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2004 Chrysler Town and Country Shifting Issues

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Oct 29, 2012, 5:09 PM

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2004 Chrysler Town and Country minivan - Engine size is 3.0 (I think), and it has about 110,000 miles on it.

Ok, long story short, back in January we had our transmission replaced on our 2004 Town and Country. Ever since then, we've had an unreliable van...Working, for the most part, but very flaky. It shifts fine most of the time, but sometimes it is very jerky. Our mechanic finally gave up tried a new solenoid (I think that was the part), and it wasn't much better. Eventually, he replaced the whole transmission again. Still ended up with shifting problems. We then had the computer replaced also, thinking that might be the problem, and things were great for a while, but as of last Saturday, it's been acting up again. It wouldn't shift out of first, and the RPM's cranked up to 5,000+ before my wife let off the gas. My mechanic swears it's not the transmission itself, and I'm tending to believe that. He's had numerous other people look at it, and he's even paid the bill for the dealership to look at it (I guess they have to do it since it deals with the electric). They did find one bad wire, and replaced it. That was probably a month ago, and it's been fine up until recently.

I am brand new here, and have very limited car knowledge, although I'm getting quite an education with this van. My wife is ready to give up on it, but after putting $3,000 into this thing in the last year between the computer and transmission, I'm not ready to let it go. I've heard these engines are good and we could get 250,000 miles out of this thing. If possible, I'd still like to do that.

The main problem we have is that our issues aren't ALWAYS happening, so when the mechanics look at it, if they can't get it to do this, there's nothing they can do.

Currently, the van is sitting with the service engine light on in our garage. I think it came on when it hit 5,000 RPM and didn't shift.

The dealership who did the electric work on it said that they were able to get a lead on which wires to test by the code that is in the computer.

Any ideas at all where to turn to next?

Thanks much in advance for any help you can provide me!

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Oct 29, 2012, 6:00 PM

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That is a tough one. There might be a code(s) stored in the PCM that might give a clue as to what is going on. Intermittent problems are the worst ones to troubleshoot.

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Dec 23, 2012, 3:37 PM

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Just thought I'd update this, as we took it to a transmission specialist, and he said it was the input sensors. He changed them out and we haven't had this problem again.

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