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Transmission won't shift

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01/19/09 14:27
Bob Bakken

Transmission won't shift

Have a 1994 dodge caravan. I have first and reverse but won't shift up into overdrive. Also shifts hard going into first and reverse.
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barb

cn you put a 96 dodge caravan tranny in a 2000?
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keith

MY 1990 caravan runs good but whenthe tranaxle warms up its shift hard into first gear why thank you
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Nick S

Transmission was leaking badly and the mechanic fixed the leak by replacing a gasket above the oil pan. Now the transmission won't shift when accelerating from a stop. Reverse is good, but not going straight.

Can you help?

Thank you

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Bernard

I have a Dodge Grand Caravan with 213, 000 miles on it. The transmission was replaced at 150, 000 miles. I recently heard a clunking noise and have dificulties shifting it out of park. I had to really yank it to get it it gear. I've parked it and contempalting rather to repair it or junk it. Please advise.
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Ed

I have a dodge caravan 2006. It will not shift into park or neutral. Therefore I cannot re-start. No indicator lights on gear indicator for P or N (OK for R, D, 3, 2, 1) No codes on my OBDII reader (base model) I can feel the gear lever go to the spot between R & D but it will not go into P.

Check engine (MIL) lamp solid while trying to engage starter. Then it begins to flash then stps and goes out. Turning the ignition on off several times makes the trip odomoter read "done"

Any help is appreciated

A couple of times after plugging in the OBD, the

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rich

95 dodge caravan 3.3 ltr will not shift into gear...is there a relay that could be broken???
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Lee

Hi, I just got a 2000 Grand Caravan. It will not go into Park.

It has 255, 000 miles and drove fine for about 30min during test drives, went into and out of park fine. Drove two hours home, and no park.

However, when I put the shifter where park should be, I can take the key out. Yet it still read reverse, and rolls, and if running it will drive reverse from that position.

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Junior

need 2no more about 95 caravan trans. With overdrive and 3300cc engine. Are they crap? Mine wont shift out of 2nd. Have tried all listed remedies. H*E*L*P
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Ray

I have a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with a Lee Miles tranny from last year. 10k miles later I dove home unable to shift past 2nd(automatic)RPMs at 4x1000(fast) and only doing 45 MPH. Slow! Check engine light came on after it bumped into gear. Is this an ATX Relay problem? I was able to get the car into 3rd at one point. fluid levels are good.
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Angelia

We have a 95 voyager and transmission won't shift out of 3rd gear and before it started doing this we could be driving and it would shift back into a lower gear going about 60 mph. If there is any info on my problem it will be greatly appreciated.
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awa marshal agwu

my 4 and 5 gears not working and when moving trasmission oil coming out from gage on 1996 3.3 dodge caravan
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kenny n

i have a 2000 caravan with a 3.0 in it when u driveearly in the mornings for alillte while it shifts fine but when u turn it off and start it back up and drive it it will not shift and it takes off in a higer gear than 1st
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Barbara

Ok well guys I had a late 80's model and now a 95 not much has changed they all have transmission issues. TRY THIS FIRST ok so Amco told me i needed a new transmission it was not shifting ect...they told me it would be 2300 for them to put on in. Luckily I knew a machanic that worked on all of the FOX News trucks and he was good well e discovered the problem was not with the transmission exactly. He found the the Relay in the engine cabin (near the fuses) had gone bad and guess what $11.00 later I had my van back on the road he said that was very common so knew what to look for 1st took about 2 minutes to take the old one out and put the new one in. Well that was 6 years ago so the price may have went up a little but want to check it out before you throw it out!!
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Louis

I HAVE 98 CARAVAN REAR PLANET AND SUN GEARS DAMAGED REPLACED WITH NEW AND CLUTCHES PUMP SEALS SOLENOID PACK BUT TRAS DOESNT UP SHIFT FROM FIRST WILL GO INTO REVERSE SPEEDODOMETER WORKS WHAT COULD BE THE FIX
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michael

I have a 1998 grand caravan. It doesn't easily shift into drive or reverse. Once it does shift into gear it makes a grinding noise until it reaches 15mph. Then it drives fine in the higher gears. What could be the problem?
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Chris

I have a 1997 Plymouth Voyager SE w/ 2.4, 4 cylinder engine and 4 speed tansmission. Trans will not up-shift and will actually let me get up to 45mph in first gear (not a good thing).

Tried the simple fluid and filter replacement. Then by advice replaced solenoid pack w/ new fluid and filter. Thought problem was solved but within 10 miles... no upshift again. Blamed the solenoid pack and parts house was gracious enough to warranty but within 10 miles of driving with the second replacement solenoid pack, no up-shift again. Fluids are topped off and speedometer and tach are functioning. There is no check engine light on or any codes at this point.

Any ideas? Chime in if you have any suggestions!

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tony

I HAVE A 2000 CARAVAN WON'T SHIFT OUT OF SECOND AND HAVE REVERSE , CHANGED TRANS PAC , TRANS MODULE , BOTH SPEED SENSOR'S , WHAT'S NEXT
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chris

I have a 95 dodge 2500 5.9 that recently had an new tranny put in I got it back drove it came to a stop light after it turn grreen took off but wudnt shift. Won't shift from 1 to second or third all gears r there just won't shift it will shift down from second to 1st. If any body cud help let me no
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johnny

Thank ya'll VERY much for your inputs. I am NOT mechanically inclined - From your inputs, I changed the relay, then cut vehicle off - turned key 4 times as mentioned above, and problem seems to be fixed. Problem was: would not change gears - drove along around 4000 rpm - i NEVER would have been able to fix this on my own - thank's again folks and may God bless each and every one of you!
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earl moseby

i have a 1995 pontiac mpg an the radiator were leaking an replace it and the thermostat.when i got home and started to leave it would not go in reverse.what wrong?
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Spring0077

I'm having the limp mode problem on my 96 grand caravan, can anyone here give me an insight on which particular relay need to be changed? I swap the EATX backup, but with no luck..
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MS
Thank author of this post/comment"2003 Grand Caravan won't shift"

My friends Caravan won't shift out of 1st gear. I tried the on and off ignition trick with no luck. I went to my local parts store and they can't find a transmission "relay" in their computer. Could it be called a transmission switch? They parts store is sending me the right and left transmission speed sencors. They said it's the cause of most of the dodges transmission problems. Does ANYONE think this is going to solve the problem?
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Pa
Thank author of this post/comment"Won't shift into 3rd and 4th gear"

Transmission won't shift into 3rd and 4th gear at times. Replaced the in and out speed sensors...still not working?
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Pa
Thank author of this post/comment"atx relay switch"

where is the atx relay switch and does anyone have a part number for a 2001 dodge caravan se?
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MS
Thank author of this post/comment"Transmission control module, aka theTCM, aka the transmission computer"

For those still having problems with their transmission not shifting and staying in "limp" mode: My daughter and I replaced the transmission control module (the transmission computer aka, the TCM) and it fixed the problem :) We had already replaced the input/output speed sensors. The dealership we spoke to said this was the part they ordered the most on the caravans.

The TCM is located underneath the driver side wheel well liner(held on by 3 or 4 screws). The old TCM can be taken out by unscrewing three screws, that's it! If my 17 year old daughter can do this, anyone can.

Hope this helps.

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