Issues Causing Delayed Transaxle Engagement on Dodge Caravan

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 140,000 (140,000–140,000)
5 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000
6 people reported this problem
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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.