Got a 2001 neon three speed auto that won't downshift into first automatically (stays in 2). A little background. Had a previous issue a few weeks ago with the kickdown lever sticking (corrosion on the shaft) so it wouldn't shift into third. I resolved that by dropping the valve body and cleaning the corrosion from the gear lever shaft and kickdown shaft. Changed the filter and fluid as well. Trans worked fine for a week or two until now.
The kickdown lever cable is not stuck and the lever moves freely and the cable is adjusted properly. I adjusted the kickdown band per factory spec and even tried different adjuster backoff settings (2.25 turns, 2.5 turns, 3 turns, 1.5 turns, etc) nothing made any difference.
But, and hopefully this helps, after I slow down, it will shift into first only if I go to manual 1, or into neutral and back to Drive. Then when I slow down again it downshifts to 2 only unless I do as stated above. Does this sound like a valve body issue or something more sinister? I don't mean to sound like a***** but please reply only if you can offer some real Chrysler 31TH trans knowledge. Thanks so much.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 AT 6:45 PM