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#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...
#416 of 1029 Re: 99 Dodge Dakota Transmission [jim048678]
Oct 14, 2008 (6:19 pm)
The symptoms seem to indicate a possible intermittent loss of hydraulic pressure, although there are quite a few other possible explanations. Because of the age and mileage...coupled with lack of proper maintenance...you have a restricted flow problem. Potential candidates are a partially clogged transmission filter or cooling lines, or a clogged anti-drain back valve.
Of course, you could also have a weak of bad pump, bad seals, or rear clutch problems.
#417 of 1029 Re: 94 Dakota Transmission driving me crazy... [dakota94]
Oct 14, 2008 (6:20 pm)
How many miles on this truck?
#418 of 1029 Re: 94 Dakota Transmission driving me crazy... [dustyk]
Oct 14, 2008 (7:26 pm)
133,000. It is shifting fine now with the new filter and fluid, but will not go into overdrive...
#419 of 1029 Re: 98 Dakota Overdrive whine [ebtrr]
Oct 18, 2008 (5:33 am)
If you have not already repaired your transmission problem...or been gouged with a full transmission rebuild...your problem is one that I have experienced with two Dakotas I've owned.
The overdrive problem can be solved by having a reputable transmission shop pull the overdrive unit and change out the two bearings in the unit.The whining noise is caused by pitting on the bearing races. If you drive the vehicle too long, you can freeze up the bearing and cause a full rebuild of the overdrive unit that costs in the range of $1200. Change out of the bearings, inspection, clean-up, and changing out the three sensors should be less than $600.
Hope this helped...in time.
#420 of 1029 PLEASE HELP!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
Oct 28, 2008 (9:33 pm)
I posted on here a few years ago and still have the same problem. 93 dak 3.9 auto with 160k on it. It runs fine and shifts fine except when you have to pass it won't kick down. You can manually downshift and it works. I changed the fluid and filter right after I bought it. This is a 3rd vehicle for me and doesnt get used much at all except to haul things. I did replace the atf with the wrong type but it did the same before that. I am going to replace it again with the correct atf+4 and filter since the fluid looked brown and dirty. Anything to check while I am in there? The od works but you cannot manually shut it off at the switch, it is definitely NOT the switch as I replaced with a known good one. When you do hit the button, it seems to rev up a few like it is trying to kick out but then drops back into OD. The cable is adjusted properly. Had a guy in town drive it that rebuilds trannies for a living. He didnt think the tranny was bad per se, might be a valve body sticking or dirty??? Can't stick alot of money into it as its a spare but need it to be reliable. TPS? Od solenoid? It just doesn't have any downshifting ability. PLEASE ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!