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When you drive a car, the transmission does not turn off until after you have parked and turned off the cravan 2008

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Not sure what you are asking , the transmission only works when engine is runnig, have the OBD read if you have some faults you are concerened about

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: transmission hesitates & gets stuck.

You have two separate issues here. First, the delay going into gear may benefit from a fluid change providing that the cause isn't just low fluid level but not always. It will not help immediately, because likely there is a lazy shift valve caused by a small amount of varnish which may need some time to clean up. It may not help at all if the valve is sticking because of wear or other internal mechanical problem.
Your other problem is with going out of park. Actually, that is a normal condition that happens in every vehicle, but is more noticeable in heavier ones or those with slightly shorter shift arms on the transmission itself. Virtually every manufacturer uses the same method of locking a transmission in park. This is done by using a square piece of steel that fits into a square slot on the outside of an internal drum which is locked to the mainshaft of the transmission. Around that drum there are multiple slots as well as "blank" areas between them so that you can select park without having the vehicle need to roll a full revolution before the piece of steel (called the parking pall) can engage the drum. It does need to roll a bit till it finds a slot though. Putting the parking brake on takes tension from the drum and pall, so that the pall is not "loaded" by the weight of the vehicle, which makes it difficult to pull it back to disengage it. The weight of the vehicle and severity of the incline come into play here, as they add to the amount of loading. The length of the trans shift arm provides either more or less leverage, making movement either easier or more there is a variable between vehicles for all of the different reasons above.
Every owners manual will contain instructions to use the parking brake on hills but don't explain you know. Parking against a curb, you are loading the lock mechanism from the steering side which is why you should avoid parking like that.
Long answer to an easy question but that's how it works!!!

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 2008 dodge avenger. Will not move out of park.

ther is an electric solenoid in the shifter the fuse may have blown but if you have ever spilled anything sweet ,soda juice etc it will get sticky and gum up not letting it operate as designed check fuses first, if fuse is good then go to solenoid

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 2008 Dodge Avenger Gear Shift stuck in Park

sounds like the lock for it broke either from the button on the shifter or from the pedal its only plastic i would take the shifter cover off and try it then and look at all the peices too see what is not working

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: wont shift from park to drive its stuck

Since those incidents of runaway cars, they installed an interlock to prevent you from shifting out of park unless you have the brake firmly pressed down.
While checking and fixing a bad brake light switch is a good idea, the interlock was not, so I would just remove it.
It is unreliable, as the solenoid and connections fail commonly, and it is not worth the risk of not being able to drive. That is far more dangerous then the silly thing the interlock was intended to prevent.

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

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SOURCE: 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and the key won't turn

If all else fails try disconnecting the battery for 30secs or so... It worked for us!! Saved big$$ on towing it in and the dealerships doing the same thing..

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