Hi, is it normal for a 97 Dodge caravan 3.0 V6 with 3-speed trannie
to make a ratchet/thump/crunch noise when going from park to reverse,
neutral to drive, neutral to reverse? The noise stops as soon as it's
It has caught up my attention recently.
I don't want any more major repairs. Air-Con rebuilt @ 45K, Head
Gasket serviced @ 55K and many many minor repairs (all sorts of gasket
and sensors blown at low mileage, ghost wiper, blown up radio, big
corrosions at both sliding doors from inside).
This Canadian built van sucks my money well.
Rachet noise, or more of a whir/purr, lasts about a second or so,
right? If so, what is it that makes it do that - we had a 96 t+c with
a bad tranny for a work vehicle, kinda paranoid about it happening to
From Daniel Stern's write-up:
It's the transmission fluid control solenoid valves opening and shutting
rapidly to make the fluid go where it's supposed to go to shift the
transmission. All the FWD/AWD 4 speed automatics make this sound with
every upshift, every downshift, and every gear selection.
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