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2000 durango 4.7 v8 tranny slip or something. Plzz help!!!

Just bought a 2000 dodge durango 4.7l v8. Most of the time it drives fine but once i have been driving for a while the tranny will act up. When i slow down to a stop you can hear a loud jolt in downshifting. After that happens it will usually not shift up well for a few stops. Also while im going a constant speed it sometimes will seem as if i pushed in a clutch briefly. ie the rpms surge a bit and it feels like it momentarily shifts out of gear. I added some stop leak for the bands and i think it helped. the fluid levels are good. Heard something about a "transmission sensor" and a "speed sensor"?? what could it be?? really cant afford a new transmission since i just bought it.

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  • fallnup22 Apr 19, 2009

    Is there a reason that it would only do it occasionally? So the additive wont help "tighten the bands"? I cant afford to do anything else to it until i get paid again a week from tomorrow! so frustrating buying something that looks so nice, has a clean history and then this.

  • fallnup22 Apr 27, 2009

    Ok so i did that except for disconnecting the battery. The place i took it to did a 36 quart flush and said the fluid smelled burnt and was almost black. It drives way better for the most part but when i first start it up and the tranny is cold it drives sloppy. Once its warmed up there arent really any problems. Will disconnecting the battery make a difference? Any ideas?



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First thing you want to do, is get all that additive stuff out of there & get new filter & proper fluid in there. Mopar ATF 4. then disconnect battery for minute or 2 & start fresh as far as storing trouble codes goes. Chrysler transmissions don't react well to improper fluids or additives. If it starts to act up again, or check engine light comes on, have it scanned for codes at Autozone, or Pep boys & see what codes if any, come up. Don't prolong any transmission problem, as it will only cost you more in the end, if you don't take care of it right away.

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    Mike Butler Apr 19, 2009

    You might be able to get a free scan done at autozone or pep boys, that might turn up something. It's worth a try. Do yourself a favor & check out ( , you may find similar symptoms on there too.

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    Mike Butler Apr 27, 2009

    The codes need to be erased, as well as any software updates to transmission need to be loaded. Unfortunately a trip to dealer may be your best bet in this case, but call ahead, give them the make, model , year , engine etc, or just give them your vin, and ask how much for a scan & any updates loaded. At least then you'll know what your up against. Remember, if they try to talk you in to a big dollar repair while your there, all you have to say is no, not right now.



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