I have a 2007 Dodge Dakota, 3.7L, 6 cylinder, automatic (I bought it brand
new in July 2007). On two occassions (September 14 and October 12, 2007) my
instrument panel indicated that my transmission was in "drive" however my
vehicle could only reach 45 mph on the freeway with the tachometer winding
out at 4000, which led me to believe that the vehicle was in 2nd gear. I
would pull off the freeway and shift to neutral, reverse, park, then back to
reverse, neutral and drive, however, the vehicle would still only go 45 mph
with the tachometer winding out at 4000. I took the vehicle to the dealership
the next morning (on both occassions) where my vehicle is covered under
warranty and both times the dealership said that they test drove my vehicle
and could not duplicate the problem. Does anyone have any ideas what might be
going on? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Like Abby said, go with them on the road check....and you drive. The tranny
has computer controlled shift points and the problem is most likely there,
but could be the transmission itself. Did they even try to retrieve a code?
Yup, I did go with the dealership mechanic on the road test both times and
the vehicle drove fine. The first time after the mechanic and I went on the
road test he said nothing was wrong so nothing was done. The second time
after the road test nothing was wrong again but I pleaded with the mechanic
to run a diagnostic, which he did and he said he could not find any error
codes. It is so frustrating. A new vehicle should be problem free but this
vehicle is stressing me out not knowing when it will happen again. Thanks for
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I have been in the service business myself, and I am sure the tech (if
he is worth his salt) is frustrated too. I wasn't in auto service, but I
have also been in the situation where I was sure the customer was having a
problem but it just wouldn't repeat itself to me. I have also been on the
other side like yourself. On one occaision, I left my vehicle with the
service manager and he drove it to work every day for a week before the
problem raised it's head. This was with my (then) new Town Car that would
lose power for about 30 seconds and then go back to normal. It acted like it
was running on about 5 cylinders for that time. It didn't leave a code
either. It turned out to be the computer unit itself and it was replaced and
is still fine after 5yrs and 100,000 miles. Weird things happen, especially
with all the electronics on our vehicles today.
Is it four wheel drive? My 2001 does this anytime it is put into four wheel
low. After it is in four wheel drive low range there is nothing (I mean
nothing ) short of putting the tranny in nuetral, and switching the switch
to 2WD and waiting for a clicking sound, that will get it out of lowrange.
Park won't get the job done.Oh, and it has to be running! I have asked all
around and everyone says they have not heard of this. I finally quit
worrying about it and added a note to my owners manual. There is nothing in
the manual that covers this. Hope this helps.
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