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Question by parkinson
Submitted on 3/24/2004
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We have had a used Chrysler Town & Country 1996 3.8L engine for a few weeks, and right from the start it has been having problems. Reverse gear was weak a first and the car reversed slowly. The transmission didn't always shift the first time the gear lever was moved, and it sometimes had to be moved twice to shift gears. Afer a week and a half of use a loud rattle/grind occurred in the engine and the transmission refused to move out of low gears. It finally cleared with a slight click, and after parking, the reverse wouldn't work.  A brief examination revealed that the ATF was very low. Using the only available fluid (DEXRON) we managed to drive the car home, where the fluid was replaced with ATF+3. The transmission now has a problem for which we cannot find any explanation: In Park gear, he car will drive forwards, in Reverse it won't drive at all, and in all other gears, it drives forward. Does anyone know what this problem might be caused by?

Answer by extexan35
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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Sorry to hear about your problem...BUT it sounds like the exact same problem i had with my 1996 T&C LXI, there is a tiny vinyl gear inside the tranny, that controls everything in there. It basically has gone bad.  I had to have a teardown and rebuild, which cost me about $1,200 to do.  BUT on the lighter side, since having the work done, they install a updated part, and my van has been trouble free ever since.


Answer by Homero
Submitted on 8/14/2004
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Answer by D_South
Submitted on 2/23/2007
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I had the same problem. Investigate the manual control valve linkage on the inside of the transmission.


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