Now it's on the side of the road!!! No drive, reverse and grinds when i put in park. There was actually fire inside the transmission, you could tell when the mechanic dropped the pan, there was nothing left every thing was fried. A reverse gear inhibitor mechanism prevents reverse gear engagement when shifting into forward gear ranges. Now that I've read all these other complaints relating to Dodge Ram transmissions, I think I'll pull the tranny out of the old van in the backyard and make it work in my truck, or replace the whole drivetrain with un-computered Chevy stuff out of my junk collection. How many people have to be hurt before Dodge does something about this? Last week while driving down the road, would not shift from 1st to 2nd; limped to repair shop to have it fixed. Use in all heavily-loaded industrial enclosed gears. Hopefully yours isn't as bad.
A representative verbally agreed that Chrysler would pay for diagnosis and repair if problem was caused by factory defect. I will let you know what they say when I find out. I am at a total loss. Now this is a big safety thing and there was not a recall on the faulty transmission. At 50k mi the block had to be replaced.
A diagnosis showed that the failure was caused by a factory defect. Apparently something had stopped up an oil line causing 2 main bearings to spin and mess up the block. A couple of months later it started making a clunk when shifting, then locked up. Right now it is at the dealer. It basicly keeps the sulfer in check and does not have an effect on the light metals. I have talked to some other guys and they owned 1998 rams and the same thing happened. I've not even had this truck a year and dodge won't do a damn thing about it.
It is a shame because the American manufacturers seem to have got it figured out on how to make a truck with significant power, they just need to figure out everything else. The transfer case can get so hot that conventional gear lubricants will literally be cooked. I haven't been able to properly use the quad doors for years as the drivers side bottom won't latch and the passenger side bottom won't release. The 94-01 2nd gen Rams are a kick-ass truck, and if you take care of it, it'll take care of you. The damn thing didn't even make a noise, it just went. I ve been told that there was a defective connector inside the steering column and that there was a safety recall on this part--cannot get a direct answer from a local dealer here --what's the score on this.
Well, the truck was doing so good that we used it for another week, but this morning, on my way to work, it did to me what it had done to them, and this time, it did it permanently. The explanation i was given was a very good and reasonable one. We have compiled the handy chart below to help you select the correct Transfer Case Fluid for your Dodge or Ram 4x4. I tore out the trans agine and replaced all hard parts and seals, new shift kit,torque conv, and trans cooler. Many are using synthetic alternatives to the recommended Castrol oil, whether or not you should is a decision that you should based on your own research.
Do not lose this tag, the information it contains is essential for correct parts ordering! If you see snap rings, springs, and actual tranny parts in the pan, yeah, you got a problem. My sons used my truck last week to run an errand here in Texarkana. A little something I live by is this: Factory parts have factory problems. Second shop told me what my problem was by just knowing year and make of my truck. Went down the road but never shifted out of first. The 1-2 synchronizer also has a set of spring loaded flyweights in the synchro hub that govern shift speeds, to prevent over-revving the motor on a 2-1 downshift.
Premium snap rings will prevent your reverse from going out again. I purchased the unit used in 2004 with ~44k mi. Reverse sounds not so good, but it's still pulling. I still only have first and reverse. Truck is in the driveway.
Bought it used in 2006 with a lot less miles on it. I have spent thousands trying to fix this prob. It took several full power passes on the dyno to get them to 140 deg. The shift forks and rails are all located within the aluminum cover which is bolted to the top of the gear case. But now that I've got a premium tranny, it hauls and races better than new. If it cost to much to fix the finance company will get it back. I was told at time of purchase,this was a normal fuction of the transmission, bought truck Feb.