Yesterday when I went to put my '01 RT in drive it sort of lurched a bit, then would not shift out of first gear, and the "check engine" light came on. When I tried to use the AutoStick the display lit up all drive positions as if they were engaged. I think this is some sort of same mode to keep you from screwing with it if there is a serious problem.
I got it to the dealership by taking slow back streets.
They pulled the code and said that it needed a new TCM.
Part = $492
Labor = $250
Total = $742 plus tax, shop fees and "additional overcharge"
So I have a couple questions:
1. Has anyone experienced this problem and had a different solution other than replacing the entire TCM?
2. Is this a fender mounted box like my local tansmission shop contends? If so can I replace it on my own without putting it on a jack, and save the $250+ labor fees?
3. Since I have to replace this thing anyway, are there better options that would increase performance? i.e. - modifications, differnent years of TCMs that had better performance. I have seen threads in this forum that suggest the best performance is in the '01 TCM with the latest flash.
Thanks in advance...