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Chrysler Town & Country Shifting Harshness and Shuddering Issue

Chrysler Town & Country Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Average Mileage: 80,841 mi (3,000 mi - 273,000 mi)


Shifting harshness and shuddering issues related to the operation of the automatic transmission have been addressed by factory service bulletins. The shuddering can feel like the vehicle is being driven over rumble strips.

  • I am having the same issue, with my 2013 Town & Country: harsh/hard shifting and shuddering and even sometimes it does feel as if I am driving over rough strips on the road, and it seem like the transmission don't know which gear it wants to shift into.

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  • Visitor, , 31,400 mi

    My T&C is shifting hard as well. You can hear and feel the clunk when shifting from R to 1st gear. When I have the econ button active, it feels like I'm driving over ruts on the road and can even feel it on the gas pedal. I figured it's because it up-shifts sooner for better mileage.

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  •  Rookie

    When cold, 70% of the time the transmission won't shift out of 2nd (30mph). If I restart engine, it goes away. Dealer reprogrammed the "flash" but still having issues. Unsafe if you have to pull off road to restart all the time. Also, sometimes when I stop, the transmission acts like it doesn't want to downshift. The shudder problem also was taken care of but dealer wanted to attribute it to bad injector wire.

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  • Visitor, , 104,569 mi

    Transmission shudder at low speeds

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  • Visitor, , 30,000 mi

    Shudders and is delayed shifting into gear.

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  • Hard thump when shifting to 2nd gear. Harsh shifting

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  • Intermittent shifting harshness. Typically at slow speeds (<25 mph)when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. One time, fairly violent shuddering of automatic transmission when downshifting from 3rd to 2nd gear: after fast acceleration to 50 mph, then deceleration, then violent shuddering from 3rd gear to 2nd gear.

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  • Visitor, , 210,000 mi

    right around 60 mph it starts jumping and shuttering. it also does it on hills. if i accelerate fast it starts slowing down. is this a bad transmission? the "check engine" test at auto zone said i need an "Air charge temperature sensor" i'm not sure if that will fix the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 12,460 mi

    Just bought used 2013 T & C.First day, my husband noticed clunkingwhen shifting from park to reverse /reverse to drive. Was at dealership garage for a cosmetic fix and mentioned it.mechanic felt it also. Said it might just be the caror breaking it in. Said if it keeps up'
    drop the car off and the y will take it to the dealership to fix. Haven't done that yet but will after reading this page and seeing that it is an issue. I also noticethe jumping feeling when accelerating. Feels like tires are slipping. Love this site!!!!

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  • Visitor, , 94,000 mi

    When I left the used car dealership the transmission was shuddering a low speeds. Thought it was a transmission issue. Brought it back to the dealer 2 times. The 1st time they sealed a transmission leak and topped it off. 2nd time they reprogrammed the computer. Dealer refused to repair the problem a 3rd time after I reported it was still shuddering. Had to take them to court. Court gave them 30 days to fix it. They replaced the transmission, replaced the computer and problem is worse now. I gave the dealer a 30 demand letter to accept the vehicle back and return all expenses paid since I had the vehicle. 30 days went by, no response from the dealer. I have a court date in March. I filed chapter 93a for up to triple times the damage. By the way I took the vehicle to 3 different repair shops, two of them chevy dealers and none of the shops can determine the cause.

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