Dodge durango 1999 transmission problems

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Automatic Transmission problems of the 1999 Dodge Durango

1 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 04/01/2010

Transmission in my 1999 Dodge Durango has begun to slip and its pulling hard. It won't go into 2nd or 3rd without me depress the gas pedal. I've tried transmission fix lubricant, changed the fluid and filter, and tuneup. I've been reading from several websites that people are having the same problem with the transmission and Dodge won't do anything about it. People work too hard to have their vehicles maintained and getting a rebuilt or brand new one will cost thousands of dollars that normal people like myself don't have. Is it anything you can do about this so that people like myself can have a peace of mind knowing that the transmission is in working condition and its safe.

2 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 01/01/2009

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that as he started the vehicle, the brake, check engine, and anti lock brake warning lights all illuminated. The contact was able to drive the vehicle but with very limited power. The vehicle was resistant to acceleration yet the engine exhibited an abnormal increase in rpms. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was told that the transmission would need to be rebuilt. The transmission was rebuilt. The brake and check engine lights continued to illuminate and the vehicle was taken to a second independent repair shop where the brakes were replaced. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 140,000.

3 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 09/14/2008

I own a 1999 Dodge Durango, and like many, almost scary amounts of other Dodge customers, am having numerous issues with this vehicle which provide extreme safety hazards to the drivers and occupants. One of which is an upper ball joint issue, which was recalled on the 2000 model year, but not other years with the same design flaw. Another of which is the automatic transmission not shifting properly, or at all rendering the vehicle 'in neutral' at times while in traffic. Also, a problem, which is starting to occur involves the vehicle to shut down out of nowhere in traffic, leaving the driver to try to navigate this beast to the side of the road without power brakesw/steering etc. If you search the internet, you will find literally thousands of people with these problems, severely endangering every man, woman and child who occupy these trucks. Dodge dealers constantly give owners a runaround and deny they have heard any other claims of these problems. These trucks are unsafe! Chrysler needs to know that, and do something about it!.

4 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 04/01/2007

1. Engine increased in rpms without properly shifting into 3rd gear, have to let off throttle entirely to allow transmission to shift 2. Transmission is starting to fail 3. Tbd whether or not to sell or salvage.

5 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 11/01/2006

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Durango. At 30 mph the gear shift malfunctioned and the contact was unable to shift gears. Once the contact's foot was removed from the accelerator pedal the vehicle began to shift gears properly. The mechanic stated that a new transmission was needed. The failure mileage was 129000.

6 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 06/03/2005

Transmission not shifting right, engine reving to high. Transmission had to b transmission went out 2nd gear bad not shifting right. Transmission had to be rebuilt, this car had only 67000 miles on it. Transmission was serviced at 35000 miles never had trouble before. I think transmission should holdup longer than this. Also car har idle problem when engine is warm after restart, when coming to a stop at redlight car idles ruff acts like it wants to die. When driving more smooths out, runs fine then? this car has always been serviced on time! last year was in to dealer twice for hard start & idle problems! spent over $500. 00 for air idle speed part & r throttle posloch! seems to me computor parts should holdup longer! t.

7 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 04/09/2005

While driving at approximately 70 mph there was a crack in the transmission. Owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and owner was informed that the transmission appeared as if the driver had been going 80 mph, then suddenly shifted the vehicle into park. Then, owner contacted the manufacturer, who claimed that vehicle had too many miles on it, and there was nothing else they could do.

8 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 12/10/2004

While pulling out of a parking lot there was a loud knock and the vehicle shook. The check engine light came on, 75,000 miles. I had the vehicle towed home. The next day the check engine light was not illuminated, I had a mechanic diagnose the problem and he said there wasn't one and that sometimes the lights just come on and reset themselves. At 83,000 miles my transimission began to slip. The machnic stated that the loud knock that I experienced earlier was a rod the connects the transmission the the engine breaking and that I needed a new transmission. Transmission was replaced with only 83,000 miles on a well maintained vehicle.

9 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 12/01/2004

The consumer was run over by her own vehicle while standing behind it. Suddenly the vehicle slipped out of park and into reverse. This was due to the inter-locking brake transmission.

