Please help me! I have a 1999 Dodge Durango, big V8, 4x4, auto transmission, and about 116,000 miles on it.
It started having problems shifting out of 2nd gear lately and I dropped the drain pan only to find band material. I took it to a reputable transmission shop for a rebuild. They rebuilt it and took it for a test drive. They said the " lockout" solnoid was not working right and they went to start it up to pull it back in and it would not start -- no fuel pressure was the first thing they checked, but finally discovered the engine computer was bad. (They said they had already checked the " grounds" to make sure they were connected, and also checked their transmission solenoids to make sure there was not one shorted out.)
They finally got a rebuilt computer and it immediately shorted out. They towed my Durango to Superior Auto Electric here in Tulsa and Superior shorted out 2 brand new computers before he thought he got it fixed. They drove it 6 miles back toward the transmission shop and it died again, apparently shorting out the new engine computer. I have been without the Durango for 5 weeks now. They said they thought the problem was coming from the " bus" or else " CPU" which apparently is external from the computer. However, I never had any problem like this before they worked on the transmission.
1st Question - Any ideas how to get my Durango going again?
2nd Question - Should I pay for an engine computer and the related diagnosis & labor, or was this shorting out likely somehow the fault of the transmission mechanic?