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#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.
#276 of 1029 Problems with transmission shifting at a stop
Nov 27, 2007 (1:53 pm)
I have a 2000 dodge dakota 4 door with 4.7 V8 4WD. the problem is when coming to a stop, the transmission wants to shift to second gear and it stalls out the truck. After reading symptoms from other entries from this site I changed out my TPS sensor (From Napa parts). But it did not solve my problems
#277 of 1029 Re: Problems with transmission shifting at a stop [bzeiher]
Nov 28, 2007 (7:06 pm)
Perhaps the speed-sensor screwed into the rear differential is not sending the proper signals to the computer? (telling it to shift)
#278 of 1029 2003 Dakota trans problem
Nov 29, 2007 (5:06 am)
I have a question about the truck's performance. If I am climbing a steep hill, the transmission downshifts but on occasion it slips out of gear and the engine rpms increase. As I decrease the throttle, the transmission goes back into gear and performs normally. There are no engine lights or codes. This happens only a few times. Is this a normal situation? Is it some type of safety feature?
As is in the past, thanks for your help. The information given on this forum is very useful.