Join Date: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota V8 4x4
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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.