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post #1 of 12 Old 12-12-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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1997 5.2L Dakota 4x4 won't shift into OD when cold?

When it gets to about 5 degrees F or colder, my truck won't shift into overdrive. This is an issue as it spins 3100rpm at 65mph on the highway if not in overdrive. This means horrible gas mileage and also spinning the engine high when I'd rather be taking it easy on it (due to the cold).

Has anyone experienced this? Is there a fix for this?
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your lucky mine wont shift into overdrive when its warm. itll kick back into 3rd once the truck starts to warm up and wont go back into 4th.


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i had the same problem yesturday. it was 13 below when i was headed back to college and it took 60 miles for it to decide to lock up. i went to a gas station and let it sit for 5 or so minutes, started it up and finished my journey and everything was fine. im assuming it was just cold
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This is a stupid question, but have you checked the tranny fluid?

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When it gets to about 5 degrees F or colder, my truck won't shift into overdrive. This is an issue as it spins 3100rpm at 65mph on the highway if not in overdrive. This means horrible gas mileage and also spinning the engine high when I'd rather be taking it easy on it (due to the cold).

Has anyone experienced this? Is there a fix for this?
Mine does the same thing. Once its up to operating temp then it should to back to normal.


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The transmission is designed to stay out of overdrive in extreme cold until the fluid is up to a certain temperature in order to prevent damage. Check your manual, I know I remember reading about it in there someplace.

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Yup, fluid is OK. It may be there to protect the tranny until the fluid is up to temp, but my problem with it is, no other vehicle I have ever been in does this!

I'm saving my tranny, but running a cold engine on the highway at 3200rpm. Personally, I'd rather keep the engine revs down and risk the tranny. In the cold temps I drive really easy (accelerate really slow) so I'm sure there would be no harm.

Normal operation or not, I was wondering if there is a temp sensor or something and if I could bypass it. Sounds like no one has done this as for most, it doesn't seem to be an issue.

I was looking at rebuilding my engine and putting some money into it, but this is a deal breaker for me. If I get no overdrive for most of my winter months, I may as well sell the truck and get something different to drive/mod.
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are you letting the engine warm up before you get on the highway, or are you getting on right away without letting the engine warm up?

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I always let the engine warm up for about 5 mins, but that makes no difference to the tranny.

In these temps, the engine really doesn't warm up much until you are driving it, and I live right off the highway, so there is no change to drive around at low speeds until it fully warms up.
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If there is nothing mechanically wrong with the truck, I'd suggest swapping in a 5spd or trading for a truck that is.

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The 5speed is actuall a really good idea!
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i would let it warm up longer. i let mine warm up for about 15-20 minutes and everything is fine. and this is in -10 degree weather
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