1997 Dodge Caravan shifting problem

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 50,000 MILES
I just bought a used 1997 dodge caravan. One problem I noticed is that it stays on a gear too long unless I release gas pedal and press again. Also there are a lot of clunk noises underneath and car shakes when I turn on the air con and especially when on reverse. Another thing how do I know if its time to replace transmission fluid, timing belts, fan belts, all other filters, hoses and belts, the works since it didnt come with an owner's manual? Thanks.
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010 AT 2:53 AM

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Tiny
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The shifting problem sounds like a bad shift solenoid. As far as the noise, do you hear it when going over bumps?

As far as the maintenance, the manufacturer does have a schedule. However, even with that, you don't know when anything was done. What I recommend is this, check the fluids. Make sure they are clean and full. The transmission should be a redish pink color. PS fluid is more of a light gold color and nearly clear. I would suggest haveing everything serviced. That way you know when it was done and can move on from this point.

Let me know about the other questions.

Joe
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010 AT 10:25 PM
Tiny
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Well I think the worst just happened to my newly bought second hand 1997 dodge caravan. In the middle of traffic, my car started to have problem moving when I press the gas pedal. It has a delay and it runs very slow even when I press harder on the gas and no matter if I shift to drive, 2nd gear or reverse. Seems like it doesnt gear up. The clunk noises underneath is very bad even without going over bumps. Its only has around 50,000 miles on it, do I need to replace transmission already? How much does it cost to get transmission rebuilt? Thanks.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 11:22 AM
Tiny
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A rebuilt trans is usually around 2500.00 (average).
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 12:02 AM

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