Dodge
Nitro
16

PCM Software Update Available to Correct Various Engine & Transmission Issues on Dodge Nitro

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Owners may experience one or more of the following conditions: Transmission shifting issues, torque converter clutch apply issues, fault code P0741 (torque converter clutch performance), and a vehicle surge condition. Our technicians tell us that in most cases these issues may be corrected by updating the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software.

Problem Data
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 88,944 (30,000–128,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
2 model years affected: 2007, 2008
16 people reported this problem
Comments
Viewing 1 - 5 of 5 comments
Bucking feeling when shifting.
Transmission won't move in reverse
Car starts ok, but feels like it is skipping or missing badly at lower speeds. after 55 -60 it isn't so noticeable. i first thought spark plugs/ wires/ fuel etc. but others have placed same with no help. i recently had my rusty transmission pan replaced at my cost. concerned that customers reporting this and chrysler turning a deaf ear to this problem.
Applying the accelerator causes vehicle to buck repeatedly and only applying more pedal helps only at time but feels completely bogged down mostly. The worst part is when you are driving, instead of just shifting into the gear it feels like it is being slammed into the gear.
"Lightning bolt in )( " comes on intermittently , often when accelerating, or applying brakes. Once the light comes on acceleration bogs down in first then surges into 3rd gear, drivability is limited. On open highway at 60 mph vehicle bucks and surges and bogs down until vehicle is under 55mph. Gently touching accelerator causes vehicle to buck repeatedly and only applying more pedal helps but feels completely bogged down. The only code comes up is 0456 Evap Intake small leak detected. sometimes CEL check engine light may come up. cleared with scan tool. There is no predicting when it happens, weather, etc...
I have been reading, and expect to perform Transmission Shift ReLearn Procedure. otherwise it is recommended to replace a greatly complained about Torque converter that Eludes RECALL>