2000 Grand Caravan - Wont Change Gears


Asked by Oct 09, 2010 at 11:40 AM about the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 4 Dr SE Passenger Van Extended

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2000 Grand Caravan 3.8L. \r\nI will be driving along and it would appear as though it drops from 2nd or 3rd what ever gear I happen to be in to 1st. From there it will not shift gears. I still have reverse but it will not go from 1st to 2nd ect... If the pull over and turn off the van and start it up again it will work fine (usually). Sometimes for 10 minutes other times for an hour. My father in law took out 2 sensors on the trany one I beleave to be the speed sensor and the other not so sure. He cleaned them up as the one had metal shavings on it plugged them back in and it worked for 1/2 a day and now back to the same thing. Should I replace the sensor or could it be something else?

5 Answers


IT sounds to me that the tranny is operating in "Limp" mode. A wonderful thing that the engineers at Chrysler thought would come in handy for whatever reason. Anyway, in addition to what has already been done try cleaning the plug and connector pins that plug into the Transmission Control Module. The plug is usually located on the top of the tranny nearest to the radiator and to the right of the exhaust manifold. It is usually held in place by a 10mm bolt. Loosen the bolt and unplug the harness. Clean it as best you can then add a little bit of dielectric grease to help in keeping moisture out of the connection. I have also been told that it could be a bad ground wire so you may want to check that also. Good Luck!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Having the precise problem with my '96 DGC. Wish we knew if the OP was able to fix the tranny and not replace it!!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Issue long resolved tranny was going into limp mode. Tranny had to be rebuilt.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

mine was the shift solenoid on front of tranny . replaced 4 yr. age no problem

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

I replace solenoids in and out with torque converter still not shifting what could it be

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Grand Caravan

Looking for a Used Grand Caravan in your area?

CarGurus has 28,957 nationwide Grand Caravan listings starting at $2,080.


Search Dodge Grand Caravan Questions

Dodge Grand Caravan Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,630
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 840
#3 Dan Connell
Dan Connell
Reputation 550
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chrysler Town & Country
306 Great Deals out of 16,833 listings starting at $1,700
Used Honda Odyssey
220 Great Deals out of 22,649 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Sienna
241 Great Deals out of 29,678 listings starting at $289
Used Dodge Caravan
680 listings
Used Nissan Quest
58 Great Deals out of 2,767 listings starting at $2,000
Used Dodge Durango
273 Great Deals out of 22,704 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Explorer
946 Great Deals out of 72,518 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford F-150
2,195 Great Deals out of 206,316 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota Camry
999 Great Deals out of 90,916 listings starting at $650

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 11,423 listings starting at $16,243
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 6,665 listings starting at $12,195
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 1,461 listings starting at $8,950
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 1,767 listings starting at $6,500
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 1,312 listings starting at $3,900

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.