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Old 01-11-2018, 06:53 PM
dankota dankota is offline
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Default Which auto trans do I have?

Having only had my 01 Dakota for about 2.5 months, I'm still trying to know as much about it as I can. Fortunately, the owners manual was still with it and I have downloaded a FSM to fill in the blanks of the owner's manual. The owner's manual recommends 30,000 mile trans fluid changes and regular band adjustments. So, I consulted the FSM only to find 3 different auto transmissions listed. Based on my engine, 3.9L, and the fact that the truck is a base model, would it most likely be a 42RE? Has anyone performed the band adjustments and if so, how difficult is it, especially without a lift. I know that my brother had the trans rebuilt but I'm not sure how long ago and he is no longer available to ask.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:38 AM
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the 42 RE, 44 RE and 46 RE take the same filter just a different gasket. Usually you will get both possibilities but if it is still there youre better to reuse the gasket the truck had originally. It won't have the "RFE" trans as they never put it behind a 3.9/
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