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Vincent Wrigh
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9/28/2005
14:17:50

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I have a 1998 Dakota with 151,000 miles on it. It is 2wd with the 318. When I take off from a dead stop, the truck revs a little then engages. Almost acts like I put it in Neutral and then in drive. It started doing this about two weeks ago. I don't drive it much, but now the torque converter won't lock up. I am running about 3,000 RPMS at 60MPH.

Does anyone have any idea what it might be? It sounds to like the torque converter, but I wanted to find out if anyone else has experienced this problem.

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Vincent



davec
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9/28/2005
16:10:22

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Sounds like a T.C. to me also. Normally when they go bad, it feels like something is holding you back when trying to start out. Sort of like you have your emergency brake on, then it catches. 151,000....your ready for a rebuild. I'd freshen the whole thing. Once a TQ goes bad, it usually contaminates the trans with clutch material and possibly metal shavings.

dave



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9/28/2005
16:13:48

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Just another thought before you start rippin' and terrin'. Might want to have the governor circuit tested. I've seen faulty governor sensors make trucks start out in 2nd gear, (which would give you the sluggish revving start) and then not shift into overdrive or lock the TCC.

dave



Vincent Wrigh
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9/28/2005
18:21:24

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The start problem is worse when the tranny is cold. Once it warms up, it runs better. It still won't lock up though.

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Vincent



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9/28/2005
18:45:11

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same problem have 151000 miles with the 44re tranny on a 318 dak. my truck just started, same thing it will rev in till about 1000rpm and than catch and go. doesn't do it much when warm. clean my throttle body and it felt like it shifted better after i clean it.



toolfan
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9/28/2005
18:47:40

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mine is also a 98 2wd. runs fine at 60mph at 1950rpm



JR
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9/28/2005
19:54:43

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IF it is the T.Q. make sure you have the radiator rodded when you have repairs made.



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10/02/2005
00:22:29

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Check your transmission fluid level it could be low. Try a fluid and filter change.

92 and 97 Daks both with many mods.

toolfan
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10/02/2005
01:28:23

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i have had my filter and oil changed on it the tranny guy said it looks like its in good shape. i cheak the fluid oftern and its were it should be.



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10/02/2005
15:26:10

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I had that problem w/ my 4.7/45rfe. I had a tranny trouble code as well. Long story short turned out to be a cracked valve body in the tranny. Warrenty covered it.



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10/02/2005
17:30:47

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Ok > And what kind of fluid did he use in it > Could be your whole problem



Robert M
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3/19/2021
20:23:47

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I have a 1999 dodge dakota when i start the truck
there is a chattering noise coming from the bell
housing area,when I put it into gear the noise
quiets but it still there,when driving as long as
I am speeding up its quieter but once i reach
speed limit it becomes louder again.Could this be
T.C.related?



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