1998 Dodge ram, 5.9 shifting issues. I need help
Hello guys, i bought a 98 Dodge ram from a friend who was upgrading to a bigger ram, and it has only 120k miles on it. Looks extremely clean and the engine runs perfectly. I took it for a test drive and it shifted through all the gears fine and i even had a mechanic drive it from the dodge dealership and he said the transmission was fine.
One thing i have noticed tho after a week of driving is when it shift from 2nd to 3rd gear the truck has a slight jerk or hard shift whatever you want to call it. Basicly its enough of a jerk to make your head move a little bit. It feals like the truck is jumping foward and then back almost. Its not BOOM jerk, but more a soft kinda jerk. I dunno how else to describe it.
I brought it to a mechanic and told him what i was fealing and he said the clutchs are probably worn and I am looking a new transmission in 1-2 years. He goes on telling me about some $3,000 Jasper transmission because it has a 3 year/100k mile warranty. He never looked or drove the truck he just went by what i said.
I refuse to belive i need to spend $3,000 in 12-24 months. I had pan dropped and changed the fluid and filter. I didnt flush it i just chanaged 6-7 quarts of the ATF+4. It didnt help at all.
I've tried searching on this problem and found a few things talking about the TV cable. How do you adjust this cable correctly ? I marked with a black marker where the cable was before i messed with it, and according to the guide i found it says to park the truck turn it off, and remove the black clip that is on the **** on the throttle lever. Then to unclip the white clip on the TV cable housing.
Then gently pull the black clip until it get the slack of the cable on the end (i didnt pull the actuall cable just the slack from the cable inside the black clip) and then i aligned the centerline which i assume is the line on the black clip end, and pushed the tv cable in the back foward until the black clip centerline was in the center of the throttle lever ****. Then i took the white clip and put it back on and put the black clip back on the throttle ****.
Is this how you do it ? Because i noticed doing it like this that black mark i made is now inside that rubber triangle thingy basicly the cable has moved well over 1/8 of an inch foward. If i did this right it seems the cable was way out of alignment and pulled to far back. Basicly it seems like TV cable on idle was open partially. Now it seems like the cable has a smudge of slack on idle and moves perfectly when the throttle lever is moved.
I drove the truck and it shifts alot fast now, basicly it shifts from 1st to 2nd at 10mph, then 2nd to 3rd at around 15-20mph. 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd shift almost simultaniusly now. Then 3rd to overdrive is around 25-30mph, and the torque converter locks at 40mph. The jerking seems a little less now but its still there, everytime on light to medium throttle. On a higher throttle tho it seems to have disapeared for the most part.
Before i did this the truck would shift from 1st to 2nd at 15mph, then 2nd to 3rd at like 25mph, then 3rd to od at 30-35mph and torque converter locked at 40mph.
Im not sure if i did this correctly but the info i got adjusting the TV cable was from some guy saying he was a Crysler mechanic online. Could someone help me please ?
Last edited by Einstein21; 01-11-2011 at 02:51 PM.