Automatic Transmission Control Module Problems of Dodge Dakota

Dodge Dakota owners have reported 14 problems related to automatic transmission control module (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 1
Failure Date: 03/23/2015

I'm left with a dilemma. I own a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4. This vehicle has a problem where the transmission electronically switches from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive without the driver's consent. This is a well documented problem across the internet with other owners of this vehicle. We've known the transmission has had issues for a while, but (warranty company) has a theory of can't replicate it, won't fix it . And that is what occurred. On 3/23 while driving at 70mph, the vehicle attempted to electronically shift into 4lo from 2wd, a system that should only function under 20mph. It failed to engage, causing grinding noises from the transaxle case and a slow stop on side of interstate. Upon later inspection by a in network repair facility, the vehicle failed to produce a pcm code and mechanically could not be replicated in the 2 hrs at the shop. We were charged a $112. 51 and sent on our way. Today 3/28, it happened again but in worse format, the transmission did engage 4lo at 70mph and it caused rear wheels to lock up and freeze. We were forced to swerve under control to a stop in the median of the interstate again. We immediately had a local automotive parts store drive to us where he was once again unable to pull any pcm codes. He tested the vehicle in the median and was able to immediately replicate the problem.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2007 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 12/08/2010

After cold start and normal warm up, truck lurched forward at a stoplight, then stalled. Happened several times over the previous month, without stalling. If I had been in a left turn lane at a traffic light, results could have been deadly. Dealership correction was a pcm flash software update, at my expense. This should be a safety issue and covered by the manufacturer. The truck is still under powertrain warranty also.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 03/04/2007

To whom it may concern, I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota quad cab slt. And I have run into a lot of problems with this truck that people I know say they had very similar problems with the same make of vehicle. To start with my truck only has about 62,184 miles on it, for a 2003 model truck, that is considered low mileage. The problems I have run into is as follows: both front wheel hub bearing sets have prematurely failed, in particular, the right front hub tried to lock up on me and almost caused me to loose control of the truck, I have since replaced that hub but still need to replace the left front before it locks up:second is that the steering and suspension system has no provisions for preventative maintenance, I. E. No grease zircs for the ball joints, tie rods,upper and lower control arm bushings, wheel bearings, etc. . . Causing rapid wear and failure:third big issue, I have already replaced all four brake rotors due to warpage. The brake calipers were built with some type of composite plastic pistons that distort due to excessive heat build up in the brakes. Which in turn causes uneven pad contact, that then causes excessive heat, accelerated pad wear, brake fade, rotor warpage, and an awful "squeal" when the brakes are applied. I have noticed that my brand new brake pads are actually cracked now because of a combination of the calipers and the hubs going bad: fourth issue is that the transmission causes the engine to over "rev" in the highway passing gear especially with the over drive and cruise control on. When you're driving down the highway and you give it a little more gas to get around somebody, the engine rpm's shouldn't go up to sometimes around 7000, that in turn could cause premature engine or transmission failure. I have been in contact with daimler-Chrysler about these concerns but they just keep giving me the run around and not answering my questions. I still have the old parts also.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 4
Failure Date: 02/01/2006

Bought 2002 slt quad cab Dakota new from dealership. First experienced truck stalling while driving on roadways (very dangerous!), without warning and without check engine light coming on. Sometimes, it would also stall if put into drive/reverse from a parked position. Had truck towed at least twice, because I was afraid to drive it home because it was stalling too many times. Took in to dealership three times. Since engine light wasn't on, diagnostic test couldn't determine problem readily; problem was intermittent. Over the course of the first two visits to dealership, I had tune-up, throttle body cleaned, new distributor plate, new oil pan gasket. By the third time, I had the entire powertrain control module replaced: the "brain" of the truck, as the mechanic put it to me. This should not happen when a brand-new truck is only four years old; the "brain" should not die that soon. That is unacceptable, especially if the pcm/stalling problem is considered "characteristic. " all of this cost me about $2,500. The quality of this truck has not, and still does not, meet my expectations. The truck is too young to be having these sorts of problems. I expect to put thousands of dollars into a 10 year-old truck, not a four year-old truck. I am also experiencing transmission issues with the truck not shifting properly. I will outline that in separate complaint.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 5
Failure Date: 01/15/2006

While driving down the road at about 60 miles per hour or so I lost my overdrive and 3 rd gear of my transmission. Dodge dealer reports the valve body went out on my truck it had only been out of warranty by about 3000 miles. Dodge would not work wit me even thou they admitted to having some come it. So I had to have the valve body replaced. While sitting in the service area waiting for my truck to be fixed a customer came in to get a heater core for his 2002. Guess what less then a month after spending 1300. 00 to get my transmission fixed the heater core went out on mine . Is this common or am I just the lucky one? as the heater core failed it did dump anti freeze in the cab of the truck and on the carpet. I have yet to have the heater core replaced.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 06/20/2005

The contact stated while driving the vehicle it vibrated. The brakes locked, and the transmission slipped. The dealer has replaced the axle, the braking system, and the transmission control module. This only made the problem worse. The vehicle has not been specifically diagnosed to determine the cause of the problem. The dealer said they would again have to replace the axle, braking system, and the transmission control module to remedy the problem. The vehicle is going to be repaired as soon as the parts are available. Updated 01/11/06.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 7
Failure Date: 02/17/2004

