Drainback relief valve available if torque converter drains back into transmission on Dodge Dakota
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.
Average mileage: 94,085 (80,256–107,000)
Drive Train affected: 4WD
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Transmission does not engage immediately after vehicle has set for awhile. even overnight. Had filter replaced, but still does it.
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.
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.