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Dodge Dakota Transmission Problems



  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I believe the 92 at the very least should be the same trans (Dusty will probably verify or correct me on that), but as for the price, I am not surprised Parts will always be worth more than the assembled vehicle. That 92 might make an excellent "parts counter" for you.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • 1999 Automatic - All gears are working fine, except reverse. Suggestions needed
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Well, you're going to have a 4-speed RH series in any year from '91 through '93. However, I think you'll find either a 44RH or a 45RH in a '93, with the possibility of a 46RH if it has the optional heavy duty transmission. The model series should be clearly visible as raised letters/numbers on the side of the transmission bell housing. In practical terms these transmissions would be interchangeable as far as physical requirements (bell housing bolt pattern, tailstock length, etc.) and would connect mechanically. Technically, however, there are differences in gear ratios and kick-down operation depending on the factory supplied rear axle ratio.

    If you are willing to tackle something like this yourself you're fortunate that Dakotas are fairly consistent in parts usage and mechanical arrangement. The thing that needs to be considered is the condition of any used transmission. Over the years I've seen some situations work out okay, but a lot that didn't last long. If you need to keep the cost down you should be aware of the risk in using a part with no knowledge of usage, service or repair history.

    Best regards,
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    It is always helpful to know the engine, mileage, and service history of the transmission. However, in general the possibilities are as follows:

    *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

  • I am having the same problem as dodge01driver a year ago. Stealthb2 posted pics on this site, which evidently helped to remedy the problem. I cannot find the member page for stealthb2 for the pics. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated. BTW, it is unusally cold (15-20 deg) tonight, and I have tried rocking the truck; with the key in on position, but not running; and with the engine running. The truck is still stuck in the garage. Thanks.
  • Dusty, thanks for the info on the auxilary Trans cooler. Bought the Dakota. Mine does not have Aux. cooler. The Dealer put on the Factory hitch and wiring but no trany cooler. I will be towing 5500lbs a few times a year 200 to 300 miles. Should I buy an after market cooler? Any recomendations?
  • 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 was having the same problem last week, when it was real cold. My V8 Dakota is an '02 also, and has 102k on it. After reading the posts here, I removed the steering column cover(s). Then, I could see the lever mechanism, and I lubed it up good with Lithium grease. It started working right away. It had warmed up to about 40 deg by then, so that may have helped as well. BTW, it has been working fine since then.

    One other thing to check though. When you have the cover off, you can see the black brake relay amidst the column wires. Press the brake with your hand, and make sure you hear the relay click. If it is not working, the shift lever lock won't release. You can push it free with your finger, according to one of the earlier posts in this thread.

    Stealthb2 had some pics of this(read earlier posts). BTW, thanks Stealthb2. All your info was very helpful. And thanks to Dodge01driver also, for your offering help.
  • yeltaryeltar Posts: 1
    I have an 02 Dakota, 4.7L V8. I have a similiar issue with the transmission getting stuck in park. I just figured out that the relay is what is causing the bind. Typically it will bind if you try to shift without depressing the brake first. Once it binds it seems almost impossible to get it to release. If you remove the lower dash panel (3 screws on the bottom and to pull pins under the steering wheel) you will find a black relay attached to a black cable. This relay engages a pin that locks the shift lever in park. You can do 3 things to fix it, 1: wiggle the relay, press the brake with your hand and it should free up, 2: disconnet the relay then it doesn't bind anymore but will shift freely without pressing the brake when the vehicle is running, 3: replace the relay, but just from my stance it looks a lot harder to replace because of its location than to just disconnect it.
  • w9awxw9awx Posts: 3
    I'd check the throttle position sensor. 45-55 is usually where these things start to act up when they start failing.
  • coxjcoxj Posts: 4
    I replaced plugs, plug wires, cap, and rotor with original parts. It is running perfectly now. The previous owner had installed after market no-name crap.
  • coxjcoxj Posts: 4
    It wasn't the transmission. I replaced plugs, plug wires, cap, and rotor with original parts. It is running perfectly now. The previous owner had installed after market no-name crap.
  • cjaxcjax Posts: 2
    New to the site as of yesterday. I had been fighting what I thought was a "slipping transmission" on flat roads once up to speed and cruising. Constantly revving up 200-400rpms and driving me crazy thinking the tranny was about to go. (2001 QC 4x4 SLT Sport auto customized).
    Anyway, took a shot yesterday replacing the TPS, and had ZERO slips on the way to work this morning. I drive 95 miles a day at least, and it was slipping 20-30 times a each way. This was a huge relief.
    Thanks again to everyone on here for you help.
  • I have a 1997 dakota 2wd pickup was having problems drive a couple of blocks and it would stop going park it for a while and it would go a couple more blocks and stop.
    I changed filter and fluid And while I was There I adjusted the Band to HAYNES specs and now it only goes foward and the fluid get real HOT what is wrong or is it time for a new tranny
  • dawg6dawg6 Posts: 2
    I have a 98 dakota--my owners manual says that at ambient temperatures below -4. the trans mission will NOT go in to O.D. I live in Minnesota so this is a real problem for me. I'm trying a new TPS , and new plugs-cap-and wires. I've read in these forums this has helped.
  • usmc77usmc77 Posts: 1
    Seems to have hard time shifting from 1st to 2nd gears.; Youi hear high revs , although once motor warm high pitch rev goes away.

