1995 Dodge Intrepid – Automatic Transmission Problem

Reader Question: I have a 1995 Dodge Intrepid 3.3 liter engine, front wheel drive, 42LE stock automatic transaxle. It has an Automatic Transmission problem.

The problem occurs when I shift from reverse to drive. When the transmission shifts from first to second it shudders, delays shifting and when it does shift, it jerks badly.

This only happens when I shift from reverse to drive. If I’m already in drive the transmission shifts normally.

The transmission fluid levels are fine and the fluid does not look burnt. This only happens when the transmission has warmed up.

What could be the problem?

Hi there,

I am not a transmission mechanic, but I would first check the transmission fluid level. Low fluid levels can cause shifting issues like you are having. I really have a feeling this problem is caused by internal transmission wear and not much is going to be done unless the transmission comes out of the vehicle for inspection.

I would visit at least 3 local transmission shops in your area and have them take a test drive with you. I would get them to give you a worst-case scenario estimate, I.E. a complete overhaul, so you can compare prices and what actual work will be performed.

I see people who get quoted a low figure as an initial estimate for repair but then once the transmission is out of the vehicle and spread all over the transmission shop floor they are given a much larger estimate for a complete overhaul.

So, get your complete overhaul price upfront and ask for what parts consist of an overhaul so you can compare transmission shops.

Austin Davis

3 Comments on "1995 Dodge Intrepid – Automatic Transmission Problem"

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  1. Rob says:

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  2. K Jewett says:

    Scan the Trans controller for codes. If none, check the Clutch Volume Index (CVI). If the CVI Values are No Good.,then “QuickLearn” and reset CVI adaptives. Roadtest. Is it Fixed? If not and the fluid is not burnt, it is possible the control solenoid pack and/or stuck Valve body. Ken

  3. Bill Mattix says:

    I have a 95 Intrepid that did the same thing. This seems to be a common problem with Dodge Intrepids. My transmission slipped and shimmied when the auto trans was going into overdrive. The overdrive clutch on the transmission went bad on mine. I change transmissions and it did it again. My repair shop said this is common on these transmissions and they should have been recalled.

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