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#266 of 1029 2000 Dodge Dakota Transmission
Nov 09, 2007 (1:37 pm)
My Dakota has 125,000 miles on it and when I am driving I have to run the RPM's up over 3500 and let off of the gas for it to shift into 3rd gear. I have the 3.9L V6. Once it gets into overdrive it is fine but getting there is not good for the truck. I have parked it until I figure out what is wrong with it. A transmission shop said that it was my bands that are going bad but I have been burned in the past by automotive shops and tend not to trust everything thy say. If anyone has onformation it would be appreciated.
Nov 13, 2007 (11:59 am)
Ok. I really don't know if this is transmission, transfer case, rear end or what and neither does my local Dodge garage. I have a 05 Dakota 4.7 4X4. It has 45000 miles on it. This problem started at about 40K and it has been in the garage a couple times and had all of the diagnostics done. I will be driving down the road at hwy speeds and the 4 lo light will start flickering on and off. This will be followed shortly by a "thump" under the truck. The speed and tach will not change. It originally was more likely to start this when I was in hills, but is getting more frequent. I can sometimes hear a whine before the "thump". I may go 50 miles with out it happening, or it may happen 3-4 times per mile. I have changed the TPS and it did not help.
#268 of 1029 2002 Dakota 4x4 8cyl 5.9 downshift problem
Nov 15, 2007 (11:53 pm)
Hey there, I can't seem to find anything that exactly describes my problem:
I have a 2002 Dakota Quad 4x4 8cyl 5.9 w/ 86,000miles
Recently when coming to a stop the transmission will either fail to shift from 2nd to 1st or will downshift to 1st but jump back up to 2nd after I come to a complete stop.
After sitting for a minute it will sometimes shift to 1st ok, other times it doesn't and I have to manually shift it to 1st.(no problems with manual shifting)
This is a rather intermittent problem, sometimes it will act up for the whole day, sometimes I can go for 5+ days and not have any incident.
I took it to a local shop, they ran tests, and pulled the pan. Tests came up clean. They claim the pan had some metal flakes in it. I unfortunately was not there to verify it. They want to rebuild it for about $2000.
I am going to take to somewhere else for a 2nd opinion as I think having to rebuild a tranny at 86,000miles is absolutely nuts. However I wouldn't be totally surprised as there has not been much done in the way of maintenance.
Could this just be a case of neglect on my part or is there hope for a less expense answer?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
#269 of 1029 Overdrive Shifting Problem
Nov 17, 2007 (1:28 pm)
I have a 1997 Dodge Dakota 4x4 with the 3.9L V6 110,00 miles. I recently purchased the vehicle but dont know much of the vehicles history.
It has developed a shifting problem with the overdrive. When I apply regular gas pedal pressure it seems to shift fine. However, when I am around 45-50mph and I fluctuate the gas pedal the transmission feels like it is jumping between 3rd gear (or 4th if there is one) and overdrive. Its the hardest shift I have ever felt. It's almost like it doesn't know what gear it should be in.
I checked the transmission fluid level and color and it seems to be ok. On another note, when I drive with the O/D off it seems to shift just fine. I have been reading many forums postings but cant seem to find someone with a similar problem.
My first thought was to change the transmission filter (not a flush). But I have read many other posting talking about solenoids, trans cables, and TPS's.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#270 of 1029 Re: 2000 Dodge Dakota Transmission [dsub]
Nov 24, 2007 (5:43 am)
My 98 Durango had the some problem. I flushed the system put in new ATF-4 fluid and new filter, added Lucas product, after several thousand miles no change. On line someone suggested a product called Auto-RX, I went to the web site and ordered a quart, added 16 oz. as they said to do. I have now driven 500 miles and the tranny shifts like brand new. I don't normally fall for these additives as most are snake oil but this one is the real thing. They only sell on line, go to www.Auto-RX.com for info to order and good luck.
#271 of 1029 Re: 2000 Dodge Dakota Transmission [challenger3]
Nov 24, 2007 (7:41 am)
I checked out there website and they recommend adding 6oz of the cleaner and then doing a transmission flush. Did you just add the fluid and leave it?
I added half a bottle of Sea Foam which is another product that cleans transmissions. It sounds like I should add the whole bottle?
#272 of 1029 Re: 2000 Dodge Dakota Transmission [sjbrush]
Nov 24, 2007 (11:55 am)
I messed up on the quantity when I added it. I talked on the phone to the guy who holds the patent and I thought he said to add 16oz., the correct amount is 6oz. as the web site says. I have since talked to him again and he said that it would not cause a problem but 6 oz, is the correct amount. No I have not drained and flushed the system, I will wait until I run it the entire 1500 miles, at that point I intend to flush the system and replace with ATF 4.
#273 of 1029 Re: '99 Dakota shifting problems [vin757]
Nov 24, 2007 (12:09 pm)
I had the same problem with my 98 Durango, the TPS did no good either. As a last resort I added auto-rx, 500 miles later it started shifting like new. See my message on posting #270.
#274 of 1029 trans overdrive solenoid
Nov 24, 2007 (5:33 pm)
I have a 1994 Dodge Dakota V8. I was wondering where the transmission overdrive solenoid is physically located on the truck.
#275 of 1029 Re: 2000 Dodge Dakota Transmission [sjbrush]
Nov 27, 2007 (7:27 am)
Hi, It's me again. I went out to the garage and checked the bottle again. I used one half the bottle which is only a 12 oz. bottle so it means that I used the correct 6 0z. amount. The reason the original message said 16oz. is because I new I used half but thought the bottle was 32 oz. Good luck and let me know how you make out.