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Thomas
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12/07/2001
11:43:30

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97 dakota 3.9L V6 with just over 80,000 on the auto transmission. Wondering if anyone could help me out in Diagnosing the problems I am having. 1) Sometimes the vehicle will start off in second gear instead of first. All shift points beyond that work fine and are smooth, but it will not even down shift into first when i down shift manually or come to a stop. 2)The truck starts off in first just fine but will get stuck in first gear or second and will not shift to the next gear. It does not flare the gears it just won't shift. Strange thing though, if I put the vehicle in N then turn off and turn back on the transmission will shift normal again. All instances of failures occur at different intervals, i would say one-four times a week. Could this be input sensors, valve body, trans controller. I am Poor and don't want to pay for a new trany please help with any suggestion.



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12/09/2001
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I had a problem with my tranny when I first got my truck. It was slipping in between second and third, but this only happened when it was cold. The problem was the shifting cable, the case mounting bolt that holds the cable to the tranny had backed out and wasn't holding the tranny fully in the D position. Also you say that it won't shift into first. That is your torque convertor, it gets stuck in the locked position. I had this problem once cause I really soaked my engine down with water and used my pressure sprayer under the truck. I had gotten the torque convertor connection wet and it would not shift into first. The torque convertor wires are on the top of the tranny at the bellmouth housing and run up to the wire bundle around the distributor.

1997 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9L
Tonneau Cover, Trailer Hitch Light
Home brew cold air, TPS adjusted,
High flow cat, Still running strong
at 203 000 km



Robert Burger
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12/10/2001
11:10:28

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hey I'm having the same proble right know check your trany fluid and then look at you bed pan to see if you have a leak our somthing but you best bet is problaly going to be buying a new trany. if you find out any more info let me know that would help me out a lot.

Thank you
Robert Burger



SloDak39
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12/11/2001
00:48:11

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My 99 3.9 will not shift into 3rd when its still cold untill a few miles down the road. I can do at least 50 mph and it still won't shift into third. Haven't tried any faster than that cause i don't want to blow it up. Anyways, once its warmed up fully, it shifts fine. The dealer told me the transmission needs to be overhauled but i don't think so. It seems like its some kind of valve or solenoid that is sticking when the tranny is cold. Any ideas guys?? I 'll have to check the shift cable (which one are you talking about?? The gear shift cable or the throttle cable that goes into the tranny?



Scotty
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12/11/2001
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dudes,

i wish i posted this years earlier. my mechanic buddy from Dodge said that the first mod you should do for your Dak is installing a trans cooler. it makes the trans last forever. i installed a B and N trans cooler. cost me about $35 and it was easy to install. that compared to hundreds of repair costs. just my 2 cents.

mahalo,
Scotty



LI Blackdak
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12/12/2001
00:22:03

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i think ur problem is that the engine attached to it has 2 few cylinders



SloDak39
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12/12/2001
14:23:50

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I think the problem is that it is a dodge.....



joe
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1/01/2002
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3.9 Daks are programmed not to shift into high gear/OD until engine temp. rises in order to control emissions.



jesse
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1/02/2002
13:38:38

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Ok, I am having the same problems almost, but my first still works,, here is my problem, when i take off fast from a dead stop, the rear end jumps as if i need traction bars or somthing,also it slips from fisrt to second only when its cold, this stuff just started last week, but if i take off slow it dosent jump at all and it runs fine, im going to check the cable tonight, but has anyone had this problem.

Jesse Torres
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josh
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1/03/2002
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jesse quit racing your dak and it'll last longer.



Jesse
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1/04/2002
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You see, I would quit racing it but then it will just be a truck, I love it and I love to have fun and my kota is the most fun for me, So after i fix this little problem, I will race again, Sorry......

Jesse
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180 t-stat,3.92 gears, msd wires, duel flowmasters







SloDak39
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1/06/2002
06:11:19

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LOL....i don't race or beat mine and it still falls apart.......rebuilt trnasmission for 1000 dollars at 40,000 miles.......yuk.....



conquest89
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1/14/2002
23:28:55

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my 93 sometimes has problems shifting into over drive, what is the computer reading for the temp?



Ryan
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1/15/2002
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It could be the valve body. Atleast that was my problem. They just stick sometimes. But thats a dodge for ya.



Jesse
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1/15/2002
13:34:21

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Just to let yall know, The tv cable has alot to do with how the shifts go on the dakotas and if it needs to be adjusted it is easy, But when it messes up it feels like the tranny is going out but realy it is that lil cable, I went to a tranny shop and they said it needed to be rebuilt, but i was testing them and i knew the problem could be fixed with a needle nose plier and your hand, he quoted me $1000, then i left and went home and fixed the problem myself, it took me maybe 3 min, Man these tranny shops realy trie to rip people off hah, My advice is buy a book on dakota and you will learn alot of things that can realy save you big time.



conquest89
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1/15/2002
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Sorry if this sounds dumb, but what is the TV cable?



dan
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2/27/2002
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Hi,The problem I have with my 2000 dak is when it gets to 46mph and shift into overdrive it starts
to vibrate I can feel it on the gas pedal. It started when I had about 1500 miles on it. I`ve had it at the dealers several times and been told that this is nomal, I`ve also been told that because I had 350 pounds of sand in the bed [ weight for winter driving] that was causing the vibration. What good is apickup if you can`t carry that little bit of weight ? I`ve also had the driveshaft changed and still have the vibration.Could someone tell me if your truck does the same thing



nuttydriver
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2/27/2002
23:36:24

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If you people would have researched the dodge dakota before you bought it you would have noticed that dodge cant build an automatic tranny for sh*t. Their manual trannys are good though. I have a 99 Sport with the 3.9 but it is 5-sped, it has 42,000 miles on it and i haven't had any problems yet.



