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Old 05-05-2010, 12:41 PM
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I recently picked up a 1999 Durango, 5.9L 4wd. Grabbed it super cheap due to the fact that there was transmission problems. Now I have managed to drag it home.

The situation is, It goes into drive/reverse/2/1/ overdrive on/off seem to be functioning and also 2H/4H/N/4L and all seem to be ok, but when you hit the gas, it just creeps, it feels like a slip, but it never actually grabs gear, It kinda feels like driving through really deep mud. I have got it to shift into second, but even after the shift it still feels the same.

When I got it home, I checked the fluid and it was pretty much black and smelled like death. So, changed fluid and filter, and checked for any improvements, but it is still acting the same.

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions. I would take it to a tranny shop to have it looked at, but, it's hard to get it around, it's big and I hate to put money in it for a tow, cause I am not sure if it is worth my time yet.

The Check engine light is on, I don't have a code checker to find out what it is on for, I do plan to go down to the local auto parts store and borrow theirs, but in the mean time, just looking for suggestions.

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Old 05-05-2010, 12:50 PM
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I'm not that fimiliar with transmissions but the way ur talking im thinking it could be the clutch has gone? i mean if u said u can get it to shift that it sounds okay. if not the gears might have gone aswell... you really dont know until u take it down and pop it open.
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:16 PM
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Yeah, I have a feeling it could be clutch related, but Was really hoping that there may be a chance it is the Valve body, or better yet, a bad sensor. The pan was pretty gooped up with clutch powder, but really didn't see any metal shavings.

I was just hoping not to break the trans loose if I didn't have to!!

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Old 05-05-2010, 03:52 PM
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there is no clutch in the 46RE transmissions they are automatic, the clutch packs (different from a clutch) could have broken up, but i would wait for master-tech to chime in, he is the local transmission expert
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:22 PM
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Sounds like a rebuild.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:49 PM
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If the transmission feels like it slipping. Your transmission clutch packs are most likely burnt up. Time for an overhaul or reman trans. If you do have the transmission replaced or overhauled. Be sure to flush the transmission cooler lines.this is a must do!! Or you will fry another trans.
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:11 AM
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Thanks guys.

I have stumbled across a well priced remanufactured 46Re from a 2001. Do you know if I will have any issues with this, being my Durango is a 1999. I am assuming that it should be the same, but just checking.

And thank you Master tech.....I would not have thought about flushing the lines.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:52 PM
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They are the same. Flush that thing good and only use ATF+4 to do it. You might think about replacing the radiator while your at it.
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