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DakMan
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4/09/2002
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I have a 91' 3.9L outo tanny dakota with a real problem. Whenever i get on a bipass or parkway my truck will slip in and out of overdrive. So when i'm rollin an average of 70mph and my truck drops down to third gear and back up again repeatedly i know it can't be good. Any advice?



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4/09/2002
09:24:54

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Check your fluid and seals to see if it is leaking? I has a previous truck that did the same thing.



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12/26/2002
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1994 dodge dakota automatic. Shifts from 1 to 2 fine, have tolet off gas pedal to shift to third., from 3 to 4 OK. Changed filter and lfuid already. THANKS



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12/28/2002
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Dakman, have you gotten a check engine light come on with your problem. I have the same problem and the dealer said it was with the wiring harness going to the transmition.



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12/28/2002
19:17:05

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I have a 1990 auto
i have a rather strange problem, when i first start it and go it will shift between overdrive and drive fairly rapidly, but, after i go about 10 miles and it warms up it will stay in OD and be fine
my mechanic told me to replace the speed sensor and try it, so i did but it still does the same thing
anyone got any ideas?



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2/22/2003
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I have a strange problem also. Have a 2000 3.9L
Off a cold start (only in the winter time)on acceleration shifting from 2nd to 3rd I have to let off gas and give it about 2-3 seconds to engage otherwise I will rpm's will redline. This will go on for about 3-5 miles and disappear like it never happened. It is temperature related because it does NOT happen in the summer months. Dealership kind raised their eyebrow and scratched their heads about the whole thing, heh. Anyone have a clue???




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2/23/2003
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My 2001 4x4 has done that on the highway since the day I bought it.
There's just not enough power in the overdrive gear to maintain speed up an incline or even against a strong headwind.
Shoulda hadda V8.



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2/23/2003
09:47:38

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dodge od trans. have a problem with valves getting sticky in the valve body, try a bottle of lucas for trans or another good quality additive.this will also help seals in cold weather and improve shifting.transco makes a shift kit that improves shifting and allows 300% more fluid flow in drive and od,to extend the life of your trans.kit cost about $100. hope this helps.



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2/23/2003
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Don't use any additives.



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3/08/2003
09:56:01

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i have a2000 dakota sport .In cold weather it will not shift into overdrive.Any advice



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3/13/2003
18:17:07

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Sirs:
I have a friend with a 1990 Dodge Decoda
and after replaceing the transmission onec allready he finds now the the trans doesn't want
to shift prop. It is hanging in gear untill he reaches high RPMs and then shifting roughly.
Help . And Thank You.
B.Baisden.



Simpleman96
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3/13/2003
21:16:15

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For many of you here who have a 4 speed auto w/overdrive, try replacing the Governer Pressure Selenoid and the, trans temp sensor. They both should be replaced at the same time. The Governer Pressure selenoid has a tiny filter on it that cannot be cleaned, but must be replaced. They go bad very easy(common Dodge tranny problem). Both pieces will cost under $200 together. That should cure the slipping between 2-3.



Chris
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3/16/2003
23:37:18

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I was told recently from a shop that this model has problems with a specific seal that wears out quickly, and that the dealer won't fess up to being a problem. I can't understand why so many people here have 2000 year trucks with transmission problems. mine is 9 years old and has no problems. also with 160000 miles on it.



Harvey
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3/18/2003
15:53:38

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Have you guys changed the transmission fluid? If you did, then did you use ATF IV which can only be found at the dealership? I own a 2001 Dak' with 42K+ and the service manual says use ATF IV. I have not had any problems except a few unexplained stalls and a short to ground in the wiring harness for the power seats. The wire was smashed by the frame of the seat and it obviously happened during manufacturing of vehicle. This short drained my battery and it keep my vehicle from running.



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3/18/2003
16:35:31

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You guys may want to read what was posted in "v6 transmission problems" look at post for 3/17/03 at 13:41:45 hours..............................



Harvey
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3/18/2003
17:10:58

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The transmission fluid I said could only be bought at the dealership is Mopar ATF +4.....



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3/19/2003
23:04:55

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I was once told that the internal temperature of the trans must reach a certain point before the trans will shift or shift correctly. I have had that problem as well on my '98 3.9 in the cold Iowa winters. If I let the truck warm up for a few minutes it never happens.




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4/11/2003
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I have a 92 dakota. I have had problems with it shifting into high. It will not shift into high sometimes untill it gets to 60mph and then it is slow to shift. I have changed the brain board (used) three times. This last time I have changed it it will shift fine but now at times the truck will die for no reason. When I go out and pull the positive cabel and replace it will then restart. I have had it to a tranmision place and he says there is nothing wrong with the tranmision it self. Any one have any ideas.
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4/12/2003
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I have a 92 V6 and noticed on cold mornings the tranny would slip and grab and almost bark the tires. I thought this was bad so I broke out the Chilton manual. I changed the fluid and filter= no help. Tighten the bands, but not too much. I tightened the bands outside the tranny oil pan and problem went away, it now shifts smoothly, but tighten too much and itll snap your neck every time. Hope this helps. By the way anyone ever changed a starter and solenoid???



robert reid
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6/02/2003
09:49:12

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bought new. 98' dakota transmission started slipping about a year ago. only when engine is cold and i stop and start going again.it slips and finally catches. as it warms up it goes away. changed trans. oil and filter. i have manual for truck and also adjust kick-down. still have problem. it is temperature related i believe. someone please get me on the right track.



