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Truck not idling right and shifting wierd looking for troubleshoot do not have scan tool

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If at all possible take your truck to one of the auto parts store like auto zone and get them to run a scan on the truck to get a code. They will do it for free and it will tell you what the problem is. This will help you correct the problem. Hope this will help you.

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I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 with an automatic transmission the transmission hunts from first to second when I let off the gas it shifts in the second and drives normal after that but this is what happens...

HOt engine, or cold engine or both???????????????
Gas or Diesel? what engine>? 4 speed A/T right?
first off the CEL only glows for smog fails, many other DTC errors
all important , only show up on a real scan tool. even a $9 tool this old car.
is it the tranny or the engine hunting, that takes, skill to know.
any mech , can tell you ,easy.
does the engine run prefect , get to 180F + temp and hold?
does the enigine hold 800 RPM steady hot idle in park.
then select Drive, foot on brake pedal and still hold this normal idle spee?d. , yes, then good.
this hunting, i cant understand that.
does it upshift to all gears, correctly?
and down shift.?
and does it not hold one gear. at cruise? flat ground.
does it not down shift with fast deep throttle.
does not down shift on hills.
exactly when does it hunt, you doing what?, in drive, im guess.
tell driving conditions, and right foot actions.
steady foot.
flat ground,

my FSM has over 50 A/T symtoms. the A/T is complex.
a driver (mech) will do many tests driving to see what works and what dont.. (both)

BTW2: i never pay any attention to any CEL lamp, I SCAN all cars.
The newer the car , the more DTC's , the key is to NOT MISS THEM.
and win.

Your A/T may be electronically shifted, and if yes, it's got a TCM
(either the TCM box or is part of the PCM )
either why. ,make sure the TCM never sees errors, ever.
there are many inputs to any TCM and all must be correct or the tranny will shift wrong, or go to limphome mode.

what tranny,????
here is the wiki.
Transmissions for the Ram
  • A500/42RH-RE lower geared light duty applications found behind the 3.9 L V6,
  • A518/46RH-RE for more heavy duty applications found behind the 5.2 L and 5.9 L V8 engines.
  • A618/47RH-RE for heavy duty use behind the V10 gasoline and Cummins diesel engines. The 47RH was used in 1994 and 1995 model years, while the 47RE was used from 1996 through 2002.
NV3500 and up are manual trans,
so by wiki I see all 3 are electric, SCAN it now , with a full scan tool.

each tanny ending in "E" is a TCM shifted "E"lectronic shifted trans.
so post what you have, as i can not guess.

my guess is 46RH

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2004 jeep cherokee overland when shifting from park to drive loud noise and idle is running rough

find noise location first. never ignore noise on machines. and 10x that on man movers. 100x that in the air.

then scan it. using any obd2 scan tool,
a tool that does Jeep factory codes. 10x that.

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Ford falcon not idling properly change the sparks and still the same

define properly? (too high/low. or surges or/)?
hot or cold engine or both?
idle is last thing to work,
all else must be good.
the ECU controls idle at all time (not in limphome mode)
all gross misfire causes, idle to fall and los e control
same with lean or flooding. lost control
the ECU/pcm works very hard to keep idle right using its slave ISC.
did you connect a scan tool and scan for errors?

if the scan tool shows AFR perfect in closed loop at idle hot.
then the ISC is stuck.
AFR is perfect air fuel ratio mixture that all EFI do,.

if engine stalls, make sure the EGR does not stick open

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My 2004 chevy trailblazer won't idle and will not accelerate

Have you checked fuel pressure, and is the check engine light on now ?

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Have 2003 suzuki aerio won't idle after temp light goes out

the engine can not idle right for vast reasons.
wont idle, does that mean
1: stalls.?
2: or wont regulate, hot.
3: or both.
So , no DTCs, no cell lamp glowing , running?
you replaced some very expensive parts, by guessing?
checking fuel pressure costs $20 for the tool.
do you have a $50 scan tool? if yes, you can scan all sensors.
and see if the sensors all look good. do they?
did you buy a used maf ,or new suzuki maf $$$ or the china clone.
most of the clones are no good.
best is , used, and from Cardone.(rebuilt by pros)
the China clones , read wrong, the ECU does not know its wrong
because it is not stuck at 0 or 5v. so assumes its right and is wrong.
with a scan tool you can see the MAF read wrong. do you?
what i do is plot TPS angle, RPM and MAF output and log that.
then at home read the values.

the #1 reason for stalls is leaking EGR. ever clean and service it?

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Trouble code p0402 is coming up on the scan tool, what is the problem?

On a domestic car using a scan tool, the trouble code p0440 is an Evaporative Emission Control System Malfunction. It can mean the gas cap is not installed or working right, the purge solenoid has failed, or the canister is plugged and not working right.

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Hi, I have a 04 f-150 p/u 4x4 auto. It starts fine but will not idle. I have to keep my foot on the gas. No signs, It just started a day ago. While driveing at speed it runs normal. come to a light...

There are no computers involved in working on a motor vehicle

The vehicles have processors,in your case a PCM
(Powertrain Computer Module)

The repair shops have a scan tool,scanner or PC Based Scan
Tool Software. No computers at all, to fix your truck

You need a repair shop to find & resolve the Diagnostic
Data Connector issue,before they proceed to other issues

You do not always have DTC-diagnostic trouble codes,
present that can be read with a scan tool or code reader,
but there may be data stored, if the scan tool is used properly
to look at monitored system data using the correct Mode

You could clean the throttle plate,check the TPS Sensor &
see what you have for idle control,such as a AIR Idle Solenoid etc

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1995 Saturn wont idle right

I would take the vehicle to a local auto parts store that will put there scan tool on the car to find out what code was stored. Maybe they will have some possible parts that could be the problem.

Hope this helps some

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you have to use a scan tool only certain things will make this happen IAC idle air control or Map sensor but you really need to scan it also the reason it doesnt want to shift is because it goes into limp mode which means just that it will limp into 1st gear and not shift out hpoe that helps

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