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Justin
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1/05/2002
03:09:36

Subject: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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Whenever i floor my 5.9 R/T from a stop, it gets up to 5500 RPMs and then starts jumping and wont shift out of the gear until i let off of the pedal a little. this is causing me problems when i race. one of my friends said it was just my rev limiter and a new chip would fix it. someone else told me that they had to have there transmission replaced because theres was doing the same thing. problem is mopar doesnt make a chip for mine yet, (2001 5.9 R/T), and i cant afford to void the warranty. does anyone know if theres is something you can do to fix this or if anyone else has had similair problems and if or how they fixed it. thanks.



Junior
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1/05/2002
12:42:59

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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i don't really know if this is the problem, but try the throttle position sensor, that replaced the kickdown cable



HSKR
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1/05/2002
17:46:30

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If it dos it everytime, take it to the dealer and they should be able to diagnose and fix it for FREE. Without voiding warranty to boot. Keep driving like that and you might get left stranded sometime soon or not be able to shift out of first at all. I've heard of this problem before and I think it is usually some sensor inside the tranny that gets replaced.





FlameRed 98
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1/06/2002
13:18:33

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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the TPS didnt "replace" a kickdown cable. the tps tells teh ECM how far open the butterflies are open. either the transmission is shifted by the computer or it will use a TV cable to control line pressure. (my 98 CC 4x4 has a 44re and a TV cable)



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1/06/2002
13:57:41

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I think junior is thinking about the 45rfe.

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1/08/2002
13:14:44

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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I had the same exact problem in my 2001 R/T. It is a sensor in the transmission that is covered by warrenty and the dealer is very familiar with this common problem. Just bring it in and the dealer should fix it within a day or two.





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1/08/2002
14:10:16

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Arrgh that just happened to me while passing some old granny! I wonder if my previous WOT caused this sensor to break from the second gear scratch.

What kind of sensor is this? Is this going to happened lots of times?

BTW it's a 2001 R/T with 12,500 miles.



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1/08/2002
17:09:37

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I'm not sure what sensor it is but there is more then one. Mine would not go into first and I had that fixed, then it would not go into second correctly, so I imagine the problem may go on until all of the sensors are replaced.



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1/09/2002
14:18:35

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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I'm not sure what's going on, but after turning off the IAT controller and doing a very minor adjustment on the kickdown cable, it now shifts correctly from first to second around 5000rpms. I tested it all day yesterday and some today. After turning the IAT adjuster back on, it shift right before it hits the rev limited. It's screaming now with no lag around 5k and once it hits second It breaks the tires loose around 40mph for a split second. Before turning on the IAT It use to hang around 5000rpms for a 1/2 second before it shifted into second, which is normal on stock R/T's. But with it on, it scream threw 4800 right into the 5250 and shifts without any delay. Now if it stays like this It could shave a good .10th from just shifting faster let alone the added power.



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1/09/2002
16:55:47

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what did you do to the cable?




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1/18/2002
17:14:47

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I have a 99 5.9L R/T and I experienced the same problem with around 18000km on the trany. Full throttle acceleration from a dead stop would result in the transmission not shifting out of first. I have the Mopar PCM and the limiter would kick in around 6000 RPM. I took it to the local Dodge dealer. First they changed the speed sensor the side of the trany housing which didn't correct it. Next they changed both transmission solenoids which corrected the problem. Although I still get the shift that will occur around 5600 RPM but at least it eventually shifts.



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1/21/2002
18:41:16

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I WORK AT A DODGE DEALER DOING TRANS WORK..THE PROBLEM YOU HAVE IS TO MUCH THROTTLE PRESSURE..YOU MUST ADJUST THE CABLE TO HAVE LESS PRESSURE ON ACCEL..REMOVE CLIP AN PUSH CABLE FORWARD TOWARDS PIVOT TO GIVE CABLE ALITTLE MORE SLACK..REV LIMITER IS 5300 RPM..GET A MOPAR PCM WHEN THEY COME OUT..THEY RAISE LIMIT TO 6000 RPM..BUT YOUR VAVLE SPRINGS ARE ONLY GOOD TILL 5500 RPM BEFORE VAVLE FLOAT HAPPENS.ALSO GET A TRANSGO SHIFT KIT-THEY REALLY FIRM UP THAT SLOW FIRST TO SECOND SHIFT..



Anthony G
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1/22/2002
09:26:10

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I'm having that problem again, I did adjust the kick down cable forward enough to know that's not going to solve the problem. I think my transmission solenoids are shot. Could a miss adjusted kick down cable cause excessive pressure over time thus damaging the solenoids to the point it does not want to shift at WOT when the tranny is at operating temp?



