Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Problems & Cost | A604 / 62TE

The venerable Chrysler Town & Country was equipped with the A604 (41TE) transmission when it was launched in 1989, and variations of that gearbox were used until the 6-speed 62TE transmission took over in 2008. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Chrysler Town & Country transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Models

Up to 2008 Chrysler Town & Country: A604 (41TE) Transmission
2008+ Chrysler Town & Country: 62TE Transmission

Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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Replacement Chrysler Town and Country Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
41TE (A604)1905

What are the DTC codes related to Chrysler Town & Country transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0726Engine Speed Input Circuit Range/Performance
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0736Reverse Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0792Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0845Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit
P0846Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit Range/Performance
P0848Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit High
P0850Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit
P0868Transmission Fluid Pressure Low
P0869Transmission Fluid Pressure High
P0870Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit

Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Recalls

None Found

Chrysler Town & Country Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Problems

Delayed forward and/or reverse engagement with a double ‘bump’ sensation – 41TE transmission
Problem – Drivers may notice a significant delay when they shift into Drive or Reverse. They may also experience a series of ‘bumps’ or ‘bucks’ when the selected gear does engage.
Solution – The retainer that separates the lockup control valve and the TCC accumulator valve may need to be replaced.

PRNDL lights malfunction – 41TE/42LE transmission (1996>)
Problem – The PRNDL lights in the driver information center (in the gauge cluster) may work properly when the vehicle is shifted into reverse, overdrive, drive and low. However, they may malfunction when the vehicle is shifted into Park or Neutral. There may be no diagnostic trouble codes or apparent transmission problems.
Solution – There may be an issue with the ignition switch, or a short in the related wiring.

Speedometer reading when the vehicle is not moving – 41TE transmission / 41TES transmission
Problem – Drivers may notice that the speedometer can jump to over 20 mph while the vehicle is stopped in gear. There may also be a jerking sensation that feels like a 1-2 shift. Gear changes may also feel unusually rough.
Solution – The most common cause of these 41TE transmission problems is a malfunctioning alternator. However there could also be a wiring problem related to the output shaft speed sensor OSS signal going back to the TCM.

Engine stalls while in Drive or during coast down – 62TE transmission
Problem – Drivers may experience an engine stall when they place the gear selector into Drive. They may also notice that the engine starts to run excessively rough or stalls when they are coasting to a stop.
Solution – These 62TE transmission problems may be caused by mechanical failure with the electronically modulated converter clutch variable force solenoid / EMCC VFS solenoid, which can cause the torque converter clutch to engage when it shouldn’t. To fix the problem, the EMCC solenoid will have to be replaced.

Transmission shifts into neutral on the 1-2 shift – 2007+ 62TE transmission
Problem – Drivers may notice that the vehicle shifts into neutral upon the 1-2 shift. This may cause the vehicle to go into limp mode, where the transmission becomes locked in 3rd gear. In some cases, the vehicle may not move and will require the engine to be shut off and restarted before limp mode can be activated.
Solution – These 62TE transmission problems are often caused by worn sealing ring lands on the low clutch housing. To correct this condition, place the housing and possibly the piston from the direct clutch.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Chrysler Town & Country transmission slipping

If your minivan was made after 2007 and came equipped with the 62TE gearbox, you may eventually experience a Chrysler Town & Country transmission slip. Well, there’s actually two different ones, with two different causes. The first occurs on the 1-2 shift, and the second happens on the 2-3 shift. In both instances, the transmission will slip into neutral instead of the next gear. On the 1-2 slip, the transmission will go into limp mode and 3rd will be the only available forward gear. On the 2-3 slip, the transmission will be able to go into limp mode because 3rd won’t be available. So, the transmission won’t engage any forward gears until the ignition is cycled off and on.

What is causing this Chrysler Town & Country transmission slip?

Honestly, it’s not all that unusual for a Chrysler Town & Country transmission to slip out of gear if it’s got a lot of miles on it. The most likely cause of the 1-2 neutral slip is damaged or worn sealing ring lands (i.e. the bit of metal that the seals sit on) on the low clutch housing. As a result, the direct clutch will experience a severe pressure loss, preventing the transmission from engaging the next gear. To solve this issue, the whole low clutch housing will have to be replaced if there is any sort of damage to the sealing range lands. If you decide to upgrade to a reman Chrysler Town & Country transmission from Street Smart Transmission, you’re going to be getting a much more reliable transmission with a pristine low clutch housing.