10 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 10/29/2004

10/29/04 drove car from jax, FL to sav. Ga. Approximately half way there, check gauge and no oil pressure. Had car towed to service center. Said that the screen in the oil filter or pump was clogged and tons of sludge in the engine. They flushed the screen and the engine out and changed the oil. Car ran normal from there and drove back to jacksonville fine. Once back on jacksonville, the check gauge and no oil pressure is back. Car sitting in driveway, afraid to drive to work and no money to replace what is wrong this time. Second chrylser vehicle owed and should of learned the first time when I had a Dodge caravan that had the transmission replaced 3 times and other numerous problems. Apparantly, this is a manufactuer defect in numerous products and they need to own up to the middle class people who cannot afford problems like these.

11 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 07/04/2004

While the vehicle was park, the driver's child was able to shift gears without applying the brake pedal. This caused the vehicle to collide into an apartment. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time. Please provide further details.

12 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 03/16/2004

While driving transmission was hard to shift and it slipped gears. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

13 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 02/17/2004

While driving at 35 mph consumer heard a rattling sound coming from the front end. Vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic who determined that upper and lower ball joints were worn out on both sides. Also, consumer heard a clanking sound coming from the engine. Dealer examined the vehicle, and found that a new transmission was needed.

14 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 08/26/2003

Upper ball joint worn out , my tires have been wearing out on the inside since I had bought the Durango brand new , dealership could not find out what was wrong , two weeks ago I took my Durango to tire store to have new tires and an alignment , they informed me that my upper ball joints were worn out and I was lucky that the front end did not fail , they did advise me that they have had around 20 Durangos in there shop that had the same thing wrong ,.

15 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 06/01/2003

Tires worn uneven because of premature wear of the ball joints. The consumer stated the transmission shifted up and down.

16 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 03/13/2003

While the vehicle was in park the vehicle rolled backwards and ran over the consumer. The dealer was notified.

17 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 11/27/2002

I had to replace the upper ball joints (both sides) on my 99 Durango when it had @ 50,000 miles. Brand new set of tires was wearing on the inside, took it to a mechanic and he said the ball joints were so bad he would not drive it across town. Replaced both ball joints and replaced tires. Then on Feb. 20,2004 with 93,000 miles on it the transmission went out. Spent $600. 00 on ball joints, $350. 00 on tires, and $3,200 on a transmission.

18 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 10/13/2001

I was driving on the parkway at approx. 65 mph. I went to accelerate to pass and all of a suddent there was a loud "bang" and the truck "bucked" and than there was very little acceleration. I had to pull off of the parkway and into a lot. I needed to be towed to the dealer because it would not move. The dealer checked it out and said my transmission is "shot". I only have 16,000 miles on it and it is 2 years old!! they told me they don't know if I'll get a new transmission or a rebuilt one. . . . . . It depends on what Chrysler sends them.

19 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 08/15/2001

No summary listed for above vehicle.

20 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 06/20/2001

Have had car in dealership 7 times for various transmission problems. Dealer claims they cannot find problem. Finally on the 7th trip, they admitted there was a problem. The problem now, is extended warranty company does not want to repair problem because car is 3000 miles short of warranty expiration. Car appears to shift back and forth from 1st to 2nd rapidly (oscillates), when downshifted and throttle held open. Car bucks like a bronco. Very dangerous.

21 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 09/19/2000

Rear end locked up while driving. Dealer is inspecting vehicle. The dealer discovered that the transmission had locked up.

22 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 08/09/2000

While on a slight incline vehicle rolled away while in park, resulting in a collision. The engine was off and key was out of ignition when the vehicle rolled back wards and an open door struck a tree.

23 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 03/01/2000

In the process of a turn and going from first gear to second gear, the vehicle emits a violent jerk as it struggles to switch gears. This has occurred since I purchased the vehicle 2 years ago. The dealership has examined the vehicle and contends there is nothing wrong with it.

