Tranny issues?

United States
September 25, 2007 8:02am CST
Hi, I have 93 Caravan with a 3.0L V-6. I was having some issues with the transmission and thought it was fried. It wouldn't go into reverse or shift properly. I did the fluid and filter change and also adjusted the bands. The problem I am having now is that when I let off of the accelerator, the van will not downshift and slow down. I am not a mechanic, could this still be a band adjustment or might this be a throttle cable issue or do I need to look into the possibility of another transmission. I'm hoping that someone out there can help me out with some info on a possible solution. I'm a single mom and can't really afford to take it to a mechanic or purchase another trans or vehicle. I am going to try the throttle cable and see if that helps, but if anyone knows of what else it could be I would really appreciate it. Thanks to anyone out there.
1 response
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Do you mean "upshift" when you let off the accelerator? It is not normal for a vehicle to downshift when one releases the gas pedal. If it is not upshifting, it will be a modulation problem, not a band adjustment IF it is a tranny problem. To check the throttle cable, simply grab the cable where it's connected to the throttle body and move it back and forth. If it moves freely, this is not your problem. And you MUST use the type of tranny fluid specified, i.e. Chrysler ATF Type II, Dexron II, etc. The dipstick has the proper fluid type stamped into it near the fluid end. Also, if you have not done regular fluid changes, say once every 25k miles or so, you may have done internal damage to the tranny, especially if the wrong fluid was in use. If you can, give me more info on your van's service life and what fluid it requires and maybe I can narrow it down to what the actual problem is. Deal?