A delay in the transaxle engagement (greater than three seconds) may have multiple causes, including a defective pump, defective internal lip seals, valve body components, park-reverse-neutral-drive lever switch, and the output speed sensor. Proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the exact cause.
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Caravan Issues Causing Delayed Transaxle Engagement
Dodge Caravan Problem
Visitor, 2000 Dodge Caravan, 140,000 mi
Can't seem to get it fixed yet. Tech seem to think that after driving this van for 10 years I am imaging problems. They did a trans tune up, $260.00 plus, no change. When the engine is cold and I attempt to accelerate to enter the road it makes a grinding sound from underneath and will not accelerate over 20 mph, use to be 30 so it's getting worse. The van will shake, rpm will go up then suddenly after a block or two will accelerate. Been car shopping, just really not prepared for increased debt at this time. New widow.