24 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 02/07/2000

Transmission will red line in 1&2 gear (auto transmission) until the computer shuts it down. We have been to arbitation but the problem was not fixed. Dalmer Chrysler will not talk to me about this problem. In my opinion this car is a lemon . Thank you.

25 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 05/15/1999

Vehicle was parked. Went to put it into reverse heard a loud noise. Took vehicle to be serviced. Was told that they never heard of the problem ,and didn't hear the noise. Consumer contacted dealer.

26 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 05/11/1999

Transmission hesitates, then jerks while getting into second gear. I consider this a safety hazzard while making turns. This could cause an accident.

27 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 03/15/1999

Water stain on headliner, 3 of the 4 windows have all been stuck in the up position a total of 5 times,the back of the vechicle slides out of control in wet conditions,brakes pads already had to be replaced in under 10000 miles.

28 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 03/01/1999

Occasionally, when going from first gear to second gear while engaged in a turn, the vehicle gives a violent jerk from first to second gear. It seems as if the vehicle is stuck, until the vehicle jolts forward. The manufacturer states the problem doesn't exist.

29 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 01/26/1999

Consumer replaced the upper ball joints twice. Also, when brakes were depressed they pulsated. Rotors, pads, calipers, and master cylinder were replaced at least once. Also, transmission was replaced. Lower ball joints were also replaced.

30 Automatic Transmission problem

Failure Date: 01/01/1901

Complaint regarding the ball joints on a 1999 Dodge Durango. The vehicles transmission was replaced at 50000 miles. Now the vehicle ball joints are failing prematurely. The consumer would like to know how long it will take to recall this problem.

31 Automatic Transmission problem

Transmission was leaking and slipping. Dealer has repaired vehicle several times.

32 Automatic Transmission problem

While having vehicle serviced by a mechanic for a transmission leak, mechanic noticed that upper ball joint had worn and needed to be replaced.

33 Automatic Transmission problem

While having the truck serviced the consumer asked the dealership to inspect the ball joints. Upon inspection the dealership noticed that all four ball joints were bad. The vehicle would also jump forward while in the park position.

Other Power Train related problems of the 1999 Dodge Durango


The Dodge Durango was equipped with the 46RE (A518), the 545RFE the W5A580 (NAG1) or in later models the 6-speed 65RFE transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Durango transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Dodge Durango Transmission Models

Dodge Durango Transmission: 42RLE
Dodge Durango Transmission: 46RE (A518)
Dodge Durango Transmission: 545RFE
Dodge Durango Transmission: W5A590
Dodge Durango Transmission: 65RFE (2012-Up)

Dodge Durango Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

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What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Durango transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P07833-4 Shift
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0846Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit Range/Performance
P0871Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit Range/Performance
P0880TCM Power Input Signal
P0881TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance
P0882TCM Power Input Signal Low
P0884TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent
P0888TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit
P0891TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated

Dodge Durango Transmission Recalls

Recall 05V460000 / E14 – Transmission may not hold in the park position
2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300 – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger – 2006 Dodge Dakota – 2005 Dodge Durango – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler
Summary – In November 2005, Chrysler recalled 256,409 vehicles equipped with the 42RLE transmission, because the cup plug that holds the park prawl anchor shaft may not have been properly installed. If the shaft moves out of position, the vehicle may not be able to achieve the Park position.
Consequence – If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could unexpectedly roll away, causing serious injury and damage.
Remedy – Dealers were instructed to install a bracket to ensure that the 42RLE parking prawl anchor shaft will stay in the proper position. Concerned owners may call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Dodge Durango Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 21-002-07 REV. B – 2007 Dodge Durango
Problem – Durango’s equipped with the 42RLE transmission, may experience transmission shudder when the transmission temperature is between 38° C and 54° C (100° F and 130° F) during steady state driving with the torque convertor in partial lock (EMCC) operation. The shudder feels like the vehicle is being driven over rumble strips.
Solution – A new torque converter will need to be installed, and PCM re-flashed with the latest software version.

