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#376 of 1029 Transmission quirks?
Jun 11, 2008 (5:58 pm)
I'm looking for some advice for my 2002 4.7 Quad Cab Dakota 4x4. In recent driving, I have notice a surging of RPMs when driving on the highway (60-70 mph). The RPM will shoot up to 3500 or so for about a second and then drop back down to 3000/3100. This will happen intermittently and in varied conditions (hot, warm, cold) but only when going above 55 mph. It happens when I have the cruise on or off, doesn't matter. It sometimes happens 5 minutes into the trip or as long as 1 hour into a trip before it happens. Very random.
I am taking our Youth Group to a gathering at the end of the month and this issue makes me nervous for our smooth traveling. The Dodge dealer said they can't do anything until they can recreate the problem and get a scanner on the truck. Problem is that they are never open when it starts happening? Should I worry about breaking something soon? Are there certain symptoms that I should be looking for to help pinpoint the problem? I am wondering and it has also been mentioned that it may be the Torque Converter or the TC Clutch? If anyone has some advice, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
#377 of 1029 Re: Transmission quirks? [2002qcdd]
Jun 11, 2008 (6:48 pm)
swap out the throttle position sensor. it's a $22.00 part at Pepboys and takes about 30 seconds to change. A torx drive will be required to remove the two screws holding it onto the side of your throttle body. I had the same exact problem with my 2000 Dakota. A faulty throttle position sensor doesn't pop any codes so don't expect to find any. It's causing your problems because gunk has formed on the contacts inside of it's housing. A quick fix is to repeatedly move your throttle pedal (without the engine running) from the idle position to full throttle for about 10-15 seconds. It's a bandaid fix at best.
#378 of 1029 tranny vs. dash indicator
Jun 15, 2008 (7:07 am)
I just a bought a '02 Dak base model with 79K mi. When I shift down into P the dash indicator will either stay on R or not light up. Sometimes it is in P and sometimes it is in N. On one occasion I had reversed and when I shifted to D it would not move forward. Had to go to P and then back to D. There is a 30 day warranty on the tranny and I don't want it to expire without having this concern addressed. How should I explain this to the dealer's service rep so that the correct action is taken?
Also, the spare tire lowering shaft is misaligned from the guide hole preventing the lowering rod connection. It being a stiff metal rod, how should it be realigned?
#379 of 1029 Re: tranny vs. dash indicator [new2daks]
Jun 16, 2008 (2:06 pm)
I do not think it is a major transmission problem, in fact I'm pretty sure it's not in the transmission at all. As Dakota's of that vintage start to age I'm seeing more problems developing with the shift cable, a relatively inexpensive repair.
#380 of 1029 Re: tranny vs. dash indicator [dustyk]
Jun 16, 2008 (3:13 pm)
excellent. I'll mention it at the service check. thanks.
#381 of 1029 Re: tranny vs. dash indicator [new2daks]
Jun 18, 2008 (3:19 am)
I failed to mention it's an automatic. Does the shift cable symptom still apply?
#382 of 1029 Re: tranny vs. dash indicator [new2daks]
Jun 18, 2008 (2:31 pm)
Yes - only the automatic has a shift cable...... The manual xmission has a DIRECT connection from the shift-lever into the xmission housing with no linkage at all.
#383 of 1029 clutch or transmission, or both?
Jun 28, 2008 (10:55 pm)
I have a 01 Dakota with a 4.7 in it, just bought it about a month and half ago. It has 91000 miles tonight on it, i drove it out of town for the evening, with a round trip of about 130 miles, ive never had a problem with it before.
I stopped at a store when I got into town, and when I get back out, my dakota is acting very wierd, It was almost as though it dropped gears, and when I was in first it was having very hight rpms, in fact when i got it into "5th" gear it was running about 3500 RPM and i was going under 30 mph.
Along with this it was clanking, almost as though their were loose metal parts just dragging on the road along with me, when i got home i saw nothing was disconnected, but I did notice what I assume to be the clutch was smoking. I havent touched it and decided to wait and see if it starts until morning, but any ideas?
#384 of 1029 Tranny fluid leak
Jul 08, 2008 (12:03 pm)
Hello all, I hope someone can help me out here...I have a '98 Dakota Sport 3.9 V6 2WD, about 105,000 miles. I haven't had too many problems with it until now. I took it up the road about 4 miles, and along the way, the transmission began to slip. Luckily I made it back home, but it was slipping so bad, I could only go about 25 mph. When I got home, I noticed the leak. Red fluid coming from the front of the truck (around the radiator). Does this make sense? A buddy told me that I need a new radiator, but he knows as little about cars as I do. There is a mechanic about a mile away from me, but he's overpriced, and I don't know if the truck would even make it there. And I'd prefer not to pay for a tow. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! Andy
Jul 10, 2008 (5:40 am)
i hope im doing this right im a new member. i own a 2001 4.7 quad and something keeps leaking into my front passenger floor board. i have checked all houses and i do not loose coolent or wiper fliud. i love my truck but i am in to it more then it would have cost to by a new one. please can anyone help i dont know were else to look.