    Thank for any help on this matter would be highly appreciated
    hank You
  • OK. I've been here before. so far I've changed my TPS (Throttle Positioning Sensor) and I have changed my ABS speed sensor. The replacement of the ABS Speed sensor had the biggest impact. The shifting to second gear while at a stop, stopped for a few weeks. While the shifting to second gear at a stop appeared to be fixed, now when coming to a stop (especially the last 15 – 20 feet) the ABS will engage. I have to let go of the brake peddle in order for the ABS to stop. Thirdly, now that it has been 5 weeks since the shifting to second gear at a stop has quit, it has returned. So now when I come to a stop, the ABS brakes engage 50% of the time when stop the last 15 – 20 feet and the transmission will shift to second gear at a stop 50% of the time. I’m getting desperate.

    Any ideas?

  • I have a 2002 dakota with 3.9,130,000 miles. recently started not wanting to downshift,now it won,t shift out of low,it also has reverse.the temp light has come on.I haven't noticed it slipping,but the fluid stinks!! Any ideas would be appreciated!
    Also,isn't there a way to check code with out a scanner? someone said something
    about turning the key a certain number of times to get code for tranny??
  • I am told that when the battery is or has been disconnected for a time, the transmission needs to be relearned by the computer, sort of like a reboot.....tow the truck to a shop that has the computer diagnostic ability to enable your vehicle computer to relearn the transmission.....IF it has been the power disconnected for a time for perhaps a repair...WHEN did your transmission begin its problem?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Better place to ask would be the Engine Swaps discussion.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 4.7 V8 and can shift out of park into reverse or drive without pressing on the brake, it has always been this way is it normal?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    All I have to do is press the clutch to shift... no need to press the brake. 8-)

    However, I beleive what you describe for an AUTOMATIC xmission is not right. As a safety-factor, most automatics have had the "press the brake to shift out of park" safety-feature since at least the 1990s. (or at least a button on the side of the shifter-knob to get it out of park)
  • Thanks for the information.

    You are correct I am describing my situation relating to an automatic transmission. Interesting my truck dash does not contain the statement "press brake to shift out of park" like I have seen on virtually every vehicle with an automatic transmission.

    I am trying to find out if this actual requirement or not, and if Dodge should be repairing it.
  • I have an '01 3.9L V6 and am about ready to change the ATF fluid. I just need to know the fluid capacity so I know how much ATF+4 to buy. Anyone know? Thanks.
  • If my memory serves me correct I used 5 to 6 quarts on my 2002 with a V8.
    But my advise to you is to buy the original Mopar fluid at the dealer because transmissions can act funny when something else is added.
    They can also tell you how many quarts it takes. It's also in the owners manual if you have it. Mine takes two filters but the auto parts only had one, you may want to check into that as well with your V6 at the dealer. Good luck
  • I have a great 91 Dakota ext. cab 4x4 V8 5.2 that runs great. All of a sudden one day it just stopped shifting into 4th gear overdrive. I changed the OD shut off switch still didn't work. So I changed the OD cylinoid and it still don't shift into OD. I shifts very smooth into 2nd and 3rd. Still runs the same just no overdrive. Any Ideas?? I need some help. :confuse:
  • My 02 Quad Cab a few months ago had the 4 wheel drive quit working with the check trans. dash light on. The transmission works great otherwise. I am thinking it is it the switch, anyone have any ideas?
  • drukdruk Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 with 10.000 on it the dealer has replaced the trans and torch converter, and still does not work right. I have sat at a red light and when it turned green the truck feels like i shifts through all the gears ans then just over revs to 5500 plus making me put in to park and then back to drive. some times its fine other time it mis shifts all over the place,
  • bethann1bethann1 Posts: 3
    I pulled up on a hill,put the truck in park got out and it rolled backwords.Allso it dont wont to shift to forth gear when its cold.Looking for some help.
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