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2002 chrysler sebring transmission problem

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dan

United States

#1 Jan 20, 2008
I had a leaked and suspected it was the hoses going to the transmission,I changed them and brought the level of fluid to up to where it should be. Before that it was low and not shifting good. Now it shifts good except when I coming to a stop and hit shifts hard.do I need a flush or something else

dan
Colts21

AOL

#2 Jan 31, 2008
dan wrote:
I had a leaked and suspected it was the hoses going to the transmission,I changed them and brought the level of fluid to up to where it should be. Before that it was low and not shifting good. Now it shifts good except when I coming to a stop and hit shifts hard.do I need a flush or something else
dan
sounds to me like a burnt transmission solenoid pack. i would not recommend flushing the tranny on sebrings considering the bad packs they have, they dont normally stand up to a flush for very long. i would just drain the fluid yourself and replace the filter inside the tranny pan and then refill. if the problem persists i would recommend replacing the solenoid pack after having shifting problems.
Gary Wilkerson

Bethpage, NY

#3 Feb 5, 2008
Colts 21

Iwas having the problem of hard downshift to 1st gear in my 2002 sebring. Looking at all the posts I thought replacing the solinoid pack was the answer. I did replace the pack but it didnt help.
Anything else you'd recommend?
Larry

Greenway, VA

#4 Feb 19, 2008
Same problem here on my 2002 Convertible Sebring. Runs well except hard downshift when coming to a stop. Garage said transmission is shot and I will need to replace for $3800, I think it is worth the attempt to replace the solinoid pack.
Any other ideas?
Larry
Kiersten

Cleveland, OH

#5 Feb 25, 2008
i've had the same problems in my 2000. my VERY trusted mechanic told me the same... don't flush! i've had the car for 4+ years and have put 100K on it. i suggest the transmission fix additive. it actually does help the hard shift.
Tat

Lisle, IL

#6 Mar 31, 2008
Hi. Was reading some people comments here. I have 2000 Sebring convertable 72000 miles on it....recently it start acting funny, jerks when I backing up or when I stand at red light on drive. Went to shop and did total check on everything...didn't find anything wrong, but that jerking I'm kind of worry about. Could it be transmission problems. Thanks
Brad

United States

#7 Apr 7, 2008
Just a heads up to you guys having the same issues I had on my 2003 Chrysler Sebring 4 cylinder. I had what sounds to be the exact same issue some of you were having, hard down shift from what seems to be 2nd gear to first gear, the issue occurs right at about the 30 mph mark when slowing down. I was fortunate enough to get a check engine light to come on, usually it's caused by the gas cap cause my wife dont understand "tighten to 3 clicks." When checking the trouble codes, this time I got two. One of them was the typical pressure system error (gas capP however, this time I also got a "Flow Fault." From what I understand this "flow fault" is generated by poor or lower than expected fuel pressure somewhere in the fuel system. For example, the fuel injectors are clogged and dont give the good even spray they should. Well, suspecting this could be the problem with my hard down shift I bought the Techron fuel system cleaner and a Lucas tune up in a bottle, filled the tank with BP 93 octane fuel. This has seemed to take care of the hard down shift. the Techron system cleaner was 10.99 and the Lucas tune up in a bottle was 2.99. Hope this helps and if nothing else it's atleast worth the try and can do no harm.
tyler

Calgary, Canada

#8 Apr 10, 2008
same prob, i came up with a great fix. NEVER BUY ANOTHER CHRYSLER AGAIN.............
tim

Elk Grove, CA

#9 Apr 23, 2008
2001 seabring been in the shop for over a month. They say they have rebuilt the transmission a couple of times. The car will die at a stop. When the tranny broke you could not shift into any gear. I hat this car but the wife loves it. Anybody got anything all would help
Akis

Etobicoke, Canada

#10 Apr 23, 2008
Larry wrote:
Same problem here on my 2002 Convertible Sebring. Runs well except hard downshift when coming to a stop. Garage said transmission is shot and I will need to replace for $3800, I think it is worth the attempt to replace the solinoid pack.
Any other ideas?
Larry
After replacing the solenoid pack you need a quicklearn software fix from chrysler to fix the hard shifting, it's worth it ($70)
Gary - 03 Sebring Trans

