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Chrysler Minivan Transmission Problems



  • 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?
  • i got a 96 plymouth GV while on vacation to yellowstone we stopped to fill up at a gas station in jackson hole. I noticed a slight vibration on the way to jackson but didnt think anything of it as the road between alpine and jackson is pretty tore up right now. as we pulled into the gas station the van started jerking (like if it had a clutch and you didnt push the clutch in) i shifted it into N and was able to coast into a parking spot where i was able to check the fluid level and look for any leaks. thinking maybe it was just a fluke thing i started the van up and tried to drive it over to the pumps as soon as i put into gear it jerked and died. i had this problem with a buick skylark and ended up changing the tcc (torgue converter clutch) solenoid which remedied the problem. thinking it was the same problem i got it home and started proding around looking for a solenoid. called the dealer and they said it was a clutch solenoid pack which was $200 unsure of myself and the diagnosis i gave it i decided to check the internet and found alot of disturbing things about DC and there Transmissions. If anyone can help further diagnosis this problem or giuve me advice on where the clutch solenoid pack might be located on my trans. id greatly appreciate the help.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,375
    Looks like it's on the side of the transmission, about where the "IN" line is for the transmission cooler lines from the radiator are. It sits upright and has wiring going to it of course.

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  • I have a 1998 Chrysler Gran Caravan, the computer gave me the 1776 code error, I changed the solenoid pack and I checked the valve body. The error is gone, but I still have the problem. When Im driving in 4 gear and I slow down in a traffic light, when It almost stop a noise like "kroooonnk" come from the transmitions. It seems that it goes straight from 4 gear to 1 gear. Also it has an excessive bounce when shifts into 4th. All the other gears work pefect, very smoothly. I put the computer to reset every thing even some number from the transmition (LR 38 - 24 65 - OD 72 - UD 44) but It got worse..
  • mkoblismkoblis Posts: 2
    I also have same transmission in my 1997 Plymouth Voyager, but my problems started with what felt like my transmission was actually braking (dragging) causing me to have to give more gas pedal to maintain speeds. I then took off from a red light, and the front end, engine felt like it was locking up, then my transmission went into limp mode. Now my problem is that when the transmission is supposed to go into third gear, it whines freely, as if it were a manual clutch and I engaged the clutch...weird! I replaced the filter and fluids, no difference, I replcaed the input speed sensor, still no difference...are these transmissions a nightmare or what?
  • Hello all
    I just bought this van @ a auction & my best freind konws the van well the tranny in it jumps into drive & dont want to go into reverse what do i need to look for I do know it had a jasper tranny put in it 75,000 mile ago any help would be app much
    TKS Greg :cry:
  • Hi All
    I have just bought this van it will not pull in any gear unless you turn the switch off & on a few times & it will say done under the speed od the it will move for a while & then stop pulling untill you do the key deal It has a Jasper tranny in it & it done this afer about 75,000 miles can any one help me @ all Dont need to wast money on it if i dont know where to start
    TKS Greg :confuse:
  • Hi,
    Van slips into neutral about 50% of the time when I hit the brakes, and won't engage back into gear unless I rev the engine over 2500 rpms, then it slams into gear. It will also sometimes stall after the gear engages. The computer is giving me 2 codes, P0736 (reverse ratio incorrect) and code P1784, which I can't seem to find anywhere on the net. Replaced input/output speed sensors and the solenoid pack, no dice. It has 145k miles on the original tranny, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's time for a new one.

    Edit: found code P1784: Transmission mechanical failure, first and reverse. :cry:
  • I have a 94 and i have had to replace the drivers side cv axle and every time i put it in and tighten everthing back down it breaks it again as soon as i accelerate ???can anyone please tell me why it is doing this there is no split ring on the axle say just to insert and torque to 180 lbs and thats what i have been doing there somehing that i am not doing right ..thank you for your time in this
  • I have a 94 and i have had to replace the drivers side cv axle and every time i put it in and tighten everthing back down it breaks it again as soon as i accelerate ???can anyone please tell me why it is doing this there is no split ring on the axle say just to insert and torque to 180 lbs and thats what i have been doing there somehing that i am not doing right ..thank you for your time in this
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    One hundred and eighty pounds of torque? Is that foot-pounds or inch-pounds? If foot-pounds, that sounds rather high. Where are you getting torque specification from?

