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  • Jim
    Jim - 2004 Dodge Stratus - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/12/2014
    Leak near radiator ... transmission slipping ... related?
    leak is near top of radiator and some rubber lines
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Dodge Magnum - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/8/2014
    Tranny goes to limp mode
    hard shift 1st 2nd 3rd to 4th is ok then limp mode
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/3/2014
    98 12 vavle cummins tranny fit in a 2002 24 vavle cummins?
    iknow the 12 vavle transmission will bolt up to the 24 vavle but will it work and actually be able to drive with grinding gears?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Dodge Stratus - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/1/2014
    Car stalls and shuts off when I come to a stop
    Randomly when I am stopped at a red light or stop sign, my car will either jerk forward while my foot is on the brake, or it will completely shut off. It restarts with no issues and will drive for days/weeks until it decides to do it again.
     
    • Pepe
      4/1/2014 Pepe
      You may have a loose gas cap. Sometimes that triggers the check engine light. If not go to Autozone for a free diagnosis, they can pull the code up for you.
    • Pepe
      4/1/2014 Pepe
      I'm sorry this was for a different question.
      Could be either a vacuum leak, or it could be the IAC valve (idle air control). Do the RPM's fluctuate?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Dodge Stratus - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/31/2014
    Car stalls and shuts off when I come to a stop
    Randomly when I am stopped at a red light or stop sign, my car will either jerk forward while my foot is on the brake, or it will completely shut off. It restarts with no issues and will drive for days/weeks until it decides to do it again.
     
    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      Is there a check engine light? If not could be a bad fuel pump. fuel filter, or a vacuum leak.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/28/2014
    I have a 2004 dodge ram 1500 quad cab big horn 4x4 and when I go from 4th to overdrive the truck jerks back until im goi
    g over 55 and sometimes it does it when it gears down to 4th any suggestions? sometimes it wont do it at all i live on a dirt road could their be dirt clogging something up also it has 160,680 miles never changed anything
     
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  • Troy Mithchell
    Troy Mithchell - 2002 Dodge Caravan - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/26/2014
    "2002 DODGE CARAVAN SE WILL GO FORWARD FOR A SECOND AND THEN LOCK UP DOES THE SAME THING WHEN IN REVERSE":
    "2002 DODGE CARAVAN SE WILL GO FORWARD FOR A SECOND AND THEN LOCK UP DOES THE SAME THING WHEN IN REVERSE": Milage is 143,749 this happens when I try to drive forward or backwards
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Dodge Caliber - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2014
    What is wrong if driving on highway & warning light comes on and my speed suddenly goes from 70 to 45.
    half hour later it is fine and light is out.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/15/2014 HouseCallAuto
      No clue. Plug in a code reader and see what fault code set in memory.
  • GerryB
    GerryB - 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/11/2014
    What else can leak besides pinion seal and rear cover on the rear end?
    I know my pinion seal is leaking. I added some gear oil and I'm not sure if there is a leak on one side where the axle exits and goes to the wheels. Can you have a leak there? If so is it a major thing? Thanks
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes you can have a bad axle seal there and leak oil into the brakes. major thing, well if this is presented to the professional shop the job will *likely* also consist of a major brake job at the same time. Could have a bill of more than 3 to 4 hundred depending on what parts. New drums would put you at near 1000 if included with wheel cylinders and shoes and hardware.
  • GerryB
    GerryB - 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/6/2014
    I need a rear pinion seal (you guys diagnosed it for me). Supposed to be an easy job,but what about the squash ring?
    Mechanic made me worry, said you can only squash it once.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Here is tip from a mechanic doing this for 38 years and this is what I do in this situation. Put a white mark on the pinion nut that is indexed to the pinion. Sometimes I even use my high speed die grinder to make a tiny grind mark that hits the nut and shaft ever so slightly and will not cause any problem. The white out sometimes rubs off while handling the nut and the grind mark does not go away. After replacing the seal, put back the pinion nut and tighten the nut back to the same place as before and then add about 1/32" tighter. No more than that. I did not say 1/32th of a turn on the nut. I mean make the reference marks pass each other by 1/32" . When threading the nut back on, I am assuming that you will know by feel of the driveshaft flange when you have reached the final pinion nut position. You can also count how many turns it takes for the pinion nut to come off and then that number will be the same when you reassemble. The 1/32" still applies. If you were to accidentally go more than 1/32" do not back up. I hope I have not confused you. The crush collar can crush tighter but once crushed it cannot rebound, hence why I want you to go to the original position exactly and then go 1/32" past. It will be fine. The crush collar is what sets the inner and outer pinion bearings preload. The idea here is to simply go past the original mating marks by the smallest amount possible which is why I give you the smallest measurement that you can still see on a tape measure index. If it went 1/16" it would not cause an issue but I want you to use a smaller number as a target because at this point even the slightest turn of the nut increases pinion bearing preload exponentially. If you want to confirm that you have not overtightened it, then before you take it apart, use an inch pounds torque wrench that can measure inch pounds like down low like 0 to 50 inch pounds. Measure how many inch pounds of torque it takes to turn the flange at the pinion nut. After you reassemble it should not be more than 10% tighter.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 GerryB
      Thanks for the detailed answer. Sounds like the important thing is marking the pinion nut. I will be having a professional do the job, either the dealer or my mechanic.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Don't assume that they will do it correct. This is a big gray area among mechanics from what I have seen. Some of them just tighten up the pinion nut way too tight and then a few weeks later (more or less) the rear blows up.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Dodge W250 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/2/2014
    We just put in a new tranny. how many quarts of fluid does it take to properly fill w/o going over?
    Please and Thank You very much!!!
     
