If you cannot look under the van then use a large piece of cardboard and slide it under the van before you try to fill it to locate the leak. I suspect the transmission's on the verge of dying--it's not slipping yet, but there are some hard shifts, and there's vibration in the steering wheel and noise--both of which are especially noticeable when idling--that seems like it's just getting worse. Complaint Number: 10071511 Incident Date: April 21, 2004 Date Added to File: April 26, 2004 Description of the Complaint: When attempt was made to proceed forward from stopped position, the van failed to move. Loud squeaks in supports, brakes replaced but still squealing even when pedal not pushed. Complaint Number: 10122368 Incident Date: May 15, 2005 Date Added to File: May 27, 2005 Description of the Complaint: With 79,000 miles the transmission went into safe mode and locked in 2nd gear.
The dealer told me gleefully my warranty was expired, there was no extended warranty on the transmission and there was nothing they could or would do. This has now happend on four different occasions. Complaint Number: 764266 Incident Date: July 6, 2002 Date Added to File: July 17, 2002 Description of the Complaint: Transmission failed at 39,000 miles. It's got almost exactly 200k miles on it, so I'm happy it's lasted this long. This is my 7th Chrysler vehicle in the past 30 years, and will be the last if Chrysler doesn't step up, on this dash problem this time. Know two other people with recently this past week failed dodge caravan transmissions. This van has been in over and over to that shop.
My problem with that kind of scenario is this: what this should happen when I was passing a vehicle on a two lane high way with on coming traffic at what would have been a safe distance away but all at once I find I am coasting in the wrong lane with traffic coming at me head on? While checking the transmission under the hood with the engine running, the contact's granddaughter was able to shift from neutral to drive. A couple of months later I shifted from park to reverse and heard a very loud bang, after that my speedometer stopped working and I only had first gear if I tried to go faster the engine just revved. The consumer believed the transmission was defective. I assume this is a leaking drive shaft seal. Complaint Number: 10000811 Incident Date: December 15, 2002 Date Added to File: January 8, 2003 Description of the Complaint: My 2000 dodge caravan has experienced a complete transmission failure at only 57000 miles. The second time I was in heavy traffic on the middle lane of interstate 20 at weatherford, tx.
This reduces the possibilities to either a fuel leak, or a brake line. We sell only high quality used Dodge Caravan automatic transmissions, with 1-3 years warranty and free shipping. Good luck, and welcome to the forum! Almost wrecked when vehicle stopped in traffic. Tonight I had to let engine cool for 2 hours before it would go into drive again. I was told by several local service shops that this problem is common and that on an average they see this happen on a weekly basis. You replace the solenoid by removing the cooler hoses, the input speed sensor and the three bolts that hold the solenoid. Complaint Number: 10018273 Date Added to File: May 6, 2003 Description of the Complaint: The consumer was unable to switch gears.
Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. I thought when it happened this winter it was just that the engine was too cold. This happened at as the mileage read 72,000, I could not believe it. This transmission has twice been disconnected from the engine by the computer in traffic. The contact was the only one injured. Manufacturer needs to own up to problems.
Don't let it slam-shift for too long, because it can result in a cracked flex plate. Both dealer and chrysler corp told us to drive to las vegas, our destination. I bought a used dodge caravan that appeared to be in good shape, I had my mechanic check it after I test drove it and he said it was in good shape. Broken pieces of the transmission spread out onto the roadway. Complaint Number: 8004885 Date Added to File: March 4, 2002 Description of the Complaint: Upon placing vehicle in drive and without warning vehicle will stall, then jerk into forward motion. His mileage was a lot lower than mine. Thanks for all the advice.
Chrysler said they would assist with the repair. The technician informed the owner that a pin inside the casing slips out during a percentage of miles. If I won a new one on the price is right I would tell them to keep it and walk off the set rather than help those greedy pieces of crap advertise their product. We have had many close calls with this van in being rear end. The other is likely your power steering unit starving for fluid.
This is a dangerous situation and I hope you can help prevent this from happening to others. Automatic Transmission 2000 Dodge Caravan Automatic Transmission Consumer Complaints Complaint Number: 10319898 Incident Date: August 9, 2009 Date Added to File: March 15, 2010 Description of the Complaint: The contact owns a 2000 dodge caravan. Must stop and let it cool off before continuing. Complaint Number: 10025292 Incident Date: June 25, 2003 Date Added to File: July 2, 2003 Description of the Complaint: Moving with the military from mo to nv. Replacement Transmission Mount is a high quality replacement for your old or damaged unit. Was informed that Chrysler had fixed the problem.
The owner then contacted the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and that the vehicle was manufactured in canada and that there was nothing they can do. The road conditions were clear with no road hazards or debris. Complaint Number: 8012497 Incident Date: June 15, 2002 Date Added to File: June 24, 2002 Description of the Complaint: At 5mph transmission went out and consumer could only reverse, but could not put it in drive. Fuel leaks must be isolated and repaired quickly to avoid risk of fire. Perfect for your maintenance and restoration projects. They still insist nothing is wrong and the problem is getting worse.
Please provide any further information. Therefore it is important to use the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your Caravan's owner's manual. The transmissions are pretty good in these vans if you maintain them right. Aug 13, 2011 transmisssion comes out from under vehicle. Remove the 6 mm bolts holding the water pump to the front cover housing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times for problems with the transmission. They need to be held responsible for this problem and offer assistance to us consumers - after all, if it weren't for us buying this piece of trash, dodge and its employees would be out of business.