Bradenton, FL

#11 Aug 30, 2008
I have an 03 Sebring Convertible 60,000 miles. Have had it for about 3 months and it's been running perfect.
Here's my problem: We go to the store then come out to leave and the check engine light came on soon as I started the car. I check all the fluids and everything is fine. We're going down the road and we're lucky if we can top 40 mph in regular drive without the car sounding like something was "straining" in the transmission. Sounded like it was still in 2nd gear trying to drive on a 55 mph highway!
Called the transmission shop and they claim a lot of times the problem with the trans is an electrical sensor and not the trans itself.
Anyone else experience the same thing with their Sebring trans?(The fluid is fine, clean, and full on the dipstick).
Taking it to the shop this coming tuesday.
Pete - Upstate NY

Fishers, NY

#12 Sep 13, 2008
Gary I own a 2002 300M with 100k on it, didnt have the problem , exactly like yours till I used engine bright then took a pressure sprayer to clean it. It will either be a loose wire to the PCM (Power Control Module)or the module itself which produces the P1776 code or last item which is the L-R pressure switch sense circut if solenoid switch valve intermittently sticks in its circuits.I was lucky I found the loose wire. Anyone else experience the same after pressure cleaning the engine? Im curious if some people got took for a ride by a service station just for a loose connection? Good Luck
Yesenia

San Jose, CA

#13 Sep 25, 2008
I have the same problem with my sebring. I cant go over 30 miles...it acts as if im on 1st gear still. Did you get your car fixed? and what was the cause??? please help...
Gary - 03 Sebring Trans wrote:
I have an 03 Sebring Convertible 60,000 miles. Have had it for about 3 months and it's been running perfect.
Here's my problem: We go to the store then come out to leave and the check engine light came on soon as I started the car. I check all the fluids and everything is fine. We're going down the road and we're lucky if we can top 40 mph in regular drive without the car sounding like something was "straining" in the transmission. Sounded like it was still in 2nd gear trying to drive on a 55 mph highway!
Called the transmission shop and they claim a lot of times the problem with the trans is an electrical sensor and not the trans itself.
Anyone else experience the same thing with their Sebring trans?(The fluid is fine, clean, and full on the dipstick).
Taking it to the shop this coming tuesday.
Tia

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Sep 26, 2008
I have a chrysler sebring convertible 2000 with 110K and just three days ago my car would go past 40mph too. I took it to a transmission shop and they said that I needed a solenoid pack. It costed about 314 including labor here in Iowa. But, for some reason now my car is now pulling to the left. I am not sure it the cause of the pull is from when my car stated to lock up and
shut-off; before it was fixed. But, I do know the solornoid back fixed the problem you are describing above.
George Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Nov 23, 2008
I have a 2002 sebring and the tranny is leaking all around the solenoid pack. I noticed that two weeks ago and now this week it seems to be slipping out of gear and making a thud noise when coming to a stop. All the tranny fluid is were it should be. Should I just replace the solenoid pack. Can anyone help me?
Nancy Upstate NY

