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  • canos1ok
    canos1ok - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/8/2013
    Average cost for a transmission flush
    116000 mi - There are no symptoms. Was told when I had the back brakes repaired, was told that I would also need a my transmission flushed.
     
    • Jimm
      9/7/2013 Jimm
      If you follow the recommended service and maintenance intervals as outlined in the owners / maintenance manual for your vehicle - you will be on track. For example, when you change the fuel fllter as recommended - then no fuel system 'flush' is needed or required. Same advice for the power steering system - just follow recommended fluid changes periodically. Likewise for the automatic transmission - simple fluid and flter changes are recommended as outlined in the owners / maintenance manuals.

      As a general rule - avoid the system flushes as a 'service' as these generally do not clean properly. Especially with components like the; transmission - where there is a filter (filter plus gasket) to be changed out when the fluid is replaced. If maximum component and vehicle service life are the goals, avoid fluid flushes. Think of the various system flushes as designed to flush one major component - your wallet.

      If any repair shop keeps pushing this type service, recommend for you to find a new, and more reputable repair shop.
    • bear.1216
      9/8/2013 bear.1216
      Fluid and filter change in my area is around 150.00-200.00 This includes changing the transmission filter and flushing out the fluid. That is the service I would recommend.
    • Jimm
      9/8/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com and www.rockauto.com - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the transmission filter kit (filter plus gaskets) from around $8.00 for your vehicle.
      With transmission fluid around $3.00 per quart - the entire transmission fluid and filter change should cost no more than $30.00 to $40.00 - if you performed the task yourself.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      A transmission fluid change using a machine like a TRANSTECH is being unfairly called a flush which has a bad connotation. Actually the fluid change this way is the only method to completely replace ALL old and contaminated transmission oil. Dropping the pan does not empty the converter and only changes about half the oil. It uses the internal pump in the transmission to move the fluid and does not add any add'l "flush" pressure. It is an excellent service to do every 40K miles and can mean the difference between buying a new tranny ever for your car. It is not a good thing to do (to change fluid) for the first time at a high mileage or when you are already experiencing transmission slippage issues. It is just as important to use the correct fluid specification. I have been fixing cars for 36 years and I have found that replacing the internal filter in a tranny is overrated. If the tranny filter were found to be clogged then that tranny is junk no matter. In normal healthy use the filter looks almost like the new filter you are about to install. That being said, changing the fluid is far more important than the filter and then the add'l labor of removing and then re-installing the tranny oil pan is eliminated. A tranny fluid replacement using a machine is about $180 depending on what fluid is used because some of the fluids are $10 per quart and the machine is loaded with 12 quarts.
  • rach
    rach - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/3/2013
    My Truck is idling funny and also the transmission jerks sometimes when going from drive to reverse. Any ideas??
    114,794 miles
     
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  • amkega
    amkega - 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/30/2013
    Is it normal for the drive shaft to move while pushing on the transfer case?
    2006 dodge ram 1500 trx sport SLT I am looking at purchasing this vehicle and had my mechanic inspect it. There is a constant subtle vibration coming from the rear that can be heard and felt thru the gas pedal. He looked underneath and pushed on the transfer case ...
     
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  • ISDELORIA
    ISDELORIA - 1998 Dodge Dakota - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/10/2013
    WHAT IS WRONG WHEN YOU PUSH THE CLUTCH IN AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE FLOOR
    WE INSTALLED A WHOLE CLUTCH ASSEMBLY, MASTER AND SLAVE CYLINDER AND CANNOT GET NO PEDAL.
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      7/10/2013 John's Auto Repair
      The problem sounds like you have air in the system. To bleed, have someone push in on the clutch
      then you crack the slave cylinder bleeder screw. close the bleeder and release the clutch pedal
      You may have to repeat this several times till you get a pedal.
  • johnpereda
    johnpereda - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/9/2013
    Transmission Oil Coolerr
    Are the Automatic Transmission Oil Cooler and the A/C Condensor on the same coil and just partitioned?
     
