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9/04/2004
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I'm wondering... since from the way people have described the parts of the V6 transmissions as being much bigger than the parts of some of the older and much stronger transmissions, if the V6 transmissions aren't really poorly built. Maybe it's either the PCM is poorly programmed or the sensors/solenoids are setup poorly (or a mix of both). Generally the transmissions don't just go out, correct? Isn't it usually a sensor/solenoid that is messed up when you get tranny problems? So what I'm wondering is... if that's the case, wouldn't aftermarket companies who specialize in trucks (preferably in Dakotas with the 42RE transmissions) be able to make something like a chip/module or new sensors/solenoids that fixes the problems like gear hunting, early/late shifting, etc (all the common problems that aren't related to the transmission actually going out)? Just doing a lil brainstorming...

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9/04/2004
21:43:34

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Primarily (even with the electronics), it's the valve body that's the problem. TransGo, Fairbanks, and Superior are the ones to deal with as far as valve body reprogramming.



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9/07/2004
15:52:13

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TCI Automotive specilizes in transmissions and is
working on a T-Com unit for the RE trans so you
can program shift firmness and shift points.

They already have this for the GM and Ford Elec
trans,

I was told by one of there tecks sometime later
this year it should be out,

Just hook it up get your lap top out and do what
you want all nice graphics display to change
settings

The TransGo shift kit will solve many complaints
people have with these transmissions, valve body
reprograming

such as slow sloppy and eratic shifts and hanging
up in gears at times the kit will solve all those
probs

Larry
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daveo
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9/07/2004
22:08:47

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Larry, Keep us up to date on when it comes out.

Just the other day my 42RE shifted ok up to third, then suddenly downshifted to second and would not shift again. I had to pull off the road and shut it off before it would shift correctly again. Seems like it never shifts at the same points, always just when it feels like it. I would love to buy this kit.
Daveo.



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9/10/2004
11:01:08

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I found this web site (http://www.transmissionspecialty.com/parts/parts/SC-42RH.htm) a couple of months ago. I believe that this is a good alternative.

I have 54K miles on my 2003 Dakota. My tran is working ok. Runing strong not perfect but ok. I did the first oil change at 30k with Amsoil. I also have a trans cooling exchanger.

I am always looking and checking out any new hardware for future improvements.



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9/10/2004
17:35:09

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The 42 and for that matter, the original A500 can easily be built for 500hp street use, but it'll cost around $2500 (including labor). In that you'll pay nearly a thousand for an average rebuild, and add to that the fact that the beefy rebuild will last much longer, it's really not that bad.



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9/10/2004
19:45:06

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The A500 RH & RE in these trucks is a good trans
just some have little quirks that can be easily
fixed.

The sure cure kit rene mentions above is a good
place to start, this company also makes many
replacement parts for the trannies that are
stronger than stock, such as acumulator valves
and so forth I have purchased many hard to find
replacement parts from sonnax.

My 42RH has 100,000 miles on it and no probs it
was run behind my stroked motor that laid down
267/305 at the wheels and held up just fine and
is now running behind a stock 92 motor at 179RWHP
and I just did a service on it and hardly any
clutch material or alm, metal chips in the pan
serviced every 30,000 and only Amsoil is used

Transgo shift kit and this is a 4X4

Larry
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Leo H.
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5/10/2010
07:38:36

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i have a 2000 Dakota with a V6,4x2 and i believe the 42RE trans. for the last month, I've stopped driving since, but i have a bearing/growling sound coming from my trans. i have takin it to about 4 trans shops and they all start to say it's the rear end but by the second road test and another Tech. they say its the trans and what to charge me to open it up and then they can find the problem. Has anybody heard this noise before. Please HELP ME. I live in warren MI. at least refer me to a place that knows what the hell they are doing.



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5/10/2010
09:20:37

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Did any of the mechanics check your truck in a lifter? If you can lift your truck and apply trans as you were driving, maybe you can determine where the noise is coming from.

My trans is reaching 170k in the next few weeks and has not been repair yet.





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5/10/2010
10:06:44

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Not sure if they did that. the shops would not let me in the back work area to see what they were checking. i have about 150K on it. i think what throws the tech off is that it drives and shifts perfect. In all 4 places i have gone they all say the same thing. the trans is shifting perfect and they would need to get inside to find the problem. they are not given me enough info to trust there Diagnosis. When i pulled the trans i did find visual ware on the front pump shaft were the torque converter is installed.



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5/11/2010
06:26:46

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Look or go to a small shop. Usually small shops are more flexible and may take you and demostrate or show the problem.



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6/25/2010
14:57:14

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Alright... I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 2 wheel drive. I have made the mistake of never changing the tranny fluid (or at least I don't think it has been and my dad doesn't think so either). I have heard many different suggestions: one is leave it alone because the fluid is now "a part" of the transmission and second do a flush. What do you suggest? Also, when it shifts gears to over drive, it's a hard shift with a "clunking" feeling.

Thanks



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6/25/2010
14:58:31

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Also, I have 165k miles on it.



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6/25/2010
16:19:25

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Change the fluid and filter only use ATF+4. WalMart
was carrying genuine mopar fluid not sure if they
still do.



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7/14/2010
13:15:34

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I haven't had a change to change the fluid yet, just a little nervous because I do not want the tranny to go but I will definitely soon.

But I have noticed recently that when the truck changes gears from 2nd to 3rd, it shifts then a few seconds later, a clunk and it does the same thing but not as severe from 3rd to 4th. I am very mechanically inclined and I'd rather do things myself. Is there anything that would solve this problem? What if I change the fluid and this problem persists?



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7/16/2010
19:26:50

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What if I change the fluid and this problem persists?
Your Screwed!!!!



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7/20/2010
08:50:42

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Wow thanks for that response. That helps me out a ton!!! Ive
heard several things about changing certain solenoids and I
didn't know if that would help my problem.

Thanks



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3/05/2011
07:51:31

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I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 100,000 mile i Guess the only way to explain the problem im having is the transmission is searching for second small gap in shift but pass that gear truck drives great



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3/05/2013
20:09:45

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I have a 95 jeep grand cherokee, 4.0, 4x4, and the tranny is shot! I bought a rebuilt tranny and the mechanic installed it today. The problem now is the transfer case won't bolt up to it! Are there more than 1 style of tail-piece on the 42re?



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5/07/2013
00:29:20

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I've gota 97 Dakota 4x4 v6 runs and drives great
when in town or just driving . But when I try and
speed up quick truck. Kicks in neutral and I havand
ve to rev it and let off to go back into gear .. also
hesitates when going from forward to reverse and
vice versa what could cause that .. bad sensor?



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5/07/2013
17:57:11

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Your transmission is shot, totally shot. You will need to come up with the money for a rebuilt or a new one. $2,600.00 should be enough but I would add a couple hundred dollars just incase.



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