Dodge Ram Transmission Problems

rollerdoorollerdoo Member Posts: 2
edited May 2015 in Dodge
is there any way to to increase the line presure on a 5.2 ram 1500? I have been told that this is the reason for most of dodge transmission problems. I am also getting a fluxuation in rpm at highway speeds. You can hear and see the variation in rpm. At 70mph with the cruise set it will bounce about 300rpm. So if the rpm is steady at 3000 it will bounce up to 3300. Its almost like a mini slip. I was told it could be my lock up converter going bad. Any info would be great.

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  • newdodgeownernewdodgeowner Member Posts: 4
    I have a 2001 Dodge Ram with a 5.9. I noticed mine doing the same thing that yours is doing. I was driving it and was going about 70 and the cruise kicked on and it felt like someone had hit the brakes. I could not get the cruise off and the truck would not go. I had it towed to a shop and they told me that a ball in the transmission that keeps fluid from draining back had got stuck and burned the tranny up. I had it rebuilt and now it doesnt shift right. When I use the cruise the rpms will bounce like you talked about. I dont know what else can be done except have it looked at. I wish I had the answer for you.
  • rollerdoorollerdoo Member Posts: 2
    I was told it is the lock up converter. I also know there is a way to increase line pressure to help keep the clutches and steels applies to help stop slippage. The funny thing is my tranny went out at 9,500 miles. I got the truck brand new and have always checked my fluid and changed it regularly. When the tranny blew I was over 100 miles from home, call the dodge help line and they said they would tow it to the nearest dealer. I told them I wanted it taken back to my home town where I wouldnt have to travel to get the truck back. They told me no and I ended up paying a 120+ towing bill. I am so over dodge. Never again will I buy a dodge vehicle. Next will be a ford turbo diesel. Oh yeah, when my local dealer pulled my tranny pan off they told me there was about 1/2 inch of black crap in the bottom of the pan and it wasnt clutch material. They replaced it no ?'s asked and and the lines and radiator. Since the tranny cooler is in the radiator and they didnt want anymore problems they just replaced it all. Maybe when I get up I will put up a post about how much a P.O.S. this truck really is. If I knew how lemon law works I would definatly try to get a replacement.
  • carnut17carnut17 Member Posts: 46
    Can anyone please help !!! I purcased a 98 ram 3500 diesel and the trans. started to slip in and out of overdrive the dealer fixed it by replacing the throttle pos. sensor; but now the trans. is slipping in 1st. 2nd. 3rd. however, 4th gear overdrive seems to grab fine. Inaddition, every once in awhile it will just pop right out of gear and slip then go back into gear. The dealer claims the slipping is not happening and it didnt pop out of gear when they drove it. any pointers any one thanks, carnut
  • KCRamKCRam Member Posts: 3,516
    When my 96 3500 Cummins would start slipping, that was my sign to check the stick and top off. I had my trans serviced every year, with filter, pan gasket, band adjustment, and fluid change.

    Two things to check:
    - fluid level, and make sure you are using the proper fluid (ATF+3 or 4)
    - if the trans hasn't been service, have a complete service done as described above (not just a fluid change)

    If those two don't cure the slip, you likely have a torque converter issue.

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  • carnut17carnut17 Member Posts: 46
    Thanks so much kcram, for the advice. I will have the trans tune up done. If that doesn't ill try and scrape up the funds for a BD transmission. carnut
  • james59james59 Member Posts: 4
  • drivelargedrivelarge Member Posts: 1
    james59, We have had the same problem with a new transmission installed in our 1996 Dodge 3500 4x4. We have taken the truck to the dealership here twice and they seemed to have found the problem but did not fix it correctly. It started shifting in and out again but, not as much. What really bothers us is that it has a FULL WARRANTY and they would not stand behind it! It cost us $135.00 to have them hook the truck up to there diognosics machine. So... dose anyone know what to do about them not honoring the agreement??? Drivelarge
  • dustykdustyk Member Posts: 2,926
    I don't know how I missed this one, but line pressure IS NOT an issue with Dodge transmissions. In fact, almost all automatics produce more line pressure than is necessary 95% of the time.

    Slipping can be caused by a number of things, but the designed line pressure is not one of them.

    Your 300 RPM change is more than likely indicating the torque converter coming out of lock-up. This, too, can be caused by a variety of things, including a bad throttle position sensor or dirty shift solenoids.

