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Dodge Durango Transmission overdrive problem

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Published on May 27, 2012

This is a 1998 Dodge Durango that the transmission was acting up when ever you would go 60 mph and above. The symptoms were; transmission would not stay in overdrive which caused a jerking motion on the vehicle because it was going in and out of gear when the vehicle would reach the speed of 60 mph and above. Had terrible jerking motions at speeds of 70 mph and above and tachometer would constantly be jumping due to overdrive dropping to third and back to overdrive. The vehicle was road tested by a former Dodge repair technician who has his own repair center now , he scanned the vehicle while the symptoms were happening, nothing was showing on the scanner that there was any problems, he said it was a transmission problem and suggested I take to a transmission repair center. The transmission repair center technician ran his scanner while the problem was occurring, all it showed was the Durango computer telling the transmission to drop down to third and back to overdrive. There was no indication why the computer was telling the transmission to do this, no codes in the computer at all and no indications of problems on the scanner. Transmission needed to be serviced so while at the transmission repair shop they recommended replacing the governor pressure solenoid and transducers sensor and said that this could cause the problem but was not 100% sure. So they serviced the transmission and replaced those parts and it still had the same symptoms. So I did a Google search on this problem and found out that there is several things that could cause the symptom or similar symptoms. One thing that came up on Google most of the time that repaired the problem was the throttle position sensor, I replace this part and symptoms continued. Second in line that would fix this problem for others that were having similar symptoms was replacing the output speed sensor which is on the outside of the transmission, I replace this part and it fixed my problem. I would suggest if you are having this same problem to start by replacing the output speed sensor or throttle position sensor before replacing the governor pressure solenoid and the transducers sensor. I am not a professional mechanic but I do repair my own vehicles most of the time and have been doing it since 1977 so I do have knowledge repairing without having to go do a Google search. I hope this will help anyone else that is having the symptom.

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