The Dodge Dakota was equipped with the 42RE (A500), 46RE or the 545RFE transmission. Late model 2011+ Dakota’s are called the Ram Dakota and had the 42RLE transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Dakota transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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Dodge Dakota / Ram Dakota Transmission Models

Dodge Dakota: 42RE (A500)Dodge Dakota / Ram Dakota: 42RLE TransmissionDodge Dakota: 46RE TransmissionDodge Dakota: 545RFE Transmission

Dodge Dakota 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#.

Replacement Dodge Dakota Transmission Prices:TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
46RE (A518)1687163316993030
42RLE1740173617992482
545RFE1740189219492004

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota Transmission Recalls

Recall 05V460000 / E14 – Transmission may not hold in the park position2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300 – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger – 2006 Dodge Dakota – 2005 Dodge Durango – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 2005 – 2006 Jeep WranglerSummary – 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.

Recall 00V197000 – Transmission fluid leak from fill tube2000 Dodge Dakota 4.7L 45RFE transmissionSummary – Transmission fluid may be expelled from the fill tube during normal driving conditions.Consequence – Automatic transmission fluid could come into contact with the hot exhaust system, causing a fire, damage and potential injury.Remedy – Dealers were instructed to shorten the vent hose to ensure adequate clearance. Approximately 20,000 vehicles were affected. Concerned owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Refer to recall H29. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236

Dodge Dakota Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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 CommanderProblem – 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.

Common Dodge Dakota 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.

Premature forward clutch failure Problem – It’s not uncommon to experience premature forward clutch failure, which can prevent the vehicle being driven.Solution – This can be caused by a number of issues including valve body failure, a worn stator bushing, a failed forward clutch piston seal, a failed forward drum assembly, the use of power programmers/chips to increase engine output, which can overwhelm a number of internal components.

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 ResponseLeaking FluidLow FluidBurning SmellGrinding or ShakingWhining, Clunking or HummingRefuses to Go Into GearTorque Converter IssuesValve Body IssuesTransmission Noisy in NeutralGears SlippingNo 3rd or 4th GearNo 1st or 2nd GearNo ReverseDragging ClutchTrouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Dakota transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Dakota transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Dakota Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Dakota 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 Dakota 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.

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Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Dakota 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.