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I have a 92 dodge dakota with a bad auto trans, found a used 97 dakota trans with low miles. The body syle has changed so did the transmissions change in there also or will they work?

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No, you will need a 1995 or earlier, preferablly a 1992, the 1997 is set up for OBD II the 1992 has OBD I.

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That said there is some sensor inputs but the cable
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You need to remove the trans valve body & clean it

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All ATF+3 or 4 was to soft for me,I like to feel clutch
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My dakota used to hang in 1st gear when it was cold out
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Did you check the trans oil level. When you changed
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If the transmission oil was low when you changed
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Now, if thats not the problem. With that many miles
have you changed the trans oil lately theirs a filter
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I have a 1999 Ram B 1500 Van, auto transmission, 5.9 L engine.
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