Montag
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2/28/2002
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A trans cooler won't fix the not shifting when it's cold problem. I have one on my 92 and my grandfather said that the trany wouldn't shift out of first when it is cold from day one. But the trans has lasted 112K with no other problems. But I think that the main problem with your autos is Dodge made them.



jp
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2/20/2003
12:59:43

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Okay, here's one that seems that nobody can figure out. I was driving my 91 dodg dak v6 3.9l 2 wheel drive. One day i was picking up speed when i heard a loud clank.
I pulled over thinking it was tranny. started driving again and when i reached 30mph the trucked gradually slowed down. It did this a couple times and now am thinking e brake. I checked out e brake and that was fine. so for a week or 2 my truck kept slowing down when i reached 30mph. Finally it just stopped and now it rpm's higher than usually about 2400/ 2500@60mph. so i just drive 55 or 60 all the time. Please help
Thanks, jp



Jesse T.
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2/20/2003
13:34:49

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Sounds like you torque converter, seriously.



Kracker
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2/20/2003
21:07:28

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Had the same prob. on a 2002 durango R/T. Just got it fixed under warranty today, actually... It was a transmission pressure sensor going bad, the pressure would be too high to downshift into first, so it would often start out in second, could possbly be your prob.

---Kracker



jp
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2/24/2003
16:30:36

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This message continues from J.P. on 2/20/03
Thanks for the advice Jesse T. and Kracker. I forgot to mention that it's an automatic and that it seems like it won't go into overdrive. That's why i have to drive 55/60 while am driving.



ddak98
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2/24/2003
17:24:36

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Two Words: KICKDOWN BANDS
Drain the fluid and replace the filter, while the pan is still off grab your Haynes manual and read up on adjusting the kickdown bands. There are two: 1) To kickdown to lower gears when needed, and 2) To kick the tranny into reverse when needed. Its relitively easy, you tighten two bolts and then back them out to the recommened turns. Ex: 1)1 1/4 turns out & 2) 2 Turns out. After that my truck(98 Dakota 4x4 V6 Auto) was shifting like a champ. The cooler is a great idea.



dak99
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3/01/2003
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Got a 99 V6 3.9. Tranny would delay shift from 2nd to 3rd. 52 thou on the OD. Cost me 2000 to get a new torque converter put into the thing! Will never buy another Chrysler again!



Dan
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3/01/2003
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I've got 94 dodge Dak 5 speed. Would anyone know if its got an AX 15 tranny?




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3/06/2003
00:53:15

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Well, bought my 00 3.9 auto this weekend. It has 28000 miles on it as of today.
Yes it wont shift into OD until about 4 miles down the road if I hop onto the freeway right away (cold Minnesota)
Seems to shift fine beyond that, but under a slight load in OD say around 1800 rpm, there is a very sligher harmonic hum that is bearly audible.
Let off the gas and it stops, higher rpm and its gone....my GF guessed maybe U-joints....dunno, not really bothering me, but its deffinatly in the drive train, and a bit curious since I just bought the truck.
IDEAS?



adam182003
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3/06/2003
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i know this may sound dumb dan but did u check to see if your tires are balanced properly. cuase my freind had the same prob with his ford and thats what it wsas



Chris
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3/17/2003
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Why is everyone having so much problems with their trucks with such low mileage on them? I have a 94 with 160000 miles on it and it still runs pretty much like new. Although i was wondering what is going on when i start it up after its been sitting for several hours, i put it into drive, but when i press the gas, it doesn't want to move immediately.



Rooknute
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3/17/2003
13:41:45

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Hey guys,
You should SERIOUSLY take my advice to heart. We all know that dodge can't make a good auto trany. But I love dodge, i love the dakotas, and i'll find a way to fix anything they can't. So here's my advice. I have a 97 4x4 dakota and it has about 145000 on it. I drive it about 110 miles a day to and from work. My trany has sliped more less from day one and I just kept letting it go because i knew that everyone had this problem with them. But finally when i would start it in the mornings and back out of the driveway it would take a while to go into reverse and when it would, it would WINE and carry on realy bad! But as soon as it was warm, it was fine. So here's what to try first. Get a trany flush, new fluid, and a filter. It'll cost about 75-80 bucks depending on where you go. DON'T go to dodge, they charge about 100 or more. When i did this to my dakota it was shifting almosy normal. The next thing i did, and the guys from speedtweaks told me this, was I replaced the 2 sensors that are on the trany. The one is a magnetic type of sensor that collects crap in your fluid. All i know is that it was all full of crap. So replace them 2 sensors. You can do that at your own place. The parts themselvs arn't exspensive at all. With doing the flush, and the sensors, I MIGHT have spendt 200 bucks, i forget exactly how much the sensors were. You guys should really try the smaller things first. ANY trany shop will say you need it torn apart and rebuilt even if its something simple. So anyways, i just wanted to try to help you guys out alittle. Dont jump on a new or rebuilt trany unless you try little things first. And if anyone is getting up in the miles with their truck, i'd get a flush anyway. You should see how nasty the filters on these things get.... so anyhow.. goodluck!!





Simpleman96
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3/17/2003
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Rooknute!
I have been trying to tell so many people on this site to change those sensors and no one will listen.



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