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nostymos
09-26-2013, 08:31 PM
Hi people, looking for a diagnosis/help. I have a 2006 Sprinter 2500 with about 110,000mls. Light loads, nothing heavy. This week I've noticed that a couple of issues with the transmission. On a few occasions, I noticed the van revving and not moving as it should and I was not able to use the +/- upshift or downshift on the transmission, it was only on "D".
I turned off the vehicle & started it right up, it shifted fine after that, and the +/- on the transmission worked just as it should. It happened twice (early on) in a 50 mile city run.
Then this morning after one stop, when I shifted into reverse, the transmission didn't engage. Went to neutral and back, nothing. Only after I shifted into Park, felt the transmission shift into Park, it then shifted correctly into reverse. There are no lights on. I'd like some advice before I bring it to the dealer on Tuesday. Any advice will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

riskydnb
09-26-2013, 09:27 PM
Id start with checking the tranny fluid level...

jmoller99
09-27-2013, 02:20 PM
How old is your battery? When I test drove my Sprinter, the battery was not holding a good charge and when the Sprinter started, it would not shift gears right. After a restart, it worked fine (since the battery had a better charge for at least a little while). Once I got my Sprinter home I kept having this problem until I replaced the battery (and cleaned all of the battery connectors).

nostymos
09-27-2013, 04:46 PM
How old is your battery? When I test drove my Sprinter, the battery was not holding a good charge and when the Sprinter started, it would not shift gears right. After a restart, it worked fine (since the battery had a better charge for at least a little while). Once I got my Sprinter home I kept having this problem until I replaced the battery (and cleaned all of the battery connectors).

I replaced it last summer (2012) with an interstate. I'll check the connections. Thanks!

nostymos
09-27-2013, 04:48 PM
Id start with checking the tranny fluid level...

I want to, now I'm looking for the dip stick online. Should have done it when I first got the truck. I remember researching it, but never pulling the trigger...

riskydnb
09-28-2013, 01:44 AM
I want to, now I'm looking for the dip stick online. Should have done it when I first got the truck. I remember researching it, but never pulling the trigger...

Maybe you should just change the tranny fluid and filter and get the metal off the magnet in the bottom of the pan, make sure you drain the torque converter. Refill it with 8 qts and your level should be perfect. If tranny continues to act up, I would find someone with a diagnostics program, if no one has one take to the dealer for a $125 diagnosing. If you need a tranny I sell rebuilt trannys for $2350 w/ 1 year/ 12k mi warranty, which includes shipping. If interested call Randy @ 760-622-0148.

stp57
09-28-2013, 08:12 AM
I have a similar problem with my 2006 (200K miles), except that it has never affected the reverse gear. My problem seems to happen when taking sharp turns where the vehicle leans excessively, but occasionally it happens from a start up. When this happens the tranny gets stuck in whatever gear I was in at the time & I can't manually shift gears? I do like you do & turn the vehicle off then on & everything is fine.
I read Dr A's tranny plan & tried it on my last service job. I pulled the valve body & cleaned the speed sensors (one was covered with plastic so I am not really sure I cleaned it?) My tranny was real clean had no real metal like I have seen in some photos? There was just the usual fine metallic powder on the sensor & pan magnet, but very little. I didn't pull the solenoids because they were very clean.
After I put my trans back together it ran perfect regardless of how I turned, but for only 24hrs & now it has the same problem? I was told the fluid level might be low but the Sprinter specialist checked the dipstick & said it was fine. Back to the drawing board?
Steve

CBrown
09-28-2013, 08:47 AM
Don't forget the alternator. On my 2005 their was no error shown, but at 218K the alternator was intermittently charging. It did give clues of flashing headlights, at times. All of the flashing and funky shifting went away with an alternator replacement. It seems the varying voltage was confusing the computer, making the shifting higher in the RPM ranges than I would prefer, and eventually put it in limp mode. (I had to pull the battery terminal off to get it out of a low gear) It probably led the old battery to an early demise. Interestingly nothing from the ECU about the intermittent alternator charging, the limp mode was with an new battery, about 6 months of problems with the old alternator, and 6 since, and no more problems, with fast shifts as low throttle input as it should be.

SullyVan
09-28-2013, 11:36 AM
+1 on a flush and total cleaning. Mine required 3 of them, over 2 years, before the transmission finally achieved perfection.

nostymos
10-02-2013, 03:56 PM
I was driving home Friday night when the van went into limp home mode. I bit the bullet and went to a Mercedes Dealer which services Sprinters. I usually go to the Dodge dealer where I purchased it, but it was about 30mls away. So...

Code was P2203
Parts were Pilot bushing, transmission electric kit, elastomer-Molded seal, oil filter, lock pin & gear oil. $506.30 Labor $1459.50

This is what was in the description:
109412 Trans conductor plate faulty 0.00 performed short test with das found code P2203 stored & current in etc control unit performed diag as per das, found speed sensor faulty, R&I trans pan and valve body assembly found no metal in pan, removed faulty conductor plate, installed new conductor plat function tested OK installed new pilot bushing & cleaned out etc control unit funtion tested OK erased codes refilled tested OK

Original quote was $3100 + tax, but he told me he didn't have to replace the Control Unit, just cleaned it with solution, let it dry and tested it. Never happier to part with $2140 in my life.

Thanks for all of your help & suggestions. I will be purchasing the dip stick, after delaying it for 7 years.....