1997 Dodge Caravan Shifting Problems with 1997 Dodge Carava

Tiny
JDES
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 176,453 MILES
This past summer I was driving the van at around 45 mile an hour and all of a sudden the RPM's went all the way up to 6000 and the van started to sputter. Immediately after the Check engine light came on and I backed off the accelerator and then it wouldn’t shift properly. Anyhow, it its drivable but it will not shift into third and only goes about 40 mile an hour at around 3000 RPM’s. We took it to the shop and they said it was probably a sheered pin ($2000 fix, we only paid $900 for the van)? Then we had a friend hook it up to the code reader and he said something about a 300 code (not sure the exact code.) Not messing with 3rd? Something to that effect… possibly a sensor…any suggestions?
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 10:13 PM

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Tiny
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If the RPM went through the roof and the engine sputters, and now you can't shift to 3rd, your transmission has gone into "limp mode" to prevent damage to your transmission.

To begin diagnostic, we really need to know the actual codes. You will have more than one code. Please get a hold of your friend and have the vehicle scanned again. Please post with diagnostic codes.
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 11:05 PM
Tiny
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I had it rescanned and it wa not a 300 code. It said 733 - Gear 3, Incorrect Ratio & 734 - Gear 4, Incorrect Ratio. Does it sound like something you have delt with before and how much should it cost to get fixed? Thnaks!
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Monday, December 8th, 2008 AT 11:10 AM
Tiny
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I had it rescanned and it wa not a 300 code. It said 733 - Gear 3, Incorrect Ratio & 734 - Gear 4, Incorrect Ratio. Does it sound like something you have delt with before and how much should it cost to get fixed? Thanks!
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Monday, December 8th, 2008 AT 11:16 AM
Tiny
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733 - Gear 3, Incorrect Ratio & 734 - Gear 4, Incorrect Ratio.

If it is only Code 733, it is possible that your solenoid pack is faulty. But according to the server, having Codes 733 and 734is indication of internal transmission problem. I have no prior experience in rebuilding the transmission, so I cannot give you an answer as to how much it would cost.
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 2:10 PM
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So you think the transmission needs to be rebuilt then? If it was just the solenoid pack what does that entail?
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 11:19 PM

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