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I just got this code today, but I've only owned the truck for a week. It does kind of lag at the start off the line, like its jumping to 2nd immediately, but not when I shift to 1st manually. Is this all related? What parts do I need? Will it be expensive in labor? Is it bad to drive it more?
Any help is greatly appreciated
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I don't know if this issue is similar but my '98 Ram would pop a P1763 hi gov psi when I would tow thru mountains. Turned out to be a software deal a fixed by a TSB to reflash PCM ($75). BUT I could get my tranny back to happy on the road by disconnecting the negative battery cable for a couple minutes to clear the code. Everything worked normal until I towed the "big hills" again. Not saying your sensors aren't bad, just hate to see you go thru $'s and time if you can "fix" it easy. Bear in mind a psi code and sensor code are different animals, but if your light goes out and stays out you are golden.
Nope. Your trip odometer will go back to zero and start over. You will have to reset your clock, and sometimes you radio presets (rarely happens if you don't leave it unhooked longer than five minutes).
If you don't have a Haynes manual I very much recommend you get one. I have one and I also bought the factory manuals (they are pricey). I don't know your skill/knowledge level, but the Haynes manual will walk you through most DIY deals. A trip to Harbor Freight for a code scanner (about $35) is also something I recommend. These two things alone just might save you from getting burned if you have to take your truck in to get repaired. You will at least have a bit of a base to go from. They will also give you the confidence to tackle some things yourself. Plus you have this great site.
First off, welcome to the truck world. Second, realize that NO body got into vehicle repair with total knowledge and ability, we all busted knuckles, screwed things up, etc. This is one hobby that NOT asking questions is way dumb, and expensive. You really need to learn as much as your mechanical ability will allow you in order to save a ton of money.
Transmissions in our Dodge's have gotten a lot of bad press for failure. However, I have never had a problem with mine (except the software deal) and I have 103000 on it. This tranny has pulled 8000 lbs+ over mountains and in 100+ degree heat w/o a hitch. I have a couple friends back in Illinois who also have had the same experience. We all do one simple thing - change fluid and filter, and adjust the bands every 12K - 14K. I have always done my own, but one of those friends took his to a dealer the first time - it cost him $275 and that was 6 years ago. I taught him how to do it. He then kept about $240 in his pocket. It is not difficult.
Go to Autozone, or wherever, and get a drain plug kit (about $8) before the first change. If you do that the first change will be your messy one. The filter from CarQuest is identical to Mopar's but around $10 less. Always use a high quality fluid (I have used Amsoil ATF for over 75K miles). Most important, keep your hands and tools CLEAN! Dirt inside automatic transmissions means early tranny death.
Be patient with yourself, and go slow. I'm sure you have a cell phone with camera, use it BEFORE you remove things. The pix are wonderful to refresh yourself when you ar eready to put things back together. Do NOT force a part off or on (unless it broke in a major failure). Especially screws and bolts. They should go back in place smoothly.