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Shift prob from 1rst to 2nd

Dear Sir...I have 2001 5.9 w/auto and 4x4....Recently my transmission began shifting from 1rst to 2nd only when my engine hit 4000 RPMs. All other funtions are still all in the norm. No other symptons except the trans finding it necessary wait for these 4000 RPms to shift itself out of 1rst to 2nd. Please we are at the mercy to others here in Ecuador and need your help. Thank You for your time in this and we shall be standing by for you..Rudy Gruen...

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  • ponche Jul 30, 2008

    Dear Sir......That is not the answers I was looking for.........We need ALL possibilities stemming from the detailed symptom presented to you. Along with all possible parts needed to resolve this problem. My family and I are out of the country, (Ecuador) and need to order parts ASAP to rectify this problem and return home within next few weeks....PLEASE! We need list of ALL possible reasons for this problem so as to replace these possibilities with the necessary parts. We have garage and persons to do these necessary replacements, but they have no idea as to what these possibilities might be within our 2001 5.9 4x4 Dodge Durango. Your the Doctor they say(and we agree) and its to you we give the symptoms and its for you to give all possibilities as to what and only what could be causing this SUV to find it necessary to reach 4000RPMs before shifting from !rst to 2nd. There is always a list of possible reasons and solutions for any problem. Well,this transmissions symptom has a limited set of possible defective parts that may or may not be causing this shifting problem. Its this list of possibilities along with necessary parts needed to resolve these possibilities that we so desperately need. Please Sir, we need to order and airfreight all parts for all possibilities, so as to INSURE our safe return. Standing by for you,,,Thank You, Rudy Gruen @ Family..God Bless...............

  • ponche Jul 30, 2008

    Dear Sir.....With this one symptom, is there any chance it might be the converter? Please let me know for this item is very expensive. thank you...R.Gruen

  • ponche Jul 31, 2008

    Dear Sir..........Our durango is not shifting from 1rst to second until the engines RPMs have reached an alarming rate of 4000 rpms.......please give me ALL possibilities of which could cause this ONE problem and please list ALL possibilities......and SIr, there is allways a limited list of possibilities....thank you........R.Gruen P.S. My engine has no surge problems as with a bad throttle sensor. Look deeper and the possible answers to this late shifting problem will be apparent to us all.Still stuck in Ecuador and rising to the challenge..Thank You R.Gruen



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This often happens because of faults in the gearbox. If it automatic transmission can also be caused by a faulty throttle position sensor.

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    Ginko Jul 30, 2008

    Dear Sir I understand your problem. I can find dealers that ship car parts for your car Worldwide. However I suggest find any kind of mechanic to do some test on your car, a dodge 4wd transmission costs over $3000, before replacing the whole box a local mechanic should check that is not just a few dollars sensorin need of replacement, or a problem with the car computer.

    Here is a dodge part dealer shipping internationally.

    Before replacing transmission find a local mechanic, if he has a scanner ask him to test the car computer.
    Ask also to check and eventually replace throttle position sensor, that should be at the base of the throttle, here is a picture:

    Here is explained how to test it

    Here instead you can buy the tools to scan your car computer.

    Let me know if you need further help.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 31, 2008

    I told you, possible causes are :
    throttle position sensor - it costs $37
    Computer - to test this you need a scanner. - Cost around $200
    Gear box - you need to replace the gear box - Cost over $3000

    You can start from testing the sensor or the Computer
    To test the sensor Here is explained how to test it

    To test the computer buy the tools to scan your car computer. , you will get a code in return post here the code and we will find out what the problem is.

    If sensor and computer are ok replace gear box.
    You can buy sensor and gearbox here
    part dealer shipping internationally.
    Phone: (800) 950-7105
    Just select dodge durango 2001 in the top bar , and in parts box select automatic transmission.
    , you still need a local mechanic if you have to replace gear box, it is a delicate job.
    My suggestion, call (800) 950-7105 and order throttle position sensor, if the gear is not shifting until high rpm sounds like a faulty sensor that doesn't detect your throttle position.
    Replacing it is not very complicate.
    Let me know if you have more query ask

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 31, 2008

    Regarding the torque converter, to diagnose if there is a problem with it you need to scan the PCM car computer.
    Buy the sensor and the scanner posted in my previous mail, this will be enough to discard other problems and understand if to replace whole transmission.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 31, 2008

    The torque converter has a solenoid inside that can go bad, to test this you scan the ecm
    Here is replacement for durango ecm
    Parts that can be involved are:
    Throttle pos sensor (aka speed sensor)
    ECM (Pcm is part of ECM)
    Torque converter solenoid.
    Automatic transmission box.
    The less you need to find out the problem is a scanner to connect to car computer and get error code, from description sounds like throttle sensor or a problem with computer.



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