Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problems & Cost | A604 / 62TE

The Dodge Grand Caravan early model was equipped with the A604 (41TE) transmission – the late model Grand Caravan was equipped with the 6-speed 62TE transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Models

Up to 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: A604
2008-Up Dodge Grand Caravan: 62TE

Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
41TE (A604)143014501450
62TE234028002800

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Recalls

None Found

Dodge Grand Caravan Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Problems with the Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission

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

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan 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.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan 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.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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What Problem Does Your Dodge Grand Caravan 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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G

2017 transmission went out at 20 thousand miles. Said metal shavings left in casing from factory ground down all the gears Dealer rebuilt now it’s whining again at 40 thousand miles. Just out of warranty. Sounds like a bearing probably from the strain. Shouldn’t the dealer still have to replace for free if it was broken before but obviously wasn’t correctly fixed?

Never again

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8 V6
Limp mode last summer, dealer replaced shift solenoid, transmission fluid, and filter.
Six months later, transmission totally blew.
Sell your van while you can.

Louie muno

Dodge caravan 2002 3.3L V6
DTC codes-p700,
(generic stored)
P725
(MIL system malfunction)
6 months ago, van started to shift into N while I drove. The dash board gear display highlights all the gears you don’t know what your on. It wasn’t giving a code just then, so I Thought it was the shift cable. Tried adjusting it, but it’d work fine for a week or 2 then keep in doing it. I noticed The break pedal switch had come off the mounting bracket and I thought it was fun sure the problem. Change it, nothing.
Just 2 days ago, while driving it went into limp mode. I’ve changed- shift solenoid, input/output sensors, MAP sensor and today the TPS,started up to warm it up looked good, came back to test drive it on 10. DTC codes came back , still in limp mode. What gives???
Anybody have some advice???

Never again

Don’t buy anything from Chrysler again.

Julian Warwaruk

I have a 2004 caravan( wheelchair retrofit) 3.3 l motor. started to down shift (rpm goes to 3000 then back then up then back and then runs ok for several miles) seems to only do it when warm. I have had a scan done but nothing shows. mechanic took it for test drive but it didn’t fault. What could cause this problem . It did this shifting back and forth 3-4 time at slow speed only once.

Michael A Callison

“11 Dodge Grand Caravan. 169k miles. Lost 4th gear a few months ago. Drove it home parked it for few days. Started working just fine after it sat. 3 months later 4th gear mysteriously quits again. I believe this is called limp mode. Also downshifts hard now. Mechanic says $1800-$2000 worst case scenario to rebuild transmission.

Tyler

2003 caravan will downshift for no reason at about 60mph

D

2012 Dodge Grand caravan with 120000 miles on it went on a trip it started whining and slipping and chugging went to a shop and now looking for a transmission shop??? Have know idea if it can be repair or must be replaced and the cost?

Rosa

2016 Caravan sounds like the trans is slipping still after having a torque converter replaced and a hose and seal. Only 40 tho miles on it.

Samuel

2009 SE. 175k. I had a key stuck problem a few times.. but it would come out after while. NOW it wont drive at all after losing power on the highway. The shifter moves. Had to tow it home

Brian Akus

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Will not engage in reverse, and will run in Drive for about 100 – 200 feet, then disengages. I have to shut it off, and wait about a minute, then it does the same thing. It will only engage in Low, and stay engaged in Low.

Jefferi Smith

2009 Dodge van has 36,000 miles and the transmission makes a loud whine and seems to take longer to shift when on the highway. Down shifted by itself. Felt like the emergency brake had been pulled.

Jefferi Smith

2009 Dodge van has 36000 miles and the transmission make a loud whine and seems to take longer to shift when on the highway. Down shifted by it self. Felt like the emergency brake had been pulled.

omar

when it starts it does not go beyond the first change

Harry

I owned 5 dorge caravan all the trans blew up at 180 miles

paul

180k is good enough.

George Forrest

Where you get your transmission

Terry

2003 dodge caravan 3.3 L Automatic trans was working fine but the dipstick read way too high. Checked many times, shop removed almost 4 qts and it still was reading high and started slpping on test drive. Dropped trans pan and checked and replaced filter, no obvious problems, filter and pan were quite clean. Refilled trans oil with correct amount, works well again but still reads high on dipstick. Is there some way there could be an internal leak that is spraying the dipstick about 2 to 3 inches above the hot line?

David Okutman

Maybe the dipstick is marked incorrectly, or a replacement from another vehicle?

David Okutman

Are you checking the tranny fluid with the motor running, if not you should be and it should be warm.