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Chrysler Minivan Transmission Problems



  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    The catalytic converter should be covered by the federally mandated emissions warranty for 8 years or 80,000 miles. If you're below 80,000 miles the converter should not cost you anything. See the following link.
    Good luck.
  • jwp1775jwp1775 Posts: 6
    Can't I accomplish the same thing by turning off the A/C with the pushbutton? When I have done this, the growl stops.

    But how can I tell if it is the compressor or the A/C clutch?

    Could it be that the system is charged with the wrong refrigerant?

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    It's highly unlikely to be either the clutch or the way the system was charged (or for that matter what it was charged with). I'm thinking that a compressor is in your future, that said, the one on our 1998 started getting a little noisy about 80,000 miles ago, and it still works, and it still growls (although the truth is that we don't use A/C up here in New Hampshire for much more than two or three weeks a year).

    Best Regards,
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,418
    Sounds like a pulley bearing noise, probably the result of a slipping AC clutch that generated enough heat to burn out the bearing in the pulley. A bad compressor usually makes a hell of a racket not just a growl. By all means have this checked out right away at an AC shop. If you neglect it, the compressor could fail, and if the compressor seizes, you have a HUGE problem on your hands, since compressor debris contaminates the entire AC system, requiring all components in the system to be either replaced or cleaned. Big bucks on that one.


  • crtharpcrtharp Posts: 2
    help....I am having the same thing w/P0016 and at 3500 rpm it bucks. The Goodyear store changed the cam sensor and said to come back to try the crank sensor or it might be the timing chain. Please let me know if you found a solution.
  • rajayrajay Posts: 1
    I am new to the forum and new to the chrysler as well. I bought this 3.8 L T&C 4 months ago .It has 102K miles on it. 2 days ago I was overtakisng a car and the car just she toppped delivering the power to wheels . I pulled to side and same story . Engine revvs but Van does not more . I tried R as well. Trans fluid was clear and at correct level . I took it to an Indi and he has referred to me a transmission guy. What can be the issue. Will the transmission need a rebuild or is it some solonoid which can be replaced without
    opening the tranny.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Find a reputable transmission shop that will test the electronics and give you an honest appraisal. It might just be a module that needs replacing.

    My daughter had a Neon that was acting like the transmission was going bad. After calling around I found one shop that agreed to inspect it for free. It turned out to be a simple electronic component that was defective and it saved us a major repair bill.
  • sattysatty Posts: 6
    I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan that has a slight front end vibration that cannot be found but is tearing through tires. HELP! I have replaced the struts, sway bar bushings and end links, tie rods and most recently the entire rack. The van has 122k on it and has been great up till now and it is just one thing after another with the front end. I recently took the van in as the front left (drivers) tire was wearing out very quickly and I had noticed a slight vibration in the front end. I was told the rack was bad causing the vibration and the tire wear problem. After spending $1300.00 on repairs and two front tires the vibration is still there and I am now wearing out the new left tire. Dodge cannot find the problem and says everything looks and appears to be in good condition and again has no answer for the vibration and tire wear. The alignment has been re-done 4 different times to no avail/ with solving the problem. The last dodge mechanic said there is a very slight vibration on the front drives side axel possibly causing the problem but again not sure. Of course they want another small fortune to tear into the van with no guarantee it will solve the problem. The vibration is only felt at certain speeds although it most likely is always present as again it is wearing out the new tire on the drivers side. Could it be a wheel bearing? or axle ? Please help.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Could it be a wheel bearing? or axle ?

    Raise the front end and see if you can feel any lateral movement in the wheel when you try to wiggle it back and forth. There should not be any at all. I would suggest replacing the bearings if there is any movement felt.

    I would have thought that the mechanic would have already checked for something as easy as this.
  • sattysatty Posts: 6
    Thanks, I'll try that and let you know what I find.
  • sattysatty Posts: 6
    Would this be considered awheel bearing? Trying to locate the part, but can't find anything under wheel bearing?
  • sattysatty Posts: 6
    How do I repace the wheel hub bearing on a 02 GC. How hard is it? will I need the vehicle re aligned after install?
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    How do I repace the wheel hub bearing on a 02 GC.

    You can try a Google search for it or just click on the link below.

    Replace Wheel Bearing 2002 Grand Caravan

    Did you determine that the bearing was loose when you tried to wiggle the wheel? If it's not then replacing the bearings is not going to solve the problem.
  • sattysatty Posts: 6
    Just did and it doesn't appear to be loose, I wiggled up and down and side to side not play up and down and side to side was hard to tell as you have some stearing play but nothing seamed loose. Could it be the axle shaft bearing or entire axle? This just may be the death of me.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    I don't know about the 02 DC specifically, but usually the nut that holds the axle onto the hub is torqued to some god-awful value, like 250 ft-lbs. It takes a really big breaker bar or big air wrench to get it off. Then you have to remove and replace the bearing assy, which has to be pressed out and the new one pressed in. In order to slide the spindle assembly off the vehicle (which is what holds the bearings), most of the front end has to be taken apart. Then, have to reverse that whole process, making sure the axle nut is properly torqued (how may of us have a 250 ft-lb torque wrench). I do a lot of work on my cars, and I am not sure that's something I would try.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Just did and it doesn't appear to be loose, I wiggled up and down and side to side not play up and down and side to side was hard to tell as you have some stearing play but nothing seamed loose.

    To check for lateral movement, raise the front end off the ground. Grab the TOP of the tire with both hands and try to wiggle it back and forth toward you from the side of the vehicle. Compare any movement with the right front wheel.

    If there's no movement then replacing the bearings isn't going to fix the problem.
  • We replaced the catalytic converter and o2 sensor before the cat and it fixed the problem except that the exhaust manifold is cracked. (That's next). Another mechanic told me that he would have replaced the fuel regulator first to see if that was throwing off the o2 sensor and making the fuel run too rich/lean. Starting with the cat is a expensive guess. Luckily it worked for us... so far...
  • krock1krock1 Posts: 5
    I have an 02 that did this last year and then just stopped. Now it has started again almost 1 year later. how much did the dealer charge you to flash the TCM?
  • angnjasangnjas Posts: 2
    $350.00 but it worked.... and it has been running like a champ!
  • I have a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. I need some help in figuring out what the problme is with it. Here are the "symptoms"...

    1. When you stop and give it the gas it sometimes turns completly off.
    2. The transmission doesn't seem to go into gear and sometimes jerks when it goes into gear. You can give it the gas and the engine sometimes revs, but it does not go into gear to get moving properly.

    We have no check engine lights, etc. on the control panel that are lit up. Something is definetly wrong. What do you all suggest I start checking?
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