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Old 02-15-2014, 09:51 AM
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I have a 2001 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.9 it has 120,000 miles and its broke and nobody knows how to fix it, please help.
About a month ago it started getting real bad mpg and it doesn't seem to have as much power. I took it to a garage and they couldn't find out what was wrong, they checked the fuel pump and that's fine. One of the plug wires was lookin kinda bad so we replaced that and the guy at the shop said that's all he can see that's wrong and sent me on my way.
I put on a flowmaster exhaust about 3 weeks ago and it seems like that made the problem worse. Now just yesterday everything went down hill. It idles real rough (rpms bouncing all over the place) and sometimes it stalls out if your not on the gas. Whenever it shifts it slams into gear and whenever your on the gas its real choppy, you can hear it in the exhaust that its not smooth.
Ive checked every fluid, wire, etc. and everything looks fine, I don't know what else to do besides bring it back to a garage and risk paying a bill and it not being fixed again. If someone can figure this out I would be so grateful.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:55 AM
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You probably need to start with the plenum, O2 sensor, and catalytic converter, and maybe a new set of spark plugs, and see how life gets after that.

May not be all of the problem, but probably accounts for a fair amount.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:00 AM
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How much of the exhaust did you replace? Did you replace the cat?
Sounds like it could be plugged cat.

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:30 PM
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Sounds like the Cat is plugged or your cap and rotor are bad .
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:43 PM
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I have a 2001 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.9 it has 120,000 miles and its broke and nobody knows how to fix it, please help.
About a month ago it started getting real bad mpg and it doesn't seem to have as much power. I took it to a garage and they couldn't find out what was wrong, they checked the fuel pump and that's fine. One of the plug wires was lookin kinda bad so we replaced that and the guy at the shop said that's all he can see that's wrong and sent me on my way.
I put on a flowmaster exhaust about 3 weeks ago and it seems like that made the problem worse. Now just yesterday everything went down hill. It idles real rough (rpms bouncing all over the place) and sometimes it stalls out if your not on the gas. Whenever it shifts it slams into gear and whenever your on the gas its real choppy, you can hear it in the exhaust that its not smooth.
Ive checked every fluid, wire, etc. and everything looks fine, I don't know what else to do besides bring it back to a garage and risk paying a bill and it not being fixed again. If someone can figure this out I would be so grateful.
+1 on plenum and o2 also go ahead and clean up the IAC on the TB could be a contributing factor to the Idle
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:46 PM
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Cap and rotor are cheap and easy , be a good place to start in my opinion .
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I would check to see if your computer has any codes stored. Sounds like an O2 sensor is bad and killed the spark plugs. Definetly check to see if any codes pop up though.
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I just found out today that the problem is with the transmission and now I need a new one. Does anybody know where I can get a brand new transmission or maybe even a good rebuilt one? How much would a shop usually charge to do it for me?
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:23 PM
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What exactly is the problem and who said it was the transmission? Transmission rebuilds aren't cheap, so you need to be sure that's the problem before you go looking for transmissions...
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Well the problem kept getting worse until I went to move the truck to shovel my driveway and it wouldn't move at all so I had it towed to a shop and when they drained the transmission fluid it was all burnt. Before they checked the fluid they went over every sensor and checked the things you guys told me about and told me for sure its the transmission. Not really the best news to find out on your lunch break in the middle of the woods. If I can I would like to get a tougher transmission since I do a lot of wood hauling with the truck. Im not looking to spend my life savings but I expect it to be a bunch of money.
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Burnt fluid is a good indication the trans got hot, and hot transmissions don't last long.

If you want a tough automatic you need to look at the Viper by PATC, I think the MegaViper would be overkill..

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

There's a chance fresh fluid, a filter, and band adjustments could give you more time but it may only prolong the inevitable....

Also, have the transmission people or whoever is doing the work, remove the Check Valve if there's still one there.

Some of the problems in your first post just don't sound like transmission issues, but that doesn't mean your transmission isn't bad....

If you can't afford the Viper a basic rebuild with upgraded clutches, maybe a shift kit, etc... would help.
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If you cant afford a Viper and you can rebuild or know someone who can,
start reading at post #57 of this thread for a list to rebuild the tranny with some upgrades
http://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...fo-only-6.html

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Old 02-19-2014, 07:38 PM
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one of the questions when ordering the new transmission is stall speed, I assume that has something to do with the torqe converter but im not sure what it really means, what stall speed do I want to choose?
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That first post doesn't sound like a tran problem, one of the statements is idling rough. Even with the tran fix, I would think you will still have the first problem.
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That first post doesn't sound like a tran problem, one of the statements is idling rough. Even with the tran fix, I would think you will still have the first problem.
I'm gonna agree here...... Unless the trans is binding internally..... you have more than one issue.
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im not sure what you mean by binding internally but the problem got so bad it wouldn't even go into gear at all. when the problem first started I was driving pretty slow on a back road and I heard a popping noise and it got real sluggish all of a sudden but got better once the rpms got higher and it just got worse from there.
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You have all the symptoms of a badly blown plenum, and a clogging cat. That would account for the bad gas mileage, and the engine being down on power, and running like crap. It would NOT account for the excessively hard shifting though......

Your trans is evidently trying to chew itself up internally...... (the aluminum shavings) if the 'pop' was something breaking, and jamming up the works, (binding internally) that *might* account for being down on power, and the hard shifting, but, it should cause the engine to run rough.

I think you have more than one problem.
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You have all the symptoms of a badly blown plenum, and a clogging cat. That would account for the bad gas mileage, and the engine being down on power, and running like crap. It would NOT account for the excessively hard shifting though......

Your trans is evidently trying to chew itself up internally...... (the aluminum shavings) if the 'pop' was something breaking, and jamming up the works, (binding internally) that *might* account for being down on power, and the hard shifting, but, it should cause the engine to run rough.

I think you have more than one problem.
So the big question, what does one fix first?

My vote, transmission.
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I am going to go with maybe water in the fuel or maybe a blown head gasket
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I gotta tell you, don't sound like a bad Trans to me. I have 206,000 miles on my truck and have never had a problem with my 01 5.9 Laramie. I'm going with these guys with blown plenum, clogged cat, o2 sensor. If the o2 sensor is overly adjusting fuel to air, and timing the it WILL shift hard. Also if a bad plug then it WILL miss and it kinda feels like a hard shift. I would start by seafoaming the hell out of it first. Change plugs and wires. See if it improve after that. Also clean the Throttle body really well along with the IAC and throttle position sensor. Pretty much do a really good tune up and check/repair the plenum gasket. If it fixes it then HECK YEAH!!! If it don't then the truck needed it anyway.
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