Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Mac Community > Community Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 13, 2007, 02:27 PM   #1
ReanimationLP
macrumors 68030
 
ReanimationLP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the moon.
Car only will go backwards, not forward. Help! o.o

My stupid Dodge Caravan will now only want to go backwards, instead of forward. It happened one day after a loud popping noise. What could be wrong with it? I really, really need to figure this out and make it as humanly cheap as possible. My last car problem, apparently the engine wasnt being held down to the car. Now this. Oy.

A lot of people have been telling me it probably just needs transmission fluid, which would kinda make sense since I only gave it 2 quarts of the needed 5. Another person told me this happened to their Honda Civic, and they gave it transmission fluid and it started to work again. o.o
__________________
"For what am I living?"
I want to shout it out loud. Can you hear me?


Stuff for Sale :3
ReanimationLP is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 02:31 PM   #2
dornoforpyros
macrumors 68040
 
dornoforpyros's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary, AB
Send a message via AIM to dornoforpyros Send a message via MSN to dornoforpyros
well you should definitely go onto the internet and make a posting on a computer related message board. That'll help the matter.



Sorry but really call a mechanic, or at least go check a relevant website for your problem. I mean would you go onto a cooking website and post "Help! my harddrive just crashed!" ?
__________________
Pointy metal guitars.
dornoforpyros is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 02:32 PM   #3
applelabs
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Send a message via AIM to applelabs
Maybe one of your gears popped out of place.
Don't worry, you'll get used to it.
Sure your neck gets a little sore from being turned 180 degrees. But unless you get rear-endded (which would be the manufactures recommended front of the car) you'll be supper safe!
applelabs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 02:37 PM   #4
iMeowbot
macrumors 601
 
iMeowbot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReanimationLP View Post
My stupid Dodge Caravan will now only want to go backwards, instead of forward. It happened one day after a loud popping noise. What could be wrong with it?
Have you tried starting the van with a different key to see if the problem follows? Also, make sure that you are sitting at the right end of the van—you want the end with the dials and the big wheel in front of the seat.

If never hurts to repair permissions, just in case, but I'm thinking that you'll probably need to reinstall the drivetrain if the above suggestions don't help.

It's also incredibly useful to mention that I've never had problems with my Caravan.
iMeowbot is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 02:52 PM   #5
technicolor
macrumors 68000
 
technicolor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: ><><><><
Quote:
Originally Posted by iMeowbot View Post
Have you tried starting the van with a different key to see if the problem follows? Also, make sure that you are sitting at the right end of the van—you want the end with the dials and the big wheel in front of the seat.

If never hurts to repair permissions, just in case, but I'm thinking that you'll probably need to reinstall the drivetrain if the above suggestions don't help.

It's also incredibly useful to mention that I've never had problems with my Caravan.
This is so awesome. I can't stop laughing.

To the OP try the transmission fluid. I have no wordly idea why you skimp on the transmission for your car!? My friend had this happened to her car and she needed an whole new transmission.

If I were you though I would just drive it like it is, it could be loads of fun.
technicolor is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 03:02 PM   #6
2nyRiggz
macrumors 603
 
2nyRiggz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
Send a message via AIM to 2nyRiggz
So you want to grind up you transmission huh....please put the required amount of fluid in your car. You might already have a serious transmission problem so get ready for the bill.

Also if you see silver shedding in the fluid...you are screwed..have a good day



Bless
__________________
I take everything to Jah in prayer
2ny, do something righteous with your life..
2nyRiggz is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 03:14 PM   #7
MacNut
macrumors P6
 
MacNut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: CT
If the tranny is bad just save up for a new car because that will be cheaper.
__________________
The thoughts in my head are rated TV-MA. Viewer discretion is advised.
Now batting, Number 2 Derek Jeter, Number 2
MacNut is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 04:19 PM   #8
Abstract
macrumors Penryn
 
Abstract's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Location Location
Maybe it's being caused by the tremendous amount of heat being transferred to the transmission fluid from the flux capacitor? Have it checked.
__________________
"Hard? It's supposed to be hard. Hard is what makes it great!" - Tom Hanks.
Abstract is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 04:46 PM   #9
SpookTheHamster
macrumors 65816
 
SpookTheHamster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London
Obviously your brakes are sticking in the "reverse" position, try greasing your brake discs.
SpookTheHamster is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 05:02 PM   #10
beatsme
macrumors 65816
 
beatsme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
If this an automatic or a manual? I'm guessing automatic...

do you mean it will only shift into reverse? Or do you mean it will shift into all other gears but will only move backwards?

anyway, assuming it's an automatic and that your mini-van has a band-type transmission (wherein a flexible metal band is used to engage the gears), that "pop" was probably one of the bands letting go. If that's the case, it'll require a transmission re-build, so you're probably facing at least $1200 in repairs.

informative link here
__________________
Puritanism - The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy. H. L. Mencken
beatsme is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 05:50 PM   #11
ITASOR
macrumors 601
 
ITASOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Oneida, NY
Send a message via AIM to ITASOR
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReanimationLP View Post
I only gave it 2 quarts of the needed 5.
Um, why?
__________________
11.6" MBA | 4GB | 64GB
ITASOR is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 05:57 PM   #12
skunk
macrumors Demi-God
 
skunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Republic of Ukistan
I suggest taking off the body panels and seats and re-fixing them the other way round. Problem solved, except if you need to reverse.
__________________
"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
skunk is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 08:09 PM   #13
ReanimationLP
Thread Starter
macrumors 68030
 
ReanimationLP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the moon.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ITASOR View Post
Um, why?
Because it already had fluid in it from before? o.O
__________________
"For what am I living?"
I want to shout it out loud. Can you hear me?


Stuff for Sale :3
ReanimationLP is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 08:22 PM   #14
TheAnswer
macrumors 68030
 
TheAnswer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Orange County, CA
You might want this.

But seriously...try adding the fluid. Make sure you use the factory recommended fluid as Caravan transmissions have the rep of being difficult. In the future don't skimp on the love you show your gearbox.

Good luck.
TheAnswer is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 10:26 PM   #15
Counterfit
macrumors 601
 
Counterfit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: sitting on your shoulder
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2nyRiggz View Post
So you want to grind up you transmission huh....please put the required amount of fluid in your car. You might already have a serious transmission problem so get ready for the bill.

Also if you see silver shedding in the fluid...you are screwed..have a good day



Bless
Agreed. According to Wikipedia, you most likely have a A604/41TE model transaxle. (Unless you have AWD, then you have a A604/41AE). This model (at least early on) had several known problems (we somehow managed to get our first transaxle to last 120k miles in our '93 Caravan, while others were going out at 30-40k.)
NEVER EVER skimp on essential fluids for your car. Motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid (auto or manual), and if applicable, differential fluid. Always put in the necessary amounts, and for Auto trans fluid, you should probably go with the brand and type recommended by the manufacturer as well.

The pop may have been something in the valve body (which is what controls the shifting), or something in the clutch packs or planetary gearset. Take it to a shop familiar with Chrylser Corp. products (this is a Chrysler design, even if you bought your van after the Chrysler/D-B merger.)


Also, quick note to everyone, never overfill your motor oil. If the crankshaft starts coming in contact with the oil in the pan, it will froth the oil, and that's bad, mmkay?
__________________
"People shouldn't use word processors as web development tools. It's like using a domestic cat to spread butter on your toast." -ad
Counterfit is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2007, 11:24 PM   #16
ReanimationLP
Thread Starter
macrumors 68030
 
ReanimationLP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the moon.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Counterfit View Post
Agreed. According to Wikipedia, you most likely have a A604/41TE model transaxle. (Unless you have AWD, then you have a A604/41AE). This model (at least early on) had several known problems (we somehow managed to get our first transaxle to last 120k miles in our '93 Caravan, while others were going out at 30-40k.)
NEVER EVER skimp on essential fluids for your car. Motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid (auto or manual), and if applicable, differential fluid. Always put in the necessary amounts, and for Auto trans fluid, you should probably go with the brand and type recommended by the manufacturer as well.

The pop may have been something in the valve body (which is what controls the shifting), or something in the clutch packs or planetary gearset. Take it to a shop familiar with Chrylser Corp. products (this is a Chrysler design, even if you bought your van after the Chrysler/D-B merger.)


Also, quick note to everyone, never overfill your motor oil. If the crankshaft starts coming in contact with the oil in the pan, it will froth the oil, and that's bad, mmkay?
o.o

Heh, our Caravan has about 275k miles on it, and its on its original engine and transmission, though both could have been rebuilt before we bought it used.

I'm trying to keep this car running as long as I humanly can, as its our way from point A to point B, and we're rather poor, so buying a new one really isnt an option. If the fluid doesnt work, I swear I hope my sisters boyfriend mothers boyfriend can fix it, but he can only work on it during the weekends, but hey, at least the labor is free . He fixed our last problem, which was the engine mounts were toast. Whats even funnier, is I had 3 other mechanics look at it first, and none of them figured out that was the problem. These were trained mechanics that work at shops too. o.O
__________________
"For what am I living?"
I want to shout it out loud. Can you hear me?


Stuff for Sale :3
ReanimationLP is offline   0 Reply With Quote


Reply
MacRumors Forums > Mac Community > Community Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can't navigate 'backwards' (L)SD iMac 3 Oct 10, 2013 04:38 PM
Backwards Compatibility poopnose OS X 1 May 14, 2013 10:29 PM
itunes is kind of backwards.... St8kout iPad Apps 0 May 5, 2013 10:02 PM
Music goes backwards katai iPhone 3 Oct 30, 2012 10:28 PM
Printing Backwards?? ivnj Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 1 Aug 9, 2012 02:44 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC