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May need a new tranny but I would try new fluid and filter change and one of the good additives. What is mileage? If it was shifting good before it sat unused for so long fluid and cleaning additive probably do the trick. When was last time fluid changed
You could try a transm. drain and refill and replace the fluid filter while doing so. When you drop the transmission pan (after draining), check for how much metal shavings are in the pan. There should be a magnet on the pan to collect shavings. If it doesn't look like too much, you could proceed with the filter change, then replace gasket for pan and put pan back on, and refill transm. and try it. Sometimes a fluid and filter helps, sometimes not if damage is too severe.
This is one of the most easyest ones to do. Put your vehicle on a set of rams and block the rears tires so it cant roll. On your trnsmission the is a big pan. It will be about 2 inches thick and about 14 inches wide and long. There will be about 12 bolts holding it on. They should take a 1/2 scoket. Take about all of the bolts out and have a oil pan ready to catch the transmission oil. Drain what oil you can get out and then drop the pan. You will see the filter on the bottom of the trans when you drop the pan. Replace with a new on and put new gasket on the pan and reinstall. It will take about 8 quarts of Dextron 2 to fill it back up.
2nd gear is the fail safe gear, that car will run in second if there is a transmission problem to get you to your local repair shop, sound like you need a transmission you can check the fluid level and try adding a product called LUCAS transmission conditioner to try and help revitalize your transmission, sometimes this works.
It could be caused by a throttle body issue or an EGR valve problem, but it sounds more like your transmission torque converter clutch may be locking up. This can be cause several reasons. I'll list the most common. First check your transmission fluid. If its low it can cause the torque converter to lock up at low speeds. Next, if the transmission is a 545RFE the problem could be caused by the trans filter leaking at the seal. You will need to drop the trans pan and inspect the seal. There is a round filter and a flat one. The seal is up in the transmission where the flat filter plugs into the transmission. A new filter from Dodge will come with a new seal. These are the two most common causes of torque converter lockup. Try and slip it into neutral when you come to a stop and see if it dies. May be more of an indication of a torque converter lockup condition if it does.
you may be having problems withthe transmission filter been clogged, i belive you never replaced it on its service life, any way maybe the tranny all ready suffered but try changing the transmission fluid and filter, its done by taking off the transmission carter itwould give you direct acces to the filter, in most cases the problem you present happens becouse the pump starts sucking oil from the cartet and some debries clog the filter so there is no pressure at the pump, converter and valve body so the car sleeps and then it stops, you turn it of for a while the garbage falls of the filter and when you startagain it works for a while
That sounds like solenoid problems if this is an electrically controlled transmission. Fluid and filter change will likely NOT fix this. Flushing and filter change is preventive, not repair. Is the check engine light on? If so, rent a scanner and read the code(s). It should point out problems with transmission control. You likely need the services of a good transmission repair facility (many penny!).
Okay, you do have a transmision problem you will need a rebuild or a replacement trnsmissions. the other problem shounds like it is stalling due to a fuel problem of some type. do you smell gas while trying to start it? If you hold the pedal to the floor will it try to start? Let me know MrRodney Long@gmail.com