Recently the minivan’s transmission controller failed. The symptoms were that the van was permanantly stuck in second gear or reverse. Needless to say, this is a problem if you ever want to go faster than 35mph or so. For a week, it sat in the driveway while I tried to figure out what was wrong. I was worried that it was the transmission and that it was going to be expensive.

Finally, I got smart and took it to Autozone. They read out the error codes for me. The code that mattered was P0700, indicating the Transmission Control Module (TCM) failure. Googling indicated two things: 1) this was not uncommon for my van (2001 Grand Caravan). 2) I could not possibly fix this myself, as the module requires dealer programming (presumably)

Normally I’m too paranoid to let other people work on my vehicles. I do what I can, and pay/beg family to do the rest. This dealership (Eastgate Chrysler) comes highly recommended by friends from church, so hopefully things will have a happy ending. I’m supposed to go pick the van up in an hour. We shall see. (:

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