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Sep 28, 2008 (12:16 pm)
Hi... I just bought a 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport. 105000 miles, 3.9L magnum, automatic transmission. I got too good of a deal on it even if it needs a tranny rebuild. When the truck is cold it does not shift into second without with RPM's hitting 4000. It is almost as if it will not shift into overdrive. It is not consistent when it does this. The check engine light is not on. After driving about 10 minutes it starts shifting normally and drives great. I have checked all fluids and they are good. The guy I got if from put some Lucus transmission "stuff" in it and really no change. I have found no leaks. I have done some research but want some more opinions. Govenor Pressure Solenoid?? or Speed Sensors?? In low and High Gear (1 and 2) truck runs and shifts fine.
#407 of 1029 Re: not good cold [first_truck]
Sep 28, 2008 (5:17 pm)
A binding or loose Throttle Position Cable can cause this, or a weak or missing Throttle Return Spring.
I highly recommend that you get that Lucas stuff out of there. Mopar automatics use a special ATF (ATF+4) that can be easily destabilized by incorrect or incompatible fluids.
#408 of 1029 2003 transmission question
Sep 29, 2008 (5:31 am)
I have a 2003 quad cab with auto transmission. If I depress the throttle hard in order to pass or climb a hill the transmission seems to go into nuetral and the engine rpms peg. When I release the throttle, the transmission goes back into gear. Is this some type of safety feature or is there a problem?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#409 of 1029 Re: 2003 transmission question [tonym5]
Sep 29, 2008 (3:46 pm)
Is it a V6 or V8?
#410 of 1029 Re: not good cold [dustyk]
Sep 29, 2008 (4:14 pm)
Thanks so much, will do.
#411 of 1029 Transmission slips only when I make a left turn!?!
Sep 30, 2008 (6:08 am)
I've owned my 3.9L V6 2000 Dodge Dakota 2WD since buying it brand new in well 2000. Over the last three years or so once in awhile while making a left turn the tranny (automatic) will slip out of gear and hesitate. I've gotten used to it and it doesn't seem to really harm the truck but I'd like to fix it if possible to prolong the life of the truck. I intend to replace the throttle position sensor as I've read on here to see if that works but I wanted to see if anyone else on here was having a similar issue.
#412 of 1029 Re: 2003 transmission question [dustyk]
Sep 30, 2008 (6:51 am)
It is a V6
#413 of 1029 Re: 2003 transmission question [tonym5]
Oct 04, 2008 (8:57 pm)
Sorry about the late response.
You have a 42RE transmission.
Based on your description of the symptom I would say there is a problem. Some possibilities are list as follows:
*Low fluid level or foaming (possible transmission overheating)
*Clogged transmission filter
*Clogged cooler lines
*Throttle Position Cable misadjusted
*Gear shift linkage out of adjustment; kinked or binding shift cable
*Partially restricted Anti-drain Back Valve (excessively dirty fluid)
*Low hydraulic pressure caused by a weak pump, Valve Body malfunction or warpage, leaking clutch or ring seals, leaking Servo.
*Rear Clutch malfunction;worn clutch or leaking clutch seals.
Valve body wear is usually found on high mileage vehicles. Sticking valve body components usually indicate expired or very dirty ATF. Rear clutch wear at lower mileage usually indicates that the transmission had been overheated at one time, probably from pulling an excessively heavy load or towing with the overdrive engaged, or pulling heavy loads/towing in hilly country with the overdrive engaged.
This is also one of the classic symptoms in Mopar transmissions where the incorrect transmission fluid was used, probably Dexron-Mercon. All Dodge trucks and most Chrysler-built cars require ATF+3 (older vehicles) or ATF+4. Your's requires ATF+4.
Good luck and best regards,
#414 of 1029 99 Dodge Dakota Transmission
Oct 08, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Hey I think I have a huge problem. i have a 99 Dodge Dakota 5.2l 4x4 it has about 117000 miles on it. some times when you take off from a stop it acts like it is in neutral then it will jump hard in to gear. It also pulses when driving down the highway the problem is intermittent. The pulsing is slow like every 10 to 15 seconds the RPMs will jump about 500 to 750. The transmission also slips some times when it shift. Is this something I can fix my self or should i take it in. I have about two years of automotive schooling. But I am a college Student and Broke.
#415 of 1029 94 Dakota Transmission driving me crazy...
Oct 12, 2008 (8:15 pm)
Hi, I'm new here and I sure hope you can help me... I just bought a 94 Dakota Ext, cab with the 3.9L V-6 and automatic trans. When I bought it, I drove it home and everything seemed fine as far as shifting... After about a week, it got to where it would shift fine when cold, but after the truck warmed up, it didn't want to shift out of 2nd. But you could sometimes manually shift it and it would go threw the shifts. Then it got to where it just didn't want to come out of second at all. I figured it was the filter picking up slug as it heated up, and restricting the filter. So I changed the filter and fluid. (I used the ATF+4, right?). Shifted fairly good for a couple of days, and the more I drive it the better it shifts. Now it seems to be doing fine except for... Now the darn thing doesn't go into overdrive... At all... I'm just a backyard mechanic, and not at all a transmission guy... What would cause it to not go into overdrive, when it was when I first bought it about a month ago... Help please...