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Ok, I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota SLT 4WD club cab with an auto trans. The other day I was driving and the check engine light illuminated and i noticed that when I drove in 1st gear it accelerated fairly normally…However…When it shifted into second it jerked and wouldn’t accelerate the same as before. When you put the pedal to the floor, normally it would get up and go considering it was only the 4.7L…Now when you put the pedal to the floor, it does nothing except for gradually…and I mean gradually…Accelerate. I keep hearing different things about how to fix it from everyone I know and I dont know who to listen to…I know I have to get it fixed and its going to cost me a few bucks…Where do I start??? HELP!

Have you checked all the fluids and looked for obvious problems?

You’ll have to have someone scan the computer for trouble codes. If the check engine light is on one or more codes will be stored in the computer.

Many parts stores will scan the computer free and give you the codes. Unless you know the codes you’re guessing. The CEL can come on for LOTS of different reasons. Don’t guess; find out.

Number one on your list is to scan the computer for trouble codes. Just because it doesn’t accelerate like it should doesn’t mean the trans is at fault. The trouble code should put you and your mechanic in the right direction. You can have the computer scanned for free at most local auto parts stores. Get it scanned and post back with the code/s.


The problem could be a regular engine performance problem. Do the regular maintenance thing on it by changing the spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter, pcv valve. Then, let us know the results.

also check for a clogged cat. converter.
my 99 dakota did the same thing
it was a melted converter, no check engine lights were on either

Some Chrysler OBDII systems still allow you to pull DTC’s from the Check Engine light. Try turning the ignition switch to the run position so that the dash lights come on rapidly three times, and on the third time leave the ignition switch in the run position. If the Check Engine lights starts flashing, you can pull the codes. If it doesn’t start flashing, then you need a code reader/scanner to pull the codes.