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Dodge Dakota Transmission Problems



  • I have a 1994 Dodge Dakota V8. I was wondering where the transmission overdrive solenoid is physically located on the truck.

  • Hi, It's me again. I went out to the garage and checked the bottle again. I used one half the bottle which is only a 12 oz. bottle so it means that I used the correct 6 0z. amount. The reason the original message said 16oz. is because I new I used half but thought the bottle was 32 oz. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
  • I have a 2000 dodge dakota 4 door with 4.7 V8 4WD. the problem is when coming to a stop, the transmission wants to shift to second gear and it stalls out the truck. After reading symptoms from other entries from this site I changed out my TPS sensor (From Napa parts). But it did not solve my problems


  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Perhaps the speed-sensor screwed into the rear differential is not sending the proper signals to the computer? (telling it to shift)
  • I have a question about the truck's performance. If I am climbing a steep hill, the transmission downshifts but on occasion it slips out of gear and the engine rpms increase. As I decrease the throttle, the transmission goes back into gear and performs normally. There are no engine lights or codes. This happens only a few times. Is this a normal situation? Is it some type of safety feature?
    As is in the past, thanks for your help. The information given on this forum is very useful.
  • WOW,, how many different sensors are related to shifting? I thought it would have stopped with TPS and transmission sensors. I have not changed the Transmission input and output sensors. should I consider that as well?
  • :cry: :cry: :cry: i own a 2001 dakota with a 3.9 v-6 and my problem is this,,,while coasting to a stop or just driving slow in heavy traffic my tranny starts to jump hard from 1st to 2nd gear repeatedly. also when starting out from a dead stop the truck acts like it wants to stall and backfires. i have 100,000 miles on this truck and never before have i had any kind of problem. both of these problems just started 3 days ago and i don't drive it till it's fixed. sure miss my truck!!!
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    The number of sensors related to shifting are perhaps too many to count. Not only are the obvious sensors like ThrottlePosition and Speed sensors. But there are a myriad of hydrolic sensors within the xmission itself. (plus inputshaft speed sensor)

    BTW: One reason that the roadSpeed sensor is mounted within in the rear differential is because it also serves as the xmission output speed sensor.

    There is a sensor under the battery to determine ambient (air) temp. The temparature of the engine and several other engine sensors are also considerd in the shift algorythim.

    Also, the engine computer can "calculate" things like engine torque and reprogram the xmission shift points based on instantanious calculations.

    What does all the above mean to you..... DO NOT TRY TO FIX A PROBLEM BY BLINDLY REPLACING SENSORS! In the trade, this is known as "shotgunning" a problem. (And run fast from any "mechanic" who wants to shotgun your problem with this tecnique at your expense.)
  • I have a 2002 Dakota Sport Quad Cab. 4.7 L V8 Automatic with 108,000 miles. Lately I have been having problems with the truck getting stuck in park. When I start the truck, I can't get it to shift out of park. If I take out the Trans Pos Ind Fuse(Fuse #8) and put it back in then it will sometimes switch over to neutral and then back to park. If I time it right then I can get it out of park. After I manage to get it out of park it will shift through every gear including park until I shut the truck off. Then it will do it all over again. Any Ideas?
  • I have a 93 dodge dakota, all the gears work perfectly exceot 1 st gear, i have to ger it rolling at a speed high enough to shift to 2nd gear, i do have an automatic tranny, can anyone help
  • I have a 2001 DAK Quad with 172k miles. Changed the battery last month and I have noticed transmission shudder at hiway speeds. Especially when shifting into OD. Just changed my spark plugs and problem still exists. Changed the TPS over a year ago. Do I need to get my chip re-flashed having recently diconnected the battery and can I do this myself somehow?
    Thanks, Great site.
  • I was at a stop light when all of sudden the car would not move no matter what gear I put it in. I have V-6 Auto. Prior to this I switch to 4 wheel drive when I first got in the car about 5 miles back
  • UPDATE: I noticed ODBII code "P0303"(=misfire on cylinder #3) after doing a diag check, so I changed the spark plugs. No differance so I then changed out the Coil on plug for cylinder #3 and still no change. The shudder is not constant but occurs when the vehicle first goes into it's 4th gear (auto trans) or after it's been running a while and is climbing a hill in 4th gear. Can't feel the shudder at the lower gears. :sick:
  • coxjcoxj Posts: 4
    2001 Dodge Dakota Sport Quad Cab, 3.9L V6, Automatic, 87K miles.

    Overdrive dropping out intermittently at speeds between 45 and 65 MPH. I see a good number of similar complaints on the web. Is there any consensus on the cause and/or fix?
  • 1998 dodge dakota 3.9 v6 extended cab slt 4x4, 152k miles

    when taking off my tranny slips from 1st to 2nd and then shift hard the rest of the gears, also it slips going up hills from 1st to 2nd. what is causing this and what will fix it?
  • I have Dodge Dakota 2002 with 96000 miles. I have serious problem with transmission. Xmission light has come at about 93000 miles and now xmission started to playup. Is this known problem?
  • coxjcoxj Posts: 4

    Have you been able to find a solution to this problem? My '01, 4x4, 3.9 has the same symptoms at 87K miles.

