Surging While Driving Between 40 and 50 MPH on Chrysler Town & Country

V6 engines may experience surging while driving. The condition is more noticeable between 40 and 50 MPH while accelerating up a hill/slight incline. Replacing the powertrain control module (PCM) and updating the transmission control module (TCM) software may be required.

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Average mileage: 122,645 (14,600–230,000)
9 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
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Same surge issue since purchased with 50000 miles, though more pronounced now. At 65 mph the stutter is essentilly nonexistent. Below 60 mph, I can sense an occasional stutter. Around 35 mph (common street speeds) the engine will sometimes surge with noticeable tach fluctuations. Pressing further on the gass pedal will make the surging go away. The throttle position sensor change did not help. Would like to get this fixed if possible.
Surging at low speed with light throttle. No codes show up.
I have a surge when coasting around 40-45 mph. This has gotten worse lately and is starting to drive me crazy. I haven't diagnosed it yet but had a similar vehicle in the shop the other day with this problem and it turned out to be an EGR valve. Unable to verify that repair yet with my van but soon.
At 90,000 miles, my 2002 T&C EX van developed a speed fluctuation problem. For several months, I experienced intermittent engine surging; particularly at 50-60 mph. Engine rpm would suddenly fluctuate causing the car to slightly jerk. I replaced plugs, wires, gas filter, cleaned injectors, cleaned throttle plate, other to try to fix the intermittent speed fluctuation problem. No luck! At this point, I was convinced the problem was with my automatic transmission and that I was about to encounter a VERY EXPENSIVE repair cost. Just before I took the van to a local transmission shop, I did some extensive research on the Internet regarding my van's engine surge problem. After spending several hours searching the Internet and not finding any new repair solutions, I stumbled across someone's repair suggestion which I had not considered. The T &C van utilizes a throttle plate sensor (TPS) which provides throttle plate position feedback to the van's PCM. This sensor sometimes fails. I decided to spend a whopping $20.00 for a replacement Dorman TPS as my very last attempt to find and fix my van's speed problem before I made the trip to my local transmission shop. When I removed the sensor (no easy task!), I found the sensor partially filled with gas/oil residue. I replaced the sensor and my engine speed fluctuation problem disappeared. FINALLY! I now have 130k miles on van and I have not had any speed fluctuations of any kind since replacing the inexpensive TPS. I love the Internet!
1998 Chrysler Town & Country 203,000 mi,
R.P.M are running at 4 when I'm in between 40 and 50 mph
2001 Chrysler Town & Country 170,000 mi,
Shakey, surging, feels like transmission is not engaging correctly.
At light acceleration, there is some feeling of engine missing/trans surging. Dealer said it was not detected but installed updated software. Still happens especially when engine is cold.
2008 Chrysler Town & Country 131,121 mi,
Surge at steady speed feels like a skip reminds me of loss of traction.
2001 Chrysler Town & Country 200,000 mi,
Surging while driving at 35-45 miles per hour and rpm fluctuat between 100-300 rpm during surge what can this be have a xcode p0402
2001 Chrysler Town & Country 142,000 mi,
Replacing the EGR fixed the surging issue I have had for a couple of years. Pull the vac hose and plug/cap. Take the van for a test drive. If the surging goes away, the EGR needs replaced. Apparently crud gets into the EGR valve and prevents proper operation
surging of engine while in idle and driving down the road, only slightly noticeable but it is THERE
1997 Chrysler Town & Country 208,000 mi,
i have same problem of surging between 40-50 mph. what does a PCM usually run price wise? and does it have to be programmed by a dealer?
2008 Chrysler Town & Country 113,000 mi,
While driving around 55 mph the RM would surge unexpectedly. We would have to stop the van and wait for 1 minute and start it again and it would run fine. It has been 1000 miles since the last incident. This started happening after the ignition switch was replaced because of the recall.
when idleing or driving more than 45 miles per hour, the 2001 van shakes
I drive. At. 25 to. 30 miles and hr. And I replace everything new in the vehicle on front. It. Vibrates when I drive & at 65 miles hr.
We have replaced the throttle sensor and it still did it replaced the battery still does it
2001 Chrysler Town & Country 148,000 mi,
Same as others describe. Seems to surge between 50 and 60. Not really noticeable above or below those speeds, at least not yet.
1999 Chrysler Town & Country 155,000 mi,
I have a 99 firebird 3.8 base model Series 2 motor And it surges at 45 to 50 and I don't know how to fix it any suggestions
2003 Chrysler Town & Country 160,000 mi,
Notice surging while driving at normal speeds. Can feel pulsing through gas pedal and sound of motor. Bought used from private party (original owner). Also now having problems with center heat/ climate control and dvd not reading nor is there picture or even just blue on monitor.