Transmission Noise Problems of Dodge Caravan

Dodge Caravan owners have reported 24 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Caravan based on all problems reported for the Caravan.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Dodge Caravan 1
Failure Date: 10/21/2006

I and my wife while driving up hwy 44 at 1730 hrs to pick up our son from work at six flags(in the rain), she was driving our 2002 Dodge Caravan ec. We came down past antire hill rd there were a warring buzzer and a engine warring light came on. About a half mile later the van seem to have a shutter in the steering, she stated and I saw this. As we crossed the meramac river there was a loud metal popping and grinding from the engine compartment. Almost through me out of the seat I thought she had applied the brakes. She stated she had not and that she was having a hard time controlling it. She had let off the gas and slowed but not before hearing the driver front tire lock up and skid on the wet pavement pulling us toward the traffic coming from behind. Then the vehicle gave another loud grinding noise and pop and she got to the shoulder. I had her pop the hood and found the transmission dipstick pushed out of the tube with fluid sprayed every were. I said I would try and get us to walmart so we could call far help and get a ride for my son. I then stared the van placed it in (l) and continued to the hwy 109 exit. Then to the outer road then finally making it to walmart's parking lot. While trying to pulling to a parking spot the trans gave one last loud snapping sound, that was all I had to roll back down the hill and cost to park van. Engine would run nothing from trans in any gear. We walked to the automotive section and called my father to come and get us. We arrived back home at 2030 hrs. The van is not fixed this just happened I am going to call Chrysler Monday to se if they will cover it. If not I will be fixing it myself and you may have the parts if needed. The odometer had just turn to 72,000 miles on this day of happening.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Dodge Caravan 2
Failure Date: 02/07/2005

While vehicle was parked driver noticed a liquid leaking from underneath the vehicle. Driver was unable to turn the steering wheel. A loud clanking noise was coming from the front. Driver took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the steering hoses and transmission shaft needed to be replaced. Then, driver informed the mechanic that the problems still occurred, and had not been resolved.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Dodge Caravan 3
Failure Date: 11/17/2004

On the below date I was driving on a mountainous curvy road when the transmission in my vehicle completely failed. Luckily I was able to manuever the van to the side of the road. I then had the van towed to my mechanic who informed me that the transmission had a complete failure. The mechanic put in a new factory remanufactured transmission assembly. On may 19, 2005, less than 7000 miles later that transmission failed as well. The Dodge dealer honored the warranty and "fixed" it. The day after I got the van back (today) there was a loud "clunking" noise and the check engine light came on. I was able to drive the van back to the dealer. The van has a total of 59,000 miles on it. I have records of all service done to the vehicle.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 4
Failure Date: 06/22/2004

When putting the car in reverse to leave for work, I heard a grinding noise. As I let the van run, the noise slowly stopped but the van wouldn't move. I talked to several people with Caravans to see if this was common. And to my surprise, everyone said they had to replace/overhaul their transmission. I was informed to look at this site to see if any complaints matched mine and there was at least ten when I stopped counting. I notified Dodge and they were of little help because they said my vehicle had 77,000 miles.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Dodge Caravan 5
Failure Date: 02/17/2004

While driving 30 mph transmission light flashed on the dashboard. A loud noise was heard coming from underneath the vehicle. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Dodge Caravan 6
Failure Date: 12/10/2003

Two and a half weeks after the vehicle was purchased there was a jerking and clicking noise whenever the vehicle went up a hill. The vehicle only had 279 miles on it at the time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told that nothing was wrong. At 1829 miles, check engine light came on and cylinder number 4 was misfiring. The dealer replaced a spark plug. After 13,301 miles this happened again. At 14,456 miles the rear wheels moved but the front wheels would move along with big noise. There was hesitation and rumbling when in drive. Took to dealer and found front pump in transmission had failed. The pump was replaced. On April 4-7, 2005 again to dealer who found nothing wrong. On April 28, 2005 hesitation along with check engine light came on. April 29 car had to be towed to dealer. May 2, 2005 was told need replacement of valve body and transmission. Check engine light came on several times. All this occurred as car has yet to have 15,000 actual miles.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Dodge Caravan 7
Failure Date: 10/21/2003

