2000 dodge dakota sport 4x4
After a major purge of fluid my
dakota has determined it no
longer wants to go into a forward
gear. After fixing the leak and
driving the vehicle it all of a
sudden would no longer go into
any of the forward drive gears.
You need to determine if it is an electrical problem like stuck shift solenoid or if it has suffered damage due to the fluid loss. I recommend you find a good tranny shop that can do isolated transmission tests, that way they can tell if it is electrical or a hardware problem.
If it is an electrical problem, wouldn't the vehicle's computer through a trouble code .?
Not necessarily, if the ohms are correct the computer will still think it is functional even if the valve part of the solenoid is stuck.
Ok so can i test the solenoid at home. ? It did get drenched during the purge.
Yes if you have the stand alone transmission tester or a dealer style scanner. If not the best you can do is an ohms check and remove and clean the solenoids.
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