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Dodge Ram Transmission Problems



  • My son has a clutch problem. How difficult is it to replace a clutch in a Ram ? (1/2 ton 2wd)
    Need to drop tranny ?
    Speial alignment tools ?
    thanks, Dave
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Need to drop tranny ? Yes
    Speial alignment tools ? Yes. Clutch disc alignment tool, shouldn't be over 4 or 5 bucks. Also, while I had the driveshaft out I would consider replacing the U-joints, assuming they have never been replaced, or at least check them really well.
  • Thanks for the pointers, i think we'll look for a Chiltons repair manual too ...
  • I have a dodge 1500 ram 5.4lit. While I was driving, the overdrive light came on. Moments later the transmission temp light came on also. I parked the car to cool it off, I made sure the O/D is not engaged and started driving again. Again short times later I hear something happen and I notice the O/D light is on again, followed by the “Trans Temp” light and of course I could smell the fluid burn. What shall I do please advice. please note the car stil drive nice.
  • Had the same problem happen to me just two days prior. Have you found out any thing yet. Had my truck looked at by a Cottmans trans place - they did get a code for a tranny problem - suggest that I take it a a garage and tell them there is a drivabilty issue. What now
  • I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 that i bought a few months ago and the transmission is all ready having problems. i can put it trough all of the gears but it doesnt go past 2nd gear. it will stay in first for a long time and then if shift it down into 2nd then it will jump up but it wont go any farther. any guesses on whats wrong with it?
  • Can anyone tell me if the overdrive button on the dash is supposed to disable 4th gear; or is it just supposed to prevent torque converter lock up when it's in 4th gear. I find that not having 4th gear is a problem becuase im stuck in 3rd while towing which i find is too low for most situations. I am at about 2200rpm at 55mph, redline is 3000rpm thats to close for comfort for me. Is there any modifications available to prevent t/c lock up and still have a 4th gear.
  • What happened to your truck with this problem?
  • On the non diesel models like mine, it disables 4th gear, however the redline is 5 grand instead of 3 i would guess that with the power of the diesel you would be able to use OD at highway speed.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Yes, that disables 4th gear and allow lock up in 3rd.

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  • guestguest Posts: 774
    My 98 2500 is doing the same thing with the OD light then the tranny temp light. Has anyone came up with a solution yet? :confuse:
  • blink3blink3 Posts: 74
    Hello! I am looking at a 2000 Ram 1500 P/U with 94k miles on it, 5.9 motor. The guy says it has a rebuilt trans in it. How can I tell? Checking numbers or anything?
    Also, he says it has Tow Pkg. How can I tell if this is so?

  • I have a 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 series pickup. 4x4. Auto trans.
    86k miles.
    Shifting problem: Code #34
    Usually shifts from 1st to 2nd o.k. rpm can reach 3500 before it will shift into 3rd. 4th and o.d. shift normally.(this is an intermittent problem). Sometime will not shift out of first gear until rpm's are very high. If I use the accelerator gently, it will shift correctly most of the time. If I press down hard on the accelerator, such as shifting into passing gear, it seems to start the shifting problems I just explained. Next time I start the truck it will shift through all gears perfectly. Code #34 still lit. I don't think it's the transmission that's the problem. I get no slippage and when operating normally, it shifts perfectly. Could it be a sensor?

    I changed the transmission filter and fluid. I also replaced the speed control on the transmission.
  • I have a 1998 1500 Dodge ram.My stepson ran in a ditch and now the dang truck will not do anything in reverse but all other gears work good does any one have a ideal what it could be i have check all linkages and all electrical conections and everthing seems to be ok.
  • 1tonka1tonka Posts: 1
    I just had to have my 1500 5.9 Quad, 4X4, 61K on the odemeter towed to the dealer for the third time because of the transmission. First time was within the first 12 mos. and less the 10K on it, second time last June when just the reverse went out at 59K, and today when it would not go higher than 1st gear and then would slip out and no reverse. Thank god for the Extended warranty at only $100 a pop to me. Does anyone know if this problem could be caused by the additional weight with oversized Mudslides being just too much for the factory transmission to pull? This V8 has less power going for it than my 99 Ford Escort!Starting to feel that my beautiful truck :blush: is just a piece of junk. :cry:
  • nws683nws683 Posts: 10
    hey i know what you mean i have a 1998 dodge ram and from the yrs of 1996-1998 dodge put plastic parts in the tranny and there not as good as the newer and older trannys what i did was i had it flushed and if it has a cooler on it good but i would suggest getting one there only 20-60 dollars and but lucas tranny stabilizer in there and it should help out some or alot
  • I have a 1997 ram 1500 witht he 46 re trans. It has over 200,000 miles on it and for the past few months the overdrive wouldn't work and it wouldn't shift past 2nd gear. I overhauled the trans but it still overheats. anybody have a suggestion? :cry:
  • I have a 96 2500 Ram and when I put it in Drive it seems to start in 3 or 4 gear. When I put it in to 1st gear it has no problem going into it then 2nd its still fine. For some reason when I put it into Drive it starts out real slow then reaches 60 with no problem but it never shifts. Also when I bought it the guy I got it from said he had the tranny replaced. Any help I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance
  • I had a 94 Dodge transmission flushed and thinking it would remove the old fluid out of torque conv. and would not harm anything else and 6 months later transmission down. Now afraid to do a flush on my 2000 5.9 4x4. Any advice.
  • jmc5jmc5 Posts: 3
    Wondering if you found your Overdrive transmission problem. I have a 2001 dodge ram and paid a trans guy to fix my No Overdrive problem. 400 dollars later, still no Overdrive...gears 1,2,3 are fine.
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