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Dodge Dakota Drainback relief valve available if torque converter drains back into transmission

Dodge Dakota Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 2005

Drive Train Affected: 4WD

Average Mileage: 94,085 mi (80,256 mi - 107,000 mi)

If the vehicle has been parked for an extended period, and the transmission takes a few seconds to engage when shifting into gear from park, it may be caused by the torque converter draining back into the transmission. If the fluid level is correct, a "drainback relief valve" is available that installs in the oil cooler pressure line.
  • Visitor, , 4WD, 95,000 mi

    Transmission does not engage immediately after vehicle has set for awhile. even overnight. Had filter replaced, but still does it.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 107,000 mi

    after cold start up trans. doesn't immediately go into drive. If you aren't careful and you try to accelerate it will slam into drive.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 80,256 mi

    After sitting idle for a day the transmission is slow to engage after starting. Had the shop check it out and the fluid was draining out of the torque converter.

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