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#660 of 1029 2003 SXT Dakota Automatic Transmission shifting issue
Sep 13, 2009 (4:48 pm)
I have a 2003 SXT Automatic 3.9L dodge Dakota. It has 59,000 miles on it. When I drive it seems that the first gear seems to be staying in gear longer then it should. Then it shifts. This also happens in Passing gear. It also seems it has no get up and go. Don't know if these issues are related or not. Does any one have any ideas that might help. Could my problem be a sensor related issue? Please help
#661 of 1029 1991 dakota auto trans by don67rs
Sep 15, 2009 (11:07 am)
I just bought a 91 ex cab with 5.2 motor & auto trans. it has 112,000 miles. The guy said the trans was serviced at 97,000 miles. Here the problem I'm having with it. When its cold and you put it in revers it backs up just fine. When you drive it for a while & have the temp. built up to normal , say 10 miles or so, when you go to back it up the rpm drops it shuders & acts like it trying to lock up you give it more gas & it kind of wheel hops. If you put it back to neutral & rev it up & try it again sometime it works ok & somtimes it still acts up. But when its cold before you get to much heat built up in it it works fine. Checked the fluid & its rihgt on full. Would it help to put synthetic fluid in it insted of reg. atf ? I't also shifts pretty firm & I put a new tps sensor & that helped a little on the firm shift part. Need help with this if anyone as any ideas.!!!!!!!!!!!
#662 of 1029 Re: trans doesn't down shift [pbell26]
Sep 16, 2009 (8:30 am)
when you replaced the cable did you put the return spring back on the throttlevavle with ou that there the vavle can not return all the way putting it back to 1st
#663 of 1029 Re: 2003 SXT Dakota Automatic Transmission shifting issue [john451]
Sep 19, 2009 (5:22 pm)
Has your Dakota always performed as you described or is this a recent development?
Your comments caught my attention because I am currently using my Dad's 2003 Dakota SXT with same engine and transmission as you have. Dad is in rehab for physical therapy and I have been using/exercising the Dakota. Yes, it has all the trademarked "rough around the edges" characteristics of a Chrysler Product: ie; Poor fit and finish, engine that operates normally, but roars like a machine shop, and is especially noisy when sticking in the reluctant low gear...I absolutely hate to drive this vehicle because it handles like a slug, thus becoming a road hazard. I thought I was just spoiled by the super handling and refinement of my own Honda, personal vehicles. But you have also noted this drive line flaw in the Dakota, so perhaps it is normal?
I have only known poor, sluggish performance from this vehicle since using it during the past several months. Anyone else know if sluggish shifting is normal on the Dakota? Will be interesting to see what others have to say about their own experience with the 2003 Dakota drive train.
#664 of 1029 Re: 2003 SXT Dakota Automatic Transmission shifting issue [holiday5]
Sep 19, 2009 (5:31 pm)
One thing I found was my Throtal cable was broken. Once that get replaced it will go on the computer for a complete analysys. I am hoping everything works out. I will let you know when I know someting.
#665 of 1029 Re: 2003 SXT Dakota Automatic Transmission shifting issue [john451]
Sep 19, 2009 (6:13 pm)
Did your engine increase speed in response to the accelerator peddle even though the throttle cable was broken?
#666 of 1029 2007 want shift out of first
Sep 20, 2009 (11:30 am)
Friday I just bought a used 2007 dakota quadcab st 4x4 3.7L with 49,500 mile on it. Today whin I lift church it would not shift out of first. I drove about a mile to a shipping center's parking lot to see if it need fluid, it was fine and no leaks. So I decided to put it in 4 wheel high and back to 2 wheel to see if that would get it to shift. It drove fine all the way home. Any idea what is wrong?
#667 of 1029 Re: 2007 want shift out of first [stanleydeitz]
Sep 20, 2009 (1:04 pm)
Did you turn the truck off when you checked the fluid? If you did then you rebooted the computer. I have a similar problem with a 2001. It can get stuck in one gear then when you turn it off and back on it will reboot the computer. Or it may be a linkage problem in which case it resolved itself when you put it in park and then shifted back to drive.
Sep 27, 2009 (1:55 pm)
my truck was being pulled in neutral, when i was getting to the stop light i started braking and had to brake hard to stop. after that the trucks back wheels are stuck and wont move. i lifted the rear end up and they spin but not being in neutral it doesnt move at all. any one know what it could be????
#669 of 1029 Highway speed issue.
Sep 27, 2009 (2:57 pm)