Transmission issues or computer?

Asked by Sep 14, 2017 at 10:01 PM about the 2006 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Every few weeks i get into my truck and shift it into reverse,
it slams into reverse and goes, then i pit it into drive and
ince again it shifts hard, then i step on the gas and my
RPM'S go up to about 2.5k and i slowly accelerate, then my
check engine comes on and when I get on the highway the
RPM'S shoot up to 3k and wont go down, almost as if its
still in 2nd or 3rd gear at 60MPH, I discovered that if I
remove a 20 amp fuse for the PCM the problem goes away
almost entirely (still clicks a little bit not a major problem) I
had to have my computer replaced twice so I need to know
what this is asap in case I need a 3rd computer. Because
it's a whole issue with ordering a new one and i really dont
want another one

7 Answers

I forgot to mention that when I remove the 20 amp fuse for the pcm I put it right back in and its not blown or anything its perfectly normal

Hey, did you ever get this resolved...? I'm having the EXACT same problem with my 2006 Dakota.

Add me to the exact same symptom list. 2006 with 73k miles. Anyone get it sorted?

I got a new computer again and it solved the problem until just recently where it happened all over again. Even with the new computer it still was shifting weird but i let it be. Just ordered yet another computer. still have no clue what is going on

Thanks so much for that! Looking around online with these symptoms and my heart just sank at what I am finding. Had no clue these trannies evidently notorious....sure cant afford a new one, and countless trips to a shop for trial and error has little appeal as well. Think I’ve read that the computer has to be programmed specifically to each vehicle? Or am I mistaken and it is plug and play? Thank you! J

The computer needs to be programmed to the vin of your truck. So yes it needs to be programmed specifically for each vehicle. The computer makes it seem as if the transmission is going because on these dakotas the ecm and pcm are one. Meaning that the computer controls the engine and transmission so when the computer fails it sends error codes out thinking the transmission is failing when its actually not. In my case about 13 codes pop up on my obd scanner.

Thanks again for the great help! It’s off to Dodge in the morning.

Your Answer:

Dakota

Looking for a Used Dakota in your area?

CarGurus has 131 nationwide Dakota listings starting at $4,795.

Postal Code:

Dodge Dakota Experts

  • #1
    banana
    Reputation
    1,200
  • #2
    Samantha Brown
    Reputation
    1,150
  • #3
    Justin Doucette
    Reputation
    1,030
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 1500
30 Great Deals out of 523 listings starting at $4,300
Used Ford F-150
129 Great Deals out of 11,395 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Colorado
12 Great Deals out of 2,318 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Tacoma
15 Great Deals out of 1,757 listings starting at $6,413
Used Ford Ranger
13 Great Deals out of 290 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
106 Great Deals out of 11,112 listings starting at $4,950
Used Nissan Frontier
11 Great Deals out of 447 listings starting at $3,700
Used GMC Canyon
9 Great Deals out of 2,196 listings starting at $3,500
Used GMC Sierra 1500
87 Great Deals out of 10,384 listings starting at $4,995
Used Dodge Durango
27 Great Deals out of 1,101 listings starting at $2,400
Used Toyota Tundra
29 Great Deals out of 1,517 listings starting at $4,500
Used Dodge Charger
35 Great Deals out of 920 listings starting at $2,939

Used Cars For Sale

2007 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab 4WD For Sale
8 listings starting at $4,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.