Webster, NY

#16 Dec 9, 2008
I called the garage and the mechanic is going to take a look when I drop the Sebring off tonight. Mechanic says it sounds like the computer is bad - or programming got improperly reset. Has to do with the battery being low. If it is a bad computer, this mechanic says it should be covered under 8-80 warranty. We will see. Here are the symptoms:
Problem # 1 - Problem started as intermittent but is now constant. Speedometer is intermittently going "wacky". Earlier in November the Sebring exhibited a problem that I first saw two winters ago. In December 2006, the car had the same symptom of the “speedometer going wild”. At that time, I had it in the shop and the service rep replaced the inner and outer speed sensors based on the codes he saw from the computer. I had not seen the problem since then (12/2006)- until recently – late this Fall when the weather got nasty again. I saw it a bit in early October, when the weather got very cold, but only about three brief instances. Now (December)the “wacky speedometer” seems to be frequent / constant.
The car will be going along at 55 MPH, then suddenly the speedometer flips to 10 mph (but presumably the car is still really travelling along at 55 MPH). In the next fraction of a second the needle swings back up to 60 MPH, then down to 20 MPH, then up to 70 MPH, then down again to 5 MPH... etc. Finally after a while of doing this, it may settle out at 55 MPH - at least for a few minutes, if the car is traveling at a fairly steady rate. I took the car to a local garage. Local garage replaced both the inner and outer speed sensors on Friday 12/5/2008 - based on the codes from the computer, and the tech reset the “check engine” light (the check engine light goes off of course). Since replacing both speed sensors the “wild speedometer” problem still happens - maybe the “swing” of the needle is just a little less. The engine light comes back “on”(constantly) after having the speedometer swing wildly for a few minutes. Note that the speedometer fluctuating can happen at lower MPH (10-30 MPH) as well as higher speeds.
Problem # 2 - Also possibly related (or not)- when I start the car and drive at lower speeds (5-30 MPH), the car transmission seems to respond fine (other than the “wild speedometer issue”). By “fine” I mean that is the car registers 1000 to 2000 RPM and it sounds like the engine is running well. I can get on the highway and drive fine even at higher speeds… After driving for some time at 50-60 MPH and then slowing down to exit (down or up a ramp) when the speed is slowed to around 20 MPH, the transmission seems to abruptly downshift to lower gear (sometimes a “buck” can be felt like being hit on the rear bumper), and then the car seems to stay in the lower-gear. I can still drive the car but when the speed is around 30 MPH, the RPM is over 3000, and I can hear that the engine straining. If I pull over and turn-off the engine, sit a minute, and then restart the car, the car seems to drive OK once again. That is, it can go over 30 MPH and higher and maintain around 2000 RPM (until the next time the car is slowed again to around 20 MPH, at which point the car once again repeats the “lower-gear” lock up cycle, until I turn-off the engine, etc.
Dave Alpharetta GA

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Dec 29, 2008
I have a 2002 sebring and the auto transmission started slipping about 3 miles ago. At a stop light it would not hardly go off the line and it slips in all position of the shift lever.

I check the fluid and it's vary light pink with lots of foam bubbles.....and is vary over full.

Could this be a leak of water from the raditor into the trans cooler or something else?

Last question if its water does this effect the trans fluid in the toqure converter as well of is just the 5 qts in the pan effected??

Thanks
angie in MO

United States

#18 Jan 3, 2009
I have an '03 Sebring. My check engine light has been on for a while, but with the gas cap issues, I hadn't paid much attention to it.
A few weeks ago, I noticed a mild "jump" when I was slowing down, but only if I'd been going over 40 or so mph. It only did it every once in a while, so once again, I paid little attention to it.
The past couple of days, when I first start my car in the morning, I let it run for while, and putting it into reverse is no problem, to back out of my driveway. However, when I shift from reverse to drive, it won't go anywhere for a few minutes, almost like it's in neutral. then, suddenly, it will go into drive and run just fine.
When I'm driving on the highway (back roads aren't a problem, with lower speeds) and slow down enough to go into 2nd or 1st gear, my cars jerks HARD. I don't know what's wrong, and I'm terrified to put it in the shop because of I can't afford really expensive repairs!
Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this? My friend checked my transmission fluid and said it was pretty low. He filled it back to where it's supposed to be (with Mopar ATF plus 4) and said he hoped that it would fix the hard shifting.
It didn't.
Suggestions??
Cracker Jack

Henning, TN

#19 Jan 5, 2009
I started having the same problem as Dave and Angie this morning...guess it's pretty common.

Any suggestions?
ED LOUISVILLE KY

AOL

#20 Jan 5, 2009
WE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS AS ANGIE....HARD SHIFTING TRANSMISSION WHEN SLOWING DOWN, THEN THE NOT GOING INTO DRIVE IN THE MORNING..WAS TOLD THAT WAS BECAUSE THE CAR NEEDED MORE TIME TO WARM UP

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