Currently own a 2002 Dodge ram quad cab. I have had numerous problems with my truck. I myself have also experienced the same problems with the transmission jerking as well as the vehicle completely shutting off when idling (and not even at long periods of time). At times when putting into reverse, the vehicle will not move at all and I have to completely shut off the truck and restart it to get it to move. I haven't had it reported at the dealer yet because they will be unable to duplicate. Just noticed a problem with my rear taillights. At different times, different bulbs would seem to go out causing the "lamp out" indicator lamp to illuminate. When I went to change the bulb myself (cause bulbs are not warranty), I found that the sockets were causing the bulb housing to melt inside the sockets as well as on the bulbs. I took it to the dealer and they only replaced one side because the other they did not have in stock, yet they did not even bother ordering the other side. I have already had my rack & pinion replaced because it was leaking and also have had to have my tcm and pcm reprogramed because they were causing my check engine light to come on as well as making my air conditioning inoperative.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 8
Failure Date: 01/13/2004

Vehicle shut completely down while driving. (nar).

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 9
Failure Date: 12/16/2003

When going from reverse to drive, at times engine idles rough and rpm's drop to about 350-400 rpm. Approximately 75% of the time it happens the engine quits. The other 25% of the time it happens the rpm's increase after a short period of time (20seconds to 1 minute) and if still in gear the truck will lurch forward when rpms increase. Pressing the accelerator to increase rpm's does not affect rpm's when engine is stumbling and truck will not move. Dealer has been notified, known problem with engine programming. Problem has existed since truck was new.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 10
Failure Date: 05/24/2003

2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4x4 driving along the hwy around curve at 55 miles and hour power steering failed almost had a head on collision. The truck has been in the shop for a week being fixed under warranty. Odometer 29980. 00 miles. I have had multiple problems with this truck ever since it was bought new, they had to replace the power steering pump, malfunction indicator light (mil) on the dash. Transmission slipping. Received the truck back from the dealer drove 22 miles transmission slipping again mil light on again. Had to replace the radio malfunction, I could go on and on. I feel that the power steering failing, could have cost my wifes life not to mention the occupents of the on comming truck. The truck is driven by her 99 percent of the time. I just happened to be driving it on the long weekend. I was able to fight with it and managed to drive to the side of the road. I feel that this should not have accured with the kind of mileage precent on the truck as well as the age. Any help you can profide in addressing these issues, would be appreciated.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 11
Failure Date: 01/22/2003

Check engine light comes on -- ran on drb iii found diagnostic trouble codes"s set for no communication from tcm to pcm called tec line was told to replace pcm reset values road tested vehicle-- mod po 8035029 * (1) was told wire connect tcm * (2) replaced pcm -- rental01/22/03 - 02/06/03.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 12
Failure Date: 04/25/2002

When the vehicle takes off from a dead stop the vehicle does not want to move. The transmission slips and right after that the "check engine light comes on. The vehicle does not shift properly and the vehicle runs at a high rpm until the vehicle is shut off. The problem then corrects itself temporarily. I have had this truck serviced at frederick Dodge 4 times. First it was diagnosed as being low on transmission fluid(claimed it was not topped off at delivery) and it was causing rear sensor on trans to shut down transmission. Second time brought in for same problem, told that rear sensor is bad, that was replaced, third time, same problem, told that software for tcm needed to be updated. Fourth time, tcm and transmission being replaced. Truck is still in shop. Totally fed up. Truck has less 9500 miles on it. ***dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763038.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 13
Failure Date: 10/01/2001

I bought my truck with 5,000 miles on it. The transmission hits the rev limiter from 1st to 2nd gear when passing or going around vehicles under the speed of 30 mph. From my research there are thousands of Dakota owners experiencing this same problem. I've taken mine to the dealer 3 times and each time they were unable to fix it. My warranty ran out and I got tired of taking it to them. I now have 55,000 miles on my Dakota and it still hits the rev limiter each time I press the gas pedal down to the floor from a stop or at 30mph. The only time it shifts from 1st to 2nd gear is when the engine is cold. After that, it hits the rev limiter everytime. Why isn't there a recall for this problem?? there's been numerous times I have almost had a wreck due to the tranny not shifting to move out of the way of traffic. One day I may not be so lucky.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 14
Failure Date: 03/14/2001

Transmission continues to shift erratically, despite being seen by two different dealers. The tcm seems to be an issue. Reprogramming it doesn't seem to fix the problem. The factory TSB has been done twice but has failed to remedy the problem. Vehicle will sometimes lurch up into 2nd gear at lower speeds without warning or down to 1st from 2nd without warning despite traveling at a constant speed of approximately 20 mph. After 22500 miles the vehicle has developed a moderate to severe problem when braking. The vehicle seems to hop in the front end during braking and the brakes seem to loose effectiveness momentarily. Closer investigation revealed both front shocks had failed. The front brake system seems to be in good working order. No leaks, normal pad and rotor wear, no grooves on rotor, the front shocks were replaced but the vehicle continues to have the braking hopping pulsating problem.

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