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big earl
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11/29/2006
15:59:29

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every once in awhile, when i am driving at highway speeds 60 mphs or so. a get a slight jerk or skip of some sorts. can barely feel it, but notice it. rpms don't change, no loss in power. it't a little skip or so. it just happens every so often. even did it before i had the trans serviced. trans fluid still clean and looking good. if it helps i own a 2000 4.7 dak 4*4. any ideas what it could be? thanks!



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11/29/2006
18:15:25

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Automatic 45RFE or 5-45RFE?
Limited slip diff and all tires worn evenly?
Does it happen with overdrive on or off?



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11/30/2006
00:41:56

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tires are few months old, get rotated every 3ks, as for the tranny i don't know which one i have here is what kind of truck i have 4.7 auto, 4*4 extended cab, slt package 3.55 gears, after market trans cooler. "it was skipping before the after market cooler"



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11/30/2006
07:44:48

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Since it's a '00, it will be a 45RFE.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way

.boB
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11/30/2006
11:18:29

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Mine does that, too. Just a slight hesitation on the highway. Only when the road is flat and load is light. Most noticable with the cruise control on. SOmetimes it's really annoying.

I have no idea what it is. Been doing that for many years. I've decided to ignore it.



Rob C
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11/30/2006
12:11:21

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Make sure that you're using ATF+4 in your tranny. I tried ATF+3 and Smartblend friction modifier. My tranny started doing that so I switched to ATF+4 and my symptoms became less frequent. After I had my TCM flashed with the code that makes it act like a 545RFE (better shifting and gives you a 2nd OD gear .67:1 ratio) my tranny stopped doing that little hitch completely.
http://www.wjjeeps.com/tsb_list.htm#1802501
I printed and took this TSB to the dealer and they were able to flash the TCM. It cost me $95+tax. The cost varies from dealer to dealer, I've even heard of dealers doing this for free but, not around where I live.



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11/30/2006
13:14:23

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I have a dumb Question.My repair book says to use ATF3 but dodge says to use ATF+4 can somone please help me out? My truck is 2000 ex-cab 2wd.



Rob C
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11/30/2006
13:41:01

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ATF+4 supersedes all previous ATF+ fluid types. Chrysler recommends all vehicles that were filled with ATF+3 to use ATF+4 when you replace your fluids. Your manual was written before Chrysler's recommendation came out. You can get ATF+4 at AutoZone or Walmart out here (Utah) and save about $2 per quart with Valvoline brand and even more with the Walmart brand.
Read this TSB: http://www.wjjeeps.com/tsb_list.htm#2100404



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11/30/2006
15:13:04

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Thanks rob.



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12/01/2006
11:39:24

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I'm not read up on the 4.7s but could it be the TPS?



cameron
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9/10/2011
18:22:41

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im buying a 98 3.9 ext cab 2wd dakota, i test drove it and it takes longer to crank than the average vehicle, its shaky while idling and somethimes when going down the road it feels like its skipping, like lagging or something. the speedometer also doesnt work until you hit 55 mph. if anyone could help diagnose these problems it would be much appreciated. also it has about 130,000 miles



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9/14/2011
02:26:32

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is the ABS light on?



daddio
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9/14/2011
08:32:47

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As yeah mentioned, Is the ABS and BRAKE light on? As far as hard starting or "skipping"(which I hope my truck never decides to do)it could just need a tune up. Check for codes. Turn the key on/off/on/off/on and the codes will display on the odometer as PXXXX. When it's finished or no codes it will display Pdone. Post back here with the codes.



Kody
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9/20/2011
12:32:38

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i have a 95 dodge dakota with a v8 5.7 liter. you have to try to crank it 3 times before it starts and it dont want to idle at a red light. It trys to die on me. I have to put it in nuetral and give it gas. Also when im goin down the road it like skips or something. can anybody help me out with this problem. Because it dont throw no codes.



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9/20/2011
12:56:21

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i forgot to say that its a 4x4 automatic ,and i already changed the egr valve, o2 sensor, disterbutor cap, plugs ,and wires i dont know what else to do



Jim Fielding
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3/18/2012
07:14:35

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I'm experiencing the same problem, a little skip or hesitation at
highway speeds. It mainly happens on inclines. Once the
engine downshifts and the rpm's increase the skip / buck goes
away. I've replaced the TPS already to no avail. The issue
doesn't throw any codes either.

I refuse to believe this is transmission related or an electrical
issue. Seems more like a sensor problem.

Any help is most greatly appreciated! It's going into the shop
in two days...

2001 Dodge Dokata V8 4.7L 4x4 sport quad cab



kyle
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3/25/2012
19:16:38

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I have a 98 it skips and jerks when its cold . It is in either 3
of 4 th gear. Anyone know why it does that? Thanks Kyle



TERRY SMITH
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3/29/2023
14:38:02

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MY 2000 DAKOTA ALL OF SUDDEN STARTED SKIPPING AND
HAS A MIS TO IT . I ALSO NOTICED A BAD SMELL FROM
UNDER IT . I DO NOT HAVE A CATALYTIC CONVERTER ON IT
AND THE MUFFLER IS ONLY A YEAR OLD. MY FUEL PUMP IS
COMING ON AND IT FLASHES NO CODE. IT SAYS P done.



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