1998 Dodge Caravan

Tiny
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  • 1998 DODGE CARAVAN
Transmission problem
1998 Dodge Caravan 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

i have an 98' dodge caravan. Problem is when I put van in drive "1" gas pedal dosent move at all, running or not. The further I move the shifter to park the more I can press the gas pedal. In park pedal goes al the way to floor like it should. Also when engine cold it doesent shift out of first gear till around 30-40 mph, when warm shifts better. Anyone know what this problem is, or can tell me how to fix?
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Monday, April 26th, 2010 AT 2:15 PM

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Tiny
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As far as the gas pedal, open the hood and have a helper run it through the gears to check for the problem. It could be the trans cable is somehow placing a bind on the throttle cable.

As far as the transmission, it sounds like there is a problem with a shift solenoid. Has the check engine light ever come on?

Let me know.
Joe
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 AT 1:21 PM
Tiny
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Yes engine light is on
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 AT 2:16 PM
Tiny
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Have you had the computer scanned? Most parts store will do it for free.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 AT 11:31 PM
Tiny
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Good idea, will do, thanks
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 AT 12:25 PM
Tiny
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Let me know what you find so I can better direct you.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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Iv removed the kickdown cable at the trans and accalerator moves freely now though all gears and drives like its supposed to. Nothing wrong with cable it slides smoothly also. Is it ok to keep the kickdown off till I can get it to an auto parts store?
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 AT 1:04 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it won't hurt the trans as long as you are easy on the accelleration. Remember, it will not kick down into passing gear and may actually shift differently with it disconnected. Be careful not to pull out into fast moving traffic. Leave pleanty of room for you to accellerate slowly.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 AT 1:21 PM
Tiny
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The kick down shaft was frozen up, but with a lil liquid wrench and an hour of moving back and fourth finally got it moving freely and van runs about 95% better. Now for a flushing and change. Thanks alot for your help and saving me some money from going to a shop, thanks again
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 AT 10:31 AM
Tiny
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That is why we are here. Actually, it's nice to help good people. When you're honest, it gets frustrating seeing good people being taken advantage of. Regardless, you are very welcome, and let us know if you have questions in the future. I know I plan to be here for a long time.

Thanks for using 2carpros. Com, and we hope to hear from you again in the future. (That doesn't mean I hope you have car problems in the future, but you know it's always something with cars).

Joe
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 AT 10:40 AM

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