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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Chrysler Town & Country

Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 16 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 09/10/2015

Traveling east on I 180, in left lane ready to turn onto I 80 east, took cruise control off and a loud revving noise occurred, engine shut down. Safely, through built up momentum was able to move across highway to berm off of right lane. Initially thought it might be transmission. Was towed to garage and after initial check, they thought it was a shifting rod. Transmission was removed from car and further testing showed it was the "torque converter". Part has been ordered, waiting till part comes in and can be replaced in car. If highway had not been clear behind us at the time of this incident, all 3 passengers in the van would have been killed by oncoming tractor trailers, etc. It was a very stressful moment for all of us.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 03/15/2015

Vehicle randomly stalling after exiting freeway and coming to a stop. This problem is already addressed in problem #12, and could be a common problem that the dealer seems to not duplicate. I have been in phone tag with Chrysler corp. 10 times between 4/17 and 4/28/16 with no resolve. When I do get in contact with the rep he doesn't have a clue. On two occasions the rep asked if I got my car back from the dealer. I have to tell him that the vehicle hasn't been to the dealer since my complaint of no resolve by the dealer. He then says he will have to contact the dealer. This has happen 2 times, the last being 4/28/16. I haven't heard from him since, today being 5/3/16. On line cargurus site says my problem is the torque converter control solenoid not unlocking the converter from the higher highway gear, causing vehicle to stall when exiting and stopping off freeway. This problem has been going on since 03/15/2015, with the dealer not duplicating the problem on 3 occasions. I had the trans fluid changed hoping they would find something, nothing. Been waiting for it to crash, but now I am tired of waiting. It is now a year later with no resolve.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 04/12/2012

In drive, transmission jerks like a fish tugging on a line at low speeds. In reverse, transmission pulsates greatly when backing up an inclined driveway. Not all the time, but more after it is run a while. Had van to dealer twice and reflashed and tested transmission pump pressure, said it was normal. Compared to new vans on lot, said all were the same way. Lately, service mgr said you are not the first today with this complaint. Many blogs report users with these problems. One said it is due to the small torque converter that Chrysler used in this front wheel drive design. Jeep forums report the same problems with models using the 3. 6 l v6. Its sad when a 100 year old auto maker can not get the basics right.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 01/03/2011

2007 Chrysler town and country. Consumer states that he is having problems with the tire pressure monitoring system (tpms). The light would illuminate at any time even when the tires had proper air. He states he has taken it to the dealer several times. The consumer also stated the transmission had to be replaced a couple of times, as well as the torque converter.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 10/16/2010

After sustained highway speeds, our van stalled upon exiting the highway and coming to a complete stop at the first traffic light. The steering wheel and brake pedal would shake very hard immediately prior to stalling. The tachometer would also dip below 750 rpm immediately before engine stalling. This same thing happened at least 10 times before we finally took it back to the dealership. They could not find anything wrong with the van and said that they simply updated the engine computer software. The problem continued and became quite predictable. There is no problem when the vehicle is driven around town since I don't get onto a highway to go to work or shop. It happens all the time now after we've been on the highway for a while and exit. Sometimes it will stall before we can even come to a complete stop which concerns me greatly. Our vehicle recently ran out of it's regular 3 year/36,000 mile warranty so we took it to our regular mechanic because we wanted another opinion and to finally get it fixed even if it had to be at our own expense. Our mechanic determined that the problem was with the torque converter. Apparently the torque converter is intended to help the transmission get better gas mileage when at highway speeds. Upon exiting the highway, the torque converter is not properly disengaging which is resulting in our engine stalling issue. Instead of charging us to fix the problem he told us to have our dealer fix it since it should still be covered by the power train warranty as we have just over 40,000 miles on the vehicle. After 3 days with the dealer, they have yet to resolve the issue and claim that they cannot reproduce the problem. Needless to say, we are extremely frustrated. Chrysler needs to either fix the problem or replace the vehicle.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 07/05/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that when driving 45 mph or over the vehicle shutters. The dealer stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced, and the flash also had to be reset. The vehicle was not repaired. The shuttering started after a cv joint was replaced by a local mechanic. The current and failure mileages were 48,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 06/19/2007

The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler town and country. In June of 2007, while driving 40 mph, the entire vehicle and the steering wheel began to shake. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the cause of failure was the torque converter. The torque converter was repaired, but the vehicle continues to shake. Daimler Chrysler stated that they would not repair the vehicle again because it was performing as it was designed. The contact stated that the program that sends a signal to the torque converter was defective. The program repeatedly sends the signal, but it does not register. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage was 14,000 and failure mileage was 12,387. Updated 09/12/07.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 07/03/2006

Complete transmission failure at 75,000 miles in may 2006. New seal and torque converter installed. Another transmission failure in July 2006. This shouldn't be happening on a van with only 75,000 miles on it.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 02/09/2006

Our 2002 Chrysler town and country with 30,000 miles on it began having problems with the power steering in December of 2005. The check engine light came on February 2006 so we brought the van into a Chrysler service shop. We were informed that the seal to the power steering fluid was leaking so we had to replace the entire steering rack. The check engine light indicated there was an internal transmission problem. After tearing the transmission apart they found that the torque converter needed replacement as well as the seals on the internal clutches. This vehicle only has 30,008 miles on it. We were forced to pay the entire $3183. 89 to fix it. It was a poorly built vehicle with faulty parts. We are upset that Chrysler can not tell us why a vehicle with so few miles needs all these major replacement parts and will not take any responsibility or stand behind this vehicle.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 1999 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 10/16/2004

I have had brake problems since 2001 when I first bought the van, and I am tired of spending money on this problem, and now they tell me that I need a new transmission and I had no warning of that.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 10/15/2004

I purchased the vehicle in November of 2002 used with 47,000 miles. The vehicle would buck when it switched to high gear. I took the vehicle back to the dealership at which time they replaced the torque converter. The vehicle then began a loud rattling noise when the air compressor was engaged. The dealer informed me that I needed a new air compressor, I refused the service noting that my air conditioner, defrost and all other functions were there. After a month, the final solution was a loose bolt holding the alternator. I have had the ignition replaced, this was the 2nd time in a year the vehicle left my family stranded. Now, a year and a half and 60,000 miles later, my transmission has once again failed with the diagnosis a torque converter problem. The repair requires a complete overhaul for a mere $2,500. Most vehicles don't require a transmission be replaced even once, let alone twice or every 50,000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 07/22/2004

Transmission started shuddering and slipping. Vehicle operation was unsafe. Vehicle taken to dealer and they stated premature failure of lower planetary gear set and torque convertor failure. Stated vehicle not covered under warranty. Dealer invoice states lower reverse planetary gearset "came apart".

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 1998 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 10/20/2003

I own a 1998 Chrysler Town & Country lxi with 55,400 miles on it and the transmission completely failed with my wife and 4 kids in the car. Specifically, the parts that failed were: the sun gear, input hub, clutch drum and torque converter resulting in a $2837 repair bill. How in the world can a car with so little mileage have a major failure like this? this car isnt abused, its driven by my wife (around town only) who shuttles 4 kids to school, scouting, soccer games etc. . . And is maintained by me, meticulously.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 07/28/2003

The transmission whining, shutters into gear, limited acceleration. . . Car is 2 years old, out of warranty with 60k miles, although we thought we had 7 / 70 on power train. . . Dealership refuses to cover cost o fix.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 08/05/2000

Torque converter spline was stripped out because of metal fatigue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 16

While stopping at a light noticed vehicle jerking. Soon afterward vehicle would stall out. Dealer has been contacted, technician replaced torque converter. Please provide further information.

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