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Old 07-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #15
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I think I should add something about the transmission rebuild, it was showing some weird symptoms of a hard shift between 1 and 2, a pulsating feeling in drive at idle at 2 mph well after a full rebuild its still doing the same thing. I think Chrysler rebuilt it just to get rid of me lol I
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:43 PM   #16
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thanks Skip426.
i still have 2 years of warranty remaining which means to me I still have 2 years of towing in it, lol.
Just as long as it doesn't show up at a dealership, on the hook, with the trailer behind; and then the fight starts.

A little personal history. I towed my first 3, 5th wheels with a Dakota P/U.
Always under GAWR,& GVWR, but over GCVW. Never lost a driveline component , but split a rad wide open 1 year, then when pulling out of Calgary at 41c ( 105f ) the next year, spent 3hrs at roadside waiting for engine & trans temps to drop; and the rest of the day running with A/C off, trying to keep going. Very , very unhappy DW. Now she knows, as much about tow rating , GCVW, CCC, tires and all thing tow related as I do, and I don't get to ignore the ratings anymore. Last tow vehicle was rated 4,000lbs GCVW over the rolling weight, of my 4th, 5th wheel, truck combo.
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Now she knows, as much about tow rating , GCVW, CCC, tires and all thing tow related as I do, and I don't get to ignore the ratings anymore.
that is true. I also had a cooling problem before i added the oil cooler. I think once you pass the GCVW on any vehicle the cooling system is the first to fail. The 3 mods i did to the van are simple but important ones. Minvan's still make great tow vehicles as far as handling and safety is concernd compared to other so called tw. Alot of people think if your towing something with a minvan your crazy and putting everyone life in danager and that is not true
All minivan have between 1400-1700lbs of payload capacity and that is equal or more than some 1/2 ton trucks. They just lack power and durabilty but for occasional use with loads under 5000lbs, there fine.
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I think I should add something about the transmission rebuild, it was showing some weird symptoms of a hard shift between 1 and 2, a pulsating feeling in drive at idle at 2 mph well after a full rebuild its still doing the same thing. I think Chrysler rebuilt it just to get rid of me lol I
A surge at idle in drive did the shop recommend any engine service work before they went into the trans. Throttle body service, fuel injector flush ?
I retired in 07, and prior to that we had been doing Engine Control Module , re-programing ( flash updates ) for similar issues, had more to do with the activation of the A/C compressor at idle, than anything in the trans. But anything built after06 would have had those updates from the factory.
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Thought I'd let everyone know we just took a trip with the van pulling the boat( 3600 lbs ) from Vancouver to Sicamous round trip over 600 miles through some good mountain passes with the boat loaded with camping gear and the van performed flawlessly it never dropped below 40mph on any grade shifting manually to get the converter to lock up faster, needless to say I was impressed and will not be shy to do it again
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I think I should add something about the transmission rebuild, it was showing some weird symptoms of a hard shift between 1 and 2, a pulsating feeling in drive at idle at 2 mph well after a full rebuild its still doing the same thing. I think Chrysler rebuilt it just to get rid of me lol I
Check to make sure the engine mounts are good. This can be a symptom of a bad engine mount.
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Thought I'd let everyone know we just took a trip with the van pulling the boat( 3600 lbs ) from Vancouver to Sicamous round trip over 600 miles through some good mountain passes with the boat loaded with camping gear and the van performed flawlessly it never dropped below 40mph on any grade shifting manually to get the converter to lock up faster, needless to say I was impressed and will not be shy to do it again
Glad to hear Mitchyb, i knew you would be fine. Minivans are so under rated as tow vehicles.
I stopped in at the flying J to have mine weighed before heading out on a long trip and even fully stuffed i still had room to spare on the GVWR. Hitch weight was 640lbs and had zero problems as always.
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Check to make sure the engine mounts are good. This can be a symptom of a bad engine mount.
This was my guess as well actually but they came up as I good condition as for now we just won't back up our driveway
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Glad to hear Mitchyb, i knew you would be fine. Minivans are so under rated as tow vehicles.
I stopped in at the flying J to have mine weighed before heading out on a long trip and even fully stuffed i still had room to spare on the GVWR. Hitch weight was 640lbs and had zero problems as always.
Good looking rig! Glad to see other people using these vehicles to the full potential!
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