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scott erwin
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11/04/2006
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I have a 97 dakota , I just installed a new ring gear on the torque converter. It starts great now but when I put it in reverse the motor dies,but once I drive it for about 15 min. and everything warms up it will go in reverse fine..Anyone have a solution, its driving me nuts...



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11/04/2006
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Does it die hard by shaking and dying or just falling dead by lack of power.



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11/05/2006
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If you do not give it any gas it will just die right away, but when you try to give it gas it will shake and buck then die.



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11/05/2006
21:44:42

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I would say check the IAC motor but that would do it in drive to not just reverse. do you have any codes?



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11/05/2006
22:42:40

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service light's off & No codes at all. Now it will do it in drive but it might just surge a little , but it will go .I cant get it to go in reverse untill I drive it about 15 minutes. Someone else said that the pcm may have lost its memory and that I may have to take it to a dealer and have it reprogramed, I have done pcm relearn process on other cars and all it really consisted of was driving the car at certain speeds for certain lenght of time.



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11/06/2006
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Hi, how did you fix this problem, i have a 96 and i had to change the engine, now i have the same problem you have



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11/06/2006
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a weak battery can cause an erratic idle. the low voltage causes the pcm to lose it's learned idle settings and ususally takes a few minutes to "re-learn" the idle setting for the IAC.

i am not sure what minimum voltage would cause the pcm to do this. just check voltage @ the battery with the engine off(should be above 12volts) and then while it's idling(should be between 13-14 volts). or have the battery load tested.

just watch the goons at some of these parts houses. i had one at o'reily's check the alt on my wifes mazda and said "it's fine" when it was actually dead.



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11/06/2006
19:38:35

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Reply to don rideout:: How log have you had this same problem?
And also I checked all voltages and its all good...



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11/07/2006
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Anybody else have a Idea?



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11/08/2006
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My 98 is doing the same thing. I have changed the IAC and the sensor on the transmission and it will still stall. I have found if I stop for a few seconds in neutral before going to reverse it doesn't stall as much. Letting the engine warm up good helps also but it is still a pain.I have had mine also stall once while on the road when the transmission shifted back into low gear.



scott erwin
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11/08/2006
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I just tried what Sonny B was talking about(neutral then go to reverse) and it did help. Then I went ahead and cleaned the IAC motor and the port , unpluged the neg. cable to reset the PCM and did the relearn process....But still have the same problem.



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11/08/2006
21:06:25

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If the TCC is partialy on this will cause stalling
when shifting into low or everse

Torque Converter Clutch

this is controlled by an ethere is also elct sol and a change
valve located right next to the pressure screw
the setting for this spring should be from body
spring seat to valve .900

some have an adjuster some dont than the bracket
will need to be bent a small tweak

another common prob that causes this is the valve
hanging up transmissionpartsusa.com has the
redesigned valve made by sonnax that solves this
and also redesigned to give the TCC more fluid
flow for lube and pressure

before any of that be sure your pressure sol and
sensor are working right and try 1 bottle of
lubeguard red it will help sticky valves

pressure screw
RE 1 1/4
RH 1 5/16
stock settingh normal wear and spring fatigue
tis should be set
RE 1 3/16
RH 1 1/4

body to spring seat counter clockwise raises press
clockwise lowers pressure

1 turn is aprox 6 to 10 psi line should be between
50 to 70 psi in gear break on center port and as
soon as you touch the gas jump 100psi+

Any trans shop could check this it needs to be
right

Some of the shift kits and after market bodies
such as B&D Power ect are running this at 85psi

to low is bad to high will not harm anything and
give you faster and firmer shifts also help
eliminate slide bump shifts

however wit



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scott erwin
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11/11/2006
13:20:21

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OK ITS FIXED......
Now this is what I found. When I put the trans back in I bent the crank sensor just a little, I mean like about 5 or 10 degrees so I straightened it up and put it back in and now it runs like a brand new truck , no surging or hesistation or anything, I have never seen a crank sensor have this effect on a truck before,,but I wont forget this one........



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11/13/2006
22:41:46

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how could you do that the sensor would hit the
bell housing

I bet you bent it and retarded the timing LOL

These trucks already suffer from weak timming
they can be advanced 8 degrees before ping

http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/howto/40639_adjust_ignition_timing/

Larry
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Tom Johnson
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4/04/2010
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My dakota (2002, 3.9L V6) falls on its face from idle and will die if the gas is hit too hard. also will die at low rpm primarily in reverse but also in 1st gear once you let off the gas (not every time but falls to around 200-300rpm if it doesnt die). plugs and wires are good, air filter is clean, pvc valve is good, IAC valve is good (motor is not confirmed)... suggestions please



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5/22/2011
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my brother just put a body lift kit on his 2002 dodge dakota and he had to cut the shifter into 2 peaces to put in a rod to make it longer like it told use to do and everthing worked befor that but when he did that now it will not fit into reverse so when he tryed to drive it at first it would not go into a gear at all then he got it in to a gear and it moves forword but it will not go into reverse we tryed fliping it and moving it and fliping the bottem plat to see if it would work and it just will not go into reverse plz help this is the only car he has



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5/22/2011
18:48:46

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I would assume your brother did not know what he was doing. I see this all the time!

Take your truck to a professional, it is worth the money!



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6/18/2011
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bad torque converter failure is just a matter of time continued tries to get in reverse could damage crank so be warned



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