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Old 02-17-2011, 01:33 AM
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Harsh / High RPM 1-2 Shift at light throttle

My 98 Durango has a 3000 RPM harsh shift from 1-2 when I give it light gas. When I give it heavy gas, it still goes around 3000 RPM, but the shift is smooth. I have tried adjusting the TV cable, but it doesn't make much of a difference. Any ideas of what I could try?

I read about the front band adjustment, but I am unsure if I trust myself doing that.

Anything else I could try?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:18 AM
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I have the same issue with mine... High RPM's before shifting out of first. Found out yesterday it was a broken band and band strut. When it was cold it shifted fine but once it warmed up it went from first to third.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:24 AM
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I don't think it's going into third after first. Seems to go to second gear.

If it is a broken band, does that mean it must be rebuilt? Also, how would you know its broken?

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:53 PM
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They told me when they dropped the pan there was a tab from the band laying in the bottom. I've read on another forum people have found the strut laying in the pan. I was told the only way to find out forsure was to tear it down.

The shop called and let me know that my Durango is fixed. It was a broken band preventing it from shifting to second, was going right into third from first. A couple seals needed replaced and the band strut replaced. Pick it up this afternoon.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:59 PM
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Yeah, I'm 99.99% sure I still go into second. I dropped my pan Sunday and didn't see anything inside but fluid.

I'll count the gears after work.

Does it go 1-2-3-4-TC Lock or 1-2-3-4(TC Lock). What I mean is, it has 4 gears and a "5th" gear of the TC locking up?
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Mine goes 1-2-3-4-OD
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:11 PM
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OD being the TC locking up, right?

Also, the Output sensor on the trans was just replaced with the fluid change. Threw a code from going 15mph or above. Forgot the exact numbers.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:24 PM
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the converter lock up feels like a shift
watch the tach
timing problems of band/clutch are usually 1-2 not 2-3
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:30 PM
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Yea, all shifts are working and all gears go in order. Its just that my 1-2 is delayed. I figure it's a band or TV cable adjustment. I'm just trying to find somebody who can do it for me since I don't trust myself with the bands. I tried the TV cable to no avail.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:45 AM
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the transgo video shows one easy way to adjust your bands
does 98 have computer controlled shift points or the mechanical governor like mine?
do you have a 44re?
which engine
when answering your sig does not show
let's get those bands adjusted
done your oil and filter lately
ATF4+?
then we can revisit your TV, speed sensor and connections, etc
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:52 AM
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I believe it's mechanically controlled, but I'm not sure. Yes, I have the 44RE. 5.9L.
I changed the fluid with fresh ATF+4 and a new filter and basket. Right after, I got a CEL for the Speed Sensor not matching after 15 MPH. Forgot the code, just know what it was for. Swapped the sensor and it went away, but didn't make any difference in shifting. I tried adjusting the TV cable, and while I can feel it makes a difference, I don't know how to adjust it properly. I also want to get the front band adjusted. Probably hasn't been done in all its 200k life.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:41 AM
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Transgo has an easy way to do the bands and cable
I'll look up what they are
the band drill is to rotate the driveshaft backward while tightening down the band adjuster till you can't turn it ( no torque wrench needed) then turning out so many turns- I just forget how many)
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:35 PM
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I was reading this. http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...ad.php?t=74204

Seems easy enough. How much play in the front driveshaft should I have by the way? I can turn it side to side a little. Maybe a quarter inch.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:33 PM
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I'll have to check and see if the hand turn the driveshaft trick works with overdrives
I know it works with torqueflytes
be tomorrow night though
all driveshafts- actually the rear ends have some play
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:17 PM
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Well, my transmission is going in for a rebuild on Monday. It's going to run me about $1400-$1500 he said, but maybe more if I want any kind of upgrades for towing or something (which I do). When I told him I wanted a shift kit, he said they have shift 'improver' and that its actually a good idea since they're good for towing things. I figure it'll be about $1600-$1700 total when it's done. He said it'll take about 4-5 days. It's gonna seem like forever with my truck, haha.

I'm making sure to pull all my crap out today as well as the headunit. I don't need them rummaging through my stuff or blasting my subs while they work. You never know what they do in there all day. If I saw a car come in with a nice setup, I think I'd be curious how well it sounds too. :P
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