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how do you change a 2003 Dodge Caravan transmission

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how do you change a 2003 Dodge Caravan transmission
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to just answer.com. I'm here to help you and your 100% satisfaction is my goal. Which engine do you have in this? And is it two wheel drive or four-wheel drive?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
3.8 L V6 Grand Caravan. I am not sure if it is two wheel or four wheel drive. It is a front wheel drive. It is a Dodge ES. Also, I tried to provide my e-mail address but it says it has been used previously by another person - yes, that person was me! I've used the site before. Anyway, my e-mail address is [email protected]

Finally, sorry I took so long to answer you, I didn't understand that there was a reply on the website.

So far I have the battery out, the engine supported from below, the front axles out of the rotors, by removing the tie rod ends and these two bolts holding a bracket and rotor onto the frame - what are they called. I cannot get the ball joints loose as yet, but i managed to get the front axles out of the rotor without removing the ball joint.

Paul
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.











Removal





41TE AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE
REMOVAL





NOTE:If transaxle assembly is being replaced or overhauled (clutch
and/or seal replacement), it is necessary to perform the TCM
Quick Learn Procedure.


  1. Disconnect battery cables.










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  1. Remove battery shield (Fig. 9).










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  1. Remove coolant recovery bottle (Fig. 10).
  2. Remove fluid level indicator/tube assembly. Plug opening to prevent debris
    from entering transaxle.
  3. Using a blade or suitable hose cutter, cut transaxle oil cooler lines off
    flush with fittings. Plug lines and fittings to prevent debris from entering
    transaxle or cooler circuit. A service splice kit will be installed upon
    reassembly.










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  1. Disconnect input and output shaft speed sensor connectors (Fig. 11).
  2. Disconnect Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) connector (Fig. 11).
  3. Disconnect solenoid/pressure switch assembly connector (Fig. 11).










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  1. Disconnect gear shift
    cable
    from manual valve lever and upper mount bracket (Fig. 12).
  2. Disconnect crankshaft position sensor (if equipped). Remove sensor from
    bellhousing.
  3. Reposition leak detection pump harness and hoses.










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  1. Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
    bolts (Fig. 13).
  2. Remove transaxle upper bellhousing-to-block bolts.
  3. Raise vehicle on hoist.
  4. Remove transaxle oil pan and drain fluid into suitable container.
  5. Remove front wheel/tire assemblies.
  6. Remove left and right halfshaft assemblies.
  7. AWD models: Remove power transfer unit.
  8. Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
    lower (horizontal) bolt (Fig. 13).
  9. Remove front mount/bracket assembly.
  10. Remove starter motor.
  11. Remove lateral bending brace.
  12. Remove inspection cover.
  13. Remove torque
    converter
    -to-drive plate bolts.
  14. Support engine/transaxle assembly at engine oil pan with screw jack and wood
    block.










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  1. Partially remove left wheelhouse splash shield to gain access to and remove
    upper mount thru-bolt (Fig. 14).
  2. Lower engine/transaxle assembly with screw jack.
  3. Obtain helper and/or transmission jack. Secure transmission jack to
    transaxle assembly.
  4. Remove upper mount bracket from transaxle (Fig. 14).
  5. Remove remaining transaxle bellhousing-to-engine bolts.
  6. Remove transaxle assembly from
    vehicle.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The figures are not working. I click on the figure (the caption is a question mark and under it says view full image), and then re-click on the same figure and get a different picture!!! Very strange, The pictures do not go with the instructions.

Can you try sending your info again?

Paul
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.





41TE AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE
REMOVAL




NOTE: If transaxle assembly is being replaced or overhauled (clutch
and/or seal replacement), it is necessary to perform the TCM
Quick Learn Procedure.


Disconnect battery cables.











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Remove battery shield (Fig. 9).











View Full Image









Remove coolant recovery bottle (Fig. 10).
Remove fluid level indicator/tube assembly. Plug opening to prevent debris
from entering transaxle.
Using a blade or suitable hose cutter, cut transaxle oil cooler lines off
flush with fittings. Plug lines and fittings to prevent debris from entering
transaxle or cooler circuit. A service splice kit will be installed upon
reassembly.











View Full Image









Disconnect input and output shaft speed sensor connectors (Fig. 11).
Disconnect Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) connector (Fig. 11).
Disconnect solenoid/pressure switch assembly connector (Fig. 11).











