Chrysler Sebring Transmission Problems



  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    thats dumb shouve bought new soiniod body on it speaicl trainie less then 150 thos mile son it and u changed fileter at 75 thos gasket for it new fluid ok must use atf 3 fluid in trainoe or 4 new ones ones only never dextron ok
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    hey unplug battery 10 min plug bakc in cleaers all codes ok watch that limp mode meens gota get sensor usally redone
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    hey when u said u replced soiniod pack did u buy crap one my 1st one was junk also must buy the hi end or mopar in that only ok or asking for it
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    your mech is idiot these trainies last 140 thos easy im at 100 k no promblems i did get new gastket on it and fluid changed atf 3 only in my 1996 orginal trainie so perfect new soinid body also 2nd gear shift out hard after new soinid pack body on it shifts perfeect those soiniod bodys are very touchy dont buy junk ones on this part i need to get on ebay get new door stop soon also stop crack soudn when u open door its door stops take speaker outto getto it easy
  • phoenix4480phoenix4480 Member Posts: 2
    Well I originally took it to the Chrysler Dealership and they had their Chrysler Certified mechanic check it out they said something in the transmission had broke inside the transmission and from what I understand it caused internal (and unrepairable) damage.

    I took it to another shop, and they said the same thing.

    Like I said, it ran great until I left the door open and the battery went dead. So I have no idea why this problem would start occurring right after this.
  • mshoneybeemshoneybee Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 sebring and i can't shift out of park!!! If anyone else has this same problem can you please tell me what is going on!!!
  • pjlxidriverpjlxidriver Member Posts: 2
    I have been reading about the transmission problems with the Sebring Lxi, I have one I just bought for my son, who just graduated from HS. He ended up with my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT sport shift (125,000 mi) and I with the 2001 Sebring Lxi (71,000mi) fully automatic.

    I am having trouble with both cars feeling like they are shifting into neutral. Its quite scary when you are on a two lane mountain pass road and you are trying to pass another car. Both cars feel like they go into neutral and both lurch significantly when they finally catch (no noise except sound of you pushing on the gas and going nowhere). Also, the tachometer goes whacky when this happens on both cars.

    Both cars are doing the same thing. both have the same motor 3.0 V6. I have, as suggested had both cars transmissions flushed and still no help. Other than the paint (both black cars) and the transmission problems, I really like the cars, but I am a single woman with not a lot of money so I can't afford to keep chasing the problem and not have it fixed the first time.

    Please let me know if you have fixed the problem with your car Sebring or Eclispe, and how much $ I am looking at.
  • pjlxidriverpjlxidriver Member Posts: 2
    This is very scary to me as I am a single woman with two cars a 2001 Sebring Lxi 3.0 V6 with 71,000 mi and a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT with 124,000 mi with the same motor. Both cars act as though they shift in neutural and when the transmission does catch it has a very significant lurch. My son drives one and will be taking one to college this fall with him and I drive the other.

    I can't afford $2,000 for each car, and then to not have it fix the problem. The Eclipse would not shift once as well. I stoped at the mailbox on the way home. I had turned off the car and restarted it within two minutes, and the car would not shift, in reverse or drive. I even tried the sport shift and it wouldn't work. I called my mechanic, but the car has not done this since.

    Both cars have had the transmissions flushed, but it has not helped. Now what?
  • spaceman3spaceman3 Member Posts: 1
    Did you find out the problem with your transmission?, I have the same problem with my 2002 sebring, I also felt a bang between 30 -40 mph during decelarationand; I don't know what to do, I was planning to get an used transmission from a salvage lot but I would like to do some research first to see if I can find a cheaper solution to my problem,


  • bigtodd1bigtodd1 Member Posts: 1
    I bought a 98 sebring conv. yesterday and on the way home the tranny starting slipping really bad.To make a long story short i think i traced the problem to the gasket on the tranny pan,its leaking from the corner of the pan(at least so i think).Right above the spot where its leaking is where the drive shaft goes into the tranny.Is it possible this is where the leak is coming from or is it more likely its the gasket on the pan.The car only has 57,ooo miles on it.
  • dkilmartindkilmartin Member Posts: 3
    My wifes cars whines after accelerating and doesnt seem to be shifting out of either 2 or 3 gear.......any ideas would be helpful