If you recently had your transmission rebuilt and your Chrysler Town & Country transmission started slipping on the 2-3 shift, it’s probably because the mechanic accidentally put the feed pipe for the 2-4 clutch in backwards. This will of course cause a major pressure leak for that clutch and prevent 3rd gear from engaging. To fix it, the transmission will have to be torn down again so that part can be installed correctly.

How much is it going to cost to fix my Chrysler Town & Country transmission?

Unfortunately, the problem described here will require the removal and disassembly/partial disassembly of your transmission. Given the labor time involved to remove the transmission from the vehicle (this is not a simple task), most repair shops will recommend that you go ahead and rebuild the entire transmission while it’s out. Since they already have to tear it down to replace the Chrysler Town & Country, it sort of makes sense to spend the extra money to do that. After all, you should get a lot more mileage out of your transmission once it’s rebuilt. And since they’ve already got the transmission apart, might as well, right?

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Chrysler Town & Country can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Chrysler Town & Country transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Chrysler Town & Country transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Chrysler Town & Country transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Chrysler Town & Country transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Chrysler Town & Country transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Chrysler Town & Country transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Chrysler Town & Country transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Chrysler Town & Country transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Chrysler Town & Country transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Chrysler Town & Country Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chrysler Town & Country Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chrysler Town & Country Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Things to consider with a transmission rebuild

You’re the test driver – Most transmission repair shops and mechanics will only put a few miles on your vehicle to make sure the transmission works. But it’s not uncommon to experience transmission problems during the break-in period.

Everything might not be fixed – Most mechanics and transmission repair centers don’t have the equipment necessary to perform a thorough inspection on hard parts like gear sets, clutch drums and valve bodies. This means that your rebuilt transmission could actually have small cracks in key parts that aren’t visible to the naked eye. As time and mileage progress, these cracks can grow and create an even larger problem. Similarly, a slight warp in the valve body can seriously impact shifting performance over time.

Warranty – Although most mechanic shops and transmission repair shops will warranty their work. That coverage is usually only good at the shop or franchise that did the work. If you travel out of town and suddenly experience transmission problems, you’ll be on the hook for any transmission repairs unless you pay to have your vehicle towed back to the shop that did the work.

Quality – Nearly every time you get a transmission rebuild, all of the work is performed by a single technician. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. But the end result is dependent on that technician’s level of experience working with your specific type of transmission. In addition, there is usually no standardized quality control checks at a mechanic shop. So an improperly torqued bolt or gasket that isn’t fully seated, might be overlooked and cause you major problems in the future.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chrysler Town & Country Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Why a remanufactured transmission might be a good option

If you plan to keep your vehicle for as long as possible, then getting a transmission rebuild is certainly a viable option. However, a remanufactured transmission is a much better alternative. You’re getting as close to a brand-new transmission as it is possible. Companies like Street Smart Transmission also modify the transmission to correct all of the factory design flaws, allowing you to get a much longer service life from the transmission. You also get a 3-year/unlimited mile nationwide warranty, which allows you to get necessary repairs performed at any licensed repair shop of the country. So in terms of value for the money, a reman transmission might be the better way to go. 

Remanufactured transmission companies like Street Smart Transmission put each of their reman transmissions through a rigorous build process that ensures a quality product every time. It starts with nearly 100 trained technicians that specialize in different aspects of the build process. 

This remanufacturing process begins with the inspection team that test all of the critical components from the donor transmission to ensure that they meet the original equipment (OE) tolerances and specifications. The case, pumps, gears, shafts, valve body and torque converter are checked for hairline cracks, metal tensile strength, warping and other parameters. If any component fails to meet the required specifications, it’s discarded and replaced.