TSB 21-08-99 – Buzz, whining or moaning sound when reverse is selected
1996 – 1999 Dodge Ram Van – 1996 – 1999 Dodge Dakota – 1996 – 1999 Dodge Ram – 1998 – 1999 Dodge Durango – 1997 – 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ – 1996 – 1999 Jeep Cherokee – 1996 – 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ/WJ
Problem – An intermittent buzz, whining, or moaning sound may be noticed when the vehicle is shifted into reverse.
Solution – A new regulator valve may solve this problem. However, the issue can also be caused by a number of things, including a cracked pump housing, a torn pump gasket, low transmission fluid level, a dirty transmission filter, restricted transmission cooler flow, a worn valve inside of the valve body, or a worn valve body.

TSB 21-11-00 – Check engine light with P1740 DTC for TCC or OD performance – 46RE transmission
2000 – 2001 Dodge Ram Van – 2000 – 2001 Dodge Dakota – 2000 – 2001 Dodge Ram – 2000 – 2001 Dodge Durango
Problem – There may be a check engine light illuminated, with a P1740 diagnostic trouble code for the torque converter clutch or overdrive performance.
Solution – A revised 46RE valve body pressure boost valve cover plate may need to be installed. To properly diagnose this condition, a technician will need to form a torque converter clutch stall test. If the TCC does not engage properly (the vehicle actually stalls), the following components may need to be considered: A cut or worn input shaft seals, a missing pump lockup circuit check ball, or a worn converter hub, input shaft, reaction shaft and/or pump rotor.

TSB 21-015-05 – Delayed gear engagement – 545RFE Transmission
2000 – 2004 Dodge Dakota – 2000 – 2006 Dodge Durango – 2003 – 2006 Dodge Ram – 2002 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 1999 – 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee – 2006 Jeep Commander
Problem – Drivers may notice an initial delayed gear engagement with the shift into Drive or reverse after the vehicle has been parked overnight/is cold. This may occur after having the transmission serviced and having the transmission cooler return filter replaced.
Solution – If the OEM transmission cooler return filter (part #04799662AB) was used, it can allow the transmission fluid to drain back out of the torque converter, causing the delay/slip on initial gear engagement. Installing an upgraded transmission cooler return filter should cure the problem.

TSB 21-010-12 – Clunk noise when shifting from drive to neutral – 65RFE transmission
2011 – 2012 Ram 1500 – 2011 – 2012 Ram 2500 – 2011 – 2012 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis – 2011 – 2012 Dodge Durango – 2011 – 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Problem – Drivers may notice a pronounced clunking noise when shifting from drive to neutral. This may be particularly evident when the vehicle is hot or at normal operating temperatures.
Solution – These 65RFE transmission problems may be caused by the underdrive clutch releasing too quickly. To correct the issue a revised spacer plate will need to be installed inside of the valve body.

TSB 21-008-08 – 2009 Durango 5.7L Hemi
Problem – Driver’s may experience an intermittent Check Engine Light, with the Diagnostic Trouble Code – DTC: P0A2D
Solution – This issue is likely due to a failed body harness connector at the transmission, or a failed transmission internal wiring harness.

Common Dodge Durango Transmission Problems

Shifting problems and solenoid/pressure switch DTCs – 42RLE transmission
Problem – Drivers may experience 42RLE transmission problems that include slipping and harsh shifts. The check engine light may also be illuminated with the following codes stored in the ECU: P0750, P0755, P0760, P0765, P0846, P0871, P0841.
Solution – The problem may be caused by corrosion in the 10 pin solenoid harness connector. This may also be caused by a wiring issue between the TCM/ECU and the transmission harness connector. A new design 42RLE 10-pin connector will need to be installed and/or wiring issues repaired.