  • katoikatoi Member Posts: 1
    This fixed my vehicle..Oh my God what an awesome post. I would have taken my car to the mechanic and had been charged hundreds of dollars..Thank You so much for your post..God Bless You !!
  • dkilmartindkilmartin Member Posts: 3
    I just had my wifes car repaired for a humming noise. Thought it was the transmission but turned out to be a wheelbearing.
  • primetime21primetime21 Member Posts: 1
    I had a Certified mechanic check it out they said something in the transmission had broke inside the transmission and from what I understand it caused internal (and unrepairable) damage. I have only 95,000 miles on the car. They told me it was going to cost anywhere from 1800$ - $5000 :mad:
  • reelkeen33445reelkeen33445 Member Posts: 1
    The issue is a .30 cent pink piece of plastic under the shifter. I had to remove the entire center column including the front cener ac ducts to get to the piece. I jerry rigged a spring to fix the issue versus giving Chrysler hundreds of dollars to fix something that I feel was designed to fail to create a revenue stream for Chrysler.
  • jake525jake525 Member Posts: 2
    My 2004 chrysler sebring suddenly caught up speed while i was driving it and ever since then the rpm is up to 3000 rpms whenever i start it...
    Before this happened, I had it serviced from walmart and had the brakes changed.

    ANY HELP!!!
  • jake525jake525 Member Posts: 2
    My 2004 Chrysler's rpm jumps up to 3000 when i start it and while the car is still in the park mode.....dont know what the problem is so thought i might try to post it
    #635 reported a similar problem but i still can't find the solution.
  • jbrocalebjbrocaleb Member Posts: 1
    First off, love the car, hate the tranny. The car will run and then go into limp home mode. I can turn it off and it will be fine and then after 10-20 minutes of driving it does the same thing again. I've seen quite a few of the same issues here but would like to know who has had the same issues and what has worked. I can not afford to go the shop for this, but would love to get it running again.
  • tedebeartedebear Member Posts: 832
    The car will run and then go into limp home mode. I can turn it off and it will be fine and then after 10-20 minutes of driving it does the same thing again.

    I wonder if it's a sensor overheating and causing this. If you check around there are some shops that will do a free diagnostic and tell you if a sensor is bad.

    I had this done on my daughter's Neon. What I thought might have been an expensive repair turned out to be a bad sensor and it was fixed for less than $100.
  • dogstar1dogstar1 Member Posts: 2

    We have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring 4 door sedan with 77,000 miles on it.

    A few months back it started making a high pitched sound coming from in between the transmission and engine area. We put a stetoscope on it and can't locate it. It only happens when it is in gear and stopped with your foot on the brake

    I changed the transmission fluid and filter AT4 at that time.
    And the solnoid pump assembly. 189.00
    These didn't solve it.

    :confuse: A. Now this past week when backin out of the driveway from reverse to drive the car doesn't readily go into gear, and you have to switch back and forth to do so.
    :confuse: B. The car also has the bump down shift issue that everyone talks about.

    Question A. How do you fix the down shift bump? How do you retrain the computer? What is the kickdown procedure in previous email? It says to disconnect the battery, do you have to disconnect it under the fender or is at the connections at the top of the fender good enough.

    Question B. How do you check the transmission pressure reading and where and with what?

    Question C. How do you change the front transmission pump? This is what the dealer said they changed when the car had the downshift bump issue when the car had ~25,000 miles on it and was under warranty.


