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I have a 03 doge neon se and everytime i slowdown it jerks at about 25 mph. why is it doing this could it be the the transmission

The car has 163k.

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Replace the transmission oil and filter. afterwards disconnect the negative battery cable and reconnect after about 20 min. if there is no damage inside the transmission, this should sort it out.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012

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Dodge transmissions require a very SPECIFIC fliud. It is called:
ATF+4. If you did noty ust this fluid, it will cause harsh shifts and downshifts. If you did use the right tranny fluid, then you will need to do what is called a "Transmission Quick Relearn". If you do not own a scan tool, any auto repair shop with a decent scan tool can do this, or you'll have to take it to the dealer. This procedure should take 15 minutes or less.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Dodge Neon SE the car acted like it was in neutal

As detrimental as coolant is in the engine oil, it has a much worse affect in the transmission fluid as its a thinner fluid and does not have the additive package that a motor oil does.

Here's how I would approach this:

To replace the cooler (its probably in the radiator) means they will likely have to replace the radiator and then the rebuild of the transmission is going to be up there as well. So all this is going to be considerably expensive.

You could go that route if you wish, but you could also take a chance and have an after market transmission cooler installed (by-pass the one in the radiator completely so you dont have the risk of coolant in your transmission again) and then have a thorough transmission flush done with a new filter installed.

Now, you are likely looking at a few hundred dollars minimum if you have the dealership do this but Im thinking that the reason the car acted like it was in neutral was due to the lack of transmission fluid because of the cooler line busting.

If you can do this work yourself you could probably do it all for less than $200 and if everything works out and the transmission is not damaged and works properly, you've saved yourself a good chunk of change. If it doesnt work and continues to have problems, then you can decide if the repair bill will be worth it to rebuild the transmission.

The key think here will be doing a very thorough transmission flush to get any traces of coolant out of the system and a new filter. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 dodge caravan se, as i slow down to 30mph my car jerks

if its happening as the transmission is downshifting .. you may want to bring it to a local dealer and have the controller reprogram for that problem ..most dealers will reflash it for free since it is covered under 8year 80k federal emissions

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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SOURCE: jerking while driving and smoking within engine chamber

check the engine for a dead cylinder look at spark plugs and fuel injector .get a scanner it will pin point what cylinder it is.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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Bring it back to the transmission shop and have them test drive it with the scanner to see if the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) needs to be replaced. A worn TPS will case the transmission to have shifting problems, the TPE sends voltage signals to the PCM and will control the transmission shift points and firmness. If the TPS has a flat spot and the voltage is down at the point where the transmission needs to shift, there may be a conflict of shift program and needs to be addressed. Good luck and keep me posted.

Posted on Dec 08, 2009

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