  • I've been having my 02 Dakota gear shift stuck in park off and on for the past two years! Has been very aggravating. It happened again this weekend. My buddy decided to take a good look at the gear shift. He slid the rubber boot off the gear shifter and there it be - a small steel button that pops in and out to let the shifter engage! He pushed the button and we were off. I'm not sure what engages the button to pop in and out, but whatever it is, it's wearing out. I wonder if the new Dodge recall coming in January 08 has anything to do with it. I hope so but I doubt it. The recall is about some Dakotas rolling while in park. How scarry! Anyone have any thoughts on "the button"?
  • so are you saying replace the rear differential sensor and then see what happens?
  • I've been searching for years and years for an answer to this question.
    When taking off from the house down the road I put my foot on the gas pedal and the truck rpms rev up real high and it doesn't change gears until I let off of the gas pedal. Then it shifts into gear.
    This happens all the way down the road going up to 70mph.
    I've got a 93 dodge dakota, V6, 3.9L.
    Does anyone have any clues as to why I'm having this problem.
    Please advise and thanks for your help.
  • This sounds like what happens to my 2002 dakota. it could be the TPS.
    Try this, the next time before you start the engine press on the gas pedal a couple of times then start and drive. if it drives ok then you found the problem.
    Good luck.
  • cubansky, thanks for the tip. I'll give her a whirl and report back later on.
  • UPDATE: to my previous posting on tranny shudder on 4.7L at high speed going into O.D. or up hill on hiways.
    I had P0303 from the ODBII. I've already changed the plugs and coil to cylinder #3. Finally pulled the fuel rail and replaced the injector at #3 and all is good. No rust or gunk in the fuel rail, just an intermittent injector? Works fine now :D
    I have 172,000 miles on my "01" DAK and am wondering what the life expectancy of these fuel injectors are? Should I have done all four on the rail or 8 on the engine. The one injector replacement cost me $250 at a local garage. Ouch!
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Fuel injector issues on the 4.7 appear to be extremely low. I think yours is only the second or third one I've heard about since the 4.7 was introduced in 2000. High mileage injectors could possibly benefit from a full fuel service, where the injectors are cleaned on or off the engine.

    There is of course a practical limit to every mechanical component. Due to dirt, pintle wear or a weakened coil, a functioning fuel injector does not mean they are operating as efficiently as they did when they were new.

    Our '99 Avalon as had four injectors replaced before it reached 90,000 miles and the back four should be replaced now. My '03 4.7 Dakota has 92,000 on it and judging from the fact the fuel mileage has remained high and there are no performance problems I suspect my injectors are fine.

    Best regards,
  • I bought a new dodge dakota 8 cyl less than a week after I bought it I started having problems with it. It doesn't happen all the time just once and a while I have had it back to the shop many times and I am told unless I can reproduce the problem they can't fix it. When you get in the truck and start it up and it doesn't matter if you set there for a few minutes to let the engine warm up. When you start it up you know right then that you are going to have a problem because the engine races like you have your foot on the gas. Then when you pull out the truck won't go fast enough to lock the doors. The engine revs and the tack goes up but the truck barely moves. After you go about 1/2 of a block it kicks in and runs fine. Or if you pull back in the drive way turn off the engine and start it back up it runs fine. any suggestions. :lemon: :lemon:
  • Another UPDATE: After a couple of long trips (150 mi) the problem has returned.
    New plugs, coil and ejector.
    I see where the O2 sensor could have a part in this problem. Any suggestions before I replace anymore devices?

  • It is strange, I have the same problem. Also, 5 months after this problem I got engine light on. I took it to dodge they said some sensor on crank shaft is not working. They change the plugs. I have been driving for past 4 days, Racing problem hasn't come back. But then again, it never used to happen every day. So I am not quite sure whether its gone away or waiting to happen again. They ordered the crankshaft sensor, I have to take the truck back to get it replaced. To conclude, after paying $750 engine light is still on, they screwed up the cruise control and engine is overheating in trafic.
  • I am looking at a 2006 dakota quad V8 5 speed auto to tow my boat (5500 lb W/Trailler). The dealer put a class 4 hitch and wiring on. When I asked about the Tranny cooler he said it was built in. My ubderstanding was the cooler was an addition and located in front of the radiator. Am I getting a line? How do I tell if it hase the Trans cooler?
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    I think this may be a case of asking the wrong question.

    Yes, if the vehicle has an automatic transmission it has a transmission cooler. They all do. It is built into the radiator.

    I think what you wanted to know, or wanted to ask, is does the truck have an AUXILARY transmission cooler? On Dakotas the auxilary transmission cooler is located between the air conditioning condenser and the radiator. It looks like a small radiator. If the vehicle has the factory equiped towing package it should have auxilary cooling.

  • I hope somebody can help me out here..... I have a 93 Dakota LE with a 318. Automatic transmission.

    After many years, and many miles, of reliablility, my tranny finally needs to be replaced. I been looking around at junkyards and online sites for prices for a new or used tranny. But I did come across both a 91 and a 92 Dakota for sale, both with good trannies, for about half the price the junkyard was quoting me. Same engine size.

    The question is.... would a transmission from a 91 or 92 Dakota be compatible with my 93??


    ** Dodge Chick **
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