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1998 dodge durango 4x4 automatic transmission,found part in pan

Found metal wedge shaped part in transmission pan.can figure out where is goes, approx 1.5in.x1.5in. in the middle of the thick edge of the wedge is a approx. 1/4in. diamater cup for a pin or rod ,in the middle of the thin edege of the wedge is a small v-knotch

three speed automatic with overdrive, it only has first and second gear

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  • todd gentile
    todd gentile May 27, 2009

    thank you!!! csmock 132,i totally agree,i acually started to take the valve body down an realized that the shift linkage had to come off first,i was by myself ,under the vehicle holding the unbolted valve body in place while trying to disconnect the the linkage, felt like a circus i just put it all back together without the peice from the pan, until i figured out what it was,i am 44 been a mechanic from the age of ten,and am currently a helicopter mechanic for a tour company on maui.i would consider automatic transmissions my weakest mechanical skill,so i totally appreciate the info,asked quite a few people today here on maui and on the internet,you answer is the only one i got that makes sense,you obvisley earned your guru ranking!! thanks agian, the truck only goes about 25-30 mph running 3000 rpm.i though i was getting to second gear but i never actually droped it in 1st when i test drove it,probably is just first gear,or maybe it went into limp mode when it fell out,anyway when i drop the valve body what should i look for as far as the band is concerned,to determine other damage and what else needs to be replaced?can it be adjusted??if your bored and have some time i could use a few tips,replaced hundreds of transmissions in my life,but rarley ever go to far inside.also when driving you reach 25mph or so and it feels like it shifts into a gear that is sliping,and you cant gain any more speed,but the tack comes up when you accelerate,then if you manually drop it in 2nd it grabs agian and your back where we started,i guess thats why i assumed it was second,i think your right and its 1st.never makes it to 3rd unless thats slipping too. 92000 miles,she just spent 4000.00 rebuilding the 360cui ,and its strong! poor old tranny just cant handle the new motor .any thoughts or sugestions would be appreciated, aloha from maui,todd


  • todd gentile
    todd gentile May 30, 2009

    hey csmock 132,i read what you wrote,dropped the pan agian today, but im having trouble getting the shift linkage apart, removed both bolts and cables from above,but the top cable lever apears to be part of the shaft that goes down through the transmission housing to the valve body,unless its just really stuck on there good,tried to look with my inspection mirror but its hard to see if something else might be holding it together,or do i need to take off that bracket with the torx screws that is attached to the valve body below??dont want to break something?right now the only thing holding it up there is the two levers above on the shift shaft,need some help ,how does it come apart?thanks for all the help! todd0708

  • todd gentile
    todd gentile Jun 01, 2009

    thanks agian!! csmock132, the pinch bolts are removed ,i used my bigest snap-on screwdriver to spread the pinch after removing both bolts,pryed,hard enough not to break anything ,but hard enough!the top arm is frozen on pretty good,thats why i figured i would bug you some more! just to make sure that i didn't miss something .the truck isnt' in a very convienent spot ,residential neiborhood parked on the city street ,pan is off ,put a few bolts back in the vb so that it is'nt hanging,i just wasn't sure that i had grasped the entire picture. beileve me i did everything besides busting out the oxy-acetalene torch,and a puller to get the arm's off that shaft.i guess i was hopeing to drop the vb put the strut back in ,retorx the band and get this truck back on the road quickly and save my friend down time and money.(is retorx actually a word??)anyway thanks for all your time and expertice.i think tomorrow i am going to tow it to my house and put it in my that i will have all the necessary tools to finish this without having to struggle or break anything,probably will pull the trans.and rebuild it ,hopefully your ready for a vacation and you can help,spent 37 years in northern minnesota ,don't know why it took so long to make it here,but i'm sure glad i did,otherwise i would probably be doing this in a frozen ditch somewhere in medowlands and it would be twenty -below.not sure where your from,but seeing your picture reminds me of friends back home.thanks for the tech support,i really appreciate it ,im not doing this for money ,just helping a friend fix her truck.i wasnt kidding about the vacation aloha!


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It is the band strut for the kickdown band. The band is worn out and got too loose and the strut fell out. You can put it back and see how it works but you will need to remove the valve body to get it back in. It is for 2nd gear. Does the transmission hold 1st up to about 25 miles per hour and then shift right to 3rd.

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    Clint Smock May 27, 2009

    The 46re transmission doesn't have limp feature. First you need to remove the valvebody. Remove the shift lever and the TV cable lever and unplug the electrical connection from the outside of the case. Then remove the valve body bolts. 7/16 heads. After you get the VB out, you will see the band. Loosen the adjusting screw. Now you have a choice. Either put the strut back in and adjust the band, hope for the best. Or if the band has no material left, remove the transmission, pull the pump and slide in a new band. Then tighten the band adjusting screw to 120 inch pounds. Then loosen the screw 2 turns and tighten the lock nut. Reinstall the VB( not real easy to get the park rod lined back up) . At this point I highly recommend cleaning the Governor Solenoid. (Round solenoid, pointing down on passenger side) REmove the VB bolts and T20 screws that hold the bracket that holds it in. After its out, take an air hose and blow the screens clean on the solenoid. Reinstall and put it all back together. Good Luck. VB bolts=tighten to 120 inch lbs.

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 30, 2009

    Yes you have to remove the arms the shift cable is attached to and the TV cable is attached to. They are held on with a pinch bolt that has a 7/16 head.Then try using a screwdriver to pry them off. If you have the bolts loose then the bracket for the upper cable is just stuck. Try prying between both arms to pry the upper arm up. As far as bolts holding the VB to the trans case you only need to remove the 7/16 headed bolts. Not the torx screws. The only torx screws you need to remove are the ones holding the bracket that holds the governor solenoid when you take it off to clean it.


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