Gear selector won't show in park/slow 1st to 2nd shift
So last week my Durango started taking a long time to shift from first to second while in drive. It seemed to do better when the transmission warmed up. Now this morning i back up and put it in park and shut it off, when i go to start it, it wouldn't do anything. I noticed it said it was in reverse, so i shifted into neutral and it started fine. It shifts into park, but won't show it's in park on the gear selector on the dash. Any suggestions?
It's a 2003 Durango slt plus 5.9L 4x4 AWD with about 110k miles.
It makes a clunk when it shifts into reverse.
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Last edited by junkie97neon; 10-06-2012 at 11:12 AM..
Reason: forgot something
sounds to me like your transmission range sensor (previously called nuetral safey switch) is gone bad, it will only let the truck start in park or nuetral, and if its not reading the correct gear you cant start the truck,
as for the cluck check the ujoints
and for the delayed shift check the fluid level (engine hot, running in neutral) and see if you are low, if not then check the output speed sensor
-Phillip's Law: Four-wheel-drive just means getting stuck in more inaccessible places.
I found somewhere that the neutral safety switch is on the valve body, is this correct? I've replaced a couple before on a different vehicle or two(might have been same car twice), and they were not in the transmission. Thanks again!!!
Also, this has the 46re transmission correct? And I found somewhere that says the switch is located on the driver's side of the transmission itself.
Last edited by junkie97neon; 10-06-2012 at 07:22 PM..
Reason: Another question
I got the switch and found it on the drivers side of the tranny. But now I have encountered a problem trying to replace it. There are two screws holding it in, one is pretty easy to get to the other is behind the sensor and blocked by a bracket the is attached to the tranny or pan. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get to this secondary screw? Thanks again for your help!!!
I replaced the transmission range indicator, I removed the bracket that was blocking the second screw, but was still extremely difficult to get the second screw back in for the new sensor. Anyway, now when the truck is put in park the dash indicator shows it's in reverse when key is in first position, but shows nothing when key is turned to the second position and it will start in "park".I am definitely confused now.
I found this when googling my problem when it first appeared, wondering if anyone else has had this?
So I finally got the valve body dropped down, and I found a bracket the is holding a spring that is broken. Looking at the service manual it appears to be the boost valve and spring retainer. I looked at the parts manual and I didn't see anywhere the valve body was broken down that far. Is this not a part I can get separately? Will I have to buy a whole valve body rebuild kit?
Also, there was no inner spring with the accumulator spring and piston, just the outer spring and piston itself. I remember I read a thread where someone was told by a tranny mechanic that it wasn't necessary and some 46re's didn't have them and some did, and someone else confirmed that it wasn't necessary. But I don't want to seal this sucker back up and have to pull it back down because it needs it. Even though common sense says it ran fine without it there for however long it's not been there, I'm assuming it came from the factory like that.
Thanks again for all of your help.
The bracket I'm talking about is that thin metal bracket holding the spring it by the arrow that says TCC Boost plate and clip.
This is the only place so far I have found that has that retainer. I assume it is part of a rebuild kit, but I don't want a full rebuild. My goal is to get it going for now, and hopefully get rid of it. I called the local dealership again and they couldn't find the part in their system either, they kept wanting to sell me the boost tube retainer. I kept telling them no, then they tried for the governor solenoid retainer. So I guess I'm stuck ordering it form that site, just makes me mad they want $11 for shipping, or $51 for overnight! Crazy
Thanks again for everything!!!
Last edited by junkie97neon; 10-15-2012 at 05:44 PM..
Reason: new info
The dealer couldn't find it, Because it part of the valve body assy. The only way you can replace the bracket is with a reman valve body. That other part you found is a snap ring and it may or may not came from the direct clutch pack. Thats in the overdrive unit.
Well I got the new anchor and boost spring retainer in and the tranny buttoned back up. It shifts super smooth, but I have part of the original problem again! When I shift the selector into park it registers as Reverse on the dash. The gear selector doesnt' seem to fall back into reverse, it stays toward me easy to shift out, unlike all the other gears where the selector falls back towards the dash to click in. Also, sometimes it doesn't lock into park when placed into park and will still back up with something clicking under me, sounds like metal on metal. I'm thinking something to do with the park lock rod maybe?
Now, I also just noticed that when I turn the 4wd switch to 4wd lo the 4wd light stays on and the 4wd low light blinks, like there is some problem there. Here I was so close to being happy and thrilled with my work, it turns to crap.
Thanks in advance for any help.
My first thought is that I need to adjust the gearshift cable, which I am about to try.
Last edited by junkie97neon; 10-25-2012 at 10:09 AM..
Reason: forgot something
So I just adjusted the gearshift cable per the factory manual and it now starts and locks into park and the gearshifter feels much more solid in Reverse. The truck will now also start in Park. The only issue is that the P is not circled on the dash indicator like it should be, all the others show up fine, and like I said it feels solidly in park.
Just wanted to note that I ended up adding a total of 9 qts of fluid.
Also wanted to share that I used my small floor jack with a lint free cloth soaked in some fluid on top of it to help raise and hold the valve body while it attached the park rod. It sure helped me a ton!!! Don't know if I could have done it without something propping it up.