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#3767 of 5120 AOL surprise / auto tranny / fuel issues
Oct 30, 2001 (11:21 am)
hey all, got up this morning, logged on to AOL, and what did i see on the welcome screen? a shiny new dodge dakota quad cab over the caption "30 most wanted cars" issued by Edmunds! made me happy as a proud new papa. seems they really like this little sucker, and i'm sure the comments by bookitty and others might've had something to do with it...
auto tranny on my 4.7 - sorry there's some of us having trouble with this tranny. for the life of me i can't imagine why yall's aren't as good as mine. i have over 60k of some really 'vicious' use / abuse on mine, and it's never grumbly at all. smooth as silk. i changed my fluid at 30k to synthetic, and once since then. but that's it. i use the truck about 2/3 on pavement and 1/3 on caliche - with towing duties of about 25% of total miles to date, with loads of 1500# - 5500# (well over the max. recommended for my 2wd/3.55 ratio truck. i've also auto-x the truck some... only difference in mine MAY be that i don't have a lsd?
mpg - i use the lowest grade of chevron out here in W. TX. (87 oct.) and i get 15 - 20 mpg. 21 mpg on night trips at 65 mph. 22-24 mpg in the Colo. mtns. at ave. speeds of about 40-50 mph. this 4.7's mileage is REAL sensitive to rpm's. on my usual jaunts into midland, tx. i'll 'sort of' get frisky with other truck drivers, and my mpg will drop noticeably, if you know what i mean, and i think you do.
fuel tank - i routinely fill mine up at 22 gal. or more, once at 23.991 gallons (remembered that one cause i couldn't believe it and wrote it down!) - truck wasn't stumbling, so maybe it'd gone a few more miles and would've been over 24 at the fill. i always fill the filler tube up as well, so maybe there's a few tenths there. W. TX. gas stations can be 100's of mile's apart.
sorry everyone's experience with this truck hasn't been as great as mine. it's never ONCE been in the shop for anything. maybe it's blessed. i picked it up on Christmas Eve 1999.
#3768 of 5120 Re: Transmission and stuff by davewarwick1
Oct 30, 2001 (8:42 pm)
I was just logging on tonight to ask about the "actuator noise" you described. I have a 2000 QC 4.7/Auto Full-time 4WD. I have the door locks turned off and hear a click and buzz between 12-15 mph the first time I go through that speed after starting the truck. On my test drive with the service manager I made it happen every time I stopped and restarted the engine and accelerated past 15 mph. Last week the dealer said it was the 4-wheel ABS doing its system check and is normal. Are other people hearing this sound? Folks with the BOB, does it refer to the ABS system check?
#3769 of 5120 "actuator noise"
Oct 31, 2001 (8:52 am)
My guess is the rolling door locks, eventhough "turned off" at the CTM, still allow the power lock motor to operate without actually locking doors. I hear this noise at the exact same speed point(15mph) as before locks were disabled. (Dealer used scan tool to reprogram CTM)
The ABS self test occurs when ignition switch is turned to Run position (NOT at 15mph). A controller breifly cycles the pump and solenoids to check operation (this is audible).
Same controller monitors wheel speed continuously when truck is in motion. Another dealer half- truth.
#3770 of 5120 Hey themacguy
Oct 31, 2001 (9:05 am)
Have you had any brake problems? Rotor warpage, inordinate pad wear, brake squeal - those types of things? I don't seem to remember anything from you about this subject. By the way, my '01, 4.7L, auto, 2wd Sport+ has a very smooth transmission, too (knock on wood!). Only problems have been the brake squeal (twice in the shop for that).
Oct 31, 2001 (9:28 am)
themacguy - I just saw your brake experience on another thread. I even remember you posting that many moons ago.
Oct 31, 2001 (9:58 am)
I just bought the 02 Dakota Quad. 4.7l/Auto/LSD.
Does anybody notice when you come to a a stop and move from Drive to Neutral you get a "thunk" and the vehicle motions backwards. The subsequent shift from Neutral to Park doesn't seem to be bad. Also, moving from Park to drive there doesn't seem to be problems. Wondering if others are experiencing this. Thanks.
#3773 of 5120 sunburn, ext. warranty
Oct 31, 2001 (6:46 pm)
Todd, Been off here a few days, so hopefully this will still do you some good. I was offered DC warr through mail after I bought my truck . $790.00 for 100.00 deduct 5/60,000. Dealer was 850.00 to 950.00. On this forum was posted a dealer in DeMoines,Ia. Web address is www.chryslerwarranty.com . I bought Mine from them. 6/60,000 50 deduct Chrysler warrany for $685.00. They may have gone up some as this was 10 or so months ago. They were nice to deal with. Nick
#3774 of 5120 zonk - no problem
Oct 31, 2001 (11:22 pm)
ALL that i remember, due to my absence, is the 'many moons ago' stuff!
hey, is a_j still around, or do i need to check the obituaries up in the 'great white north' (again) for him.
Nov 01, 2001 (8:24 am)
I haven't seen anything from him in a long, long time. Maybe Boo knows.
Nov 01, 2001 (10:13 am)
Well, it's finally official! I am the proud owner of a 2002 graphite metallic 4X4 QC (4.7L, 5 sp. sport, 3:92 LSD, all the goodies). I must say that I am impressed and a little bit smitten with my new toy (of course I haven't made my first payment yet). I work as an engineer in the automotive industry and cannot find any glaring issues with this vehicle (which is extremely rare for me). I just hope everything goes ok and I don't warp rotors, get cracked fog lights, hear popping noises, etc. The only complaint I have so far (that I will just have to get used to) is the relative height of the windshield. I have noticed that I must bend forward sometimes just to see traffic lights. Small beans. The only other problem is my rusty manual transmission skills (an excuse to go and practice!)
I have a couple of questions for you long time owners (especially those with the 5 speeds):
- The owner's manual mentioned something about a light in the center console (front buckets). I do not have a light there, does anyone else?
- There are 2 cup holders in my console. One big one behind the stick, and one off near the drivers right shin. Is the second one new? I know some of you guys have problems crushing your taco bell 64 oz. drinks when you shift.
- It seems that there is no "up-shift" indicator light with the 4.7 L manual trans set up (which is fine by me). I was just wondering if other years had this item.
- I read before that a few of you regularly started out from a stopped condition in second gear. The gearing seems to allow this, but I was just wondering if it has caused any of you problems (clutch wear, stalling, etc.).
- What are your thoughts on downshifting (engine braking). I have been told that the trans synchros are not designed for this unless you are traveling at slow enough speed for a lower gear.
- Where the hell do I check the manual trans. fluid?
- Has anyone removed either of the rear seats for extra storage space? (i.e. bulky, boxy items that can't get wet).
It's good to belong to such an informative, well versed group (have you ever read some of the other forum topics? Sheeeesh! Where do these people come from?)