Does outside temperature affect the trucks shifting into overdrive?

Tiny
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  • 1982 DODGE DAKOTA
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  • 100,000 MILES
Does outside temperature effect this trucks shifting into overdrive?
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Sunday, February 4th, 2024 AT 11:29 AM

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Tiny
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It can yes, in some cars if the engine does not reach operating temperature like if the engine has no cooling system thermostat or the thermostat is stuck open the system will not go into closed loop keeping it from shifting into overdrive. Can I ask if the temperature gauge needle is in the middle of the gauge? Also, we should run the codes.

This guide will help:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/retrieve-trouble-codes-for-chrysler-dodge-plymouth-odb1-1995-and-earlier-car-mini-van-and-light-trucks

I don't see a Dodge Dakota in 1982? Can you repost the question with the correct year/make model please?

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Sunday, February 4th, 2024 AT 1:05 PM
Tiny
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Can the outside temperature affect my 1992 dodge Dakota from shifting into overdrive.
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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 AT 3:21 AM
Tiny
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Yes, check out my response above.
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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 AT 10:26 AM
Tiny
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Checked codes. Got a 36. Then 55 and it stopped. Drove truck for an hour or so. Started shifting after about 5 miles. Temperature gauge never got above 1/4.
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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 AT 1:11 PM
Tiny
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Yep, it sounds like thermostat is stuck open. I would swap it out for a new one to see if that helps here is how the job is done. They don't make a Dodge Dakota in 1982?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-thermostat

Check out the images (below). Please let us know what happens.
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Thursday, February 8th, 2024 AT 8:55 AM
Tiny
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Everything is working fine with transmission on 1992 dodge Dakota now. Thanks. Cannot make radio work. Have changed fuse in box. Is there an inline fuse somewhere?
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Saturday, February 10th, 2024 AT 9:27 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for letting us know, we are here to help. Sorry, we only handle one problem per thread, please post your new question here, you must be logged in.

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/new

Cheers, Ken
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Sunday, February 11th, 2024 AT 10:45 AM

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