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Old 05-03-2011, 07:30 PM
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I just bought this truck a couple of months ago. On cold mornings it has taken about 5 miles or so to finally get into Over Drive. Today it was 60 and on the way home from work it still took 2 or 3 miles before it went into OD.
Is this typical for my 03? Has anyone else experienced this, and what if anything, can I do to improve the performance of the AT? Filter change?

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Never really paid close attention but I think the tranny has to warm up to a certain temp before it will go into OD. I'm not certain but seems like I read that somewhere before and seems like my truck does that too at least to an extent. I don't know that it takes quite that long. I'm sure someone else can probably offer a little more insight.

Not to hijack the post but I have a related question to add in. My truck shifts fine and all that but it seems to crave overdrive. As soon as it can possibly go to OD it does. Seems like it goes to OD rather often when it would be more beneficial for it to stay in a lower gear. Maybe this is normal for these trucks, I dunno. Once yours warms up, does it do that? Anyone else?
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Once mine warms up it's fine. Stays in OD when climbing hills and won't downshift unless it really needs to. No complaints there. Just trying to improve MPG's. Would be nice if it would go into OD when I hit 55 while cold. Running at 2500rpm for 5-6 miles isn't helping the MPG's.
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hmm....I have to drive about 15 mins in the morning before reaching the highway....so it is warmed up when I get up to cruising speed.....
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I live in Va and on cold mornings it takes at least 2-3 miles for my transmission to shift into OD. Warm mornings or after warming up there doesn't seem to be a problem. When using cruise even on the interstate a rather small hill will cause it to shift down. I can usually prevent this by either cancelling the cruise before the hill or speeding up slowly so that the hill won't slow it down enough. Mine has shifted "funny" (notchy or jerky) from time to time since we first bought it new. Guess what, the Dodge mechanic said this is normal.
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I can be on the HWY in a 1/4 mile, and sometimes just off the driveway. We'll see what it's like this summer.
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