2001 Chrysler 300 Chrysler 300M

Tiny
WILLIAMSBURG10
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER 300
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 136,600 MILES
Hello,

I'm hoping you can assist me with some solutions. Last Sunday my engine light when on and when I started driving the car it only would go to 30-40 mph when I would try to accelerate speed it was hard/rough sound. I put oil in it and the car was fine. The problem has since continued. I tried going above 40 and the car started sounding hard and eventually the the car started to warn that it was getting hot. So I stopped in a gas station and the battery was low I couldn't start back up and needed a jump to get back on the road. Once I got the jump the car was fine. Needless to say the engine light came back on. Later that day I went to auto zone they told me the codes that came were P0605/P0700. They gave me the print out and explained I would need to go to a shop to diagnose further. I didn't have 100.00 to go spend to diagnose the problem right off that bat. So I started searching online and found out how to check my own P codes. My car states :P0700/P1684. I had auto zone check the battery it was bad. Also my battery went dead this Saturday. I replaced it. The car sounds better but I can still hear that hard noise if I go over 40 mph. I know may have to take it to the shop. I'm wondering if you can tell me if there are things that I can try doing a bit cheaper without taking it to the shop and getting run over? I'm very worried the probably could be very costly. Also is there any way of driving the car by resetting the codes so I can at least go more than 35-40 mph?
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 7:13 PM

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Tiny
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Hi williamsburg10. Welcome to the forum. It sounds like your transmission is stuck in "limp-in" mode where it stays in second gear. Have you noticed it isn't shifting? That will over-rev the engine if you try to drive it that way. The purpose of limp-in is to allow you to drive it to a shop without needing a tow truck. You will also notice that it has a hard time accelerating away from a stop because it isn't starting out in first gear.

The code 700 just means there is some other code memorized in the transmission computer. That is what probably defaulted it to limp-in. The computer will reset each time you turn the ignition switch off and restart the engine. In general, if it starts out in second gear right away, it is a sensor or some other electronic problem. If it starts out in first gear, then bangs back into second gear later, typically after an upshift, it is related to slippage in one of the clutch packs in the transmission. Driving in second gear for a long time will lead to engine damage if you continue to try to go much more than 20 - 25 mph.

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 8:06 PM
Tiny
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What about the P0605 code? When try to speed up to 35+ mph is when it feels stuck. Also I have an auto stick in my car if I wanted to drive the car in stick shift but, none of those gears work. Does that have something to do with it?

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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P0605 is a fault detected within the EATX, the electronic automatic transmission controller, during a self test. That would also put the system into limp-in.

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Monday, June 7th, 2010 AT 4:30 AM

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