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Old 05-20-2003, 07:01 PM
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Any Dodge boys out there?My 97 Dakota 4x4 auto od tranny shifts funny. Seems to slip just a little going into 2n3 and sometimes it chatters of the line under medium to hard accelleration. But it doesn't do it all the time. Sometimes it's perfect. Are the seals leaking or is there an adjustment.Of course tranny shops want 1600 to fix it.

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Sounds like you could benefit from a fluid (ATF+3 or +4 ONLY) and filter change, and an adjustment of the bands. There are two adjustments, one on the outside of the transmission, and one internal. I'd reccomend getting a service manual with the correct specs and pics of where these adjustments are physically located, it is a little hard to explain but obvious with a good picture/diagram. These should be shown in a haynes or Chilton's manual, or you can get teh factory service manual from Dyment.

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[quote]Originally posted by slowturbo:
<strong>Sounds like you could benefit from a fluid (ATF+3 or +4 ONLY) and filter change, and an adjustment of the bands. There are two adjustments, one on the outside of the transmission, and one internal. I'd reccomend getting a service manual with the correct specs and pics of where these adjustments are physically located, it is a little hard to explain but obvious with a good picture/diagram. These should be shown in a haynes or Chilton's manual, or you can get teh factory service manual from Dyment.

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opps made a mistake on last post. Anyway i just realized the truck is from a remote area up here and had a bad trans line leak when i bought it. There is a real chance the wrong oil was put in the trans in an attempt to keep it mobile.Just kept adding and adding with anything that was available. I will try a complete oil and filter change and see what happens. Thanks so much.
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If the vehicle is chattering off the line from a stop, I would look at the U-joints too.
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Update- Well the oil and filter change made a huge difference. It shifts near perfect. A little band adjustment to. Now i still have a chatter or almost wheel hop condition. A friend was watching as i nail it and said the pinion was bouncing up and down. Guess it's time to see if everything is tight under there. Seems odd thou.
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the pinion is bouncing from "spring wrap" this can be cured with a load leveler type bar or a leaf spring slapper type traction bar.
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I agree, but strange it should do this. I going to see if i have a broken spring.
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