300M AT stuck in second gear

Discussion in 'Chrysler 300' started by Art, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Art

    Art Guest

    My wife was about 6 blocks from the house and she calls that the car is
    jerking and check engine light is on. Car was just in for a new strut and
    bushing, oil filter change, and shifter recall. Sat at dealer for almost 2
    weeks because they could not get the damaged strut replacement from
    Chrylser. So now this. Speedometer is working. AT fluid has been changed
    twice since car was new. Car only has 42k miles on it. I don't know
    exactly what the shifter recall involved but maybe they left a wire loose.
    Would be odd coincidence if AT or a sensor failed right after the recall
    done.
     
    Art, Oct 5, 2004
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  2. Art

    Bill Putney Guest

    Art wrote:
    > My wife was about 6 blocks from the house and she calls that the car is
    > jerking and check engine light is on. Car was just in for a new strut and
    > bushing, oil filter change, and shifter recall. Sat at dealer for almost 2
    > weeks because they could not get the damaged strut replacement from
    > Chrylser. So now this. Speedometer is working. AT fluid has been changed
    > twice since car was new. Car only has 42k miles on it. I don't know
    > exactly what the shifter recall involved but maybe they left a wire loose.
    > Would be odd coincidence if AT or a sensor failed right after the recall
    > done.


    Sure sounds like a speed sensor or speed sensor wire/connector, Art.
    Check out this thread on the 300M ezboard for location of the speed
    sensors and their connectors:
    http://p209.ezboard.com/f300menthusiastsclubfrm23.showMessage?topicID=46.topic

    Since speedo is working, it would be the input sensor. Inspect the
    connector for trash/corrosion, clean it, and pack it with some good
    electrical grade silicone grease.

    I've seen some indications on forums that the sensors will act up in
    damp weather (which maybe points to the connector?), so the fact that it
    sat for a few weeks unused may (or may not) explain the strange timing
    of the failure without any culpability of the dealer.

    For $20 and 20 minutes of your time, it would be nice to find out that
    that's it (or at least rule it out). Of course in theory you should
    take it back to the dealer and let them diagnose it, but you don't know
    how succesful that will be, or if you can convicne them that they should
    pay for it, and for them to just replace the sensor, if you pay for it,
    will cost a lot more than $20 (then there's "diagnostic" time, etc.).

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')


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    Bill Putney, Oct 5, 2004
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  3. Art

    Art Guest

    Yep... sensor installed for $38 and change. Didn't even hit my service
    agreement deductible although at least Chrysler paid for the tow.


    "Bill Putney" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Art wrote:
    > > My wife was about 6 blocks from the house and she calls that the car is
    > > jerking and check engine light is on. Car was just in for a new strut

    and
    > > bushing, oil filter change, and shifter recall. Sat at dealer for

    almost 2
    > > weeks because they could not get the damaged strut replacement from
    > > Chrylser. So now this. Speedometer is working. AT fluid has been

    changed
    > > twice since car was new. Car only has 42k miles on it. I don't know
    > > exactly what the shifter recall involved but maybe they left a wire

    loose.
    > > Would be odd coincidence if AT or a sensor failed right after the recall
    > > done.

    >
    > Sure sounds like a speed sensor or speed sensor wire/connector, Art.
    > Check out this thread on the 300M ezboard for location of the speed
    > sensors and their connectors:
    >

    http://p209.ezboard.com/f300menthusiastsclubfrm23.showMessage?topicID=46.topic
    >
    > Since speedo is working, it would be the input sensor. Inspect the
    > connector for trash/corrosion, clean it, and pack it with some good
    > electrical grade silicone grease.
    >
    > I've seen some indications on forums that the sensors will act up in
    > damp weather (which maybe points to the connector?), so the fact that it
    > sat for a few weeks unused may (or may not) explain the strange timing
    > of the failure without any culpability of the dealer.
    >
    > For $20 and 20 minutes of your time, it would be nice to find out that
    > that's it (or at least rule it out). Of course in theory you should
    > take it back to the dealer and let them diagnose it, but you don't know
    > how succesful that will be, or if you can convicne them that they should
    > pay for it, and for them to just replace the sensor, if you pay for it,
    > will cost a lot more than $20 (then there's "diagnostic" time, etc.).
    >
    > Bill Putney
    > (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    > adddress with the letter 'x')
    >
    >
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    Art, Oct 6, 2004
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  4. Art

    Art Guest

    $38 was after chrysler paid its share under extended service agreement.


