2006 Dodge Caravan

Tiny
GANNE2001
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  • 2006 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 72,000 MILES
Hi,

When I start my Dodge Caravan after a break of say 5 to 6 hours and move from Park to Drive or Reverse, it makes a "Thud" noise ( 2 / 3 times sometimes) and then the drive is pretty smooth. If I restart soon after my first drive, I do not hear this noise. Do you think something may be wrong with the transmission?

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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 5:19 PM

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Tiny
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Is it rear wheel drive or front?
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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 10:00 PM
Tiny
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It is front wheel drive.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 9:56 AM
Tiny
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Do you feel the clunk in the shifter? Brake? Does vehicle surge forward when it does this?
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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 10:00 AM
Tiny
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I am not very sure, but it appears to me as if the noise is coming from the wheels. Initially once or twice I got down from the van to see if any object is obstructing the movement of the vehicle, but could not find anything. I guess it has something to with the cold engine as this happens only when I start the van after a considerable gap- yesterday I started after 5 hours gap and it was OK. I have been waiting 1 to 2 minutes after starting the engine before putting it in to Drive, but it is not helping.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 10:41 AM
Tiny
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Keep it in neutral and block teh wheels. Tyr to start it. Does it still clunk?

Do you have issues shiting it out of park?

With brake on go from drive to reverse to drive.

Does that clunk?
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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 11:01 AM
Tiny
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Kept it in neutral - pressed brake and started- No clunk

No issues shifting out of park.

With brake pressed, went drive to reverse to drive- no clunk.

Went to reverse and released brake and moved the vehicle- no clunk.

Do you suggest doing this on a regular basis?

Thanks for your super speed response.
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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 11:29 AM
Tiny
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If its putting pressure on it when starting up it can cause it clunk and can damage the vehicle.

Make sure the linkage is pproperly lubed up. The tranny has proper level of fluid and you dont smlam vehicle in park or stop fast on teh brakes and put it in park. Slowly stop and ease off of the pedal then put it in park.
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Monday, April 6th, 2009 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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Just take it easy using the transmission. Lubricating the linkage will probably remove your problem.
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 AT 8:21 PM

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