    Another thought is that you have a broken motor mount or two, and when you accelerate, your engine and transmission come out of alignment and damage the CV joint.

    Best regards,
  • sounds to me like your mounts are bad causing your axle to snap . that torgue specification sounds awfully tight not sure what engine your referring to but i will say as the previous poster suggested you need to check all of the motor mounts and trans mounts. if there brittle id replace them if you don't breaking axles will be the least of your problems.if one mount fails it causes stress on the others and can lead to transmission failure(it has happened to me) that would be my guess grab a floor jack and a scrap piece of wood and push up on the motor and trans a little to see if there is seperation it the mounts if so they need replaced im willing to bet there original too. good luck ;)
  • 727727 Posts: 9
    Hi all

    I own a Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3 automatic -93, it has 300.000 kms on the clock..
    yeah, its old, i know ;o) but i've grown pretty attached to it ;o)

    Anyway. Today, out of fhe blue. It will not change gears!! I can drive it, but it is stuck in 2. or 3. And at the same time, the speedometer went dead. The
    transmissionfluid is ok.

    Any good ideas?

    Best regards, 727 Denmark
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    ... the input/output speed sensors.
  • 727727 Posts: 9
    do they have another name..? Because i can't find them in the Haynes manual.

    727 :o)
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    .. what they're called. There are two, and are easily located at the front and side of the transmission following the wiring harness. One is just below the solenoid pack. Any Autozone (or comparable store) should have them for about $35 each.

    Good Luck.
  • I have a 93 T/C, 125K miles, but new trans. by chrysler at 45K. I'm out of town and wife calls and said the car gears went into "nuetral" and no motion in any gear. When I got home I confirmed the problem. Had towed to the closest trans shop. I am not trusting them for several reasons (word of mouth/reputation) After 3 days they said it was a stripped gear, needs new tranny. I have read much of the forum and found several comments of what else it "could be". Please advise what I should ask the trans. shop. What intelligent questions I should ask and what answers I should get. Are there codes, did they check solenoid, EATX, ground wires, etc. Please give me a list and try to make me a smart consumer before I get had for a $$$ repair. If new tranny, what do I need to ask?
  • stripped gear? complete BULLS@#T im willing to bet youve been talking to them aamco jerks. they will rip you off quicker than a fat kid with a donut. i have seen them at least here in my town overprice parts and even had a lawsuit recently for scamming a customer. i cant see the gears stripped out if you did you would know after pulling te tranny filter it would be silverish and you would have chunks in there i know this only on the fact that i recently pulled a trans that failed at 145k on a gm and it was bad! the input and output sensors were known issues on these vans and are easy to replace NOTE i have been told it is wise to also replace the pigtail clip on them also. please do not be swindled into replacing a trans that probably has nothing major wrong with it. if you are concerned about stripped gears the above should clarify that plus your fluid would be burnt. if your fluid is still redish your trans is fine id be getting that vehicle away from them and spend an evening on the phone with local reputable shops. :shades:
  • At 180000 kms. my transmission just stopped working and i get the pat 2000.00 answer.I can hear what sounds like gears not quite meshing and the the speed of the clicking changes with engine RPM.Could someone give me some insite as to a possible cause.
  • My 2004 Grand Caravan started making a "growling sound" It sounded like a bad bearing, I brought it in to a shop and the mechanic said it was the alternator. I changed it and replaced the belt. The sound went away. 3 months later the sound was back, louder than ever. Brought it in to Dodge dealer, they said I needed a new power steering pump and water pump. I changed both and the sound never went away. It makes the sound when in drive and the brake is applied or in reverse and the brake is applied. It doesn't make the noise when in park or neutral. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any suggestions?
  • rchodgrchodg Posts: 1
    If you own a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and are going down a long steep hill and drop the transmission down to # 3 or # 2 in order to hold the Van back, that will work as long as you have the breaks to hold the transmission in that range, if you don’t apply the breaks or you lose your breaks the transmission will automatically shift up to the nest higher gear putting you into freewheeling, if you don’t believe me try it. Forget about the emergence break it locks when you push it on, which will put into an uncontrolled skid.
    Pray you are not pulling a trailer or have your family in the Van when or if that ever happens.
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