Jim Grant's Tech Tips
‘97 Dodge Intrepid Transmission, No Reverse
Q: My ‘97 Dodge Intrepid, on occasions after a cold start, will either not go into reverse or will reverse but with less power to the wheels than it normally would. Then when putting it into drive it may not go at all. The temporary fix is to shut off the engine and restart. Then it seems to work fine until the next unexpected episode.
- Mike Pag
A: You need to stop by your shop and have them check the transmission computer for codes. It would be best to have the check performed just after the problem has occurred. The information/codes in the computer will be the most current at that time. The reason the transmission is acting up is likely due to bad input information to the computer on start-up. Bad information causes the computer to initiate a limp mode software program, which limits transmission function. Shutting the car off is the same as rebooting a windows program. If the information is good on the next start-up the transmission computer stores the problem information and switches back to the regular program and runs along its marry way.