We have had our vehicle since 1999 and have been disappointed with its performance. This is our third Chrysler/Dodge van and this is the second of the three to have transmission problems. The first had them at 37,000 miles and this one is having them at 71,000 miles. We were Smart enough to have an extended warranty for both vehicles, unfortunately, on the current van the warranty ran out last month. . . Besides the poor engineering of the transmissions this van has had several problems with the tie rod and front end noise as well as going through front brakes relatively quickly (we do not drive it roughly and it is mainly used to transport our kids around our community approximately. 12000 miles or less a year since we have owned it.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 8
Failure Date: 08/25/2003

Total transmission failure. We drove to NJ from our house, no problems, noises or warnings parked the car and 1/2 hour later go in the car and car would not move either back or forth. Had car towed to mechanic and next day he told me I needed a new transmission, I was shocked, so decide to get a 2nd opinion, took car to amaco , they diagnosed also that a needed new transmission or rebuild transmission. I was going away on vacation on Friday , so had no options but fix transmission which cost me $2,021. 25. I was glad it didnt brake while we were driving in the highway and no one got hurt. I asked the people at amaco , what made the transmission just die, at 81,525 miles and they told me is a very common problems with this particular car, so I decide to research and found out that they were right, by your own records of complaints. So, I hope the manufacturer will do something about it or be forced to do so. I also found out that there were other recalls that I was never notified about, such as seat belts and fuel system problems.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 9
Failure Date: 04/11/2003

Bought used 1998 Dodge Caravan in June 2002 with 42k miles. Heard noise in engine in October 2002 and took to independent mechanic. Said transmission was bad. Transmission went out while traveling to work in April 2003. Only has 59,500 miles on it.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 10
Failure Date: 03/17/2003

A humming noise could be heard from the transmission. The transmission also started to slip and the vehicle would jerk forward when the gears were changed.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2000 Dodge Caravan 11
Failure Date: 01/16/2003

I have a Dodge 2000 Caravan whose tranmission went out at 45,000 miles -shortly after the expiration of the warranty. The dealership is unwilling to assist me with the repairs, which cost $2,700. 00. I heard a humming noise and five minutes later, my van starting slipping gears and left me and my family stranded. There is obviously a major defect in the transmissions of Dodge - it is unbelievable that a transmission would fail with such low mileage on it. I have been reading the other complaints on this website and there is obviously a major flaw with the Dodge products and their tranmission. They need to be held responsible for this problem and offer assistance to us consumers - after all, if it weren't for us buying this piece of trash, Dodge and its employees would be out of business. I will never buy another Dodge vehicle.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 12
Failure Date: 07/02/2002

Consumer noticed grinding sound in front end. Replaced brake pads, noise still exist. Service manager found that noise was coming from vehicle's transmission, and was replaced because inspection revealed that numerous parts had been damaged.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 13
Failure Date: 04/09/2002

While driving vehicle started making a loud noise. Wheels were dragging like it did not want to pull. Took vehicle to an auto body shop, and mechanic indicated needed new transmission.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 14
Failure Date: 02/14/2001

I've started experiencing problems with my transmission about at 51,602 miles, the back-up lights were not operating when I was in reverse. The dealership notice that when I had my car in for service, they tried changing the lights with no success. Then they realized there was a "gap" in the transmission, the technician was able to put his hand in the gap!! they pulled and replace valve body and seals. Still, I was always telling my friends that my car was making strange noises with the transmission. Around 72,000 miles I've started experiencing bigger change with my vehicle. It would not accelerate or change gear in second after I've pressed on the gas pedal, until it suddenly jumped to the third gear. Very scary and annoying. I though it was weather related since it was in the middle of the winter in west virginia. After a while I've contacted my dealer in ansted they told me to have it check and deciced to replace the defective part. I was appaled since I have low mileage on my car, 74,000 miles. There is a long list of problems with my van, brakes pad and rotors, sway bar bushings, front struts( changed the first time at 12,000 miles) engine and a/c problems to name a few. I've been pretty patient with Chrysler so far. I've called them this morning ref#8474912, to be told there is no such thing as a secret warranty, and since I was out of my warranty time frame I was regarded as less than a Chrysler customer to my surprise. Could you do anything for me please? thanks.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 15
Failure Date: 11/19/2000

