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Dodge Durango, 2001, 4.7l 'slipping' transmission

Vehicle is in mint condition with very low mileage- 30K miles. After vehicle sits for ~ week or so not being used transmission 'SLIPS' as a standard transmission might if it had a very worn cluthch plate. However, if allowed to idle for 12 ~16+ minutes clutch will operate properly. It seems like transmission oil leaks from the upper part of the transmission to the lower holding area when not operated every several days. Correction is noted after needed idle time. If driven several times a week problem is not noted.
I have had the dealer change the filter, transmission oil, run a computer check, reload (update) computer program, and provide a clean bill of health...........that does not correct the problelm.

Along with understanding the problem and identifying the needed correction I would like to know: 1) if this is a mfg. flaw?, 2) Is there a best gear to idle the engine to reduce time to 'pump' fluid around to correct the problem, 3) possible checks and evaluations?

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  • Gfr123 Mar 07, 2009

    1 What is the best gear to operate the engine while transmission fluid is being treansferred to allow proper operation?

    2. This unexplained draining seems to be a somewhat common problem with Durango's. Is this a design or engineering flaw?

    3. Are there any other checks or evaluations (OR RESOURCES)that might be made before a transmission disassembly that might narrow the problem?

    4. Other than inconvenience in waiting for proper operation conditions will this condition cause transmiission wear?



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It sounds like your torque converter is draining when it sits. Would need to replace the torque converter if this is the case.

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