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Nov 23, 2008 (9:58 am)
I saw that someone else had this problem but I never saw a response to his particular problem. I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota with a 3.9L V-6. Up to this point, I've had no problems. A while back I had a problem starting my truck. I turned the key and nothing, just silence. I was baffled. Somehow or another I took the truck out of park into neutral and then put it back into park and it started right up. I was thinking my Transmission might be slipping.
The Other day, I pulled into work and put the truck in park and went to reach over to get my gym bag and the truck took off in reverse almost hitting a car behind me. Scared sensless and thinking I had mistakenly put it in reverse I drove back to my spot and put the truck in park again. Took my foot off of the break and it again took off in reverse.
I pulled back forward, put the truck in park, shut it off and put the E brake on.
The indicator that shows what gear I'm in (P-R-N-D-2-1) is now off by a half a mark, ie. Neutral now shows as reverse, etc. The truck is still driveable right now but will not shift into Park. Any help would be appreciated.
#441 of 1029 Re: Transmission Help [findme23rls]
Dec 01, 2008 (5:20 pm)
Well don't feel bad friend, I've asked two questions on here and haven't gotten an answer yet.. I'm beginning to think that no one on here knows the answers... Although my problem wasn't the same as yours, I didn't get an answer either... Good luck...
#442 of 1029 Re: 1998 Dakot 5.2 Auto, trans swap?? or stay auto.... [CharDak]
Dec 03, 2008 (6:12 pm)
I'm glad to have been helpful. I'm honored by your comments.
One thing I'd like to add is the importance of flushing the cooling lines after a rebuilt or a swap. The way you describe the magnet, I am worried that the cooling lines are restricted. This is a VERY common problem, and not just on Mopars.
#443 of 1029 Re: Transmission Help [findme23rls]
Dec 03, 2008 (6:15 pm)
Yes, this is a common symptom on older Dakotas.
The Shift Cable is binding or is badly out of adjustment. You could have a problem with the Transmission Range Sensor, but this is very rare and equally doubtful.
I suggest taking it to the dealer for repair.
#444 of 1029 Re: Does anyone know??? [dakota94]
Dec 03, 2008 (6:36 pm)
If you look on the side of the transmission housing, there should be either an "RH" or "RE" in raised letters cast into the housing. You should be able to use any RH downwards to '89. The RE series is a little more complicated since there could be a computer-to-transmission compatibility issue.
You can't use an "RH" to replace a "RE," and vice-versa.
Swaping transmissions from different years is not an approach I recommend, since there are often changes and differences (axle ratio, for example) that will have a bearing on transmission performance, reliability, and sometimes suitability.
#445 of 1029 Re: 1997 Dodge Dakota Transmission Trouble [gocatsgo08]
Dec 04, 2008 (7:50 am)
What you are describing sounds a lot like a catalytic converter problem. Had the same symptoms on two different trucks and the catalytic converter was clogged up on both. After putting a new one in (not inexpensive) they worked great. that may explain why the o2 sensor was appearing. Good luck.
#446 of 1029 Re: Transmission Help [dustyk]
Dec 08, 2008 (10:33 am)
dUSTY I HAVE A FEW PROBLEMS WITH MY SON'S 02 DAK .FIRST IT IS GETTING TERRIBLE FUEL MILEAGE .NEXT IT CUT'S OFF WHEN IT IS SHIFTED INTO REVERSE NEXT IT HAS A SHIFTING PROBLEM IN HIG GEAR AND OD I HAVE REPLACED THE TPS SAME PROBLEM REPLACED ONE O2 SENSOR AND IT THROWS A CODE OF 0748 WHEN SHIFTING INTO HIGH GEAR AND OD .ANY SUGGESTION'S? IT IS A 2002 3.9 AUTO DAKOTA .I AM GETTING READY TO CHANGE THE PRESSURE CONTROL SOLENOID AND THE FILTER AND FLUID WHILE IN THERE .ANY MORE SUGGESTION'S?
#447 of 1029 Re: Transmission Help [dge330]
Dec 09, 2008 (4:55 pm)
This needs problem needs to start with a pressure check. Could be a locked torque converter, broken planetary gearset, a stuck or dragging clutch, stuck valve body, there are too many things that might cause this.
#448 of 1029 Re: Transmission Help [dustyk]
Dec 09, 2008 (6:01 pm)
the truck had a rod knocking and it sat for 2 years before we had the motor rebuilt .andn this is the problem we had after we installed new motor .i am going to replace both solenoids in the trans plus filter and fluid
Dec 09, 2008 (6:04 pm)
added seafoam trans tune about 25 miles ago to try to free stuck vales if any