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Hello my name is Justin and I'm new to the forum so I'm sorry if i do something wrong. But I have a 1996 dodge dakota and i bought it with about 96000 miles on it and I've notice when its cold out and start up my truck it has a hard time shifting into second and third but after 3 it has no problem. It only does this when its cold, once the engine has warmed up i have no problems. Is there any reason for this and is there a way to fix it? Hopefully someone can help me thanks.
 

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i have the same issue on my 2000, different transmission but the same problem. i had the transmission fluid changed and it helped a bit, but it still does it. luckily it has been warming up recently so i havent noticed it much lately, but im planning on taking it to a transmission shop and letting them look at it. i have posted other threads here about it and have gotten some advice on a couple things to try but not sure if they apply to your transmission
 

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Did you change your transmission fluid yourself? I've been thinking a lot about that because I've been hearing different things about that. I don't know if it's safe to change it because I don't know if it will make it worse
 

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Changing the trans fluid shouldn't make anything worse. Changing it yourself is quite simple in my opinion. Per a transmission specialist I know, do not have your trans fluid flushed. Drop the trans pan and let it drain for quite a while. Not all the fluid will drain out but the majority will, that's ok. Add a new trans filter (very easy), new pan gasket and torque to 13 ft/lbs (double check torque specs for your year vehicle but should be the same).

There should be a trans fluid temp sensor that you can replace and see if that helps any. I have a '00 so I'm not sure if a '96 is exactly the same. But the trans is computer controlled and those sensors play a role for sure.
 
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