2002 Dodge GC Es model with 3.8L engine just about 74,000 miles.
Not happy with transmision, seems to shift very rough, especially when
coasting from ~ 30MPH and as it hits 28 MPH it shifts down (2nd?). You can
see the tach move from ~1000 rpm to ~1200 rpm for a moment -- but you can
hear and feel the shift.
Vehicle definately did not do this the first 50k miles of life.
Tranny was pulled apart about 8k ago and they found a burnt torque
converter and worn clutch - which were replaced.
My extended coverage is nearly done and I really need this fixed before
then. Any pointers and where to direct them? Would the TCM throw any code
is the shift doesn't feel right in this case?
Hard downshifting was a problem with the early 1990's vans. Mine was
fixed with a software update.
I would suggest them making sure that all of the software updates have
been applied. In addition, I would hope that they put in the correct
ATF+4 fluid when the repairs where done. A dealer should know better to
use the correct fluid.
Hopefully, the replacement of the converter and worn clutch was done
correctly as to not introduce new problems. Meaning, that any other
damaged parts were replaced, and the unit was cleaned to remove any
My 2002 GC 3.3 had the same problem. Dealer said nothing is wrong. At 84,000
miles it lost reverse and would not shift to 1st when stopping the car
(Dodge said it is over the 80,000 extended and they cannot help me). Make
sure to keep record of everything and open a service call with Chrysler.
Service Bulletin 21-004-05 describes this problem. The
solution involves a new front pump, and updating the electronic
firmware. My '02 had this done, and it fixed it.
It was difficult to get the dealer to do the repair, but it
was covered under the powertrain warranty. I didn't even pay for
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