    I'll post on how it goes.
  • trishartrishar Member Posts: 1
    Car was running perfectly... got in to go somewhere and it wont go past 2nd gear.. read out says not reading enough rpms.
  • funnowfunnow Member Posts: 1
    I just got the car with 28,000 miles. I was very happy until now at 30,000 miles the transmission "jerks" on a downshift when I am at 40mph to maybe 27mph-30mph. I realized the car had no powertrain warranty, but figured nothing major could go wrong at this low mileage. I have read forum for an hour, but hadn't seen many 2006's mentioned. Any suggestions?
  • menyou1menyou1 Member Posts: 3
    if you are still having this problem you might check the mounting bracket for the shifter cable. It is under the air filter housing and bolts directly to the trans. Ours had the same issue then would slide freely without changing gears.. The bracket is made of cast and it is a dealer item only that was about 60 dollars. good luck
  • barker6barker6 Member Posts: 1
    when starting car in am and coming to stop sign and taking off very sluggish into 1st gear ..does anyone know a quick fix or is the trans. going bad.??
    i am planning on selling the car but would like to know so i can inform whoever buys the car...97 sebring conv. with 97500 miles..i am selling for 2999 if interested...
  • rbenderrbender Member Posts: 30
    Has the Tranny ever been serviced? Have the Fliuds checked also!
  • rtrinityrtrinity Member Posts: 1
    there is a mechanism below the shift that has either locked or broken.It cost about $50.00 and with the labor altogether $150.00 make sure u have it towed to the dealership.
  • kevtaylor24kevtaylor24 Member Posts: 2
    Did you ever get the work done? Did it fix the problem? I have an 04 Sebring Sedan with 280,000km on it and it's doing the same thing. The problem started very intermittently last winter, summer rolled around and the tranny was fine again. This winter has been a different story similar to yours.

    Please let me know.

  • dkilmartindkilmartin Member Posts: 3
    turns out it was a wheel bearing in the front left (driver's side).
  • stolenlifelinestolenlifeline Member Posts: 1
    Hi i have a 95 Sebring lxi v6 she stays in first gear and speedometer doesnt work, i have all ready replaced the input and output speed sensors on the transmission. I dont know what to do, i think the solnoid is bad but why would the speedometer not work after replacing both speed sensors on the transmission, please HELP me thank u
  • kevtaylor24kevtaylor24 Member Posts: 2
    That doesn't make sense.
  • plumberm1plumberm1 Member Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    Did you ever get this fixed????

    This exact same thing happened to me today!!!!!!!! I literally bought this car 6 days ago and today this happened :::: It's a 2001 Chrysler Sebring LXI Convertible with 39,000 miles on it......

    check engine light came on this morning - but was driving perfectly
    took to autozone and got codes 0700 and 0740
    they told me that it needed transmission fluid or something was very wrong with the transmission
    on service road, car jerked
    rpms shot through the roof
    stopped the car
    put in park
    shut car off
    turned car on
    put in drive
    stepped on gas
    got up to 20 mph while rpms were very HIGH
    it seemed as if it was not shifting out of 1st gear
    popped it in neutral and ROLLED!!!!!!!!! on home
    it was making a scratching noise
    When I turn the car on and it's in PARK, it makes that same loud noise from the back of the motor.

    I've seen notes on here about Speed Sensor needing replaced. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    About how much does it cost to fix in your experience? :cry:

    ALSO- anyone and everyone that has had this exact problem please call Chrysler and file a complaint. I did so today and they are considering a recall!!!
  • izzyizzoizzyizzo Member Posts: 2
    Hi, I've received a couple e-mails asking whether I'd gotten my 2001 Chrysler Sebring Coupe LX fixed... it's been ages since I logged on here, but the last post just popped through so I figured I'd logon and reply.

    Yes, I had the transmission fixed. Yes, unfortunately, it required a complete tranny rebuild. No, I didn't have a local trusted mechanic, but I went through the symptoms in detail with my brother (an ASE certified tech), who confirmed that I needed to see a transmission shop. (His recommendation was that, in place of a well-trusted indie shop, to go to Midas, but never the dealer.)

    Midas gave me a $2300 estimate and promised to try and come in under estimate... which of course they didn't. So I shelled out the full $2300. Was it worth it? Back then, given the mileage on my car, the way it had been running before the problem, and the little driving I was doing, it did make sense vs. buying a new car.

