Dodge Grand Caravan problem with shifting

hernandez77hernandez77 Member Posts: 2
edited January 2015 in Dodge
hi i have a question i bought a grand caravan a year ago and i have an issue with it now that its cold i go to start the car its starts good but i cant shift to drive until a half hour later that has been on can somebody tell me why or if anybody has had that issue


  • hernandez77hernandez77 Member Posts: 2
    thank you in advance
  • brian125brian125 New York Member Posts: 5,243
    Hi hernandez

    I assume you checked the fluid level and color already as that’s the first thing to check. It should be clear cherry red in color and at the right level with the engine warm, running and in park. I suspect you have either a clogged valve problem or a sticking 1st gear clutch pack. If so, you should first do the simplest and easiest thing and run some Seafoam Trans Tune in the tranny for a few days and then flush the old ATF fluid and replace the fluid and filter. The Seafoam will clean out the varnish or gunk that may be causing the valve or clutch pack to stick. Try replacing the old ATF with a compatible synthetic ATF fluid like Mobil1 or Redline as they are a bit slippery than the regular ATF Fluid and will further help clean deposits out. Remember that just like oil changes, the transmission fluid should be changed every 30K miles or every 2 years, whichever comes first!

    Good luck!

    2016 BMW X-5 35i, 2012 MB ML350

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