    "Art" <> wrote in message
    news:nMG8d.6035$...
    > Yep... sensor installed for $38 and change. Didn't even hit my service
    > agreement deductible although at least Chrysler paid for the tow.
    >
    >
    > "Bill Putney" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Art wrote:
    > > > My wife was about 6 blocks from the house and she calls that the car

    is
    > > > jerking and check engine light is on. Car was just in for a new strut

    > and
    > > > bushing, oil filter change, and shifter recall. Sat at dealer for

    > almost 2
    > > > weeks because they could not get the damaged strut replacement from
    > > > Chrylser. So now this. Speedometer is working. AT fluid has been

    > changed
    > > > twice since car was new. Car only has 42k miles on it. I don't know
    > > > exactly what the shifter recall involved but maybe they left a wire

    > loose.
    > > > Would be odd coincidence if AT or a sensor failed right after the

    recall
    > > > done.

    > >
    > > Sure sounds like a speed sensor or speed sensor wire/connector, Art.
    > > Check out this thread on the 300M ezboard for location of the speed
    > > sensors and their connectors:
    > >

    >

    http://p209.ezboard.com/f300menthusiastsclubfrm23.showMessage?topicID=46.topic
    > >
    > > Since speedo is working, it would be the input sensor. Inspect the
    > > connector for trash/corrosion, clean it, and pack it with some good
    > > electrical grade silicone grease.
    > >
    > > I've seen some indications on forums that the sensors will act up in
    > > damp weather (which maybe points to the connector?), so the fact that it
    > > sat for a few weeks unused may (or may not) explain the strange timing
    > > of the failure without any culpability of the dealer.
    > >
    > > For $20 and 20 minutes of your time, it would be nice to find out that
    > > that's it (or at least rule it out). Of course in theory you should
    > > take it back to the dealer and let them diagnose it, but you don't know
    > > how succesful that will be, or if you can convicne them that they should
    > > pay for it, and for them to just replace the sensor, if you pay for it,
    > > will cost a lot more than $20 (then there's "diagnostic" time, etc.).
    > >
    > > Bill Putney
    > > (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    > > adddress with the letter 'x')
    > >
    > >
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    >
     
    Art, Oct 6, 2004
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  5. I realize I'm late with this but it might save someone time later. You can
    view the diagnostic codes by turning you ignition key to the off position
    and then cycling it on-off-on-off-on. The codes will appear in the digital
    odometer. If there are no codes, the odometer will read "done". If you
    access to a code readout listing, this will help narrow down the search for
    faulty sensors. Be aware that the codes for the 300m changed in '02 when
    Chrysler integrated some of their power train controllers into one unit so
    be sure to use the correct set.

    This tip also applies to other Chrysler products as well but I'm not certain
    how extensively.

    This information was in the set of "shop manuals" that I ordered from
    Chrysler when I bought my '03 Special. I've found these to alway be a good
    investment.

    DB

    "Bill Putney" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Art wrote:
    > > My wife was about 6 blocks from the house and she calls that the car is
    > > jerking and check engine light is on. Car was just in for a new strut

    and
    > > bushing, oil filter change, and shifter recall. Sat at dealer for

    almost 2
    > > weeks because they could not get the damaged strut replacement from
    > > Chrylser. So now this. Speedometer is working. AT fluid has been

    changed
    > > twice since car was new. Car only has 42k miles on it. I don't know
    > > exactly what the shifter recall involved but maybe they left a wire

    loose.
    > > Would be odd coincidence if AT or a sensor failed right after the recall
    > > done.

    >
    > Sure sounds like a speed sensor or speed sensor wire/connector, Art.
    > Check out this thread on the 300M ezboard for location of the speed
    > sensors and their connectors:
    >

    http://p209.ezboard.com/f300menthusiastsclubfrm23.showMessage?topicID=46.top
    ic
    >
    > Since speedo is working, it would be the input sensor. Inspect the
    > connector for trash/corrosion, clean it, and pack it with some good
    > electrical grade silicone grease.
    >
    > I've seen some indications on forums that the sensors will act up in
    > damp weather (which maybe points to the connector?), so the fact that it
    > sat for a few weeks unused may (or may not) explain the strange timing
    > of the failure without any culpability of the dealer.
    >
    > For $20 and 20 minutes of your time, it would be nice to find out that
    > that's it (or at least rule it out). Of course in theory you should
    > take it back to the dealer and let them diagnose it, but you don't know
    > how succesful that will be, or if you can convicne them that they should
    > pay for it, and for them to just replace the sensor, if you pay for it,
    > will cost a lot more than $20 (then there's "diagnostic" time, etc.).
    >
    > Bill Putney
    > (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    > adddress with the letter 'x')
    >
    >
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    D & J Bergevin, Oct 31, 2004
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