Remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan Transmissions
- Learn about common Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems
- Everything you need to know when shopping for a Dodge Grand Caravan transmission for sale
- How and when to buy a remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan transmission
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Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problems & Solutions
For many years, having an automobile was considered a luxury and they were generally big enough to swallow all the kids and the family dog. After WWII, steel had become cheaper and easier to work with, so auto manufacturers were able to affordably manufacture the family-friendly station wagon. These versatile vehicles were once the domain of wealthy buyers, because their beautiful wooden bodies were quite expensive build and maintain. The new steel bodied station wagon would go on to dominate the family car market for many decades, until maverick CEO Lee Iacocca introduced the Dodge Grand Caravan in 1989. This revolutionary LWB minivan had all of the seating and cargo capacity of a full-size station wagon. But it also had a more desirable “high-up” seating position, and a much better driving experience. Later generations would further elevate the family truckster’s handiness with features like dual power sliding doors, more powerful engines, and the Stow ‘n Go fold-flat rear seats. Another benefit of the best-selling Dodge Caravan was the fuel economy, which was aided by the A604 transmission and 62TE transmission. However, Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems are quite common, so let’s look at the best ways to solve them.
Common Problems with the 1989-2007 Dodge Grand Caravan A604 Transmission
Hard Shifting & Slipping
Two of the most common Dodge Grand Caravan A604 transmission problems are slipping between the gears, or particularly hard shifts. There are a number of OE design flaws that cause these problems to occur, which is why Street Smart Transmission extensively modifies each of their remanufactured A604 transmissions. Some of the upgrades include:
- The OE pressure regulator sleeve is made from steel, and it’s known to wear out prematurely. This can lead to excessively hard shifts, which is why SST installs a much more durable anodized A604 PR sleeve.
- Completely remanufactured solenoid block with a complete recalibration kit is installed along with, updated servos, and stronger valve body accumulators that have exhaust holes drilled into the 2-4 pistons to alleviate the excess fluid pressure that sometimes causes hard shifting
- Updated shift valves are used to improve shift quality and reduce slipping
Failed Torque Convertor
Another common Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problem is the complete failure of the torque converter. This can be caused by a number of OE design flaws, overheating, or simply using Dexron ATF, instead of the correct Chrysler-specific Type 7176 ATF. Aside from using the wrong type of automatic transmission fluid, SST has taken a number of steps to correct many of the A604 torque convertor design flaws. These include:
- New cooler bypass valves to prevent overheating
- The remanufactured torque converter is tested for leaks, concentricity and balance prior to shipment
- An upgraded 4-ring stator with Teflon rings provides superior leak prevention and durability
- Remanufactured pump gets new line bore bushings to improve durability
- A custom one-piece OD hub bushing is used to improve lubrication and pressure control
Common Problems with the 2008-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 62TE Transmission
Although the Dodge Grand Caravan 62TE was a huge advancement in terms of fuel economy, this Chrysler 6-speed automatic is prone to problems like irregular shifts, hard shifts, slipping, or harsh forward/reverse engagement. Many of these issues can be traced to overheating, or using something other than the correct ATF+4. However Street Smart Transmission has also upgraded their remanufactured 62TE transmission to address many of the inherent design flaws. To fix shifting behavior and durability issues, each reman Dodge Grand Caravan transmission gets a:
- Remanufactured transmission pump with more durable custom-spec line bore bushings
- Remanufactured solenoids which are bench tested prior to installation
- Remanufactured valve body with full re-calibration kit
- Upgraded servos
- Upgraded valve body accumulators
- Upgrading clutches
- Remanufactured torque convertor with new bushings, bearings, and overdrive clutch linings
How To Solve Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problems
Option 1: Buy a Used Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission
If you want an inexpensive way to solve your Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems, then you could just go to the local junkyard and pick up a used A604 transmission, or a used 62TE transmission. Problem is, that used Dodge Caravan transmission probably already has some of the issues that you’re trying to fix now. There’s also no way to tell how long it will last, and that junkyard warranty will only get you a replacement transmission if the first one fails within the first 30–90 days. It does not cover labor cost, so you could be paying the same labor rates to install yet another potentially useless transmission.
Option 2: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission
Capt. Obvious might suggest that you buy a rebuilt A604 transmission or rebuilt 62TE transmission. But the problems with this decision might not be so, uhm, obvious. Firstly, your mechanic is likely to use a factory-spec OE master rebuild kit, which contains the same parts that are giving you trouble now. Secondly, your mechanic may miss heat and wear related damage to the many hard parts (like gears and the valve body), which could lead to more expensive problems in the future. And last but not least, the warranty on your rebuilt Dodge Grand Caravan transmission may only be covered by certain shops in a certain area, which could leave you unprotected if you decide to take your family truckster on a road trip to Wally World.
Option 3: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission
Obviously, the most financially sound way to permanently fix all of your Dodge Grand Caravan transmission problems, is to invest in a remanufactured A604 transmission or remanufactured 62TE transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Not only do you get a comprehensive suite of upgrades that are designed to significantly extend the service life of your transmission. You also get a transferable 3-year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty that offers a level of protection that is unmatched in the industry. Parts and labor are covered for necessary repairs that are performed by any licensed repair shop in the United States. And if a replacement transmission is needed, it will be shipped out on the same day that we receive your claim. Plus, your remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan transmission will be shipped to your mechanic free of charge, there’s no core charge, and core return shipping is free as well. So stop dreaming about getting your minivan back on the road, and do it with Street Smart Transmission.
To learn more about a remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan A604 transmission or Dodge Grand Caravan 62TE transmission, give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Dodge Grand Caravan transmission.