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Dodge Dakota Transmission Problems



  • I followed your advice and removed fuse # 8, which allowed shifting out of park. I then made 300 mile highway trip, but check engine light eventually appeared. Why does fuse pull solve park problem? Is check engine warning light connected or just coincidence?
  • I have a 1998 dakota with a v-6 engine. The overdrive does not work properly when it gets hot. It works normally when cold and through warm-up, and for a while once it's warmed up. After it gets real hot overdrive begins to not work - At first if I release the accelerator pedal it comes out of overdrive, upon stepping on the pedal it goes back into overdrive. I'm certain it is not the torque converter clutch. If I keep the pedal steady it will continue staying in o.d.. Once released it will come out again. It gets progressively more sensitive to pedal pressure. This may continue for a while longer and will eventually reach a point where it does not go back into o.d.. I was an A.S.E. Master Certfied Technician for many years and worked on a lot of transmissions during that time, but it's been years since I was in the business. I can't ever recall a problem such as this. I'm thinking there may be something in the valve body that's sticking when it gets hot, but i'm not sure. There was an o.d. fault code P0783 - 3-4 shift malfunction. If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it.
  • I also have a '98 Dakota but with a v-6. I'm not sure if the transmissions are the same or similar, but you might try seeing if there are any fault codes - If you haven't already. Advanced Auto Parts will extract them for free. I have another o.d. shift problem with mine, but experienced the same 1-2 shift problem. It may be the speed sensor mounted in the tail shaft housing of the trans. My speedo currently works at times, my ABS and Brake lights are on intermittently. When they were on the speedo didn't work until 20 mph, and the trans would not shift into second until the speedo kicked in. However, I replaced the trans speed sensor and it fixed the 1-2 shift problem, but did not fix the speedo problem. There may be a wheel speed sensor problem which is causing the speedo/ABS light problem. Anyway, try the speed sensor - It cost me about $15.00 for the part.
  • :mad: i have a 2002 dodge Dakota with the 4.7 v8 and sometimes when i shift into gear and try to take off it seem like the truck don't wont to go it feels like it is low on fluid but when i check it. it is full what could be the problem
  • my speedo works good and the trans shifts good but it acts like it don't wont to take off most of the time its just in the morning or if the truck ant been drove for a few hours.
  • Hi, i have a 94 dodge dakota... my trans is leaking, i believe when i drive.. when putting the truck in drive, it goes right into gear... now if i try and put it into reverse it takes a while before it throws itself into gear... when i driving the truck it doesnt like to switch gears< i have to rev the rpms up and then release the gas inorder for it to switch into another gear.. and between 50 and 70 mph the transmission makes a funny banging noise... i can put the drive in overdrive but it doesnt make much of a difference... it kinda feels as if thge truck doesnt know when to switch gears... Please if anyone can help, im trying not to have the transmission rebuilt, if its something i can fix id rather do it...
  • timm3timm3 Posts: 1
    As I come to a stop, The truck stalls, I have been told it is the solenoid? If so, how complicated is the replacement
  • 2003 V6 4WD AUTOMATIC: When I first start my truck it seems like it is taking off in higher gears causing the truck to be sluggish, after its warms up I can restart the truck it will shift down and go again but it will start slipping from 3 -4 for about 3 -4 seconds

    any ideas &#150; thanks
  • I have a 2002 Dakota 3.9L V6, I don't know what kind of trans. Sometimes it won't want to shift out of 1st, not until I hit about 2500-3000 RPMs, then it will shift into 2nd, and continue normally, but that's only if I maintain fast acceleration. If I don't accelerate at a fast rate, it'll drop back into 1st and the RPMs will skyrocket. When I finally DO get it to shift into overdrive at about 40-45 MPH, it won't downshift into first when I come to a stop, like at a traffic light. What I have to do is put the gear selector into 1, accelerate, put it in 2, then at about 10-15 MPH, release the gas, and put it into D and everything is fine.

