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Dodge diesel stalling problem

Fix Dodge diesel stalling problem If you own a Dodge vehicle with a diesel engine and the 48RE transmission and encounter a situation where the engine partially stalls and then RPMs increase, the problem is most likely a partially restricted Torque Converter Clutch solenoid. The increase in RPMS may make the vehicle hard to stop. Another symptom you’ll notice is firmer than usual shifts following the stall/surge event. Computer strategy on these vehicles includes increasing RPMs when the TCC is applied to prevent engine stalling. The cause of the problem … Read More

Transmission shifts late

Fix Ford Taurus transmission that shifts late and hard If you own a Ford Taurus and the vehicle is shifting hard into 2nd gear or the shift is occurring late, here’s how to check it out. You’ll have to raise the vehicle on a hoist and test it while running. This can be dangerous, so take safety precautions. You’ll be testing with a digital multimeter. Find the violet/orange wire at the PCM or the transmission solenoid connector on top of the transmission. The PCM provides ground on this wire to … Read More


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