The nature of this problem is strange, kind of puzzling me. Van has 156k miles on it.
Sometimes the power to the dashboard circuit presumably fails, because the LED display won’t light and various dials don’t work (oil temp and battery).
When this happens, lately, seems like the transmission gets a 3 second scraping noise when…
- Turning on the vehicle
- Shifting at anytime between park, drive and reverse.
The fact it seems to be intermittent leads me to believe it’s due to some electrical failure, but not entirely sure. Almost thinking a failing torque converter could be at play, seems like I noticed a shudder at 30-45 mph which is why I pulled over to check if one of my tires popped, which they normally do. But I eventually concluded it was due to the nature of the road, since it was repeated on that same stretch of road. So not sure what’s going on, had hopes that terminal transmission problems would happen a bit later than this.
Checked transmission fluid, looked brown with maybe a few tiny specks in it. Seemed like fluid level was appropriate, was just below the “hot” mark when the engine was cold.