Last post on Nov 02, 2013 at 6:36 AM
You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
What is this discussion about?
Dodge Dakota, Truck
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#566 of 1029 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota 4.7L with the 545RFE transmission [rresa]
Mar 17, 2009 (10:46 am)
Just following up with the issues that I experienced with my transmission. After replacing the TPS and getting the trans fluid flushed, the erratic shifting issues are no longer an issue and the fuel economy has improved dramatically.
Thanks for the tip on replacing the TPS as it took car of not only the tranmission shifting issues, but corrected the erratic idle issues as well. It was $29.99 at Autozone with a 2 year warranty and takes on minutes to replace.
#567 of 1029 Re: 99 Dakota with a weak Overdrive [mtndewdude]
Mar 18, 2009 (12:22 am)
My pleasure, sir. Hope the resolution isn't too expensive.
#568 of 1029 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota 4.7L with the 545RFE transmission [rresa]
Mar 18, 2009 (12:27 am)
Glad to hear you had good success. Punky Throttle Position Sensors aren't the problem they use to be, but the 2001s and 2002s seem to have higher replacement rates.Defective TPSs can really drive a 545RFE a crazy.
#569 of 1029 2002 Dakota 4x4 8cyl 5.9 going into limp mode
Mar 18, 2009 (8:37 pm)
I posted this about 1 1/2 years ago and no one had an answer, hopefully someone may be able to provide some insight now
I have a 2002 Dakota Quad 4x4 8cyl 5.9 w/ 86,000miles now 105,000
Recently when coming to a stop the transmission will either fail to shift from 2nd to 1st or will downshift to 1st but jump back up to 2nd after I come to a complete stop.
After sitting for a minute it will sometimes shift to 1st ok, other times it doesn't and I have to manually shift it to 1st.(no problems with manual shifting) sometimes it now does not shift until i start to move again, even with trying to force it to 1st
This is a rather intermittent problem, sometimes it will act up for the whole day, sometimes I can go for 5+ daysor months and not have any incident.
I took it to a local shop, they ran tests, and pulled the pan. Tests came up clean. They claim the pan had some metal flakes in it. I unfortunately was not there to verify it. They want to rebuild it for about $2000.
I am going to take to somewhere else for a 2nd opinion as I think having to rebuild a tranny at 86,000miles is absolutely nuts. However I wouldn't be totally surprised as there has not been much done in the way of maintenance. never did get the 2nd opinion
Could this just be a case of neglect on my part and I just need to pony up for the rebuild or is there hope for a less expense answer?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
#570 of 1029 Re: 2002 Dakota 4x4 8cyl 5.9 going into limp mode [glenn973]
Mar 22, 2009 (10:48 am)
Before making assumptions or declaring a rebuild on this transmission, there are a number of things that should be checked before ripping it out of the vehicle.
First, we need some vehicle history. What kind of transmission maintenance have you performed? Have you replaced any engine or transmission parts? What actions, if any, have you taken to troubleshoot the problem?
You say this is going in to Limp mode. How do you know?
#571 of 1029 Re: 2002 Dakota 4x4 8cyl 5.9 going into limp mode [glenn973]
Mar 22, 2009 (5:18 pm)
I have a 2001 dakota r/t it also had tranny problems, not getting into 2nd gear somtimes under load. Took to shop and dropped pan...the tech wiggled some levers and found one of the bands loose / broken, got it rebuilt / and shift kit for $1,500. Works like a champ now...
#572 of 1029 Re: 2002 Dakota 4x4 8cyl 5.9 going into limp mode [dustyk]
Mar 23, 2009 (11:38 pm)
Thank you for your reply.
Maintenance: Honestly, very little maintenance has been performed to the transmission itself aside from monitoring fluid levels. It has been serviced once(when I took it to the transmission shop to investigate the problem).
I have not replaced any transmission parts, there was as issue with acceleration/jerking that sounds alot like the TPS issue I've read so much about, the dealership fixed that quickly. As for the engine, within the first year there was some issue that caused the dealership to replace the heads and I recently replaced the water pump & belts. Other than that it's been pretty trouble free.
Troubleshooting: I have taken it to both a local transmission shop and the dealership, niether one was able to pinpoint the issue(nor were they able to get it to act up while it was in there possesion) Basically, they both said to drive it until it gets worse or just get the rebuild...
I say limp mode because that is what the dealership said I was describing(if i remember correctly)
The transmission shop said that it most likely was metal flakes floating around getting attracted to a magnatized silinoid(or something like that), causing the gears to get stuck. They said they could just replace the electronics, but weren't confident that would solve the issue...
Let me know if there is anything else I can answer, i really do appriciate you taking the time to help me troubleshoot this issue.
#573 of 1029 What kind of Tranny, 98 3.9 auto?
Mar 24, 2009 (9:38 am)
What kind of tranny do I have, 1998 Dodge Dakota 3.9V6, auto Sport ex cab, 2WD? I need to change the transmission filter and oil, what kind of kit do I need?
#574 of 1029 Re: 98 Dakota Overdrive whine [fuzzybear2]
Mar 25, 2009 (12:04 pm)
Thanks fuzzy. I've hardly been driving the truck but it is still making the noise when I do. Would still like to get it fixed sometime. A couple questions
Is $600 for repair in the vehicle, the shop pulling the tranny for repairs, or for repairs on a tranny that you pulled yourself? Do you have any advice on finding a reputable transmission shop? I finally have an auto repair place I trust but have never had tranny work done there and I don't think I trust the national brands like AAMCO and the like. Have you pulled a tranny from a Dakota and if so how involved is it?
Thanks so mucn for your help!
#575 of 1029 Re: What kind of Tranny, 98 3.9 auto? [dervin1]
Mar 25, 2009 (12:28 pm)
I have a 98 5.2 4x4 V8. I always take it in to have it done because they hook up a machine to the tranny coolant lines that flushes out ALL the fluid out and fresh fluid in. If you just drain it or drop the pan and change the filter you only get a fraction of the fluid changed, less than half. It is pricey to do it that way (~$100) but worth it. Quick lube places will do it but will not do the filter (Valvoline at least.) Any reasonable shop should be able to do it with the filter.