    This problem is accompanied by the engine light. The codes are: P1757, P1762, P1763, & P0138. I went to an aftermarket shop and they replaced the trans governor pressure solenoid, and the governor pressure sensor. They told me that there was nothing unusual found in the trans when they dropped the pan, and that the codes 1757 and 1762 went away after this repair. Unfortunately the same shifting problem came back.

    When I brought it back to them, they told me that it was the PCM. When they tried to replace it, they couldn't program it, and I told them to give me my truck back, and now the ABS light is flashing and beeping. :mad: Well, I replaced the PCM, and guess what, that didn't fix it either. :cry: The ABS light is still flashing, however, the P0138 code is gone. P1763 is the only code remaining. P1763 - Governor pressure sensor volts too high.
  • I just bought a 2003 4X4 V6 3.9 with automatic transmission. I had a check engine light come on with a code related to a governor? Also, It has just started slipping first gear from a dead stop. I can give it more gas and it locks in. Also it won't downshift correctly when I push the petal to the floor.

    When I manually run it through the gears everything works fine. Reverse is working well.

    I've been reading about TPS switches, sensors and a governor valve. Any idea with where I should start?
  • Hi I have a 2004 Dakota quad cab with a 4.7L auto,2wd with 102,ooo km's`I have had one problem for about 6 months with the plug connected to the blower motor resister that I have replaced once and now it's heating up and needs replaced again. The reason I'm telling of this problem is because it may be related to the other problems that have happened in the last 2 days??
    I first started noticing a couple of days ago when starting the truck it was turning over slower then normal at about the same time I noticed that my auto trans was acting strange,once in a while as I left a red light it would almost feel like it was in neutral and as the RPM's picked up a bit the tranny would hit and go,but this only happened a couple of times.
    This morning I went to start the truck and the battery was dead,pulled off the connections and cleaned them and then jumped started it and it started right up but would not idol. If I kept the rpm's up it would run fine. let it idol and it died right away.
    I managed to 2 foot it for a 15 min drive and again the trans acted up in the same way. I kept my eye on the battery meter and it didn't seem to be over to the charge side as I expected it to be. Drove it home and now warm it would idol but seemed low and on the verge of stalling. Shut the truck off and tried to start it and still dead battery. BTW the trans fluid is right up and looks and smells good. Also there is NO "service engine" or "check engine" light on.I also think it's the original battery in the truck. Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.
  • I talked to a transmission shop that said a band change or clutch repair would be a soft repair of $2000. Is that right?
  • Hi all! I have a 1993 Dakota with about 143,000 miles. It has been great until very recently when it started not shifting into a higher gear on the highway. I noticed this first when I would take my foot off the gas and the truck would lunge forward because it was like downshifting a manual shift. I thought it might be low on fluid (stick shows halfway into "XXXX" area), so I added a half quart. Stick still shows the same. Now a few days later it's getting worse. Hard shifting, no shifting, etc. If you put it in drive and let it idle in a parking lot where you can let it run free, the truck rolls and pauses, rolls and pauses, almost like pressure building up and back down. Last night coming home it wouldn't shift down out of high gear so that I'm going 10 mph in high gear and the whole truck is shaking. Today on the way to work I was able to control it by manually moving the shifter from D to 2 and vice-versa so that it would move in and out of gears to get me here. I read a LOT of this forum today and thought about the throttle sensor, so during lunch I went out and worked the gas pedal a lot and started the truck and it is doing the same thing. Oh, and as of last night there is also a new noise - like a Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr which will be there and then go away. The noise seems to be coming from the transmission. The fact that it's acting so odd even while just idling in drive makes me think it is a fluid issue but it seems to have enough fluid.
  • Hello Dusty: Read the threads. Have No reverse. Asking for advice for right steps to take before I just replace the tranny: ... Just bought Dak &#145;01 3.9 auto with 119k. Tran oil not pink pink, but kind of brown brown. No stink, no burn. Since the oil was dirty, I imagine there&#146;s been deferred maint… Zero on code reader. Shifter Recall not done yet. One day last week I parked in a parking lot, came back, and on reverse I heard a rattle/grinding noise for a few seconds and I put it in park to make it go away. So Later that night, I drove home. Rechecked code: Zero. Tried reverse. Now a whirring noise. Has very slight feel of engagement. There&#146;s a little trouble getting it into the Park from Reverse so that the column shows park with the light on,.... but it will get there. Will warm engine and check tranny level next. Will check cooling lines. Dodge service reluctant to work on column. So… next step, somehow get the right tranny fluid, replace. By the way, should I get the dodge atf4 or the kragen atf4. And Next step? Get out and rock the car from side to side a bit? Yesterday, I got a slight response. I got the reverse to engage, there's always the slight whirring sound, and it moved very slightly. Still have not changed the tranny transmission. What should I be looking for when I remove the tranny pan? shavings? a broken band?