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1/22/2002
17:21:01

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I had the same problem (as stated before) and for some un-explained reason it works correctly when the IAT is ON. Weird or is this the cure all to transmission problems?



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2/03/2002
09:18:20

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I just reset the computer and problem solved..



dave
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2/26/2002
19:46:02

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hell, i just manually shift when i race so the rev limiter means nothing to me. I have the sam eproblems when i let the truck automatically shift. I adjusted the TVC and it works fine, now



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2/26/2002
21:03:32

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Are you guys all running the PCM? My R/T didnt even wind out to 5500 in first until I put the PCM on it.



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2/03/2003
22:54:01

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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I clearly see that this is a common problem. I to am having this same problem won't shift out of first.I have to kill the engine and put it in drive and sometimes it takes off in 3rd gear. I am now fighting with dodge to correct this.I talked to a guy I know who had this problem also and it was 2 types of speed sensors were replaced and he said it is running fine.



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2/05/2003
00:15:46

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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Same problem here too. 2001 R/T

Taking it in Thursday after work. They BETTER fix it for free.



Rick
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2/05/2003
18:16:02

'03 R/T tranny problem?
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My '03 R/T is at the dealer right now because when the trans shifts into third gear, the lock-up converter within two seconds decides to kick in and then I have to wait for the rpm's to climb again and then it shifts into fourth. The dealer called me tonight and said this is a problem that all the new R/T's are having and I will have to wait for Dodge to come out with a "FLASH" for the computer. Does anyone know about this problem or is the dealer pulling a fast one because they don't know how to fix it?



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2/05/2003
18:46:12

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mine goes in tomarrow they say its just the speedo sensor????? Same F-ing prob

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3/19/2003
23:44:55

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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i had the same problem i went w/ hypertech but also herd that u can pul ur abs fuse.



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6/26/2003
12:23:48

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Ok guys, who out there know exactly what causes this problem? Is there a service bulletin and what is it? I've been reading several threads here about this problem and there is not a definative answer posted. Please help.

I have a 2002 R/T that intermitently hits the rev limiter at wide open throttle in first gear and I have to back out of the throttle to shift into second. This started at about 11000 miles. I just got back from the service department, the manager said that he could adjust the TV cable but it would throw off the whole shifting pattern and that it would hunt for second gear in low speed scenarios like parking lots and eventually burn up the bands. (all his words). I don't want to install a shift kit and void my 7 year warrantee, I just want my truck to run like it should.

With all due respect, please only post a response if you know for sure how to solve this issue the correct way or can add valuable input.

Thanks so very much! This forum is a most valuable tool.



DrewzR/T
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6/26/2003
12:36:25

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Had the same problem about 3 4 months ago! All I did was adjust the TV cable on the throttle linkage and it works fine now. Let me know if you wanna try this I'll send ya a detailed email on how to adjust it.
Drew



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6/26/2003
18:46:49

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I had the same shift problem in my 2000 RT. After the dealer blowing me off and making excuses about it's my fault the trucks fine speech my trany finally gave up a couple weeks later. Cost the dodge about 1500.00 in parts and at least 2-3 days labour and one rental car for 1 and half weeks.



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6/26/2003
20:05:16

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I got a new transmission put in my truck about 3 months ago and mide does the same thing and also my R/T is shifting out of second like at 4500 RPM



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6/27/2003
08:15:06

RE: 5.9 R/T won't shift from 1st @ 5500 RPMs
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It is the sol. pack inside the trans. Not sure which sol. off hand, just have them all replaced and changed you filter while in there.
Been there done that.

It is a shame the limiter is so low though :(

Hope this helps.

jeff



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6/27/2003
09:36:44

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My '96 5.2 SLT does the same thing. Its the shift solenoids and gov pressure solenoid inside tranny, coupled with TV cable adjustment and something else, perhaps fluid quality or bands or PCM settings.

I learned to listen to the truck, and I "blip" the throttle at 5 grand and she'll shift. Kinda annoying.

RobertG



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6/28/2003
10:50:02

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I have a 1999 Dakota R/T with 44,000 miles on it. I had the same problem a month ago and the trans. had to be rebuilt. If thats the case I hope you have a warranty casue mine would have been close to $2000.



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7/01/2003
02:31:33

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governor pressure sensor



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7/01/2003
17:45:00

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Thanks gotanRT, that was very short and sweet. Can you elaborate? How do you come to know this?



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