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I have a 2000 dodge caravan. When the engine is running with van in park engine runs fine. When put into a drive gear the engine runs really rough and even stalls. The transmission fluid is ok. When the engine stalled the oil lamp came on. Oil checked fine no fragments in oil

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Sounds like there is a problem with the Torque converter in the transmission or Transmission itself. When you put it in gear it should initially go into neutral but occasionally the transmission will stick part way in gear and partially in neutral putting a load on the motor. It is not enough of a load to get the vehicle moving but it is enough to stall the motor. This could be a simple clutch adjustment in the Automatic clutch to a PCV valve issue to a need to rebuild the whole transmission because of a problem with the control body or transmission pump itself. Sorry for the bad news.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011

  • tagelectric Apr 19, 2011

    Not real sure but that just sounds expensive. Thanks for the advice!

  • James Young Apr 19, 2011

    Unfortunately, if you have to rebuild that transmission your most likely looking at about $1600+ if it's something like the PCV your looking at about $50 or $100. They'll push for the full rebuild though. Make sure you tell them you want the old parts that are replaced back. That will stop them from claiming they replaced everything and charging you for all of them when all they did was reseal it. I've seen all kinds in the transmission business and had one try that on me once.

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