    I got rid of the Sebring a couple weeks ago because I moved from FL to PA, and with all the little things that were going wrong on the car, I was pretty sure it wouldn't pass a PA vehicle inspection. But I have to say, no complaints with the transmission job, it worked as promised and kept my car running well for a couple years afterward.

    That said:
    - If it happened to me today, I'd never fix the thing. Then again, the car had 160k+ miles when I traded it in.
    - Mine was a Coupe LX -- some other posts are about Convertibles and Sedans. The coupe is a Chrysler-stickered Mitsubishi Eclipse, whereas the Convertible and Sedan, if I'm not mistaken, are all Mopar.
    - The only problems I ever had with the car were related to the Chrysler parts -- the tranny is Mopar, even though the 3.0L engine is Mitsubishi. I also had the usual rotor problems and an issue with the steering just after it came out of the factory powertrain warranty a while back (of course).
    - I noticed that a lot of small things started to die on the car related to age and use... while I surely got my money's worth, this was not a car built to last for the long term. But I guess the only way to get one of those anymore is to buy a Honda or Toyota. And actually many of these things would be tolerable, but I'm a pretty busy guy, so it's hard to justify time spent working on an older car.
    - One of the reasons I decided it was worth putting money into the car is that I only paid $12,500 for it (new) in January 2002 -- the sticker was in the neighborhood of $21-23k. Those deals are very few and far between, and certainly not able to be had a couple years ago when I did this repair work.

    Some unsolicited advice: If you really like it, and if everything else seems to be in perfect working order (think about rotting rubber parts, dying cylinders, worn-out steering, etc), it might be worth spending $2k to fix it. But today's car market is full of bargains, so look around before you leap.

    Best of luck to everyone!
  • tilllitillli Member Posts: 1
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    wow thats fricking horible how many miles u have on your moter / what yr mines 100 000 miiles 96 my oil light flickers change oil sending unit plug 30 bucks dealer trainie i redid soiniod body on mine just all fuilds ? what about crank sensor that will act like its total dead u ever chenae it ? if noit do that before u buy dam moter k
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    bad thermostat also wide open shut cuse overheating ok cheak coolent resvior level is that up and in main silver steall thing pop open coolant there also ? try crank sensor if itstotal dead get self new thermostat after that ok moter just dont die if your over 105 thos miles did u do timing belt and water pump is a must in manaul says to
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    change soiniod body on trainy ok what makes it shift like hsit not trainie guys its soiniod body failin acting up 150 bucks 80 labor shoots fuild to gears when need sit oppens up these slides that soiniod body on trainie is what goes wrong with my 96 jxi conv serv at 70 thos miles now i have 100 000 still goood
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    to one guy again moter dide what about distubuter plugs ect new valve covers tube seals is must oil goes in plugs on thesse screws it all up ownt start or die didbuter ok known on these to fail mine did same thing no start at all sucks or crank sensor will do this also bs im ready to trad ein get mustang 09 conv way shouve be built
  • raphealrapheal Member Posts: 1
    2002 sebring Harsh downshift at 28 mph otherwise works perfect Changed ATF4 filter and solonid body
  • djdrummernickdjdrummernick Member Posts: 53
    hey good u did all that atf 4 now unplug batttery cable for 1 min then back on so computer willl reset and relearn the way u shift and drive keep rpms under 3 ooo if u can :shades:
  • mpfimpfi Member Posts: 5
    edited July 2010
    Possible solution for this case found at the following website:

    "2007 Chrysler Sebring gear shift"

