My truck is a standard 6 speed. The check engine light has been going on and off for a couple of months now and when it does the pickup jerks really bad. It doesn't do it all the time and when I take it to be looked at, it usually stops. It only does it when I am driving on the highway, alone!! What should I do?
When the check engine light goes off, the vehicle's computer stores a code that would give the auto technician information about what when wrong.
I would recommend you take your Dodge to a shop that has a newer scan tool that can be connected to your Dodge to see what the codes are.
To help the technician track down the problem write down any information you can think of that describe the symptoms of the problem.
Also figure out any patterns:
Does it happen after the vehicle is warmed up.
Does it happen first thing while the engine is warming up?
Does it only happen after driving on the highway.
Is it wet? Dry? Hot outside? Cold outside?
The more information you can give the easier it is to find the problem.
〉 Answered on Sep 12th, 2013 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd
Your best bet is to ask the mechanic to go with you on a road test so you can duplicate the concern for them. If an issue can not be duplicated, it can not be repaired. The shop may charge for the time spent on the road test, but it may be the only way to get the issue resolved. The tech should bring a scan tool with them so they can collect info from the car when it acts up (in case they can't duplicate it later.)
〉 Answered on Sep 12th, 2013 by Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive