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latexsolarbif
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11/30/2003
16:36:35

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I agree with Torque about this being a clutch issue.That tranny is one of the loudest I've had.Very noisy.But,I notice when I have that same problem,I can't hear the throw out bearing popping in and out when I work the clutch.When it's working right,I hear it all the time.It sounds like the throw out and maybe the pressure plate are getting "stuck" on the flywheel.Because you can kill it,put it in gear and then start it up(with a little objection from the starter of course).The tranny won't pop out of gear,yet it will move forward if your foot's not on the brake.Shouldn't this be considered a dangerous situation by those who decide what recalls to fix?What if I start my car in gear and it rolls forward over my dog or my kid,neighbor,etc,What then?...I digress But,I think if it were in the tranny,there would be constant problems shifting into or out of gear.It seems that the problem goes away after it's warmed up.At least that's been my experience with the problem.I've almost slammed into trees and other cars in parking lots because I started my truck in first gear(with the clutch in)but didn't anticpate the problem so I didn't apply the brakes.But,should I have to?The manual says nothing about it.And after hearing all the dealership horror stories,I will NEVER bring a personal vehicle any where near a Dodge dealership.I'll change my own damn synchronizers and throw out bearings.D/C,Great products...sh!tty service.I've heard that from different states so it's company wide.It's ironic as hell how the crappiest POS auto makers kiss your ass so you'll buy their crap and the best one pisses you off even to go and buy one.I've had friends who bought a Chevy because the people at Dodge made them soo G/D angry..where's the logic here?



Yogi
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11/30/2003
16:57:48

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I bought mine used in 99, (98, 5.2L, 4x4, ex-cab), with around 25000 mi. It has always grinded going into second, either up or down shifting, before the tranny fluid warms up, about 3-5 miles. I just try not to race it untill it warms up. What got me was breaking the shift lever off inside the tranny. I was racing a 98 Z-28 camaro,(I had him beat in 1st untill I jamed 2nd at 5200 rpm and let out the clutch and found I was still in 1st gear. OUCH!) $285 later at a local shop and it runs great. Still grinds before the tranny warms up. I think the problem is the fluid.



latexsolarbif
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12/01/2003
10:05:04

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I'm scared to know that the shifter breaking off in the tranny is a possibility.I probably shouldn't drive the way I do anymore.But you know, maybe we're talking about 2 different problems,b/c mine never grinds.When the problem occurs it's hard as hell to put it in gear but it never grinds.And after dumping on the clutch a few times it goes away.This problem sometimes occurs after the truck has been driven that day.I've had it happen 10 minutes after I went into a hardware store.The engine was well warmed up and therefore the tranny had to be at operating temperature as well.So that makes me suspect that it's not a problem due to temperature(or in this case heat from the fluid),but some other component involved in engaging and disengaging the pressure plate from clutch and flywheel.And since that part of the tranny is dry(no fluid passes through the clutch plate,flywheel,or throw out bearing),.I suspect it is one/or a combintion of these components:bearing fork and/or pivot point defect,pressure plate defect(which I strongly suspect),master or slave cylinder defect,or premature flywheel glazing due to a cheap clutch plate.Just my opinion..but what ever it is,it sure is an inconvenience sometimes



TexasTodd
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12/04/2003
18:10:17

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I thought I heard of a 2nd gear synchronizeer TSB, look into it, sorry don't have a link.

Under warrranty, my 3rd synchro had gone out and won't shift at all fast, or even half fast.

The second time I took it in, the 2nd shop tech driver agreed, and nes tranny. I even looked before and after, new tranny.



Andy
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8/03/2013
00:25:39

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Good Evening

2001 Dakota V/6 5speed manual same problem been
dealing with it 5 plus years. At signal stopped
in first gear clutch pedal down rev engine a touch
and it will try to creep forward. Some days trans
shifting okay, then it goes in spells trying to
put in gear is a wrestling match. Third and Fourth gear is pretty much normal all the time.
can go from Third to Fourth without using the clutch by putting in neutral and it idles down a slips right in. Wanted reverse to today and what a struggle it was had to get rough but no grinding of gears. Have had to turn the engine off and get the gear needed fire it back and away
you go


Andy





Bryan
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1/14/2016
06:13:11

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I bought a lifted 2001 Dakota with 169.XXX miles on
it. It grinds into 2nd gear with anything over 1000
rpm's,and the other night at a college stop as I
went to put it into 1st gear,the push rod for for
the clutch master cylinder bent and snapped into two
pieces.....w.t..f??? I just replaced the master
cylinder tonight and it is being a bitch to put into
first and reverse gears??? Thoughts anyone? Thanks
in advance




Lucky
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11/22/2016
12:40:45

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Installed A New Clutch In 96 Dakota With
v8 and on test drive 1 Thu. 4 gears shifts
fine but nI reverse can anyone help. And
when installing transmission does the
trans.have to be in 3rd or 4th gears.and
does anyone the definition to what a shift
bias us?



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