  • hansiennahansienna Member Posts: 2,312
    How frequently do you recommend changing the transmission fluid and filter in 2001-2006 DC minivans with 3.3L V6 and Chrysler PT Cruisers with base 2.4L inline 4 cylinder (without Turbo).?
  • gnevardgnevard Member Posts: 2
    When going up hill in 3rd with overdrive locked out, the transmission momentarily downshifts to 2nd and back to 3rd. This can occur once or several times in a row. Any suggestions???
  • KCRamKCRam Member Posts: 3,516
    Depends on your speed at the time. If your speed is at a computer-determined shift point under the conditions, it will hunt back and forth like that. Speed up or slow down a few mph, and that should keep you in a single gear.

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  • gnevardgnevard Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for the quick reply. I'll try your suggestion and see if that cures the problem. :D
  • dancingtwodancingtwo Member Posts: 3
    Hope someone can help with this one. I have an 01 1500 series with overdrive and transmission always appears to want to take off in third gear. The code comes up on the scanner as a P-1762 govenor pressure sensor.
  • pegleg95pegleg95 Member Posts: 3
    I am having the same problem. The transmission governor pressure solenoid and governor pressure sensor are on the bottom of the valve body just inside the transmission pan. I plan on replacing both of these because you can't be sure which one is bad and I don't want to have to do the job twice. It is a simple job; drop the tranny pan, replace components, replace pan, refill fluid. This link may help you: link title It deals with a diesel but it's all the same.
  • carnut17carnut17 Member Posts: 46
    I have a 95 ram 3500 2wd diesel, the trans is slipping in and out of gear only when parked for about an hour or more on level ground especially when cold, but it disappears after a mile or two. HOWEVER; if i park in my driveway which is at a slight incline it never slips,even when it's cold. Anyway i'm stuck to trying to find an incline everytime i have to leave the truck for more than an hour. My truck has 130,000 miles, please help, do i need a new trans. thanks carnut17
  • dancingtwodancingtwo Member Posts: 3
    Thanks pegleg I took it to a transmission shop that offered a free check (the best kind) and he told me what I already knew except he has had a few problems with wiring being damaged from the computer to the transmission. I am going to take it to him next Friday and he is going to check it for me. I will let you know what happens.
  • dduallyddually Member Posts: 2
    I have a '96 ram 3500 pickup with a Cummins diesel and 4 speed auto trans. My problem is that the trans suddenly won't shift into overdrive. One day it shifted fine the next day it wouldn't shift into 4th gear. The fluid is full and has about 5000 miles since the last fluid and filter change. I checked all fuses and relays they seem fine. I also checked electrical connections to the trans, all are still connected and corrosion free. Any ideas on what the problem might be? Thanks for your help. Tom
  • need4speed60need4speed60 Member Posts: 1
    I'm getting a code P1756 (Transmission control pressure not equal to target) any thoughts as to what that could be?
  • dustykdustyk Member Posts: 2,926
    You indicate that the transmission fluid was changed 5000 miles ago. What type of transmission fluid was installed? How many miles on this transmission?