Delayed and/or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 shifts – 545RFE Transmission
Problem – Owners may experience an unusually delayed or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 gear change, where the transmission doesn’t seem to want to go into that particular gear.
Solution – This issue is related to valve body problems where the material used to make one of the checkballs has broken down to the point that fluid is able to get past and engage the underdrive clutch during those shifts. An upgraded #2 checkball will be needed to solve the issue.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Dodge Durango can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Dodge Durango transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Durango transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Dodge Durango transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Dodge Durango transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Durango transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Dodge Durango transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Durango transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Dodge Durango transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Dodge Durango transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Durango Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Durango Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Durango Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Durango Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Dodge Durango Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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99 Durango transmission problems

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I am having some transmission problems with a dodge Durango, with 46Re in it. It seems to run fine for a little while when vehicle is cold. It is not shifting out of second gear, and some times it has difficulty leaving first gear. I do not feel any slipping. What should I check first?
have the same problem?
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 AT 3:35 PM
Find a mechanic with a scanner that can access the Electronic Automatic Transmission Controller, (EATX), (Transmission Computer) to read any stored diagnostic trouble codes. Those codes are a starting point and will identify the circuit or system with the problem, not necessarily the defective part.

The scanner will also read out four numbers called the "clutch volume index" (CVI) for electronically-controlled transmissions. That is the volume of fluid, in ccs, it takes to apply each clutch pack. An experienced transmission specialist will know from those numbers how much wear has taken place in the clutch plates.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 AT 3:45 PM
Can you get me specifications and diagram for governor pressure test, on 99 durango 46RE. Thanks
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 AT 6:24 PM
Pressure is controlled electronically through a duty-cycled solenoid. No spec is given except that in Drive, 1, or 2, it must go up smoothly as road speed increases, and at 0 mph it must be less than 1.5 psi. Higher than that will prevent downshifts.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 AT 7:14 PM
I took it down the road with a gauge attached to the governor pressure test port and pressure never got past 30 PSI. When it warmed up it was even lower, or not even show up, and the problem started with upshifting. So now I have the pan off and removed the governor pressure solenoid, and the screen was mostly clogged. It looks like some transmission bearings are on the way out. I'm planing on cleaning the screen and putting it back in. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks for support
Sunday, December 5th, 2010 AT 2:44 AM
At this point you know more than I do about what's going on inside. Hope you find the problem.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 AT 5:50 AM
I cleaned the screen on the governor pressure solenoid and have roughly 1psi for every mph now. The transmission up shifts when it should every thing is work properly, very happy with it. I'm just putting miles on it now to see if there is any more debris is being generated. The bands had just been adjusted, so I might be all set. Works well, thanks!
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 4:31 AM
ALL RIGHT! One in a row! Sorry I didn't help much. Just happy it's solved.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 4:56 AM
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Transmission Solenoid Problems of Dodge Durango

1 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 12/10/2018

I filed a complaint recently about my vehicle stating I thought there was a problem with my transmission solenoid but I took it to a transmission repair shop today and was told my transmission was failing. I'm filing this complete cause I believe this isn't something that just happens out of the blue. I take my car in for regular check ups and inspections and have always fixed anything that was wrong with it. My car is stuck in gear 4 and it's an automatic and this is a sudden mishap that has me wondering why this would happen without warning or have been told about this problem prior to it happening.

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2 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 06/13/2017

As I was driving down a city street I approached a stop light and came to a complete stop. Once the light turned green I proceeded to go. I noticed the vehicle hesitated to take off and looked down and realized the vehicle was in 4th gear. This is the 3rd time I have had this issue and each time I have had to pay out of pocket to get my vehicle fixed. I have replaced the shift solenoid pack 3 times and replaced the transmission once. The dealership told me that because I last had this service done 2 weeks ago they will cover the parts but I have to pay for the labor.

3 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 05/20/2017

While driving down a residential street the vehicle jumped into 4th gear. I was going about 10 mph because I was approaching a stop sign. After I stopped I proceeded to take off and the vehicle hesitated. Once it started to move I noticed the vehicle jerked a little and moved really slow but the rpm was really high. I parked the vehicle and had it towed to a Dodge shop near my house. They did a diagnostic test and told me they had to change the shift solenoid pack in the transmission. I agreed to the repair and paid $639. 65 for the repair to be done. This is the 2nd time I have had this repair done within a year.

4 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 05/23/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the check engine lamp illuminated and the vehicle started to shift hard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the shift solenoid was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 110,000.