While traveling at approximately 35 mph a clicking noise came from under the van. I removed my foot from the accelerator and the noise softened. I then reingaged the accelerator to resume speed at this point there was a loud noise from under the van and I observed pieces of metal and fluid exiting the rear of the van. The transmission was disengauged and I coasted about 1/8 of a mile to and area were I could safety exit the roadway.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Dodge Caravan 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

When putting car in park it made a funny noise, consumer put it in reverse ,and it would not move. Consumer had car towed to dealer. Mechanic said it was transmission, and bits of pieces of metal was everywhere, like it had exploded.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 17
Failure Date: 04/04/2000

When putting my vehicle in park I heard a horrible loud grinding/groaning noise. When I tried to put my car back in geer I heard the same noise and my vehicles wheels locked up and would not move forward or backward. I had it towed and the transmission specialist inspected it and showed me that the planitary exploded inside the transmission he said this is a manufactures defect and should never have happened. He gave me the parts that were shattered and cracked many in such little pieces you cant find that got mixed in with the transmission fluid. He also told me I'm lucky it didn't happen when I was driving it with my children in the van. I imagine we wouldn't be here now. This repair cost me $1600. 00 dollars I called crysler and they told me they weren't responsible and couldn't help with this. If it's a defective part than aren't they responsible? please help. Thank you ,julie ann hit.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2000

I have had to replace the transmission twice since I purchased it from the dealer. The first time was at around 45000 miles, and the second was around 55000 miles. I have the windshield wipers turning on and off by themselves, the horn stopped working and the air bag light went on. There is a loud wind noise under the car when you drive over 40 mph. The vehicle had approximately 29000 miles when we purchased it, and it has caused us grief ever since. We cannot trade it in, and get what its worth, because of these awful defects, nor do we want to put our children in jeopardy. I cannot drive out of my local area because I am afraid of the vehicle breaking down on the highway.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 19
Failure Date: 05/14/1999

I have taken the vehicle to three different dealers with complaints about the front end, the rubbing & clunking noise when making turns, the steering wheel shimmy and transmission problems (ie. Applying brake and trans not backing down, vehicle lurches).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Dodge Caravan 20
Failure Date: 08/12/1998

When driving at any speed and applying the brakes there is a sqeuaking noise coming from the rear brakes. Also, transmission went out.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 21
Failure Date: 06/01/1998

We had to have transmission rebuilt after it was determined that there was a major problem with it . I am not clear on the specifics of it because I know very little about transmissions, but I have all the paperwork on what exactly was done. Anyway at roughly 42000 miles, we began hearing loud "klunking noise" coming from under minivan. Had it checked and we were given the great news that it definitely was the transmission, and it was shot. Contacted Dodge and they stated it is out of warranty, so sorry. We took it to very good and respectable transmission shop and they rebuilt it for around 1000 dollars I believe. It just pisses me off that a transmission does not last past 40000 miles of normal driving conditions. And we had only owned the vehicle for less than a year. And that Dodge says sorry, but your over 36000, so we cant help you.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1996 Dodge Caravan 22
Failure Date: 01/14/1998

Transmission failed twice once at 38,000 miles and again 130,000 miles due to a harden pin that went into transmission , snapped off and failed. Manufacturer used this hard pin instead of rolled type pin. Consumer felt this was a safety defect because transmission failed without warning, and there were no replacement parts available. Consumer had taken vehicle to dealer due to putting it in park and it starting to roll, dealer stated everything was okay, however 7000 miles later transmisison failed, consumer went to put it in drive and there was a grinding noise, vehicle just stopped, transmission was replaced and 92000 miles later transmission failed again, consumer has had 3 of the same vehicles and they hav all experienced transmission failures, consumer is requesting reimbursement.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Dodge Caravan 23

Consumer was pulling into garage and heard a noise coming from underneath of vehicle. It was a broken pin from transmission. Dealership told her that transmission had to be replaced.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Dodge Caravan 24

While traveling 55 mph consumer noticed a noise form under the hood at the same time the vehicle stalled. Dealer has been notifed that transmission was not functioning. Please provide further informaton.

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