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96 Dodge Dakota hesitates in shifting, especially form 2nd to Drive. Changed fluid and filter and it still does it. Seems to do it only when first starting off when the engine is cold. Any ideas and cost to fix.

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  • Gene Barboza Oct 09, 2010

    Any idea what this should cost if I take it to a shop to do. Should I take it to a transmission shop or can a regular mechanic do it. Thanks Gene

  • Gene Barboza Oct 09, 2010

    I will call my mechanic Monday to talk to him about this. Will keep you informed and thanks for your advise. Someone also mentioned trying Lucas Transmission additive. Your thoughts please. Thanks : Gene

  • Gene Barboza Oct 11, 2010

    Hello: Kapishtech: I drove the past 5 days after I had the transmission fluid and filter as you first recommended and it is now doing just fine. I did not bother checking the solenoid or sensor as you mention when I thought the filter change did not work. I really appreciate your help and will put this site in by bookmarks. Thanks again: Gene

  • Gene Barboza Oct 11, 2010

    The recommendation to change the transmission filter and fluid seems to have done done the trick. I have driven the Dakota for the past 4 days and the slipping is gone thanks to Kapishtech. I will put your web site in my bookmarks for future use if needed. Thanks for the professional advise: Gene

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hard shift between 2nd and 3rd should normally get solved by changing fluid and filter. but if the problem still exists :--You could start by removing the transmission pan and switching the 1-2 solenoid with the 2-3 solenoid. If the late shift moves to the 1-2 shift, then the solenoid is at fault. But if the 2-3 shift is still late, the problem lies elsewhere.
Also remove range sensor, take it apart and clean the contacts inside.
The unit is located on the side of the transmission (drivers side) just forward of center.
The unit is located on the side of the transmission (drivers side) just forward of center.

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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    raj somaiya Oct 09, 2010

    A good regular mechanic can do it too. the basic cost should be somewhere around 250 dollars.depends on the tech too.

    thanks,please keep updated and rate the solution positively and show your appreciation.

  • raj somaiya
    raj somaiya Oct 09, 2010

    yes try and check

    please keep updated and rate the solution positively.

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