Hello. I have just today purchased a 2001 Dodge Stratus w/2.4L DOHC engine.
When slowing down from around 45MPH right at the 30-31MPH mark there is a powerful jerk and quick increase in RPM. It doesn't seem to be having any other problems with shifting and isn't making any unusual noises. The transmission fluid looks and smells okay and the computer is not reporting any codes related to the transmission. It happens regardless of if I'm using the brakes or letting it coast.
Is this a problem I need to worry about? Could this be caused by an external sensor or solenoid on the transmission that might be easy to test or replace? I remember having a somewhat similar problem with my minivan that was "fixed" by disconnecting the electrical connection to the locking torque converter control solenoid at the cost of a very small decrease in fuel efficiency on the highway, but I'm not familiar enough with this vehicle to try this.
Any recommendations that don't require removing the transmission would be greatly appreciated.
Sunday, February 10th, 2013 AT 6:41 AM