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Old 02-19-2009, 09:52 AM
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[B][I]April 2008 update: Pics and video of rebuild can be found at...
http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?...pid=404015&ck=

I have a '96 SLT with 154k miles that just lost it's tranny. Given that I have some time and it's not my primary vehicle, I plan to rebuild the 46RE myself. I've received plenty of great info from MonteC and TransGuy, so I will be starting soon.

The purpose of this thread was two-fold:

First, to enlist anyone else out there who has rebuilt their own 46RE/RH tranny so they could give me any pointers and tips.

Second, I plan to take plenty of pics during the teardown/re-assembly and post them here so anyone searching for info on DIY tranny info can find it easily.

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If you follow through, please, please, PLEASE take good, clear, crisp photographs of before, during, and after regarding parts, how they're installed, when they're worn, and all that. I hate it when people take pictures with zero annotation, parts are out of focus, no comparison, and all that.

One reason I'm leaning on you is because I'm toying with rebuilding the transmission in my truck as well. Also, a good, thorough write-up is especially helpful as well as the "why" you bought certain parts, who supplied said parts, as well as links to Internet suppliers. I do know there are special tools needed, so the mention of those helps in addition to MORE PICTURES
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hey what would be great , good luck with the rebuild.
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Update:

Found a guy who did a great pic by pic teardown and rebuild of a dodge truck automatic tranny.

http://joelsgarage.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
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The best thing that i've ever heard about automatic transmissions is that they run by magic and occasionally you change the pixie dust in them.
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Rebuild Update: March 16, 2009

I removed the 46RE tranny from my 1996 Ram SLT 5.9l yesterday. Here are a few pointers to make the job go easier for the next guy.

1. Remove the spark plugs BEFORE you jack the truck up (just makes it easier to reach)!!!
2. Get a 1 1/4" socket for the front crank (so you can turn the crank when you need to remove the flywheel bolts).
3. Cut your exhaust behind the CAT. This will save time trying to pry it apart!
4. When removing the top bolts from the bellhousing, lower the tranny just a hair so you can see up into the cavity above the bellhousing. It just makes it easier!
5. Remove the oil filter (there is one bellhousing bolt that is behind the filter)
6. Soak all exhaust bolts in PB Blaster a week before you remove the tranny!!!
7. Have plenty of lights available. A magnetic light(s) works great. You can stick it to the frame rail and position it where you want!

I'll post pics later...
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Cool. I was wondering when you would post back some results. I'm jonesing to see what you've been doing.
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What new parts are going in? I know I have to replace the Governor Pressure Sensor & Solenoid on mine and I'm thinking a new deep pan?
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Parts list is unknown at this time. Once I tear it down I will have a better feel for what needs replacing.
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Make sure to keep everything very clean...good luck. I have thought of this as well, since you can get a sweet rebuild kit for around $600.
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Make sure to keep everything very clean...good luck. I have thought of this as well, since you can get a sweet rebuild kit for around $600.
Please define "sweet rebuild kit". This isn't a slam at you, I'm just overall tired of people who post in automotive forums about kits, deals, and the like but never follow-up with critical information, such as where these items can be purchased. Some say, "Well, search the web". Funny thing is, I may not enter the same search parameters whereas you may have found the "sweet deal" purely by accident while searching for something else.

So please, help a fellow owner out by naming the source, including a link, and also be completely descriptive of what all is included. AFIK, a torque converter wouldn't be included in that deal. Then again, I could be wrong.
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I was looking on this site:

http://www.transmissioncenter.net/dodge.htm

Check out kit #K4...

Here's what it says:

"#K4. Fits Dodge 518 / 618 / 46RE / 46RH / 47RE / 47RH, 1994 - 2002. You get the Alto master rebuild kit with all four sets of RedEagle clutches and all four sets of Kolene steels. It comes with a direct clutch PowerPack with 5 clutches and the a Carbon flex band. This band is 2 1/8 inches wide. Plus a Transgo stage 2 Shift Kit. Transgo Shift Kits instantly reprogram automatic transmissions for high performance and durability. This is the master kit we use in our performance Viper transmissions. You get the #1HE Alto master rebuild kit with all Red Eagle clutches, direct Power Pack and all Kolene steels, the #4K Carbon Fiber flex band and the #2 Transgo stage 2 Shift Kit. All three for $443.00."

Is that not what I think it is?
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^^HAH! I have that same website bookmarked but haven't been able to make heads or tales out of what I need to buy. You are right about their having sweet deals.

*sigh* My transmission is in dire need of a rebuild; however, funds prohibit that. Plus, I'm waiting for one of you guys to post up pics of a rebuild!
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I don't need a rebuild yet *knock on wood*, but when I do I am going to give these guys a call. If I get there before you, I will let you know what they say...or, I may just call them anyway to see what they recommend.

EDIT: Sent them an inquiry via email...
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I don't need a rebuild yet *knock on wood*, but when I do I am going to give these guys a call. If I get there before you, I will let you know what they say...or, I may just call them anyway to see what they recommend.

EDIT: Sent them an inquiry via email...
Awesome. Keep your findings in this thread for all of our sakes. I'll for darn sure post up whatever I do when I hit that point.

In case you care (and even if you don't), I dropped the transmission out of my 1972 VW Beetle yesterday. 5 bolts and it's out One of the mounts is broken and the case is caked with dirt/grease. Debating on cleaning it, refilling it, and installing new mounts or doing a teardown.
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Okay, here's what you get for $443:

-4 sets of Red Eagle clutches
-4 sets of Kolene steels
-Direct clutch Power Pack with 5 clutches*
-2 1/8" carbon flex band
-Transgo Stage 2 shift kit

*Requires 1 extra clutch and 1 extra steel to fit a 5 clutch direct drum

On top of that, PATC says you would need a tq converter and any other parts that are bad.
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*sigh* My transmission is in dire need of a rebuild; however, funds prohibit that. Plus, I'm waiting for one of you guys to post up pics of a rebuild!
Do you have a 46RE or 46RH? Would the manual for the 46RH linked to in the F.A.Q. section help? How much difference could there be between the RH and the RE ... clutch and band wise?
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Okay, here's what you get for $443:

-4 sets of Red Eagle clutches
-4 sets of Kolene steels
-Direct clutch Power Pack with 5 clutches*
-2 1/8" carbon flex band
-Transgo Stage 2 shift kit

*Requires 1 extra clutch and 1 extra steel to fit a 5 clutch direct drum

On top of that, PATC says you would need a tq converter and any other parts that are bad.
But what about the pistons and all that? As I understand it, there's a piston that regulates fluid flow, and it's of such a bad design it will turn sideways in the bore. Aftermarket pistons are much taller to prevent that from occurring.

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Do you have a 46RE or 46RH? Would the manual for the 46RH linked to in the F.A.Q. section help? How much difference could there be between the RH and the RE ... clutch and band wise?

Don't know which one I have. I'd still like the proper rebuild manual.
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I assumed by their answer that you would just have to know what all parts are bad by looking at them and go ahead and buy all those as well...but I can get a Viper tranny from them for my truck for $2399 without sending in the old one, which I assume would take it down around $2K or lower with mine as a core...not bad.
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