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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Transmission Shift Problems!!!

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:33 AM
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Replace your transmission solenoid. My truck was doing the exact same thing until I replaced it.
Is it hard to change. Iam having the same problem. Changed fluid(old fluid looked burnt/brownish)
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:41 AM
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What does your fluid look like? Is the level up to snuff? (gotta check it in Neutral....) Take it for a drive, get everything nice and warm, block the wheels, or, set the e-brake, put it in neutral, and check the fluid
If that looks ok, grab yourself a filter and gasket kit, and six quarts of ATF +4. Drop the pan, and while you are in there, have a look at the governor pressure sensor, and solenoid. Clean them out, or replace them.... adjust bands, and reassemble. See if that improves its attitude any. If it doesn't.... start saving your pennies for the trans rebuild.

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Are they hard to replace..
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:46 AM
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Are they hard to replace..
Not really, just messy. (that's why a lot of folks here also recommend getting a drain plug.)
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:04 AM
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I guess they are up inside when you drop the pan. Also is there any way to get more of the fluid out other then whats in the pan. THX
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:51 AM
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How do i know if i have a locking converter.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:54 AM
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If you have an automatic transmission, you have a locking converter.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:49 PM
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I have a 98 dodge ram and went to go to work this morning and it wouldn't go into gear. It's an automatic transmission and as I grabbed the shift lever and put it into gear it felt different. The lever on the steering column moves (and feels like the cable is moving but nothing is engaging. Please help.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:19 PM
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I have a 98 dodge ram and went to go to work this morning and it wouldn't go into gear. It's an automatic transmission and as I grabbed the shift lever and put it into gear it felt different. The lever on the steering column moves (and feels like the cable is moving but nothing is engaging. Please help.
There is no cable. Get another person and open the hood and see if the linkage under /near the brake booster move's when you move the shift lever. If it does not, you need an entire steering column. If it does, then get under the truck and see what is disconnected.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:15 AM
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Linkage underneath. Bolt probably loosened (or rusted...)
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:15 PM
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Default dodge 1997 1500 mag auto

i have a problem with the gear shift i have to put in in between the drive and 1st to get in to go in drive like to know if there a easy way to fix it without spending crazy money it had high mileages but it runs great beside this one problem
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1. It could be the column shifter being worn out. So probably the effort to take apart the column plastic for inspection at minimum.

2. It could be the linkage b/t the column shifter and transmission bracket having slipped to be slightly off. This you can visually check for obvious signs. First spot with hood open, on driver side, look behind the brake booster. 2nd spot is down on the ground also on driver side, look in towards the front of tranny to find the linkage. It attaches to a bracket and has a spring on it. Spring might be shot.

3. It could be the tranny detents becoming worn out. This would/could be checked by detaching the linkage from the tranny and moving by hand to check for loss of definitive detents. It's not that easy to detach the linkage, down right PITA depending on condition.

Those are some off the top ideas I have and hopefully others got ideas too.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:37 PM
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I have a 1999 Ram 1500 5.9. I can go for a drive down the highway at about 75-80 shifts fine runs smooth. GI into a store and come back out and it will not shift from 1st gear. Get in the next day and its fine. Changed speed sensor already on transmission tail shaft.
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I have a 1999 Ram 1500 5.9. I can go for a drive down the highway at about 75-80 shifts fine runs smooth. GI into a store and come back out and it will not shift from 1st gear. Get in the next day and its fine. Changed speed sensor already on transmission tail shaft.
Sounds to me like you need to replace Gov pressure solenoid and sensor. Might want to adjust the band while the pan is off. Also install one of these
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put a jasper tranny in and presto all my problems went away love jasper always depend on them.
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Hi, i have a 1997 Ram 4x4 with a 360 in it. it has around 275,000 on the tranny, and 80,000 with the new motor. its been sitting for a couple of years and we just decided to get itout so i could have it when i turn 16 in a couple weeks. we got it running, but there are a couple problems, problem number 1, the truck is very weak on the take off and seems to be in a very low gear. it will stall if you let your foot off the gas sometimes, it will also stall pulling a small trailer or go up hill. i plan on replacing the brake booster, but am wondering what else might be the problem. i replacd the whole exhaust system myself, and replaced the distributor as well. any help would be greatly appreciated. and also, how the hell do you post new threads on here? i just signed up and am syill getting the hang of this. thanks allot.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:40 AM
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Hi, i have a 1997 Ram 4x4 with a 360 in it. it has around 275,000 on the tranny, and 80,000 with the new motor. its been sitting for a couple of years and we just decided to get itout so i could have it when i turn 16 in a couple weeks. we got it running, but there are a couple problems, problem number 1, the truck is very weak on the take off and seems to be in a very low gear. it will stall if you let your foot off the gas sometimes, it will also stall pulling a small trailer or go up hill. i plan on replacing the brake booster, but am wondering what else might be the problem. i replacd the whole exhaust system myself, and replaced the distributor as well. any help would be greatly appreciated. and also, how the hell do you post new threads on here? i just signed up and am syill getting the hang of this. thanks allot.
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There is a "new thread" button on the upper left. Click that to start a new thread.

Sitting for a couple years? Yeah, bad gas, varnished up, and all the other little problems that go with sitting for long periods of time.

First, Drain the fuel tank, and dump five gallons of premium in there, along with some fuel injector cleaner.

Did you replace the whole distributor? Or just the cap/rotor?

Make it run good first, then move on to the trans.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:32 PM
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hi not sre how to start a new thread
I have a 1998 1500 and froma Dead stop if you stomp the gas WOT
it wont move ... if you start SLOW under 2000 RPM works great and if rolling can WOT
is this a known problem ? a $300 problem or a 3000 problem ?
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:51 AM
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hi not sre how to start a new thread
I have a 1998 1500 and froma Dead stop if you stomp the gas WOT
it wont move ... if you start SLOW under 2000 RPM works great and if rolling can WOT
is this a known problem ? a $300 problem or a 3000 problem ?
Thanks John
Going WOT while you have an unresolved shifting problem will not have a good outcome. I wish I was skilled enough to help you otherwise but I knew that test wasn't a good one.
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