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Wes1978
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12/29/2004
03:25:16

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I love this site it makes owning a Dakota great, I now have 130,000 on my 99 Dak Sport 5.2. No really serious problems yet but I think the Transmission is on the way out, if there is something I should be expecting, Please let me know...

Here are all the repairs I've done recently so you know where I'm starting from.

I've repalced two water pumps; one at 55,000 and one at 125,000

I've replaced the alternator,

Had to back flush the heater core to get the heater to start working again, because a regular flush didn't do the trick.

Just installed new control arm bushings (Used Poly, bushings they're suposed to last forever) because it wouldn't stay alligned.

New shocks, and new brakes, although the rear brakes were original and probably had another 60,000 before they really needed replacing.

Got a freeze plug leaking I noticed behind the pass. side motor mount so I am going to try and deal with that.

My Transmission is starting to shift funny between 2nd and 3rd so I'm guessing that's next. I'm just going to wait until it pukes out and replace it with a solid aftermarket street/strip unit. (Any suggestions?) The motor is about the best thing about the truck (Knock one wood) 318 is like a rock 130,000 and still doesn't use any oil.

Hopefully the aftermarket stuff makes it the truck it should have been when it rolled out of the factory. Any thing else I should expect to happen?

Thanks for the help

WP



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12/29/2004
08:03:27

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look at the brite side you have,nt had ball joint issues.

trans problem may be a sensor

thats not bad with 130,000 on the clock,except for the two water pumps



Wes1978
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12/29/2004
14:40:24

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I Forgot to mention the ball joints, I did them with the bushings I figured since I had it tore apart might as well do them too, they were only a little loose. (I HATE! rivets)

The water pump problem is due to an extremely heavy cooling fan and clutch, I'm looking to replace it, with electric when I can find a spare dollar or two.

I will check the sensor and see if that's what's messing with the shift, it didn't start doing it until I moved to a cold climate from CA, to KS and when it got cold a few months back it started shifting funny.

Thanks Vern



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12/29/2004
14:58:12

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This may be a dumb question, but have you ever had the tranny fluid and filter changed?
I have an '02 Dak 4.7 auto and had mine changed at 40,000mi.
Might give that a try!

Hope this helps ya...



Wes1978
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12/29/2004
15:31:35

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I haven't changed the fluid and filter. Here's why.

My brother told me not to, he said I would lose the friction material in the fluid, and if I replace it with new fluid then it will wear out my clutch packs quicker than if I left the original fluid in it.

(He also says the pump in the Trans. is having to work harder here in the colder weather because the fluid is thicker so it's lowering line presure durring warm up causing the shift hesitation, between 2nd & 3rd for the first 20 miles or so. And it is hesitating there, due to wear on those clutch disks for those gears.)

That's just what he's told me, were both shade tree mechanics, but he's done a hand full of transmission overhauls and seems to know his Stuff. Automatic Transmissions are a mystery to me.

The fluid is the normal color, and there is no unusual odor to it. if Dodge had put drain plugs in the pans on them I would be able to reuse the original oil and replace the filter. As it is if I drop the pan the fluid will not be salvagable becuase it will get contaminated in the process.

Not sure if there is a good solution, I guess I need to find someone with a oil pump, and pump the fluid out the dipstick then I could get at the filter. I'll give that a shot if I can find one....




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12/29/2004
16:13:43

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Sounds good in theory, but NOT changing transmission fluid on a regular interval is asking for trouble.



vern
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12/30/2004
08:10:15

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wes1978
why would your brother tell you that is beyond me,you should change the fluid and filter once a yr or 12,000-24,000mi

you change the oil and filter in your motor every so often,just because its good for the motors long life,it works the same on your trans,
heat,dirt etc can and do kill trans

do like FlDAK said try changing the fluid and filter[$35]might fix your problem



Wes1978
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12/31/2004
08:52:37

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Thanks for the help...

I appreciate it...

Just FYI: My brother suggested adjusting the bands, when I discussed the problem with him yesterday and I found several posts on here about adjusting the bands. It also says to do so in my Haynes manual. (with the procedure) You're supposed to do it every time you change the fluid. So if any of you haven't been doing that you will probably eventually run into the same problem I've had...

Regards...





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12/31/2004
09:47:39

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PS: The Freeze plugs are a super pain to replace(while in the vehicle)... While I was changing the one, I noticed one on the other side under the starter is leaking too... Might be something to look at on your trucks if you haven't already... The galvanized ones they put in at the factory seem to be rotting from the inside out. I replaced the one with Brass they won't rot out. That corrosion might be what plugged up the heater core...





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12/31/2004
12:09:56

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as far as:
My brother told me not to, he said I would lose the friction material in the fluid, and if I replace it with new fluid then it will wear out my clutch packs quicker than if I left the original fluid in it.

sorry to tell you this but he is fullofit.



injmopar
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1/01/2005
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If thats 130,000 miles its definitly time to change the oil and filter.But your brother is right,if you change the oil TOO often you are washing away the friction material.The old manuals use to say every 50,000.When you do change it use slickshift or your own choice of race trans oil.Most have added friction material.But why not call B&M or any other aftermarket trans trans builder.Tell them you have one of their trans and should you change the dextron ll you are using every 6 months.



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1/02/2005
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friction material??? I thought the fluid is what controls the friction and replacing it is good???



Wes1978
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1/03/2005
06:10:18

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To "Uh Wes" I take no advice from sissy cowards who either aren't smart enough, or aren't man enough to put your e-mail on here. You got something to say? Back it up with your identity.

InjMopar: Thanks for the advice. I will try a racing trans fluid, I plan to get it done as soon as I get my next paycheck.

I'm done talking about Transmissions. Thanks for the help, and you might want to reread InjMopar's post again "He gets it" Later





craig kizer
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6/01/2013
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no power from coil,bought new one,still no power.Power to coil,engine will crank,but won't fire.



Joel Sain
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8/01/2014
09:40:55

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I have clean water collecting on passenger side floor board, I can
not find the drain hose . It is not on the fire wall is it behind the
heat shield under the the passenger floor area, if so how do you get
to it to unclog.



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