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Exclamation Trans trouble after fluid change!

99 grand caravan with a 3.3 and 90k miles. I changed about 4 1/3 quarts of fluid and put a new filter on the trans last weekend. The trans used to bump or slip sometimes when it would upshift of downshift. After i changed the fluid it shifted smooth. Then today when i went to drive it in the morning ( it was only around 20 degrees) i got to the end of the driveway and tried to shift from reverse into drive and the shift arm itself moved but it would not change gears. I had to move it back and forth a few times to finally get it in drive, then about 4 hours later it did it again. I am wondering if it could be because i overfilled/underfilled it, or if it had something to do with the sudden temperature change outside. I used Coastal ATF+4 and it specifically said on the back of the bottle that it is meant for chrysler transmissions and to replace ATF, ATF+2, and ATF+3. Could the fluid have anything to do with it? Any help would b e great thanks
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you used the correct fluid. i use that also. make sure u have enough fluid up to the correct leve. Must check it with engine runnning. Umm you should of changed ALL the fluid. i think its several gallons
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Dropping the pan and refilling will only replace about 4 - 5 quarts of the tranny fluid. In total, transmission and torque converter hold i believe 9.9 quarts of fluid.

Drive car around until it warms up to normal operating temp, ensure you have shifted through all gears, and reverse. Park it on a level surface, with the engine running at idle, and check it, it should be within the hot mark on the dip stick.
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I want to say there is a TSB on this issue........ can someone look that up?
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I had the battery unplugged for about a day while i had the entire intake manifold off to change the 3 rear spark plugs. Should i disconnect it again and see what happens?
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i test drove it a little while ago and when i was in reverse i shifted into drive and it just went into neutral and would only go back into reverse and not drive. Then when i was on the street i was going about 20 and it just shifted itself into neutral. Once i drove it for about 10 minutes it was fine. I brought it back to the garage and checked the fluid level and it was about 2/3-1/2 a quart low so i added more fluid. Now i am going to wait for it to get cold again and see if it still happens. Could a low fluid level cause this?
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Low fluid can cause the issues you have been having. The fluid not only lubricates parts, it runs the clutches! Not to mention the fact that power is transferred from the engine to the transmission by a fluid coupling (torque converter).
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thanks everyone for all the help, i think the problem is gone.
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