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#361 of 1029 Transmission Slipping - any advice?
May 19, 2008 (10:20 am)
While driving my Automatic 4x4 2002 Dodge Dakota's engine started to rev up and began to coast...so now in normal (D) Drive....it doesn't go...I put it in 2 low and 3 low it will engage and drive...and it did get me home (thank goodness)...but now I have no idea if I should invest in a diagnostic tool because the transmission light came on after a few minutes turning the car off and on....or should I drive it in low to the dealer to get it diagnosed....or a transmission repair shop...so many horror stories I have read makes me want to stay away from transmission shops or dealers...HElp!!!! I need advice on this nightmare.....possible $3K repair job. Aarrrrg....
#362 of 1029 Re: Transmission Slipping - any advice? [gdakota02]
May 26, 2008 (4:10 am)
There are so many things that could be causing this. We really need to know what engine you have, how many miles, and what transmission maintenance have you performed.
#363 of 1029 98 Dakota Overdrive whine
May 28, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I have a 98 5.2L 4x4 at about 130K. There has been a faint whining noise for a while which
becomes audible at about 35 MPH when accelerating and remains when decelerating almost to 0
mph. It has been there for at least 60K miles I'd guess and was not sure what to make of it.
Dealer "couldn't hear it" as usual. Lost all faith in them.
I have been driving a car for a few months and the truck only once in a while. As I have
gone back to drive it periodically, the whine seems worse. Not sure if it really is or if
I'm just not used to it now.
Anyway, did some experimenting with it tonight and found that it is Overdrive related. Does
not occur when the O/D is off and goes away within two seconds as soon as the O/D is turned
off. Well that localizes it but I'm sure most shops will immediately want to pull the tranny
and rebuild it. Financially that is not in the cards. This is no longer my daily driver, but
occasionally I have to have a truck, sometimes for long trips. I have not pulled the pan and
I am not sure I'm up to it as I have never done it. I don't get inside engines and
transmissions but have done about everything else mechanical on vehicles.
The tranny seems to operate like new otherwise. No slipping or strange shifting. Have had
the tranny flushed, filter changed and refilled with Mopar synthetic twice so far in the
life of the truck, so it has been cared for. Fluid level seems normal.
What are the possible issues I am looking at here and potential costs? Is the overdrive unit
a separate unit within the transmission that can be pulled and replaced or rebuilt without
tearing down the tranny? Is it possible this is related to the control solenoid or other
external parts? (I doubt this one)
Any help appreciated.
#364 of 1029 proper overdrive use
May 30, 2008 (7:54 pm)
I have a 1992 dodge dakota with the neat little "overdrive off" swicth. What is the proper way to use this tranny around town, freeways and hills, with and without a laod. I have the 3.9 tranny. thanx for any help. btw. i have just aquired this well maintained truck.
#365 of 1029 Re: Overdrive Problems??? [rbryana]
May 31, 2008 (7:41 am)
It is Tecnically not Kiking out of over drive.
The Transmission has a Lock Up Torque Converter that is Electric controlled
The shift you feel is the torque conv. locking and unlocking.
There ere 2 Speed sensors 1 located in the rear axle and 1 located in the transmission.
I believe it is located in the output/ rear end of the Trans.
I had mine replaced on my 99 about 60000 miles ago. The other thing that those sensors can do is keep the lockup engauged and make the Trans act like a manual trans. when you come to a stop sign the engine dies as if you didn't step on the clutch
#366 of 1029 Trans going into neutral while driving
May 31, 2008 (7:59 am)
After driving in rush hour the engine is up to temp and then some from not moving in traffic. The trans starts out fine in 1st then into 2nd then the engine revs and no more GO!.
Let off the gas slow down then the tranny starts to grab.
Found that if I Shift it to1st and run a little while then shift to 2nd then 3rd so on and keep the RPM. down below 2000 it will get Me home.
160,000 on Tranny Fluid/Filter changes some reg. approx 35-40 thou.
First thought was time for filter change, Done still acting up.
Any one else with simular troubles
#367 of 1029 Re: Transmission Slipping - any advice? [dustyk]
May 31, 2008 (9:32 pm)
Hi! Thanks for looking at my posting
I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota SLT 4x4 Club Cab 8 Cyl. 4.7 Fuel injected - Automatic Transmission, and 62,365 miles. I bought it used from a dealer.. have been happy with it till now ;( ...I have basically done the basic maintenance...oil changes tires...nothing drastic...I checked the transmission fluid is a nice redish clear color...looks to be a full/normal level on the dipstick and has not been leaking anything. Is my diagnosis...bad ;( like I have to work crazy hard to pay up for fixing the transmission...Eeeekkk.... A gal I know said her friend had the same thing happening recently... he had the belts changed..yadda yadda.. and it still had the slipping....anywho long story short..he traded his in. I do not have that option..nor do I want to get rid of it..I love my truck! Any suggestions would b appreicated. Thanks in advance! G
#368 of 1029 Transmission "bucks" hard
Jun 05, 2008 (5:39 pm)
2000 Dakota Standard 4X4. When I engage clutch in first gear the transmission wants to jump and "buck" hard and then when I disengage to stop the "bucking" it sounds like everything "clanks" back into place. Only does this in first gear, under torque, starting from a dead stop. If I rev the engine before engaging clutch, I can avoid this sometimes. I can start out in 2nd gear (4.7 engine) and there is no problem at all. I'm thinking it may be a broken transmission mount. Any suggestions will be great help.
#369 of 1029 Re: Transmission problem. [cubansky]
Jun 09, 2008 (6:40 am)
My 2002 Dakota is doing the same thing.
You mentioned pressing on the gas pedal a couple times before starting the engine.
How far did you depress the gas pedal, was it couple light taps, half or full pedal press downs?
Thanks for the advice.
#370 of 1029 Re: Transmission Slipping - any advice? [gdakota02]
Jun 09, 2008 (5:52 pm)
Hmmm. Well, with the 4.7 engine you should have the 545RFE transmission. Problems with this model transmission are extremely rare. With that mileage I'd find it hard to believe you have a hard problem, unless someone added Dexron-Mercon transmission fluid, which will cause the 545RFE to fail.
Since you have every drive position except "Drive," my first suspect is either a transmission shift cable binding, damaged, or out of adjustment. Another likely suspect would be a defective shift position switch.
i would recommend that you have a Dodge dealer inspect it and check for codes.
Please let me know what opinions you get.