View Full Version : Staying in neutral.

05-18-2015, 10:56 PM
I have a 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 with 90,000 miles on it. Recently I've noticed that it remains in neutral for 3-4 seconds after I've shifted into drive. This usually happens when it's cold and I back out of the garage and then put it in drive. Just had the oil and filters changed today and the mechanic noticed this as well. He checked the transmission fluid and it was "a little low" so he put some more in. He also scanned it and got no codes. Just wondering if there's anything else I can do to diagnose or should I just ignore it.

05-18-2015, 11:22 PM
Search for the NAG1 Tech Alert thread by Dr. A. In the thread he explains how to disasemble and clean out the "guts" of the transmission. Sounds like yours needs a cleaning. It's not "easy", but it isn't too hard, either.

05-19-2015, 01:40 AM
Thanks. I read the alert and will proceed. I appreciate the help.

05-19-2015, 04:25 AM
Are you using an approved fluid?

05-19-2015, 01:13 PM
Yes. I checked the specs and bought it myself.

05-19-2015, 09:06 PM
Might also be low fluid level, so check that first.

05-26-2015, 06:33 PM
This is exactly what happens to mine when the fluid gets low due to a leak I have somewhere. Also I find that when its below 30 degrees F the transmission shifts oddly until the fluid warms up. I have a reman transmission with around 90k miles on it.