  • johnpereda
    johnpereda - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/9/2013
    Transmission Oil Cooler
    Are the Transmission Oil Cooler and the A/C Condensor the same coil and the two systems just partitioned?
     
  • johnpereda
    johnpereda - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/9/2013
    Transmission Oil Cooler
    Are the Transmission Oil Cooler and the A/C Condensor on the same coil and just partitioned?
     
    • CVO
      7/9/2013 CVO
      They're totally separated in two different areas.The radiator has the internal transmission oil cooler in it .The condenser is part of the a/c system.
      CVO
      7/9/2013 johnpereda
      The "Coil" set directly in front of the Radiator is one unit. On the Psgr Side, the A/C lines are connected to the "Coil." On the Driver Side, the Automatic Trans Cooler Lines are connected to the Same "Coil." This is on a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan.
      CVO
      7/9/2013 CVO
      johnpereda. Sorry, you're absolutely correct, it's my bad. Autozone didn't provide a clear definition. Thanks to bring up to my attention to better serve other members.
  • jadickerson
    jadickerson - 2002 Dodge Neon - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/27/2013
    MY TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN LEAKING FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. I PUT IN LUCAS STOP LEAK AND IT WAS WORKING.
    IT HAPPENS WHEN I AM DRIVING. THE CAR jerks and SLOWS TO A STOP BUT THE engine is running. it won't move. if i turn it off it resets itself. but just stopping in the middle of the rd is not good. what do i do? the engine light is also on.
     
    • frankiedonnn
      6/27/2013 frankiedonnn
      Get a free scan at a local auto shop to see if there are any P-code numbers which would say what's wrong.It could be a solinoid or a sensor.The trans. might be ready for replacement too.
  • stapleton5
    stapleton5 - 2000 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/27/2013
    Will not shit out of 1st unless take pressure off gas peddle
     
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  • D.Shaw
    D.Shaw - 2004 Dodge Stratus - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/26/2013
    Why is my second gear grinding if I don't shift until the red line?
    It's a manual car and doesn't actually go into gear until the revs go down
     
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  • jerryb369
    jerryb369 - 2007 Dodge Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/26/2013
    When driving, a noise is coming from transmission When shifting, noise is with it! Changing pitch!
    I have looked(without manual) for the power steering dip stick. Does this vehicle have a power steering pump inside of the transmission or exterior?
     
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  • frankiedonnn
    frankiedonnn - 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Van - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/25/2013
    114000plus miles.Trans.leaks from the top solenoid when parked for long periods like days.
    I know I need to replace a seal,but what I not sure about is : Before removing the solenoid should I know anything ? Don't want to make a silly mistake.And how is it removed? Can't find anything in the Haynes manual on this.Thank you.
     
  • dixietrucker77
    dixietrucker77 - 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Van - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/22/2013
    I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 5.2 liter automatic. It doesn't want to shift. When I first start it up and start drivin
     
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  • sammy619
    sammy619 - 1996 Dodge Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/19/2013
    My dodge caravan will not go into reverse
     
    • CVO
      6/19/2013 CVO
      Check the transmission reverse linkages for any looseness, if it appeared it is in the order, then the reverse planetary gear set is broken. There are two planetary gear sets, the forward and the reverse.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The transmission will need to be rebuilt, there is no less fix for what happened.
  • christophercoy126
    christophercoy126 - 2003 Dodge Durango - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/19/2013
    2008 dodge nitro R/T SERVICE 4X4 LIGHT IS ON?
    C1470 CODE IS PRESENT STATING TRANSFER CASE IS NOT COMMUNICATING WITH THE 4 WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM. ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE FIX IS? I JUST DONT WANT TO THROW DARTS AT THIS AS IT SOUNDS IN DEPTH AND EXPENSIVE
     
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