Transmission will not engage into reverse or forward drive

Tiny
REIF56
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  • 1999 CHRYSLER CIRRUS
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,000 MILES
Car will not engage into gear. Cannot reverse or go forward. Won't shift at all.
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Monday, February 8th, 2021 AT 12:29 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

The first thing I recommend is to check the transmission fluid. Here are directions for checking the level and condition of the fluid:

1999 Chrysler Cirrus L4-2.4L VIN X
Fluid Level and Condition Check
Vehicle Maintenance Fluids Fluid - A/T Service and Repair Procedures Service Procedures Fluid Level and Condition Check
FLUID LEVEL AND CONDITION CHECK
NOTE:
- The transmission and differential utilize the same fluid sump, which require Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF+4/Type 9602).
- The transmission fluid level should be inspected at least every six months.

FLUID LEVEL CHECK

Fig. 9
pic 1

The transmission sump has a dipstick to check oil similar to most automatic transmissions. It is located on the left side of the engine. Be sure to wipe all dirt from dipstick handle before removing.
The torque converter fills in both the P Park and N Neutral positions. Place the selector lever in P Park to be sure that the fluid level check is accurate. The engine should be running at idle speed for at least one minute, with the vehicle on level ground. At normal operating temperature (approximately 82 C or 180 F), the fluid level is correct if it is in the HOT region (cross-hatched area) on the oil level indicator (Fig. 9). The fluid level will be approximately one-quarter inch above the lower hole of the dipstick at 70 F fluid temperature.

FLUID LEVEL CHECK USING DRB

NOTE: Engine and Transaxle should be at normal operating temperature before performing this procedure.

1. Start engine and apply parking brake.
2. Hook up DRBIII scan tool and select transmission.
3. Select sensors.
4. Read the transmission temperature value.

Transmission Fluid Temperature Chart
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5. Compare the fluid temperature value with the chart.
6. Adjust transmission fluid level shown on the dipstick according to the chart.
7. Check transmission for leaks.
Low fluid level can cause a variety of conditions because it allows the pump to take in air along with the fluid. As in any hydraulic system, air bubbles make the fluid spongy, therefore, pressures will be low and build up slowly.
Improper filling can also raise the fluid level too high. When the transaxle has too much fluid, the gears churn up foam and cause the same conditions which occur with a low fluid level.
In either case, air bubbles can cause overheating and/or fluid oxidation, and varnishing. This can interfere with normal valve, clutch, and accumulator operation. Foaming can also result in fluid escaping from the transaxle vent where it may be mistaken for a leak.
Along with fluid level, it is important to check the condition of the fluid. When the fluid smells burned, and is contaminated with metal or friction material particles, a complete transaxle recondition is needed. Be sure to examine the fluid on the dipstick closely. If there is any doubt about its condition, drain out a sample for a double check.
After the fluid has been checked, seat the dipstick fully to seal out water and dirt.

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Also, let me know if the shifter feel normal and if the gear indicator is working.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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