  • carnut17carnut17 Member Posts: 46
    Hello ddually, I had the exact same trans. problem on my 95 ram 3500 diesel. It turned out to be the throttle position sensor. I am almost 90% sure this is the problem. I think the 10% might be the wrong trans. fluid but i doubt it. Let me know the outcome.
  • sluggo333sluggo333 Member Posts: 9
    I have a 2006 Ram 1500 Quad cab with the 5.7 multi displacement Hemi. On cold and cool mornings or evenings when I start it and place it in gear the transmission will sit there from anywhere of 3 to 6 seconds before it to engages. It's still under warranty and the dealer tells me this is normal. Has anyone else heard of this?
  • the7t1mercthe7t1merc Member Posts: 11
    my 94 4x4 1500 318 auto did some Very weird stuff* tonite.
    i went and replaced the egr valve at advance..when i went to leave,the truck literally wouldnt go into ANY gear..i tried revving,etc,no dice..when i shut the truck Off tho,and restarted,it went into 1st....i tried to drive it home,but it was refusing to go from 1st to any other gear....i finally figured out that if i shut the truck off,then restarted it and put it in gear,it would pull off to about which point it would flash and no gears....i made it to about 2 miles away,and this time when i did the restart,the truck pulled off Strong and All 3,like,wtf?...then,i get home and revved it,its fine..took it out of gear,put it back in,and im back where i started,no gears..just exactly what in the hell is wrong with this thing?
    any help would be appreciated.
    Edit:btw,the guy at advance did a scan,Before this happened,With the truck running..
    i asked him if it should be off first and he said no?
    the truck Never did this until he did that scan,im wondering if he messed it up somehow,by testing it running?
    the codes came up as code 31 and some weird code hex4??
    again,thanx in advance for any help..Brokedown in New York.
  • the7t1mercthe7t1merc Member Posts: 11
    yes,because the trans gets no fluid until you either put it in gear or Neutral..the front pump doesnt activate in thing to do is to put it in neutral Before you put it in any gear..let it flow some fluid Then put it in gear....there is a way to redo the trans with a special valve to cure this/no fluid pumping in park/,but it is a rather expensive fix.G/L,rob
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Member Posts: 254
    Code 31 is a problem with the canister purge solenoid circut. I can't help with hex4 as my list only goes from 11 to 72 on OBD-1 equipped trucks.
    To get the codes manually cycle the key in the following order: on-off-on-off-on but do not start the engine. Watch the check engine light, it will flash. A short pause between flashes will indicate the 2nd digit and a long pause will indicate the beginninng of a new code. When the cycle is complete you will get code #55
    Check with your local dealer to see if the engine should be running or off when using a diagnostic code reader.
  • jnealjneal Member Posts: 247
    Whether or not the engine should be running depends on what test you are running and if your scanner is capable of reading those tests. Example: Engine ya gonna check that without the engine running?
    Even the older OBD1 systems had some capability to make tests with the engine running.
  • tomschemtomschem Member Posts: 1
    This past week the transmission on my 02 ram (5.9 4X4)started slipping. Now it only shifts from first into third after 50 MPH and then makes what seem like mini shifts. Still feels like it slips at low speeds. It was 3/4 qt low on fluid and I see some rodent bites in some wires but can't find any cut lines or vacume lines. What is going on??? Engin lite is on so I am going to the dodge dealer asap. Any ideas outthere?
  • sluggo333sluggo333 Member Posts: 9
    Yes I spoke to the service manager and he showed me a service bulletin that states that it can take up to 3-6 seconds after the vehicle has sat for 8 hours or more. I guess the fluid drains from the torque converter. He didn't say if this was a defect in the transmission or if a fix was coming. Just said that once it was placed in any gear other than park the pump would kick in and once the pressure was up 3-6 seconds there shouldn't be any problem. Any way thanks for the response. PS what is the fix
  • the7t1mercthe7t1merc Member Posts: 11
    i`ve learned a lot in the past 3 days,but my trucks still has no codes,yet it doing the same thing..start it,put it in gear it works fine,change to park then back and no gears..gotta be something guy says limphome mode.?im just praying for a good answer.

    as far as a good value for fixing trannies that Are`nt Broken YET,heres a kit.
    if you really want some performance,check out this page,its full of options for our trucks.
    sluggo33,the part you need is listed on that page,its a tube that allows the convertor to be fed in

    #SC-46/47RHE. The Sure Cure Transmission Reconditioning Kit, Parts in one box to cure common root-cause problems. Sonnax is pleased to announce our 46 / 47RH / RE (518 / 618) application-specific kit to provide rebuilders with a full complement of parts in one box to cure common root-cause problems. Sonnax Sure Cure™ kits will simplify decisions for transmission rebuilders by providing the best Sonnax fixes in one box with detailed, step-by-step instructions, and all orderable by one part number. Cost $148.00

    good luck,and if anyone knows whats up with my truck,please reply.
    so far ive heard the computer needs to be reprogrammed,reflashed,bad convertor,bad wiring,bad sensors,etc etc..the baffling fact is that it Will work fine,Once..but take it out of gear and its gone....

    o,the best part,i bought another 94,360-2wd 1500 longbed so i would have something to drive ,guess what happened on the way home?
    yep,trans acted weird..SIGH!!!!!
  • xrotaryguyxrotaryguy Member Posts: 2
    [quote=rollerdoo]I am also getting a fluxuation in rpm at highway speeds. You can hear and see the variation in rpm. At 70mph with the cruise set it will bounce about 300rpm. So if the rpm is steady at 3000 it will bounce up to 3300. Its almost like a mini slip. I was told it could be my lock up converter going bad. Any info would be great.[/quote]

    I am having the exact same problem. According to a response on this forum, it sounds like some of the likely solutions are replacing the tps, or shift solenoids. Are there any other likely problems that I should look into concerning this problem?

