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My 96 dodge dakota is stuck in first gear i just replaced the speed sensor that was not it

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  • chris Feb 15, 2012

    i have talked to transmission shops and they are telling me that the speed sensor must have been the problem but that was not next fix will be the harness from the sensor to the brain being that it smell like a burnt up radio if you know of anything eles that it could be please do tell im hopping for a cheap soultion thatnk you for reading

  • chris Feb 16, 2012

    ok all of this helps forsure but so many differnt opions im not sure this is a auto trans and i can not check the coputer because i had to disconnect the battery when i put in the sensor and driving 100 miles in first gear to reset it would not be fun anything for a fast fix?



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To start with, your transmission is computer-controlled. You will probably find out much quicker if you were to scan your computer system for fault codes.

The way you are going about this is kinda like calling around to different doctors and telling them your arm hurts really bad. So the doctors tell you "It must be broken" so you off and put a cast on it, but the bleeding from the huge cut still doesn't stop.......If the doctor had been allowed to diagnose the problem, he would have known that is was stitches that you needed, not a cast!

It is very difficult to diagnose a computer-controlled transmission while totally ignoring the computer that controls it.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012

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    dttech Feb 16, 2012

    Huh? Your NOT SURE it is an auto trans??? Do you have to hold the clutch in at stop lights? Do you have to shift gears and let the clutch out when you want to go? If your truck does not have a clutch pedal, it is an automatic transmission.

    If you have a problem with your transmission, you should not have to drive 100 miles in first gear to get a code to set. If it will not shift out of first gear it should be setting codes nearly immediately. If it is an electrical problem, it may even set a code the minute you turn the ignition switch on and the computer system goes through its self-test.

    Nobody can give you a "fast fix" or "cheap Fix" until the vehicle is diagnosed and we know what is wrong with it.

    I don't mean to be rude, but if you do not know the difference between an automatic transmission and a manual transmission, you sure don't need to be trying to fix your truck.....let a PROFESSIONAL do it!

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    sarageorge Feb 16, 2012

    Sorry, I guess i should pay more attention to punctuation... I stated that there were so many opinions i am not sure what to go off of, and THIS IS an Automatic transmission... apologize for the error. I will def. be taking it to get a diagnostic test and than see what i come up with. thanks!



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