View Full Image









Disconnect gear shift
cable from manual valve lever and upper mount bracket (Fig. 12).
Disconnect crankshaft position sensor (if equipped). Remove sensor from
bellhousing.
Reposition leak detection pump harness and hoses.











View Full Image









Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
bolts (Fig. 13).
Remove transaxle upper bellhousing-to-block bolts.
Raise vehicle on hoist.
Remove transaxle oil pan and drain fluid into suitable container.
Remove front wheel/tire assemblies.
Remove left and right halfshaft assemblies.
AWD models: Remove power transfer unit.
Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
lower (horizontal) bolt (Fig. 13).
Remove front mount/bracket assembly.
Remove starter motor.
Remove lateral bending brace.
Remove inspection cover.
Remove torque
converter-to-drive plate bolts.
Support engine/transaxle assembly at engine oil pan with screw jack and wood
block.











View Full Image









Partially remove left wheelhouse splash shield to gain access to and remove
upper mount thru-bolt (Fig. 14).
Lower engine/transaxle assembly with screw jack.
Obtain helper and/or transmission jack. Secure transmission jack to
transaxle assembly.
Remove upper mount bracket from transaxle (Fig. 14).
Remove remaining transaxle bellhousing-to-engine bolts.
Remove transaxle assembly from
vehicle.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
None of the figures work

Paul
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.
Okay let me try this again
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Ok Waiting for you to try again.
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Just so you know, I don't get what is happening. The top of the page says you are waiting for me. The last reply I have from you is "Ok let me try this again", and the next balloon says Your Expert needs more information - but there is no question
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Removal





41TE AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE
REMOVAL





NOTE:If transaxle assembly is being replaced or overhauled (clutch
and/or seal replacement), it is necessary to perform the TCM
Quick Learn Procedure.


  1. Disconnect battery cables.










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  1. Remove battery shield (Fig. 9).










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  1. Remove coolant recovery bottle (Fig. 10).
  2. Remove fluid level indicator/tube assembly. Plug opening to prevent debris
    from entering transaxle.
  3. Using a blade or suitable hose cutter, cut transaxle oil cooler lines off
    flush with fittings. Plug lines and fittings to prevent debris from entering
    transaxle or cooler circuit. A service splice kit will be installed upon
    reassembly.










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  1. Disconnect input and output shaft speed sensor connectors (Fig. 11).
  2. Disconnect Transmission Range Sensor (TRS) connector (Fig. 11).
  3. Disconnect solenoid/pressure switch assembly connector (Fig. 11).










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  1. Disconnect gear shift
    cable
    from manual valve lever and upper mount bracket (Fig. 12).
  2. Disconnect crankshaft position sensor (if equipped). Remove sensor from
    bellhousing.
  3. Reposition leak detection pump harness and hoses.










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  1. Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
    bolts (Fig. 13).
  2. Remove transaxle upper bellhousing-to-block bolts.
  3. Raise vehicle on hoist.
  4. Remove transaxle oil pan and drain fluid into suitable container.
  5. Remove front wheel/tire assemblies.
  6. Remove left and right halfshaft assemblies.
  7. AWD models: Remove power transfer unit.
  8. Remove rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case
    lower (horizontal) bolt (Fig. 13).
  9. Remove front mount/bracket assembly.
  10. Remove starter motor.
  11. Remove lateral bending brace.
  12. Remove inspection cover.
  13. Remove torque
    converter
    -to-drive plate bolts.
  14. Support engine/transaxle assembly at engine oil pan with screw jack and wood
    block.










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  1. Partially remove left wheelhouse splash shield to gain access to and remove
    upper mount thru-bolt (Fig. 14).
  2. Lower engine/transaxle assembly with screw jack.
  3. Obtain helper and/or transmission jack. Secure transmission jack to
    transaxle assembly.
  4. Remove upper mount bracket from transaxle (Fig. 14).
  5. Remove remaining transaxle bellhousing-to-engine bolts.
  6. Remove transaxle assembly from
    vehicle.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Again, the figures are all wrong. For example, Fig 12 is a wiring diagram.

Can you send the figures separately?
Expert:  Dodge expert replied 4 years ago.
Tell me which part are you confused on let me clarify piece by piece

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