Shank
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6/02/2003
17:20:15

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Ref: Bad Advice up 11 Posts. The replacement tranny I put in my Dak when the old one (A500) Died was "Home Rebuilt" They did a good job replacing all the clutches and spacers but did not have a press to change out the drive seals. A Chebby mek-a-nik told me to put a bottle of Lucas Tranny Fix in the Fluid, 1 word: DON'T! Had to flush system 3 times and keep replacing filters to get that Gunk outta my system. It went from having problems shifting to just fine 1-2 and then getting hung up in Neutral between 2-3 for lack of fluid. Lucas is EXTREMELY Thick. This may work on 350's and Turbo 400's but DON'T ATTEMPT with a Mopar Product. ATF+3 for 92-96 Trannies.

Shank



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6/02/2003
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When my cousin and I rebuilt the tranny out of my 91, the whole overdrive section needed replaced... everything in it was shot, one of the gears was worn so bad, it had no teeth, just smooth metal. It was terrible, but actually, if you know how everything works, rebuilding a transmission is not a hard task at all.

---Kracker



kevin
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6/03/2003
08:42:36

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when 2000 V6 is cold their is a grinding noise when put in gear that goes away as truck warms up.Any clues



Chris
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6/03/2003
11:42:26

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Rebuilding one isn't really that difficult, but unless you have the tools to do it, its nearly impossible to do in your driveway. You first have to get the thing out first. thats the hardest part without a lift. I was wondering though, is it best to wait to replace them when they fall apart or what? i have 165000 miles on it and i don't really know how far it will go. I don't know what happpened, but before i changed the fluid, it was shifting hard and slow, but since i changed it it seems to be driving like new.



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6/03/2003
22:11:48

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hey i have a 93 dakota 4x4 and i have a problem switching into reverse. every time i go into reverse i have this big clunk sound, its not my u joints either...i checked. its in the tranny. anyone else have this prob?



Joe K
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6/07/2003
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I have to wear a neck brace to drive the V-6 4x4. It shifts violently between gears, and hangs up on hills. It simply does not shift smoothly, as my Ford and Chevy SUV's do. Anyone else have the shift problem and yes there are those who told me I should have purchased the V-8 since the tranny is different? Dealer tells me that is the way it is!
Comments and solutions?
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6/23/2003
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Have a 2003 V6 Sport. It has been into the shop 3 times now for tranny hanging up in 2nd to 3rd. They did a flash update on the computer...worked for 2 days.....adjusted tranny cable.....no work......changed tranny valve body.....next day no work.......just got back from another test drive with my neighborhood dodge dealer and says maybe solinoid but it was already changed will change it again. Next time after this and it is LEMON LAW!!!!!!! Can't wait!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!!! Hope others have better luck!



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6/23/2003
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mine does the same thing in winter..has to warm up before it shifts into overdrive at 55..takes about 2 miles...i HAD a slipping problem goin around corners but since i added DURALUBE TRANNY ADDITIVE it went away and that was 40K miles ago...im due again for a fluid change.. just remember to buy the right fluid for the tranny..don't stray unless the fluid says it can be used for older tranny's..and change the filter and O-ring



Bruce
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7/11/2003
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I have a '97 dakota 3.9L V6,automaic. Runs great when cold, but once it warms up shifting from first to second there is a loud rattling noise and tranny winds out. After shifting into second no more noise and tranny shifts properly. Had tranny flushed and have changed filter an fluid. Any suggestions?



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7/13/2003
16:47:30

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Maybe this helps ... and if it is not applicable to your situation ... maybe you will find it to be good reading.
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Chrysler went from ATF+ (MS 7176B) to ATF+4 in less than ten years. Essentially they were trying to make up for shifting problems in some of their transmissions by "tweaking" the frictional properties of their fluid rather than recalling the affected units. The ATF+4 fluid does seem to have solved the problems with some of the transmissions from the mid 1990's.

However, I know many Dodge owners that have noticeable and significant improvements switching to Amsoil Universal Synthetic ATF. They state that the transmission characteristics are better than when it was new. Yes we all know ... transmissions from different manufacturers use various types of clutch pack materials. So ... is it possible to formulate a single fluid that will behave differently in GM, Ford and Chrysler transmissions? The specifications for friction characteristics are for how the fluid behaves in the particular application, given the types of materials used in that transmission. They are not the stand alone properties of the fluid, which is where I think the misunderstanding comes in.

Amsoil Universal Synthetic ATF is truely "Universal"

Amsoil did offer a Synthetic ATF specifically for ATF +3/+4 applications about 3-4 years ago. However once they were able to integrate this additive chemistry into their Dexron/Mercon formulation, they discontinued making this second fluid.

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Try switching to Amsoil Synthetic Universal ATF on your next transmission fluid change.



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7/13/2003
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I am curious as to the composistion of ATF. What are they made from, what additives do they have in them, and why does synthetic supposidly perform better? Is regular ATF derived from crude oil, Synthetic derived from crude?




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