    • CVO
      3/2/2014 CVO
      MORE INFO NEEDED FOR: TRANSMISSION FLUID TYPE/CAPACITY
      1993 Dodge Truck W250 3/4 ton P/U 4WD 5.2L FI 8cyl
      To find the correct specification, we need additional information about your 1993 Dodge Truck W250 3/4 ton P/U 4WD 5.2L FI 8cyl .

      Please select one of the following:
      A518/46RH Transmission model
      A999/32RH Transmission model
      Transmission model A500 (14 bolt fluid pan)
      Transmission model A998(31RH)

      See this url
      http://www.autozone.com/.../...ficationsMain.jsp
  • GerryB
    GerryB - 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/25/2014
    Is it ok to let the oil change place (Valvoline) change my differential fluid. They vac it out and put in the new
    They don't remove the cover and replace the gasket
     
    • Jimm
      2/25/2014 Jimm
      Should be OK - just recognize that all the old fluid will not be removed from the axle housing. The residual amount that remains should not affect anything.
      Be sure the fluid that is replaced is the recommended viscosity and grade; GL-5 hypoid 90 weight gear oil - with 3 quarts capacity of the rear axle (when completely empty).
  • larry
    larry - 1998 Dodge B2500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/15/2014
    98 dodge van speedometer won't move until about 45 mph
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The instrument cluster needs to be replaced
    • Jimm
      2/15/2014 Jimm
      Try these sources for the instrument cluster / speedometer repair; www.ddinstruments.com, www.circuitboardmedics.com, ‎www.auto-repair-maunuals.com (they list a remanufactured instrument cluster (Dorman part #599-534) for around $245.00 for your vehicle.
  • GerryB
    GerryB - 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/14/2014
    Oil like fluid leaking from rear end universal
    just got this used vehicle and just noticed this after running around town, after heated up, no engine light, looks like where the driveshaft goes into the big round thing, not leaking much
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/13/2014 John's Auto Repair
      See your other post for my answer.
    • Jimm
      2/13/2014 Jimm
      Most likely the differential pinion seal is leaking. This is an easy repair - first step is mark the driveshaft at the u-joint and the corresponding yoke - with an index mark (dab of paint or permanent (visible color) marker. This is to insure correct indexing of the driveshaft during the re-installation to maintain the balance. Then, remove the driveshaft.
      Next, remove the yoke from the center of the differential. Once the yoke is removed from the spline, then remove the pinion seal using a seal puller or large flat blade screwdriver. Be sure to place an oil drain pan to capture any leaking fluid while the seal is out.

      The seal is simply lubed on the outside edges - with a thin layer of gear oil - and tapped (carefully) into place. The new seal should not cost more than $5.00 - $8.00 for the Dana 60 rear axle - from any local part store. Add to this cost the price of a pint or two of the correct rear axle lubricant for the refill - and you should have a leak-free rear axle for many miles.
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the differential pinion seal from around $4.70 for your vehicle. SKF part # 25140 or equivalent.
      Jimm
      2/13/2014 GerryB
      Thanks Jimm. Do you think there could be any damage to the gears? I checked the fluid and it was low
    • Jimm
      2/14/2014 Jimm
      Any damge to the gear set due to a low fluid level is unknown; you will not be able to determine until the seal is repaired and the fluid level is refilled. Then you will be able listen for any adverse sounds from the center differential such as; growling or a dull roar at certain speeds or conditions - where there was none before.
      Not to say that if there is no noise then no damage - just that one of the main and early indications is excess noise.
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/14/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Before loosening pinion nut, you should mark the pinion and the nut with a chisel mark. This is
      done to make sure you put the nut in the same possition when tightening.
      DO NOT overtighten nut! Overtightening will cause the pinion bearing sleeve to crush, causing
      damage to both pinion bearings.
  • GerryB
    GerryB - 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/13/2014
    Oil like fluid leaking in rear at driveshaft
    I think it is where the driveshaft or universal enters into the big round thing. After running around town when it was heated up. No engine light on. not leaking much. Just got this vehicle.
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/12/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Sounds like you're pinion seal that's leaking. It's the only thing around there.
      John's Auto Repair
      2/12/2014 GerryB
      Thanks John, doesn't sound to bad. What does a repair like that cost? This is my first time on this site so don't know the rules if you can answer or if you are a repair shop in my area.
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/13/2014 John's Auto Repair
      The seal is around $10.00. Labor should be no more than an hour. So Labor Rates range from
      70 to 85 Dollars per hour. I'm located in Maple Shade, N.J. I only charge $50.00 per hour.
      John's Auto Repair
      2/13/2014 GerryB
      I watched a video DIY to change the seal and if I had a garage maybe I would try it. I was able to check the fluid and it seems pretty low, I had to stick my finger in all the way to get some, so it was about 1&1/4 " below the nut. Hopefully The gears are ok. I'm not going to drive till I put some fluid in and then I'll check it till I get it fixed. Yeah that's a good labor rate you have, I'm an electrician here in Ct. and I charge $75 hr. (If you have any electrical questions feel free to ask).
 
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