    It also sounds like wiring problems are not uncommon on these systems. I live in Arizona, and I have had more automotive wiring problems (I have 9 cars) since I moved here than I ever did in Oregon. It's phobably not a bad idea to go around the tps connections, transmission wiring connections etc. with a tube of dielectric grease. This has solved many of my wiring problems in the past.

    Since this seems to be a common problem with these trucks, why do I not see any receall or service bulletins? Maybe Chrysler would not be the fourth best selling auto manufacturer (Toyota is kicking their butt these days) if they treated their customers a little better.
  • skkatskkat Member Posts: 1
    The transmission in my father's 1996 Dodge 1500 pick-up recently went out. He took it in to have it re-built. The person working on says they have rebuilt the transmission but it still won't shift into first gear. The have told him it is due to the computer and the pcm needs to be replaced to fix the problem. Does this sound legitimate?
  • the7t1mercthe7t1merc Member Posts: 11
    but the tranny probably didnt need to be rebuilt in the first place....according to various sources,and dodge dealer here in ny,the computer needs to be reflashed,or retrained.NOT REPLACED
    thats what they claim is wrong with my truck.
    im waiting for my appt to see if they are right.
    they also say,and i kinda believe them on this,that if you have dextron of any sort in the trans,it needs to be drained out and ONLY ATFPLUS4 should be put into any dodge automatic trans..All Chrysler four-speed automatic transmissions* are very sensitive to the quality of the transmission fluid. Only use the ATF+[3 or 4] in these transmissions. Do not use Dexron or Mercon.

    something to do with the lubrication quality of the fluid,messes stuff up.
    also,Dont Let Anyone whos not qualified to run a scanning tool touch your truck!!
    my truck is currently in limphome mode,(ty advance auto)which im betting is the problem with yours as well SKKat.
    to test this theory
    start truck put in you have partial 1st?of any kind?
    now shift to park,and back to first..anything?
    if nothing,shut key OFF and then restart to see if you have 1st gear again.
    if so,then get the computer reflashed Before you spend a dime on the transmission.
    hope this helps,may or may not be the answer,but after going thru the wringer on this for the past week now.......
    btw,just for kicks,try this too,it didnt work for mine,but hey maybe...
    take off the battery cables overnite,Both of them and try again in the morning..if you have gears make sure that you have the trans module retrained.
    heres a link to the allpar page,its very good reading and explains a lot better than i can.
    also,for those of you who have wondered if chrysler knows about its defects,check this page out,warning,make sure you are sitting down first,its kinda brutal.
    again,i stress that i know little to nothing and im just hoping this helps people out..g/l,rob
  • masse3504masse3504 Member Posts: 2
    I am having the similar problem. Mine won't shift from 2nd to 3rd. Did you happen to find the problem??
  • xrotaryguyxrotaryguy Member Posts: 2
    I talked to a transmission specialist the other day about my Dodge. He seemed very knowlegable, and came highly reccomended.

    He says that the rpm fluctuations that I'm experiencing at highway speeds are caused by the lock up torque converter cycling on and off when it shouldn't. This symptom may be caused by any one of a number of bad electrical connections.

    If the battery has corrosion on one of the posts, then that is a possible cause.

    There are two computers that can have a bad ground. I believe that each computer has it's own ground. Cleaning the grounds / scratching the paint at the ground can cure the problem.

    A faulty ground at the battery can cause this problem too.

    The last possible cause that he mentioned was a bad tranny fluid pump. Some times these pumps leak between the front and back of the pump. Sounds spendy.

    Hopefully I can gear my problem with a little wire brushing.

