why does my dodge caravan shift from drive to low at about 40 mph

Asked by Aug 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM about the Dodge Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

at normal highway speeds, the transmission is fine but when I slow down to about 40 mph
the car shifts out of drive to a lower gear. I stop turn off car and start it again. It works ok
for awhile until the next time.

2 Answers


There's a computer that controls the transmission. Sounds like yours is having a bad day every now and then. Not sure that this is a permanent fix but try to disconnect the battery for about a half hour. That will reset it. And if the transmission gods are smiling on you, all will be good.

1 people found this helpful.

Check the transmission for codes and data. There is a fail-safe in the Transmission Computer to shift into a lower gear if there is a problem. It will reset if you stop the vehicle and turn off the engine, but will happen next time the problem happens.

Your Answer

Dodge Caravan Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Grand Caravan
215 Great Deals out of 29,615 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chrysler Town & Country
193 Great Deals out of 12,872 listings starting at $899
Used Honda Odyssey
300 Great Deals out of 36,584 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Sienna
215 Great Deals out of 20,577 listings starting at $799
Used Chrysler Pacifica
106 Great Deals out of 31,256 listings starting at $2,200
Used Dodge Journey
290 Great Deals out of 32,039 listings starting at $2,995
Used Kia Sedona
85 Great Deals out of 7,759 listings starting at $800
Used Dodge Durango
218 Great Deals out of 25,141 listings starting at $800
Used Ford Explorer
801 Great Deals out of 64,315 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Charger
242 Great Deals out of 32,689 listings starting at $1,800
Used Nissan Quest
49 Great Deals out of 2,147 listings starting at $2,000
Used Dodge Challenger
111 Great Deals out of 25,139 listings starting at $7,995
Used Dodge Ram 1500
316 Great Deals out of 9,549 listings starting at $800
Used Chevrolet Traverse
388 Great Deals out of 26,832 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Pilot
387 Great Deals out of 40,783 listings starting at $1,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.