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Brad, Dealer Technician
Category: Transmissions
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Experience:  ASE Master,(L-1) Certified, Transmission Specialist
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I changed the air filter in my 2005 Dakota and now it is

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I changed the air filter in my 2005 Dakota and now it is shifting slow and making a vaccume sound
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you noticed any leaking?
Customer: No
JA: Are you fixing your Dakota yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I loosened the hose clamp when I did the air filter and forgot to tighten it after driving awhile I'd started shifting slow so I tightened it back up and it helped but is still making a vaccume noise
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's all
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Brad replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Brad replied 11 months ago.

What engine do you have in your Dakota? Your transmission is electronically controlled so don't worry the vacuum you hear will not affect the shifting but if you have an engine performance issue then that will cause an erratic shift. Is the check engine light on? Can you tell where the vacuum leak is coming from? Have you tried spraying carb cleaner around the vacuum leak to help pinpoint the location?

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