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2003 dodge stratus: 2003 dodge stratus shifts down a bit hard

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2003 dodge stratus shifts down a bit hard at around 25 miles per hour
2.7 engine automatic transmission
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jerry replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** you for visiting the site, I will be happy to assist you today.
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Are there any trouble codes? Or service lights on?
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Do know the build date?
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Does it seem to be hanging in 4th gear and then the hard downshift?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's fine above 30 miles an hour but when you slow down to 30 0r 25 miles an hour it down shifts a bit hard
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, ant one there?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
engine light is on
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it's an automatic transmission
Expert:  Jerry replied 1 year ago.
I see, thanks.
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There has been a factory service bulletin, (not a recall) for that type of concern. It involves a software update for the vehicle’s computer and has to be done by a dealer, I hate to have to say.
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Here is a link to what it states.
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/ze7ymp9ckd0mcar/Hard%20down%20shift.pdf?dl=0
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Please don’t forget to rate the answer, **** THAT IS THE ONLY WAY I GET PAID **** if you need any more on it, I will be here.
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Thanks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
cant' get it to download
Expert:  Jerry replied 1 year ago.
Oh? I can try to post it here.
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GROUP: Transmission
DATE: August 1, 2003
THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN 21-006-03, DATE JUNE 20, 2003, WHICH SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FILES. ALL REVISIONS ARE HIGHLIGHTED WITH **ASTERISKS** AND INCLUDES ADDITION OF KJ AND 2.4L RS VEHICLES, REVISED NOTES, AND NEW APPLICATION TABLE.
**THE SOFTWARE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON TechCONNECT FOR CS, JR, LH, PL, PT, 3.3L AND 3.8L RS/RG, AND TJ VEHICLES**.
**THIS BULLETIN IS BEING PROVIDED IN ADVANCE FOR 2.4L RS/RG VEHICLES. THE SOFTWARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TechCONNECT ON OR AFTER AUGUST 18, 2003. KJ SOFTWARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TechCONNECT ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 3, 2003.**
SUBJECT:
Transmission Harsh 4-3 Downshift
OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves reprogramming the Transmission Control Module (TCM).
MODELS:
2004 (CS) Pacifica
2003 - 2004 (JR) Sebring Convertible/Sebring Sedan/Stratus Sedan
**2003 (KJ) Liberty**
**2003 (KJ) Cherokee (International Markets)**
2003 - 2004 (LH) 300M/Concorde/Intrepid
2003 (PL) Neon/SX 2.0
2003 (PT) PT Cruiser
2003 (RG) Chrysler Voyager (International Markets)
2003 (RS) Town & Country/Caravan/Voyager
2003 (TJ) Wrangler
NOTE :**Refer to the following table for specific applications. **
SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
Vehicle may exhibit, after an extended soak (several hours), a harsh 4-3 downshift.
DIAGNOSIS:
Using a Scan Tool (DRBIII(R)) with the appropriate Diagnostic Procedures, verify all engine systems are functioning as designed. If DTCs are present record them on the repair order and repair as necessary before proceeding further with this bulletin
If the vehicle operator describes the Symptom/Condition, perform the Repair Procedure.
Expert:  Jerry replied 1 year ago.
Did you get it that time?
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Please don’t forget to rate the answer, **** THAT IS THE ONLY WAY I GET PAID **** if you need any more on it, I will be here.
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Thanks and come again, anytime.
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