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5 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 08/17/2010

I bought a 1999 Dodge Durango slt 5. 2 ltr engine as of 3 to 4 yrs ago, and in some cases like mine, it absolutely does mean it can be an absolutely unreliable & absolute dangerous vehicle!!!!! . . Everything that can happen, has happened to this vehicle. Engine stalls out, the front differential exploded on the highway 4 miles after I had to put in 4 wheel drive & almost caused me to wreck,I had to replace the whole front differential axles. . The back (rear) breaks have never worked since I bought the thing, the exhaust manifolds got so hot that the bolts that connect it to the manifold pipes burned off and is now, and has been sitting for a month since I can't keep it together. Right now all three of my front brake lines have rotted into, at the connector from the master cylinder that sends the fluid to the front 2 wheels!!. . That's just the start of all of the terrible danger that it poses to me and other drivers on the road. This vehicle should be considered a complete recall of the 1999 Dodge Durango slt. The Dodge manufacture should not get by with this. Its almost like selling a device to get hurt in. I paid over 4,000. 00 for this Durango, just to spend that much more money and the chance of getting hurt or worse while having it rebuilt where it is suppose to be safe. . . . . Other things that have stopped working also. . Motor oil & transmission leaks & slips, windows (2 of them) have stopped working up & down, glove box latch broke, ash tray broke off, rear hatch will not open, hatch wiper shorted out, front end tires spraddle out like they are going 2 different directions, the paint finish has completely faded from the hood & starting in other places, starter solenoid clicks 10 to 30 times before it will crank the engine. . . There is more also!. . This is not a safe vehicle!! I have never had trouble like this with any other automobile in all of my 45 driving years.

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6 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 08/20/2009

Our 2006 Dodge Durango 4x4 slt is in the service dept for the 2nd time in two weeks for a transmission problem. I am told the "transmission solenoid" and "transmission filters" need to be replaced. Two weeks ago, a "transmission control switch" needed to be replaced. In both instances, the vehicle was traveling on interstate when the Durango's "transmission check light" came on. Shortly later, the vehicle began to hesitate as though it was losing power. In both situations, the Durango exited the freeway but began to jolt forward and backward. In both cases, my wife (2nd situation) and I (1st situation) barely made it home and to the service dealership. There is a clear safety problem with this vehicle. . . And it looks to be many more may have the same issue (safety bulletin #0803006; item #10021239). These situations could have had serious safety results due to the nature of the issue. Please respond with detailed information regarding the referenced safety bulletins and items #'s. The parts are on back-order for 1+ weeks and we do not feel comfortable with this vehicle going forward. . . Even when/if it is "repaired". I asked the service manager at Chrysler if they would drive the vehicle to NY, FL, myrtle beach, or the TN mountains after it is repaired. . . It was not recommended. Safety recalls should be issued for Durango transmissions.

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7 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 01/05/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Durango. The contact was unable to place the vehicle into drive. She had to maneuver the gear shifter several times before the vehicle would shift into the drive position. There were no warnings prior to this failure. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and the technician stated that a solenoid failed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that her VIN was not included in a recall and no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 128,000 and current mileage was 129,800.

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8 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 08/01/2005

I have a 2001 Dodge Durango rt I purchased from a dealer off lease with 26k miles and have had nothing but problems w/the transmission. Was told several times after them hooking it up to a computer nothing is wrong w/it however the transmission continues to slip mostly on the highway in cruise. The rpms surge from 1 1/2 to almost 3 rpms and you can feel it slipping. It has since been in the transmission shop 5 times and is still not fixed first they said they replaced all the solenoids then this last time valves but it is still doing it. I feel when you pay 20k for a vehicle w/only 26k miles you should not have problems like this. I hope if more people voice their concerns maybe a recall will be in the very near future. This is not right and it took daimler Chrysler years to recall the ball joints I hope something happens w/the transmissions. There's obviously a huge problem here!!!!!.

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9 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 06/08/2005

2001 Dodge Durango developed problems with the transmission. ** answer required***. The vehicle shifted rough and the transmission sounded like it was slipping. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility were it was scanned for codes. The codes indicated that the governor solenoid was the problem. Although it was replaced the transmission still performed poorly.

