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Trouble starting I just got my A/C fixed on Thurs. - the clutch was adjusted and now it works fine. Only problem though, it seems to be taking all my truck's got to run it, a little sluggish. The next day, it was very slow to start. It was turning over, just took a little before it started. It did this each time I cranked it up yesterday and again this morning. I made sure the A/C was turned off before cranking. I recently got a new battery, so it's not that. Maybe the alternator or starter going bad? Geez, get one problem fixed and another starts! Also, it has rebuilt transmission that is probably close to it's warranty time. Go figure! Thanks for any input, BP.

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  • betjop May 24, 2008

    Forgot to mention this is a 97 Dodge Dakota.

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When they adjusted the clutch , they probably overthigthen it.so it's harder to turn, you should try to replace the a/c compressor including the clutch.

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to answers 100% accurately id have to drive it.

but here in net bunny land, cant do that!
but can ask you to post full symptoms.

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I have lots more to ask.
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and shifting and moving
and 1>2 shifts are what, grinds, or balks.

can you start engine in any gear (clutch to floor)

can you shift any gear parked ,running, and clutch to floor and not moving. including REVERSE ?
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the newer transmissions are very tricky here.
some are very upset with wrong lube. (or too low or is not black as tar)
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on mine boxes i can hear the synchro's spin up.
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the word trouble does not say what that means.
define trouble putting....

find a shop, a Service tech, that owns a m/T box.
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