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.
Car Problem Reports
Chrysler Town & Country Shifting Harshness and Shuddering Issue
Chrysler Town & Country Problem
Average Mileage: 66,142 mi (500 mi - 140,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Chrysler Town & Country, 104,569 mi
Transmission shudder at low speeds
Visitor, 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, 2,309 mi
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.
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.
Visitor, 2008 Chrysler Town & Country, 30,000 mi
Shudders and is delayed shifting into gear.
Visitor, 2012 Chrysler Town & Country
Hard thump when shifting to 2nd gear. Harsh shifting
Visitor, 2004 Chrysler Town & Country, 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.
Visitor, 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, 500 mi
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.
Visitor, 2003 Chrysler Town & Country, 135,000 mi
Transmission shudders (similar to driving over rumble strip) at various speeds and gears.
Had transmission replaced, cleaned ground leads, cleaned TCM connector, and solenoid box connector. No solution as of yet; I suspect a bad ground in the solenoid box as all gears appear to be affected.
Visitor, 2007 Chrysler Town & Country, 87,000 mi
shudders at low speed when shifting too soon into torque converter lock up. Looking for solution. shop said bad torque converter, but don't think so as the trans is upshifting too quick.
Visitor, 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, 140,000 mi
seems to jump at 30 and 50 mph like it dnt wanna go to the nex gear.....