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Alternative 1995 Cirrus & Stratus Transaxle Control Module


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#1 sgtmyers88

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 12:44 AM

So I had mentioned a while back that the original TCM (Part#4606105) for my 1995 Cirrus would randomly fail causing limp mode. Dealerships and Transmission shops dismissed it and said it would require a transmission rebuild even though the transmission was already rebuilt at 90k miles by the previous owner and sold it to me for the price of the rebuild. I had been using the TCM salvaged from my wrecked 1999 model but I had no gear indicators, back up lights, or the ability to manually shift into 3 or L due to the redesign in 1996 that replaced the separate safety and range switch with a range sensor. Besides these issues the transmission has shifted perfectly for the past year with no limp mode and the car has drove fine for 20k miles with no issues with the '99 Cirrus TCM installed.

 

I had discovered I can get a rebuilt TCM from the dealership but it would be $296 not including installation and flashing would have been even more $$$ which I was not willing to pay.

 

Doing some research online and looking around at some salvage yards I managed to discover that the Chrysler Built Minivans from 1993-1995 (Town & Country, Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan) use the same transaxle as the 1995 Cirrus/Stratus and were quite plentiful in availability. I picked up a 1995 Caravan TCM (Part#4686606) for a mere $25 and it has been working flawlessly with no limp mode issues and I have all the functions that I would have had with the original TCM, in fact I noticed the Cirrus actually shifts smoother and quieter getting down the road now. $25 well spent! I will still keep the '99 TCM as a emergency backup.

 

Thought I would share. :)


Edited by sgtmyers88, 16 January 2015 - 12:49 AM.


#2 RagingSun

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 08:53 PM

Nice to know

#3 KennyL

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 09:53 PM

Very crafty fix.  Correct year and engine/trans package seems to be much more important than correct car for TCMs and PCMs.



#4 sgtmyers88

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 03:58 PM

Just an update. Putting on nearly 5k miles since performing this fix I have had ZERO problems. The transmission shifts great and the car drives amazing.



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Posted 23 February 2015 - 09:06 PM

Awesome. Not sure how i missed this but excellent contribution.

#6 sgtmyers88

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Thanks all. Hopefully this will save a lot of the surviving 1995 models from unnecessary transmission repairs and rebuilds and the scrap yard. If you do a Google search about a intermittent limp mode and other transmission issues on the early model clouds a lot of them are related to the 1995 models or the TCM being faulty.

 

http://community.car...-control-module

http://community.car...ission-of-death

https://answers.yaho...10160117AAfegM6

http://www.automotiv...g_into_2nd.html

http://en.allexperts...s-1995-limp.htm

http://www.carsurvey...omments/page-4/

 

I suspect all of the 1995 Cirrus/Stratus TCM units were faulty.


Edited by sgtmyers88, 17 March 2015 - 02:29 AM.


#7 RagingSun

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 02:31 PM

I'm thinking the programming for shifting the vans is made smoother as to make the vans ride smoother. like clipping the "torque mod" wire. It would do the opposite

Edited by RagingSun, 28 February 2015 - 02:33 PM.


#8 Framedearth

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 03:45 PM

Thanks Sgt!

#9 Dylan214

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 08:30 PM

I have Pinned this topic  SO it wont disappear lol



#10 sgtmyers88

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:35 PM

lol I no longer have the Cirrus in question but glad I could solve this problem for others to make use of. I am gonna stick to 1996-on.


Edited by sgtmyers88, 11 June 2018 - 01:26 AM.


#11 sgtmyers88

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 01:25 AM

Thanks for pinning this.