10 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 10/30/2004

I have a 2000 Dodge Durango that has 109,000 miles. Traveling on an interstate highway at 75 mph, my transmission dropped from 5th gear to 1st/2nd gear causing me to lose control of my vehicle ending up in the median. Upon taking the vehicle to a dealership in topeka, they replaced the transmission solenoid (which I was told usually goes out around 100,000 miles)(I believe this was the part, they told me that it controlled all shifting based on pressures inside the housing) and told me that nothing else was wrong with the vehicle. Less than 80 miles after receiving this service, the same incident occurred on a two-lane highway at approx. 65 mph. I, again, lost control of my vehicle, initially west-bound, and ended up nearly getting impacted on my passenger side by an 18 wheeler before coming to rest in the east-bound ditch. This time, the complete transmission was replaced by the topeka dealership. I have the parts for the "old transmission" minus any parts that required a coring fee (the dealership stated they would not allow me to take these parts, even after offering to pay the coring fee). The dealership explained to me that the original replacement part was a temporary fix and "could have lasted up to 2 years, but for you it only lasted 1 week. ".

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11 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango

Failure Date: 03/31/2004

The over drive will engage and disengage by itself,then the transmission started slipping. The dealership replaced the overdrive solenoid. The problem still exist. The cause of the problem was due to the pressure boost valve cover plate holes not being big enough. There's a TSB 211100 on this issue, in which it indicated that the dealership will replace the existing plate with a plate that has bigger holes to correct the problem.

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I recently encountered a problem with my 1999 Dodge Durango’s transmission that was repaired by replacing some sensors. Whenever I discover the solution to a problem I’m having and figure that there are a number of others who may be having the same issue, I like to post the discovery on my blog.

I purchased my Durango new and it has been the most reliable and useful vehicle I’ve ever owned. I love it. So when the transmission started acting funny after about 130,000 miles, I began to think my luck had finally run out. I was impressed lately when I took it to a Grease Monkey, which is an oil change franchise common in Colorado, and learned that one of their other customers owns 2 Dodge Durangos of the same vintage as mine and each was approaching 300,000 miles with no major issues.

The transmission problems were especially worrisome because I’ve recently acquired a light weight camper (a 16′ Scamp) and have begun taking it on camping trips. I expect to be using it a lot in the future and that will include towing it up some pretty steep grades in the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado. So I need a vehicle I can rely on to handle the task.

Dodge Durango and Scamp 16

The issue I was having was most noticeable when I was starting out from a dead stop. The vehicle seemed to surge back and forth shifting up and down, with the RPM climbing and falling. It would do this for as long as I held the accelerator in the same place. It was almost like a positive feedback loop. But if I stepped down harder on the gas, the problem seemed to go away, instead of getting worse, which wouldn’t generally happen if something inside the transmission was at fault. When your transmission is sick and you ask more from it, it usually demonstrates the problem with even more enthusiasm. But that wasn’t happening in my case. It seemed like it couldn’t decide whether it needed to upshift or downshift at a particular speed which was in the 10-15 mph range.

I started searching for Dodge Durango transmission problems on Google and came across a YouTube video that showed a similar issue, except this guy was having his problem at 70 mph where the vehicle kept dropping into and out of overdrive. He said in his research he had read about transmission problems that could be related to both the throttle position sensor and the transmission speed sensor which are both relatively inexpensive and easy to change yourself. His video goes into detail on how to change the throttle position sensor and it looked quite easy.

I also found a website that talked about how to test the TPS using a volt meter. However, I found that the voltages were impossible to measure because the plug that connected to the TPS is all sealed up. So I reasoned, based on the description of the test, that the throttle position sensor was a simple potentiometer and the way to find a problem with it was to rotate it while watching the resistance level. By removing the plug, I was able to get alligator clips on the potentiometer’s left and center conductors and I carefully rotated the potentiometer from idle to maximum throttle by rotating the linkage on the throttle body. Ideally, it should read from about 800 ohms to 5 K-ohms and increase consistently while rotated in one direction.

