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WallaceShults
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9/11/2003
00:42:20

Subject: 99 Dak questions (trans)
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After the 92's tranny started giving me problems, I decided to move up to a '99 :-) 86K miles is a whole lot less then the 175,000 on my 92, hehe.

This is some truck!!!!! I kept the 5.2l v8 and auto tranny combo and I think there's a problem on the new (to me) truck.

Light throttle around 50-60mph causes a lock/unlock sort of situation that hunts back and forth a lot. I am suspicious of the torque converter because if I knock out O/D the r's climb much higher then when the lock/unlock occurs. Revs seem to come up about 300rpm or so only. It also does this with the O/D off. I have a driveline warranty on the truck from the seller and plan on bringing it in ASAP. I'd like to be armed as best as possible first!

Does my reasoning sound about right? Is there a known problem in the torque converter on these trucks? Maybe a throttle position sensor that causes the converter to get confused about what is light throttle? It's like the sucker is "hunting" back and forth.... like a GM "chuggle" for anyone that recalls that :-) Perhaps this just means I need the tranny fluid swapped out? Any info would be deeply appreciated!

Oh, BTW, how do you read codes on the 99? I tried the old on-off-on-off-on to no avail. I guess that doesn't work anymore? Pity.

TNX!!!
Wal
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ben
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9/11/2003
10:51:51

RE: 99 Dak questions (trans)
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They all do it, I thought I had a problem with mine when I got it. Something Dodge has never gotten right..

Had my tq converter replaced, seemed to be better but still does it. Drove two others and they did it as well.



Wal
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9/11/2003
11:08:30

RE: 99 Dak questions (trans)
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well thanks for the reassurment, I think. That just can't be any good for the truck to be hunting around like that. On level road the thing is hunting back and forth a couple times a minute. Hills are worse.

If I can get the torque converter covered under my seller's warranty, is there a preferred aftermarket converter to install instead of just putting in another OEM converter?

TIA!!
Wal




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