All the parts are then cleaned and sent to the appropriate stations on the assembly line for reassembly. Throughout the process, quality control managers inspect the build to ensure that it meets the desired specification. Any necessary modifications or upgrades that are needed to correct factory design flaws are also performed or added. The valve body is rebuilt and tested on a special dyno machine to ensure that it performs according to the specifications. All of the solenoids are also tested prior to installation.

Once the build is complete and passes its final quality control inspection, the newly remanufactured transmission is sent to the dyno room, where it’s tested on a special dyno machine using a proprietary software program called C.A.R.S. (Computer Aided Real-world Simulation). This cycles the transmission through a number of real-world driving situations, to ensure that it performs according to the factory specs. It also helps to break in all of the friction components, that way it’s completely tuned and ready to go once it’s installed.

Warranty – One of the benefits of buying a remanufactured transmission vs. a rebuilt transmission is the warranty. Street Smart Transmission for example, covers all of their reman transmissions with a 3 Year/Unlimited Mileage Nationwide Warranty (there is a mileage restriction for commercial vehicles). This covers parts and labor for transmission repairs performed by any licensed repair shop in the country. It’s also completely transferable if you ever decide to sell the vehicle. Compared to a mechanics warranty on a transmission rebuild, a remanufactured transmission warranty offers superior financial protection.

Is a remanufactured transmission worth it?

If you plan to keep your vehicle for as long as possible, then getting a transmission rebuild is certainly a viable option. However, a remanufactured transmission is a much better alternative. You’re getting as close to a brand-new transmission as it is possible. Companies like Street Smart Transmission also modify the transmission to correct all of the factory design flaws, allowing you to get a much longer service life from the transmission. So in terms of value for the money, a reman transmission might be the better way to go.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Chrysler Town & Country Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Steve Metz
5 months ago

2001 Chrysler Town & Country

Steve Metz
5 months ago

Code PO 700 and p1787 codes after changing transmission fluid and TCM

6 months ago

My 2008 Chrysler Town and Country transmission ribs up too many RPMs before it will shift in the low gears the ratio is way off I think

6 months ago

I have a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country the transmission will not up shift until the motor revs up to about 3,000 RPMs before it will upshift

Michel Gosselin
6 months ago

À 135000 kilomètres la transmission en mode R s’est mise à glisser comme si c’était au Neutre et lorsque j’ai pu faire marche arrière de peine et misère ça a donné de gros chocs. J’ai fait remorqué mon Town Country 2015 chez le concessionnaire qui par la suite m’a dit que la transmission était brisé et qu’il y avait beaucoup de métal déchiqueté. Il m’a offert 2 solutions soit remplacé les pièces défectueuses au coût de 7500$ avec ouvrage garantie un an ou de remplacer la transmission par une reconditionnée au coût de 9500$ garantie 3 ans 160000 kil. ouvrage inclut plus les taxes pour un total de 11300$ . J’ai accepté le changement de la transmission en espérant avoir l’esprit tranquille pour su moins 3 années.

1 year ago

I don’t have one

Wanda Banks
1 year ago

2015 town and country, jerking, which I was told is the motor mounts, slow sometimes reaching acceleration when pressing on gas pedal. Rolls in Park, have to apply emergency brakes.

1 year ago

It won’t go into other gears pass 30mph

Maria Harris
1 year ago


Johnna vandelicht
1 year ago

It just started tonight when I put it in park with it still running it kept wanting to roll backwards so after I shut it off in part it still wanted to roll backwards

Joyce E Smith
1 year ago

had my 2015 tranmission rebuilt soon after buying it with 119000 miles under warranty. this sprng had leaking lines replaced and fluid level replaced.few weeks ago it jerked on a hill light came on. code said something about clutch in transmission. dealer says needs a torque converter in transmission for 1500 should i get this fixed for this price

Deanna Dixon
1 year ago

2008 Chrysler town and country 3.3 with 219k mi my van won’t start it made a jumping feeling then once I parked it and turned my key over to kill it it showed it was in reverse and my fob wouldn’t come out also I can’t depress the break or move the steering wheel. I removed and reinserted the fuse for it and was able to remove my key fob but car still won’t crank and is saying it’s in reverse but it’s in park. Please help

1 year ago

My vehicle will not start. It is a 2013 town and country. Once fluid is added it is drivable for about 48 hours.

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