2003 Chrysler Town and Country Repair Question
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This reply assumes that you have a 4-speed automatic transmission, which was quite popular in Chrysler minivans since 1996. The most likely (and least costly) solution is to check the automatic transmission fluid level. If low, top it off to full level, with the engine WARM! But be sure you are using the CORRECT FLUID which these days is ATF+4, NEVER Dextron or Mercon! Depending on how many miles are on the vehicle, you may need to change the tranny fluid and the filter, because the 4-speed automatic transmissions are VERY sensitive to fluid viscosity, which naturally changes over both time and amount of usage! Pay attention to the gear shift indicator on the insrument panel. Is there any delay between when you move the shift lever, and when a ring appears around an indicated gear? Or are you seeing multiple rings at any time, around multiple gear indicators? Those are indicators that there may be a problem with the TCM (Transmission Control Module), the solenoid pack, or the wiring between them.
Is MIL light on ie. check engine light. does trans shift out of first to second? do RPMS go up ?
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it does not shift from first to second and the rpm's do not go up its like you shifted to neutral and check engine light is on
The vehicle is probably stuck in "limp mode" (which is 2nd gear) from the time you shift it into any forward gear. That is probably because there was an internal failure in the transmission, and/or the transmission controller, and/or the transmission solenoid pack. Is there adequate fluid in the transmission?
Go to an AutoZone if can make it have codes read then post . will diagnose
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bjohnson1423, is there adequate fluid in the transmission, based on a dipstick measurement? I have asked this at least twice, but I never saw any response to the question. You could simply have a fluid level issue! But I would not recommend trying to drive the vehicle to an Autozone if it won't go faster than 15 MPH. You could become a traffic hazard under those conditions!
yes their is adequate fluid in the transmission i had the fluid and filter replaced
bjohnson1423, may I ask when the fluid and filter change was done, and what kind of fluid was put in place of what was removed from the vehicle? It is a well-known fact that most generic transmission shops DO NOT use the correct fluid for the Chrysler 4-speed automatic transmissions! They kill a lot of transmissions that way! Below is a link to a website where you can read all about that!
Just in case you don't think that a fluid change (to the correct fluid type) would make any difference, take a look at the testimonials page on the same allpar website:
Docfixit I have Three codes P7034 gear 4 incorrect ratio, p0732 gear 2 incorrect ratio, p0700 transmission malfunction.