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Dodge Dakota Transmission Problems



  • lnizzle4lnizzle4 Posts: 1
    Hey man i just bought a 96 dakota with a v8 automatic. its runs great 4 wheel drive works it just doesnt go in reverse. Is there anything i can check out before i pull the tranny to rebuild it? Thanks
  • bill228bill228 Posts: 1
    Have a 1999 Dakota. Reverse only works with very little throttle. Put but it in 4low you give it all the throttle you want. Any ideas??
  • macreedmacreed Posts: 2
    did anybody find the fix for this....
  • macreedmacreed Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 dodge dakota quad cab with the 4.7 V8 and 2WD. Lately the engine refuses to start on occasion. The transmission selector on the dash will only light the circle aroun the R,D,1 and 2. It is like it will not recognize Park and Neutral, even though the shifter moves into all positions. Usually after I let it sit about 20 minutes it will start and register shift positions with no problem. Sometimes when it acts up, i can shake the linkage and it will start. Also, it seems to do this when the truck is warmed up(after running about 20 minutes)and you turn it off.
  • 65forever65forever Posts: 1
    Hi-My son-in-law gave my son a Dakota with 79,000 miles on it.He replaced the transmission a few months before giving it to him.What would cause it to not go into overdrive?The button on the dash lights up but it doesnt activate.Any help is greatly appreciated!Steve :)
  • my automatic tranny acts like it has no 2nd gear if you manualy shift it, but when you put it drive and take off normal it seems to shift all gears. then again if you get on it pretty hard it revs out and will not up shift out of first.
    any help would be greatly appreciated. :P
  • super23super23 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Dakota 4.7L manual. I put a new clutch in it about 9 months ago. I recently have been having problems getting it into gear. I thought it was the master/slave unit so i replace it but it didn't fix the problem. When it is cold it shifts just fine but when it warms up it wont go into gear. I can power shift but not clutch shift. Can you provide any info help?
  • I have a 1999 Dakota with 88K miles on it. It is a 5.2L 4x4 with an auto trans. It is a second car and doesn't get driven much. I drove it today and the transmission would not upshift past second gear. No problems up till now. I've put 15-20K on it since I've owned it and have not had the trans serviced. Any suggestions?
  • daniel04daniel04 Posts: 1
    I need help. When I bought the truck a few months ago I noticed that it shifted kinda hard. Now, after driving it daily it's gotten worse. It seems to slip or pulse while driving, and it still shifts hard. With the cruise control on and going up a incline the truck shifts so hard it feels like its coming apart. There is no rpm loss when the truck pulses. Any help would be great.
  • rbentsenrbentsen Posts: 6
    Automatic trans hard shifts in reverse only. For example, when I shift from Park to Reverse, or Neutral to Reverse, it "bangs" into gear, and I can hear the driveshaft ring. Shifting into Drive is fine. The guy who changed my oil said it was the transfer case. I thought the transfer case only engages/disengages the front wheel drive? I don't see how this is possible. Anyone have an idea what could cause this?
  • davem33davem33 Posts: 2
    My 2001 dakota 4x4 w/4.7 auto & OD gets the CEL, and gives codes 0720 & 0715, but when all is checked, the sensors are all good, so I expect a short in the harness between the TCM and Input/Output sensors. Dodge has now charged me over $800 and cannot seem to "find" the real problem. This failure results in no shifting out of 1st at all when in drive, with OD on or off, but I can limp along in second just fine as long as I don't go over 40 mph. Funny, but there are a series of "speed bumps" on one particular road that I can drive over that somehow temporarily fixes the short and allows the signals to get through and all shifts well for a while. I never know when the short will reappear. HELP!
  • rbentsenrbentsen Posts: 6
    I have a '99 Dakota 4X4 with a 3.9L and automatic trans. My truck would not shift past 2nd. The "check engine" light was also on. I ran a diagnostic test at the local parts store (it was free) to see what the fault code was. P0753 stated that it was related to "Shift Solenoid A". I replaced it. The trans fluid was filthy, so I changed it as well as the filter. To my dismay, the problem reoccured a week or so later. I found that the 8-pin electrical plug (that supplies power to the shift sensors) had a broken tab, so the connector could not stay fully seated. This is a problem because the tranny fluid has enough pressure to push fluid thru the pins and create a bad connection. Once I replaced the plug so the connector could fully seat, the problem went away.
  • I have this EXACT same problem and also replaced the TPS with no relief. Please let me know what you hear from dodge. I am axiously awaiting the response
  • rbentsenrbentsen Posts: 6
    It could actually be a bad shift solenoid A. I would start by removing the 8-pin connector from the driver side of the transmission. Stick a Q-tip into the female end of the plug (mounted on transmission) and see if it comes out soaked with tranny fluid. If so, spray it out with contact cleaner and do the same with the plug. Make sure the plug fully seats and locks in place. If this cures the problem, even temporarily, the shift solenoid is probably OK, but you should replace the male and female connectors.
  • kdaug789kdaug789 Posts: 1
    Have a 1999 Dakota, 6cyl, 4x4, man trans.

    It makes a whine in 1, 2, and 3 gears. When I push in the clutch it go's away.
    When I am at a stop, put it in neutral the whine is back, after I let off the clutch.
    I was wondering if it is my clutch, and throw-out bearing, or if it is my transmission going out. I want to get some input before I tear it apart. Only want to do it once.