    Hope this helps.
  • stephen_ensestephen_ense Member Posts: 1
    It sounds like you water pump stopped functioning locked up and caused the timing belt to break. Now if it turns over but no compression, you may have gotten lucky and the valves aren't bent. But usually they always bend in this case, and a head job would be necessary. Removing the plastic covers on the left side top of the engine will reveal the broken timing belt. Good luck Steve E
  • alan_qeredaxialan_qeredaxi Member Posts: 1
    edited October 2007
    I have a 09 Chrysler Sebring Limited with 25000 miles on it, Engine 2.4L, I have a problem with the transmission, especially on the hills or sometimes in a normal, the problem is a sudden locks into second gear, and sometimes when I use to break and decrease my acceleration, the same sudden locks will happen but this time it is from second gear into a firt gear ... can I know, is that bad for my transmission? and how can I fix it please?
  • loudoloudo Member Posts: 2
    1998 sebring conv w auto shift car was ok no noise or anything got out of store put in drive got 1st then nothing feel like veh is in neutral tried reverse got reverse lites but veh whont move tried drive and auto shift w no results so i put trans in park tun off eng turn back on put trans in auto shift 1st gear veh moves ok change to any other gear or reverse and i loose all gears again so i have to repeat process of turn eng off ,on i change the shift solenoids and i do not have any gears so i remove the new solenoid and place the old one back and i got 1st working please help :sick:
  • eze623eze623 Member Posts: 1
    my 2007 Chrysler sebring shows the engine light and the techs said it was a transmission solenoid error code. the solenoids were replaced twice (AAMCO & dealership) and the code is still there. after a week of it being at the dealership, they said it was the main engine control wire harness giving the error to the PCM (pin 53 was broken). the pin is for the solenoid wire to the PCM. they wanted 1200$ to fix so i told them to F off. i fixed the broken pin and i still have the check engine light and my car is still stuck in reset mode (wont shift out of 2nd). what else can i do?!?!
  • sandym23sandym23 Member Posts: 1
    My Grandsons 2002 Sebrings trans won't shift in any gears. It acts like it is in nuetral. He was driving down the freeway and with no warning all of a sudden there was no gears. We had it towed to a shop and the mechanic said the trans needs to be rebuilt and wants $1400 to do it. We had it towed back home because I don't have that kind of money to fix it. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem? I find it hard to believe that it needs a new trans or a complete rebuild. I am desperate to have it fixed because he is driving my car now! PLEASE HELP
  • mdixon23mdixon23 Member Posts: 5
    Hey sandym23 I have a 2001 Sebring Coupe LXI with the 3.0 liter V6. Mine did the exact same thing at 122k miles. I was driving down the interstate and it was like the car was put into neutral. I had it towed to the guy that works on all my cars. At first he though it was the computer that controls the trans but it wasn't that. Now I don't know if you have the four door or the two door coupe but he told me that my trans was a sealed unit and that he couldn't even rebuild it. We decided to find a good used trans and swap it out. That only cost me about 900 bucks verses swapping it with a rebuilt one at the tune of 2,000 bucks. I was told there was some kind of flat bearing that went out. I would suggest finding a shop that would swap it out with a used transmission. Mine has been running fine since and that has been over 2 years ago. I hope this has helped you some.
  • owner01sebringowner01sebring Member Posts: 1
    2001 Sebring converable- 100k -used car dealer says my transmission slams into gear @ time ,because of the transmission computer. This is tuff for me to trust- I'm begaining to think there is a chep trans in these Chrysler's. I need a transmission
  • drummernickdrummernick Member Posts: 3
    silniod body they call it ok this parts opens littie door sto shoot fluid in to tranie to shift the gears ok once go bad wont open on sum doors right it jerk ya hard shift ya feel like tranie bad but it aint ok so change that part 1st then fluid and filter if that dont do it then u can worrie about tranie ok but dont do it 1st change soiniod body on tranie 1st ok email us back let us know what happend bet its it :shades: :shades:
  • ogailyogaily Member Posts: 2
    2 problems with my 2 cars Sebring 2007 & Sebring 2008:
    1. The downshifting from 2nd to 1st is a constant problem; the car almost suddenly stops.
    2. When put on "D" the car doesn't move forward unless I push the gas paddle a little bit.
    I live in Libya, so please help me tell the mechanics what to do.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaMember Posts: 1,222
    edited May 2012
    Looks like a number of folks here have had their transmissions replaced, but one of our members suggests checking the solenoid body first:
    Re: 2002 Chrysler Sebring trans won't shift [owner01sebring]

    You can also ask the folks in the Edmunds Answers section about this:

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