2010
If your transmission is failing to shift generally it's due to low fluid level. However if the fluid is right then i suspect it's a faulty solenoid in the transmission. newer transmissions are operated by pressure and when a certain pressure is reached by a solenoid opening or closing the transmission will shift. before you take it to the shop try and use Lucas additive which costs about 10 dollars and helps to get rid of the gum up in trans. this usually works most of the time and can save you money. if it doesn't work then the internal problem is too severe to be done outside a shop.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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