  • chaskilchaskil Posts: 1
    First time poster, long time lurker. I"ve got a issue with my '01 Dak 4x4 and am hoping for a little help here gents so here goes...
    Pooched reverse in the 42re and initial findings after dropping the pan and screen showed good fluid, no shavings, minimal material on the magnet (looked like a3/32 covering of fine "never seize") but I did find what appears to be part of of the (I'm guessing a bit here) the direct clutch waved ring. All forward gears and TC work well however no reverse and no engine braking in 1st gear manual, pointing to low/reverse-band/servo failure.
    Long story short guys, tranny has 150k on it and I've found a low mileage 2wd 42re for short money. Is a housing/tail shaft swap with my 4x4 setup as doner feasible IE a simple swap out or does it require a internal tranny break down. Thanks for any insight.
  • pedmpedm Posts: 3
    I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 4x4, 3.9L, automatic. It is showing 2 codes, 0743 (torque converter) and 0753 (shift solenoid). The trans will only operate in 2nd and 3rd. I cleared the codes and the 0743 went away but not the 0753 (shift solenoid). I also tried to clean the plug on the transmission, but the only one I could find had only three wires ( if I remember correctly) and was right where the shifter cable went in the tranny. It looks like the previous owner may have put a used PCM in it, since it has a partsyard type of handwritten number on it. At any rate, I am trying to pinpoint the problem without having to replace everything. I am a fairly good mechanic. Can anyone give me some good advice where to start? This is my first Dodge in a long time. Ironically, the last one I had (a Dodge Ram 1500 4x4) had erratic shifting in the tranny the whole time I had it, so I sold it). But I like this little Dakota an awful lot.
    Please help.
  • rbentsenrbentsen Posts: 6
    I replaced shift solenoid B, but it did not help (code 0753). It turned out the 8-pin electrical connector (on the transmisson) had the locking tab broken off, so the plug could not fully seat and seal the plug. This allowed the pressure from the transmission to push fluid up around and past the pins inside the connector resulting in a bad electrical connection. After the plug was replaced, I never had another problem. That was over two years ago. My '99 Dakota is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.
  • pedmpedm Posts: 3
    Can you tell me the exact location of the electrical connection on the transmission you are speaking of. The only one I could see was on the driver's side and was a three wire ( I think) connection). Right above it was what looked like the shifter cable.
  • bhyman1bhyman1 Posts: 1

    I have a 4x4 1989 Dodge Dakota 3.9L V6. Recently, I have been experiencing a loud whizzing/vibration noise around my transfer case which only occurs from 60mph and up. The engine and transmission both seem to be running fine, but I was just concerned about the noise from the transfer case.

    Just as an added note, when I move the transfer shifter up just a tad at the 2WD position, the noise becomes higher pitched.

  • rbentsenrbentsen Posts: 6
    You are probably referring to the shaft speed sensor, which will cause the speedo to go out if it is defective.The connector I am referring to is on the driver's side toward the front of the transmission. It is a round plug with 8 pins inside. It is not easy to get to. That is why I had a transmission shop change the connector once I found out where the problem was. They actually cut the male portion of the plug and used butt-splices to wire in the new plug. The Chilton manual shows 9 wires going from the PCM to the transmission, so I know there is more than just 3.
  • rpw4rpw4 Posts: 1

    I just replaced the front and rear seals along with filter and fluid. The transmission has 75,000 miles on it. It worked fine before changing these items. Now it does not upshift to 3-4 or lockup unless I turn the OD off and then back on. Any suggestions?
  • caseylycaseyly Posts: 1
    My Dakota has a trouble code from the auto trans P0987 4C Hydraulic Pressure Test Failure. I can't find anyone who can tell me anything about it. Caseyly
  • tbizzletbizzle Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 4.7 liter V8 4x4 and I just pulled into a parking lot and immediately started to hear a clinking of sorts and it sounded like it was coming from the transfer case area. I checked the stick shift for the four wheel and it was loose as if it wasn't engaging at all. I put in the place that it should be and the noise stopped, but the stick didn't "lock" in place. Any ideas what it could be? Is there a clip or something could have come loose?
  • tbizzletbizzle Posts: 2
    I had a chance to get under there today and saw that the shift linkage is detached. It looked like where it should attach is broken or there is a ring missing or both. My Haynes manual tells how to adjust the linkage but doesn't provide any pictures, so I'm not sure if all parts are there or not.
  • My newly acquired 2000 Dakota Quad Cab has a minor slippage occurring when seated in the drivers seat. When you brake at a light the seat shifts forward about an inch. Any ideas on repairing this. I understand this happens alot on these vehicles. Thank you ;)
  • I just bought a 1992 dodge dakota LE 4x4 automatic trans it drives forward fine,but will not go in reverce. You try to put it in reverce and it goes in drive.Even when you put it in nutrule it still will not go backwards its like its lock up for reverce can anybody :mad: help????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????- - ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????- - ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????- - ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????- - ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????- - ??????????????
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Not sure the transmission discussion would be the most helpful ;) look through the Dodge Dakota Interior Issues discussion and see if others may have solved this issue.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • hfcudahfcuda Posts: 1
    i have a 2005(75300 miles) dakota 3.7 with automatic trans. after driving one and a half hour, most of the time the car display the red thermometer check light. at this time the transmission stop upshifting so the RPM goes up to 5000 when running 60mph. the dealer replace an electronic module in the transmission that last for a day and said that the tranny needs a new torque converter and new seals that will cost $2700. that is the reason why i am looking for another transmission.
  • pedmpedm Posts: 3
    Thanks Rbentsen,

    I did find the 8 pin plug on my 2000 Dakota and sure enough it had fluid in it. I tried to clean it out and plugged it back in but still got the solenoid code. The Dodge mechanic said it was definitely an electrical issue and 9 times out 10 it is the solenoid. But do you think I should replace the plug first?
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