    By the way, now that it is getting cooler here, I have experienced my transmission not wanting to go into gear. You guys were right, placing the transmission in neutral seemed to take care of the problem. Thanks.
  • hotvfrhotvfr Member Posts: 4
    I have a 99 2500 with a V10 and a 47RE Trans. I'm having the same problem with only 65,000 miles on the truck. RPM started bouncing +/- 200 at freeway speeds. I had it machine flushed with ATF+3 and a new filter/gasket put on. about one month later I lost 1st gaer and overdrive. I'm being told that I now need a $2,200 rebuild. What do you think? Sandman :confuse:
  • masse3504masse3504 Member Posts: 2
    Hey hotvfr, I had a similar problem with my 2002. Only I lost 3rd gear. It ended up being the Valve Body. The plate is too thin, causing the spring to push thru the plate. They replaced the plate with a thicker one and added a couple extra screws. Also, they put a shim inside the spring allowing constant pressure so the spring won't "slam" into the plate. When I dropped the pan I was able to see the problem. It cost me approx. $900.
  • jamerson0209jamerson0209 Member Posts: 1
    hey, my truck has been running fine and the other day my tranny started slipping on the way home. when i got it home it wouldn't make it up the drive way. i can cut off the truck and let it sit a while. start it up and it will go right in gear (almost like it just has to cool off). but it will only go about a block down the road and it will die off like it goes in neutral. the hasn't been any grinding at all just a little whining. is my tranny gone or what?
  • the7t1mercthe7t1merc Member Posts: 11
    the lower transmission line going to radiator,cut it off at steel end,replace that rubber line and install a tranny cooler as well.
    there is a little stupid check valve in that line,which can become was a factory design,to restrict the fluid,and is not what you need or want in there.
    just change it out.
    do NOT remove the whole end thats attached to radiator as it is plastic and you Will be screwed if it comes out of the radiator.just cut the lines short at the radiator,and leave them Alone!
    the tranny cooler will help a lot as well,and will be super easy to install,you just attach your lines and clamp then good,then zip tie the cooler to the radiator.

    your best bet is to drop the pan and check the filter,drain As Much of the fluid as you can.
    why,because you basically smoked the trans fluid to nothing..its worn out/burnt.
    you need to get as much as possible out of that trans.

    when you refill the tranny,
    make sure you use the ATF+4 Nothing else!!
    yes,i know that is expensive stuff,but its the only way.
    this is all just a good luck shot,as they are tough trannys,but you def ran that one hot.
    it either will or wont work..yes,i understand thats a bit of change for the fluid/10-12 quarts @4 bux a quart,and a filter,7 bux
    but thats a lot cheaper than a 1500-2800 rebuild.
  • winter2winter2 Member Posts: 1,801
    Yes. I have the same transmission stuck on the back of a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (Turbo diesel). If the trans sits for more than four hours (at least on my Jeep)the torque converter and other parts drain back into the trans pan.

    I suggest that you let the engine idle for about fifteen seconds before putting in gear.
  • winter2winter2 Member Posts: 1,801
    This question for those of you who have HEMI powered RAM trucks with the five speed automatic.

    Have any of you had torque converter failures or has Dodge done a recall on this transmission?

    Here is the problem. I own a Jeep Liberty CRD (MY 2005). The 2.8L turbo diesel generates 295 lb-ft of torque @ 1800 RPM. I get 80+% of torque starting at 1400 RPM, peaking at 1800 RPM and falling off at 3200 RPM. The recall states that the torque converter will need replacement and the engine will need to be detuned a little to reduce the amount of torque it generates. The reduction in torque will enhance torque converter durability and transmission durability too.

    Any information is appreciated.
  • nascarnut3nascarnut3 Member Posts: 3
    I have a 98 ram 1500 318 auto, the tranny is taking forever to shift into second, no slippage, just waits till about 3,500 rpm to shift, unless i let off the gas a little.all other gears seem just fine, any ideas??
    thanks :confuse:
  • stenny58stenny58 Member Posts: 3
    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 Member 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.
  • stenny58stenny58 Member Posts: 3
    Thanks for the pointers, i think we'll look for a Chiltons repair manual too ...
  • zuhair4444zuhair4444 Member Posts: 1
    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.
  • bigdodgebigdodge Member Posts: 2
    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
  • dodgeman96dodgeman96 Member Posts: 2
    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?
  • carnut17carnut17 Member Posts: 46
    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.
  • airbornemoparairbornemopar Member Posts: 1
    What happened to your truck with this problem?
  • nascarnut3nascarnut3 Member Posts: 3
    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 Member Posts: 3,516
    Yes, that disables 4th gear and allow lock up in 3rd.

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