2002 Town & Cntry: Speedo needle did an exorcist scene

Tiny
KIMINGHAM
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Hi,
Noticed tranny fluid on my garage floor. Took my 2002 Chrysler T & C with 92K 3.8L to the shop so they could put it on a lift. Tranny pan gasket was leaking - OK so I had neglected to have my 60K filter & fluid change - I had the shop flush tranny and seal pan back up. Three days later I was driving along and my speedometer quit working - of course I am suspicious - but it is weird - the needle is flipped to the farthest side of the gauge - sort of like the exorcist spinning head. It's like I was going soooo fast that the dial broke and the needle is laying below the 120mph. All other related parts are working correctly though - tripometer, odometer, trans shifting seems fine - shop checked for code but there was none - he is guessing possibly electrical - any suggestions before I get into a crap shoot? :Roll: :roll:
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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 AT 4:13 AM

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Tiny
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My car a 2003 t&c mv also has a speedometer problem. The speedo and tachometer both are stuck on the wrong side of the post after having a dead battery recharged. Anything you find out let me know. I am actively looking for answers as well and will respond again if I suceed.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 9:58 PM
Tiny
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Inspect all wires within area of transmission pan and gasket for possible breaks, shorts, loose or disconnected wires.(You said it was just serviced)
thats the first place I would start.
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Monday, March 5th, 2007 AT 1:07 AM
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MJD
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I also have a similar problem, my van's speedometer stopped working. Any ideas on what is wrong and how to get it fixed?
Thank you,
Bill
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Friday, September 7th, 2007 AT 5:07 PM
Tiny
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082800 - SPEEDOMETER OR TACHOMETER INOPERATIVE
Date: 09/29/00

Model year(s): 1999-2000

Description: A condition may exist where the speedometer or tachometer may be inoperative due to gauge needle being wrapped around the wrong side of the stop peg.

Details: This can happen in situations where low battery voltage is present such as jump starting a dead battery. The instrument cluster can cut out if voltage drops below 9.5 volts, causing the needle to drop on the wrong side of the gauge.

1. With the ignition switch in the off position, depress and hold the odometer-reset button.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the run position, continue holding the odometer reset button until the cluster needles start to move, then release the reset-button. (Do not allow the ignition switch to enter the start position) The gauge needles will sweep in both directions and come to rest in the correct position relative to the stop peg.

Since, Jeep and our minivan are both made by Chrysler, I decided to give it a try. The first attempt I turned the key to far and the engine started. The second attempt I moved it more slowly and all the trouble lights flashed and the odometer digits went to all ones and the speedometer and tach needles started moving around and finally the odometer needle swung around far enough so it was left of upright and I let go of everthing and it dropped down on the correct side of the pin. Voila! The speedometer works again.

Wonder what the garage would charge for less than five minutes of actual effort?

Anyway, the speedometer now works.
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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 AT 11:17 PM
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BOB K.
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I too have a town & country (2003) and had a low voltage condition that caused the speedometer and tachometer to flip to the other side of the stop peg. I did the above instructions (switch OFF and hold trip odometer reset - instructions elsewhere on the net indicated switch on, but that didn't work for me). These instructions cleared my problem - thanks.
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Friday, December 31st, 2010 AT 10:03 PM
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SHARLO
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Ditto for the previous post from Bob K. I have a Chrysler Grand Voyager here in Australia and after a jump start due to a problem battery found both my tachometer & speedometer at full deflection. Following the above instructions cleared the problem instantly. Thanks for the advice, nowhere in the owner's manual is there any mention of this procedure!
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Monday, March 7th, 2011 AT 8:57 AM

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