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Rolling Caravan

Q. My 2000 Dodge Caravan ( 2.4 Liter, 3 speed auto) will roll backwards while in Drive if you stop on an incline.This only happens if you take it out of and put it back into Drive, which sometimes is necessary if you need to reverse into a parking space on a hill. I could deal with this if it had a hand operated parking brake but I end up using my left foot on the brake until I get the revs up. Also if you put it in Drive at any time, you have to give it some gas before it moves at all. I don't recall this happening with our 1994 Caravan ( 3.0 Liter, 4 speed auto) My dealer assures me this is normal.

Is he just trying to avoid doing some warranty repair?

A. Not having had the opportunity to drive a 2000 Dodge Caravan yet, I can't honestly say what is normal or not normal for this vehicle. However, if it were any other vehicle I would almost say something is wrong. The shift into drive should be almost instantaneous. Another trip to the dealer is in order and if they can not give you a definite answer, then request a meeting with the factory rep. If it is a known problem then he will be in a better position to help you.

I'm working on the assumption that you are not driving on very steep hills. If the hill is about 10 degrees or more, then a car will roll backwards in drive.

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