1994 Plymouth Voyager On reversed, the transmission will lo

Transmission problem
1994 Plymouth Voyager 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 100k miles


We have a recurring problem with our van's transmission. First time it happen, the van is in slow reverse into our garage, it stop suddenly even though the gear is still in Reverse. Then, when you shift the gear into Drive, it will not go forward even when you give it some gas. Unless you really put more gas it it, it will jump into the Drive gear abruptly and drive for short distance but stop again.

We already brought it into a local car garage. They top off the transmission fluid level to where it should be. But the car never acted again while in the shop no matter what they did. So, we brought it back and within 3 days, it started again. This second time around, same issue, only acted weird when I tried to reverse into a parking space at work. It just stop moving like it's parked. Since getting the van back from the garage, the van has been shifting gear in slow transition while driving on city streets, like it's reluctant to shift.

The mechanic told us to rebuild the transmission will cost over $2000.

Please help us. Is there anything we can suggest to the mechanie that they haven't check?

Thank you for your time in reading this message and answering our question.

Have a good day.

Blair Family
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Friday, March 27th, 2009 AT 10:56 AM

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Your trans uses the "low" clutch for both forward and reverse. Only difference is, for reverse it also closes a band to run the reverse gear. From what you describe, your low clutch is bad. If your trans fluid is the color of weak coffee, that's indicative of burned clutch discs and would explain your symptoms. If this be the case, you probably need a rebuild OR a used unit. Hope this helps.
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 12:33 AM

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