July 26, 2005
My fluid was replaced about 10k miles before, the fliud has strong color to it and it does not smell bad. This is what got me to think that something else is wrong here, electrical was my first inclination.
Apparently and according to David at ATS and our local Dodge so called dealer, the failure is the "governor position sensor" is leaking fluid(inside the pan) and the "governor force motor" is going bad. Sounds like a worm bucket?
Basically, how I understand as it was told to me, it is a speed sensor.
Reads actual and desired governor fluid pressure on the clutch bands while in Drive. When you put the selector in 1st "manually" it is bypassed.
Tell tale sign, put the selector in 1st and if it drives off "normal" (does not "slip") stop and put it in drive then drive off again and if it slips, that is the culprit.
Price of these parts(sensor and motor) between $195 and $220 don't forget to include the price of labor and new tranny fluid.
Best of all, you can do it yourself. Drop the pan and replace the parts.
If I am wrong about this...please correct me. I do not want to steer anyone in the wrong direction. I am taking it down and having it scanned on wed. will let ya know if a code shows up.