Car only will go backwards, not forward. Help! o.o

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ReanimationLP, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    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
  2. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    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!" ?
  3. applelabs macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    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! :)
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    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.
  5. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
    This is so awesome. I can't stop laughing. :D

    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.
  6. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    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 are screwed..have a good day:)

  7. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    If the tranny is bad just save up for a new car because that will be cheaper.
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 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.
  9. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Obviously your brakes are sticking in the "reverse" position, try greasing your brake discs.
  10. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 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
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Um, why? :confused:
  12. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    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.
  13. ReanimationLP thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Because it already had fluid in it from before? o_O
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    You might want this. :D

    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.
  15. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    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?
  16. ReanimationLP thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.

    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 :D. 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
  17. Monstariley macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2017
    My 1990 chevy g30 would not go forward it would only go in reverse this means your trans is not out LISTEN go get a bottle of trans x or 2 follow directions and your car, truck, or camper will drive with no problems I did it and it works
  18. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    It would be really interesting for the OP to come back and tell us how their life has gone since that car trouble ... nearly eleven years ago.
  19. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Yes, "Holy Thread Resurrection".

    However, while I can understand the problem of lacking financial means, it is important to draw a distinction between savings that are intelligent and savings that are - simply put - criminally, or illegally stupid. Skimping on transmission fluid falls into the latter category.

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