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Shifting issues with a 2003 dodge neon sxt

\015 I have a few issues with my car and i have no idea what could be causing it, i could use as much help as i can get:\015\012\015\012I have an automatic 2003 Dodge Neon SXT with about 104,000 miles on it. Lately I don't drive it too much, just around town by my school and sometimes home on the weekends. When i'm stopped, the car idles at 1000 RPM's...and sometimes it's higher if the engine is cold (which i assume is normal). It does drop after that but 1000 is the lowest it goes. When i'm driving, the car does shift, but the engine revs and the RPM's seem to go high to about 3700-4000 RPM's before it shifts the first time. If I am going up a hill and press the gas to accelerate, it seems like it's hard for the car to accelerate to get up the hill unless I press down really hard on the gas, and when i do that the RPM's race anywhere from 4 grand to 4500 before it shifts and even then the car barely accelerates. After i get up the hill to go down it and let off the gas to coast, it seems like my engine is still racing as if I am pressing the gas still...kind of as if my car is going into overdrive of some sort. I'm not sure if it's because my car misses a gear when it shifts, or it just doesnt shift into the last gear. It just seems like the engine is working harder then it should for the car to accelerate.\015\012\015\012I had a problem with the shifting about 6/7 months ago where the RPM's would race and wouldn't shift into ANY gears...when I would press the gas to accelerate, the RPM's would just about red-line and I would have to keep my speed steady at about 30 or below and tap the gas extremely lightly in order for it not to race that high. I got the issue fixed and it ended up being both the shift solenoid and transmission control module. Since the issue got fixed, I don't drive the car as much as I used to being I live on campus at my school. The car ran perfectly fine for about 3 months or so (idiling where it should be, shifting when it should, etc.) and then it started up with the issue i'm having now, which seems close to the issue i was having previous with the shifting issues. Would it be something having to do with either two again?\015\012\015\012Also, I'm not sure if this is normal or not, but when i'm doing about 75/80 on my local highway, my RPM's are at about 2800 to 3 grand (and stay steady the entire time i'm doing that speed)...when my car first got fixed with the shifting issue the first time, I don't recall it being that high when i would do that speed, but I could be wrong. Should it be this way?\015\012My check engine light comes on, and when i run codes on it, all that comes up is for the evaporative purge solenoid (which i've known about). I was told that the two issues aren't related but would the evap purge solenoid have someting to do with the way my car is shifting?\015\012\015\012Please Help Me With Suggestions If You Can, Or If You've Had An Issue Like This Also!!* (even if it's with only one thing). It's been like this for a few months now and it just doesn't seem normal to me, I want to diagnose it if possible so I can get it fixed because no one else, including myself can think of what it might be.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 20-09-2021

Answers :

Here's what I found one my old 95' neon. On top of where the shifter linkage attaches to transmission is another half moon shaped (if i remember correctly) linkage that control the throttle valve operation, for kickdown etc for passing. Mine would seize up occasionally from the weather etc & it would hang in lower gear forever before shifting up, then shift down hard when stopping. It even made my gas pedal stiffer to push. It's hard to see it without removing some things out of the way on drivers side. Anyway, that little piece on top of shift linkage has to move very freely. When you get to it, spray it with lots of penetrating lube like WD-40 and shaft it sits on top of & keep working it by hand until you can move it all the way, both ways, easily. Then apply a good coat of white lithium grease or similar to keep it lubed up. I had to do mine about 3 times in 5 years. Give it a try & let me know. I do have a picture somewhere of what /where it is, so if your stuck or not sure, let me know and I'll see if I still have it.
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