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Ashley
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6/03/2006
22:50:44

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I have a 94' Dakota and it has been running fine until yesterday at first it was kind of hopping then all the gears went out of it. A little while later I tried and the gears came back for about 10 secs and then quit again. After changing the tran filter and fluid it will go in all the forward gears now but when I put it in reverse it will completely quit 5 out of 6 times that I do it. Does anyone have any clue what might be making it do this??? any advice would be great :)



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6/04/2006
06:50:03

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Ashley,do you know if the fluid looked burnt[dark]and smell real bad and if there was any big pieces of metal in the pan?

does it work good cold [after serveral hrs cooling]then goes out when it heats up[a few min]



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6/04/2006
11:46:23

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there is suppose to be a valve body kit to fix that mishap in reverse. can't recall all the info but remember reading about it in a catalog. think the catalog was free from sonnex ... (this is your best case scenario, but not likely :( ....)

worst cast scenario and the one vern is asking, is that you don't have a tranny any more. kinda sounds like it too. burnt smell fluid is a symptom of a burnt tranny. (but thats not what you want to hear...)

whether you are a optimist or a pessimist, tranny can be a pain. best of luck and let us know what else you come up with. its worth the info if you want the help. many dodge owners have been through this before. (most just replace it if they can afford it and it has some miles on it.)

not a tranny specialist ... just my two cents. Good Luck!!



alongcore
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6/04/2006
13:15:32

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I have a 2005 Dakota 4x4 with tow package. When I put into reverse there is a delay and than a thud. When I put it into drive there is a delay and a thud. The dealer said there was nothing wrong and let it warm up. The temp. here is 80 degrees and very hot, and still happens.
Any suggestions.



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6/04/2006
14:00:18

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That thud has been in every dodge truck i've driven. some tranny guy said it just drive line slack from the trans to the rear. its never caused any problems for me but its very irritating though. since you have an 05 and a warranty bring it to the dealership and complain about it but there just going to tell you its normal.



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6/04/2006
16:41:29

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Your right about that thud when shifting but there actually is a tsb or what ever about this. It consistes of changing a steal ball in the valve housing as I recall to a hard rubber ? type. This was done to my dakota while still under warrenty but I had to BI--H like hell a long time before they even admitted there was a fix. The fix is not perfect but it is a considerable improvemenr. 99 4x4 CC 5.2

So many problems .... so little time.



ashley
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6/04/2006
20:54:26

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the transmission is a automatic and no the fluid wasnt burnt..i have all gears after a fluid and filter change..but when truck is cold shifts into reverse fine after heating up when you shift to reverse it shuts the truck off...all other gears have no problems hot or cold....i was told a torque converter can act weird like that..im getting very frustrated..



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6/04/2006
22:37:53

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FYI: the problem with that 'thud' in reverse was talked about in that Sonnex Catalog. Search Sonnex and transmission or whatever and order the catalog. If you're interest only. It is a catalog for valve body updates. Basically you order a full update or whatever for your tranny and have a tranny guy put the parts in to 'update' the tranny. If interested look it up. The catalog is great just from a informational perspective. I learned a lot I didn't know just on stupid valve bodies. I now know how to read a pressure map for transmission flow and I didn't really want to know how. Just researched this catalog on the side. Blah. Blah. Blah.

-Matt



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6/05/2006
07:50:29

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Ashley,it does,nt sound like a trans issue[like a replacement]i,m thinking a wire issue from the trans to pcm or something in that area

i maybe wrong,i,m just trying to narrow it down,if i come up with something else i,ll let you know

good luck



ashley
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6/11/2006
21:45:42

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i would like to know if anyone can tell me what size of tranny would my 1994 dodge dakota 3.9 v6 have..it has 14 bolts in tranny pan..we are trying to find out what torque converter fits it..thanks in advance ..




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6/11/2006
21:57:53

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The delay is converter drain back the only way to
fix this is to replace the manual shift valve
with the updated valve from sonnax

If you suspect converter remaining locked
disconect the 2 wire plug on the trans drivers
side by shift lever and test if gone its in the
wireing if still there sticky TCC valve stuck
sol in trans or worst case converter is bad

Larry
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6/12/2006
10:07:27

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ashley,

Take your VIN to a dealership.
They can give you a printout of all the equipment and options the truck came with.


zzark



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