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#887 of 1029 Re: 1999 dodge dakota shifting problems [poncho411]
Mar 16, 2011 (10:22 pm)
I have a 2001 4.7 v8 auto with 97k mi that has a "clunk" during the up and down shift between 2nd at third. I can let off the gas during that period which helps to mitigate the harshness of the shift. It's been doing this for the last year or so. I've had the truck into a local shop twice and into the local dodge dealership twice as well since it started. The dealership reprogrammed the software that manages the shifting two times. Each time the shifting problem went away for 1-2 weeks before coming back. Now they want $2500 to open and close the tranny, but they are not even sure that's the etiology of the problem. The local auto shop could not identify the problem either. I'm wondering if it would be worth it to just buy a new transmission and see if that takes care of the problem. One thing that is weird is that the check engine light has not gone off this entire time.
Don't know what to do.
#888 of 1029 Re: 06 dakota slt 3.7l automatic - tranny slip [smitty06]
Apr 02, 2011 (5:55 am)
Had exact same thing happening on 2002 quad cab 4.7L 45re trans. Found that with lite throttle it would clunk into 2nd gear. If I was hard on the throttle out of the hole it would shift better with out a clunk.
Had my friend at dodge drop pan and he found a broken spring actuator for 1st gear. It was very hard to see spring broken but it was. those springs . Replaced and all was fine.
Bad TPS sensor happened right after that. Noticed no clunking on shifting but noticed tach racing up and down with a steady pressure on throttle at about 40mph. Replaced that and all is fine.
#889 of 1029 Re: 06 dakota slt 3.7l automatic - tranny slip [smitty06]
Apr 13, 2011 (8:23 pm)
i have a 99 dakota with the 5.2 and the 46re trans my truck did the same the under lit acceleration it seemed fine but when i got on to it it clunked and shook the truck pretty bad it turned out to be the drive shell had beat it self up badly and caused the trans to slip in first im not sure if that would be your problem and it suck to try to fix this problem you would have to tare apart the whole trans to fix it
#890 of 1029 Re: 06 dakota slt 3.7l automatic - tranny slip [dakquad]
Apr 14, 2011 (4:10 am)
Do you recall how difficult it was to get to/ replace this spring? I'm having the exact same issue with my '01 4.7L and I'm thinking that spring must be the culprit...thanks
#891 of 1029 Re: 06 dakota slt 3.7l automatic - tranny slip [justanox]
Apr 16, 2011 (5:10 am)
Not sure how difficult,
My friend took it in an had it back the same day. He is a dodge mechanic and said that those springs have been updated by dodge.
I will ask him later today, how difficult it is and get back with you.
May 14, 2011 (5:10 am)
Can the trns cooling lines and cooler(s) be cleaned? If so, how? (2001 46re) Thanks.
#893 of 1029 2008 dodge dakota 3.7L v6
Jun 01, 2011 (7:29 am)
Just bought my truck a month ago and feel a slight miss in the tranny when i take off, feels like a little slip, more when it warms up, also seems to pulsate a little when you stop and take your foot off the brake. Feels like its not running on all cylinders, but it runs fine and the rpm is between 6-700, any suggestions. The truck has 63,500 miles on it.
#894 of 1029 Re: cooling lines [circuitryder]
Jun 01, 2011 (4:49 pm)
there is a dyi trans cooler flush that you can buy in auto parts store/ebay or online. google trans cooler flush.
And Check youtube out for how to.
Or, most reputable shops will do a complete flush when you get transmission fluid change when required at mileage intervals.
#895 of 1029 Re: 1999 dodge dakota shifting problems [dragavona]
Jul 07, 2011 (1:57 pm)
I have the same problem with my 1998 Dakota 5.2L (318 V8 (105,000 km)
and with the overdrive transmission. It seems to get worse if the transmission is heated up after a 30-40 minute highway drive. The shifting is delayed and the tach goes up to 3000 rpm and the shift is hard to second and also to 3rd.
Overdrive (once in) seems to be fine.
According to my Haynes manual, there is something called a throttle valve cable that may need some adjustment and it is a critical adjustment because it will
govern the shifts. If the cable is too loose, it will upshift to early and may be
accompanied by slippage. If too tight the upshifts will be late and
downshifts during part throttle operation will occur too soon.
It would seem to me that this could be the culprit.
#896 of 1029 1998 Dakota 5.2 L (318) V8 tranny problems.
Jul 08, 2011 (1:08 am)
My tranny problems appear to be occuring when the engine/tranny is heated up after a highway
drive. Upshifting is delayed. Tach goes up to 3000 or 3500 rpm before a hard shift which BTW
I discovered is helped out if I EASE OFF on the gas pedal a bit.
My Haynes manual mentions a throttle shift cable..but someone on this forum is saying that
the 98 Dakotas don't have this throttle valve shift cable and the shifts are electronically
controlled by the PCM and the Throttle position sensor (TPS) is somewhat responsible for that
and should be replaced on speculation of the shifting problem.
The Haynes manual says the the the throttle body shift cable can cause erratic shift symptoms on
cold engine/trannys.. or when they are heated up ...as in my case.
I'm going to get an aftermarket TPS and install it as that is an easy and inexpensive fix,
but does anyone on this forum have any ideas?
From what I have read so far..changing out the TPS in some cases did fix the delayed shifting
problem. As mentioned, mine seems to occur more so when the engine is heated up.
Being a temperature related symptom, it would make more sense to me that the TPS
may be temp sensitive at this point?