Durango Throttle Position Sensor

Image of a 1999 Durango Throttle Position Sensor

The Sensor is easy to access on the side of the throttle body.

The sensor is easy to access on the side of the throttle body just under the air box.

Instead of smoothly increasing in resistance, I noticed a point around 1200 ohms where the resistance would increase, but then go DOWN about 200-300 ohms for a while, and then come back up even though I continued rotating in one direction. This defect would cause the voltage to do something similar, so I reasoned that the TPS was a likely candidate to be changed first.

These sensors are easy to find in local auto stores like O’Reilly, Autozone, NAPA, etc.. where they keep them in stock. My web search on the Autozone site assured me that the TPS333 (the model my 1999 Durango 5.9L used) was in stock at my local Autozone store. I picked it up for $34 including tax. It came with extra mounting screws, an O-ring, and a gasket. Although my existing sensor had no gasket, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to install it. It was very simple to remove the old one and replace it with the new one using a Torx T-25 driver. The only ‘tricks’ were that I needed to press in on a latching mechanism to remove the plug and that you have to rotate the part slightly as you install it to get the shafts to mate.

I rotated the linkage by hand to make sure it moved correctly and then I took it out for a test drive. At first, I thought that this had completely fixed the issue. However, it came back after a while so then I tried replacing the transmission speed sensor, a part that costs around $20 and requires a bit more effort to replace. It’s on the driver’s side of the transmission housing and I found it necessary to remove the plate that protects the transmission in order to get a wrench in closer to it. After I replaced that item, I noticed no difference.

I continued to drive the vehicle for a few more weeks and noticed that a new problem had emerged. Sometimes while accelerating, the transmission wouldn’t want to shift into a higher gear. It was frustrating while attempting to achieve highway speeds only to see the tachometer approach the red line. Usually, I could get it to shift by dropping it into 2nd gear with the shift lever, then back into drive and it would usually shift properly after that. This was an intermittent problem too, one that I feared would be hard to diagnose and fix.

The only other candidates that I could think of based on my research were the governor solenoid and governor pressure sensor. Unfortunately, these parts are inside the transmission and are a bit more expensive (about $80 for the sensor and $120 for the governor solenoid). Of course, that meant dropping the pan which is a messy job. I knew that the transmission was due for an oil change, and that I hadn’t ever had a proper oil change where they could access and change the filter (most shops today rely on a ‘transmission flush’, which means they suck out the old fluid and don’t actually change the filter). So I figured that I could combine a transmission fluid and filter change at the same time the governor solenoid and its sensor could be changed so I could more easily rationalize paying nearly $200 in labor to a shop instead of doing it myself.

I took the vehicle to the local AAMCO shop and explained what was happening and they agreed to test drive it with a scanner so they could monitor transmission oil pressure. What they found was that the pressure never got above 30 psi and this was causing erratic shifting, indicating that there was something wrong with the governor solenoid or its pressure sensor. These parts are nearly always changed at the same time since if one is bad, the other is probably also worn and you need to drop the pan to get to either one so it just makes sense to do them both at the same time.

I am happy to report that after spending another $450, the transmission is back to normal, shifting precisely when it should and hopefully ready for another 135,000 miles before needing any repairs. In the 15 years that I’ve owned this vehicle this is the only repair I’ve other than routine maintenance and since the vehicle was paid for long ago, I don’t feel too bad because people who replace vehicles every few years can end up spending that much monthly on a loan or lease payment.

In reading through several forums, I read a horror story where a Dodge dealership wanted to replace the entire transmission for a similar problem for around $4000 but the person declined and found fixed it by replacing the throttle position sensor. So I think it makes sense to try with the easy/inexpensive fixes first and then work up to the more difficult and expensive parts. At the least, you’ll have the peace of mind that all your sensors are good as new.

So if you have a Dodge Durango or Dodge truck based on the same chassis and you’re having transmission issues like I described, you may want to change these sensors to see if the fix works for you too. There’s too high a temptation for a dealership or transmission shop to want to ‘over repair’ and hence over charge for a simple issue like this.

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