    Everything else in drive works fine. Beautifully in such a fine, fine truck. (My first v6 the size of a v8)

    Ah. Sounds like the shift cable is binding (46RE) or you have a bad Transmission Range Sensor (mounted on the side of the transmission).

    Have someone fix:

    *Gear selector out of adjustment

    * Rear band loose (adjustment)

    * Throttlebody malfunction (dirty or worn)

    * Broken or severely worn rear band

    *Defective or inoperative front clutch

    *Overdrive thrust bearing failure

    Check the shift cable (46RE) Test, if not

    Check the transmission Throttle Cable. If sticking it can cause most of your issues. If not

    Transmission Range Sensor (mounted on the side of the transmission). But wouldn't this show up on the Reader with code????

    If's up to the mechanic to make a determination, and I don't want to be bamboozled: In order of checking.

    * Rear band loose (adjustment) (Don't they do that when they change the tranny oil?) What if someone used the wrong oil. how can I tell??? Do I trash the whole thing??? or do a soft rebuild)

    * Throttlebody malfunction (dirty or worn)

    * Broken or severely worn rear band

    *Defective or inoperative front clutch

    *Overdrive thrust bearing failure

    Linkage out of adjustment

    *inoperative or worn front clutch

    *Rear band misadjusted

    *Worn or broken overdrive thrust bearing

    *Broken direct clutch spring"

    Thanks so much for your advice.
  • I recently acquired a 97 Dakota 3.9/auto overdrive. It acts like it is in 2nd or 3rd gear starting off and never shifts. I am doing a filter/fluid change on sat. and adjust everything according to the service manual.Any other ideas? I got the truck from a family member and he says it hasnt shifted in a long time. :sick:
  • I just bought a 2003 DAK with a 3.9 auto tranny. It was not fully engaging at take off and felt like it was in 2nd gear. Also it wouldn't back shift when I set the pedal to the floor. When I manually ran it through the gears it would hit all of them, but wouldn't do it on its own. I had to replace the governor pressure switch and governor switch. That and a fluid/filter change fixed it. Switches were $250 for the pair.
  • No manual shifts either
  • My truck started dropping out of overdrive. I could pull over and turn the key off and on and the truck would run fine for days.

    Now it is more frequent and sometimes doesn't shift out of third.

    codes are P0700 and P1776

    Any ideas?
  • I have a '98 dakota with a v-6 and auto trans. The "ABS" and red dash "Brake" lights are on and the speedo doesn't work until 20 mph. I replaced the trans speed sensor which fixed a "no shift until 20 mph" problem which I believe was coincedental. I'm not sure what the relationship is there, but the speedo is still inop until 20 mph and the lights are on. I was thinking that a wheel speed sensor could be the problem, but I'm not sure how it would affect the speedo! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • Well i got a 99 dodge Dakota 4x4 extended cab, 4 speed auto, and when i take off from a stop or just driving slow its stays in 1, or 2nd gear till real high rpm's like 3500 4 grand, and then it smacks into gear ( like its got a performance valve body installed)
    any ides?
    oh i got 95,000 miles and i bought it from a dealer 1 month ago.
    called him up and as you would think he would say... "not his problem"
    so being that i just spent $4,300 on this truck i have no more money and I'm hoping its something just out of adjustment... :sick:

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