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Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case

2.2L I4, 2.5L I4, 3.7L V6, 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.9L V8

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Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case

Understanding Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case

The Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case are significant components of the vehicle's powertrain system primarily responsible for shifting gears and distributing engine power to the wheels. These integral sub-systems heavily influence the overall performance of the vehicle, impacting factors such as fuel consumption, drivability, and vehicle life span.

Dodge Dakota Transmission

The Transmission in Dodge Dakota models are typically automatic, with the option for manual shifting. They are commonly 4-speed or 5-speed variants, though the specific type depends on the vehicle variant and the model year. Designed to meet OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards, these robust transmissions come with specific gear ratios intended for optimal driving performance in varying conditions, and torque transmission capacities. The Dodge Dakota Transmission features a hydraulic torque converter which attempts to eliminate the direct mechanical connection between the power generating unit (an internal combustion engine) and power receiving unit (the wheels). This dynamic converter helps to minimize and control power application, combat traction loss, and persuade vehicle performance.

Dodge Dakota Transfer Case

The Transfer Case, specially designed for vehicles having a 4x4 drivetrain, predominantly works to distribute power from the transmission to both the front and rear wheels, thereby enabling all-wheel drive. This integral part involves chains or gears to convert the transmission output to suitable torque values and vectors, intended specifically for Dodge Dakota vehicles.

Aftermarket Applications for Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case

The aftermarket applications for Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case are wide-ranging. The transmission can be upgraded with aftermarket parts such as transmission control modules, improved torque converters, and shift kits. These enhance the shift stiffness, quickness of shift response, and vehicle acceleration capabilities. For the Transfer Case, aftermarket options primarily focus on part replacement or upgrades geared towards improving the robustness and durability of the system. This is vital, especially for off-roading or heavy-duty applications. Aftermarket Transfer Case chain replacements, redesigned drive sprockets, and slip-yoke eliminator kits are popular options.

Complimentary Aftermarket Upgrades

Complimentary aftermarket upgrades commonly performed alongside Dodge Dakota Transmission & Transfer Case enhancements often include differential upgrades, axle modification or replacement, and gear ratio changes. Upgrades in clutch systems for manual variants, drivetrain strengthening, oil cooler installations, and even complete powertrain upgrades may also be in order.

Safety Reminder

Always remember: when modifying or upgrading any powertrain parts, especially the Transmission & Transfer Case, professional inspection and servicing are highly recommended to ensure optimal vehicle performance and most importantly, safety.

Fitment Includes:

  • 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota
  • Base, LE, SE, Sport, Shelby, S, SLT, WS, R/T, SXT, SLT Plus, Sport Plus, Laramie, ST, TRX, TRX4, Big Horn, Lone Star

*Please see product pages for any exceptions