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Automatic Transmission Control Module Problems of Dodge Dakota



Dodge Dakota owners have reported 9 problems related to automatic transmission control module (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2007 Dodge Dakota 1
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 2
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 3
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 2005 Dodge Dakota 4
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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 5
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 2001 Dodge Dakota 6
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 2001 Dodge Dakota 7
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 8
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 9
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.