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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,992 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Nov 011998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission, 4X4 sending unit.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 271999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Automatic transmission has slipped and failed to engage since purchase. Have returned to dealer more than once and was told nothing wrong. Iwas told that my foot on the gas pedal is faster than the computer working the trans.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 231999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Shifter linkage bolts sheered off, unable to put into park

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 221999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Horn difficult to operate; trans shifts out of drive into neutral when driving over bumps and engine is under load

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #11

Apr 041999

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Transfer replaced w/in 4 mths of purchase, transmission now does not wish to shift...dealer is questioning

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #10

May 091999

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A visiting relative from the East coast mentioned that the Dodge pickup was not held in high esteem due to the transmissions not holding up under snow plowing work. This didn't cause me alarm since my truck is used for passenger use only. Exactly 10 days later my transmission went out. The dealer "reconditioned" it and it lasted less than 1000 miles before failing again. To be continued.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Automatic transmission failed. Mjs

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shifts late, jumping into gear on different occasions usually between 10-35 M.P.H. dealership analyzed problem, but found nothing. Problem still persists.

- Berkey, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 201998

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving the vehicle will stall, and while in reverse position the vehicle will also stall. Also, there is a transmission leak which may cause a fire. Dealer replaced parts of the transmission. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 121999

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Please refer to service bulletin 971017182997, NHTSA SB054220. This is what I am experiencing on my truck. I have no complaints with the dealer they did all they could. The torque converter locks up between 40 and 53 mph. I wanted them to fix it. They said all of the Dodge Ram pickups do this. The whole truck starts to shake between 40 and 53 and its due to the gear setting in the tranny and the engine RPM. This was designed by Dodge for fuel effeciency but causes the truck to shake due to torque converter lock-up. I was satisified that it wasn't just a problem with my truck when the Dodge dealer let me pick out a new Dodge on his lot with the same size engine and drive train, it had 6 miles on it (brand new 99'). when I drove the new truck it was considerably worst than mine and started to shake between 30 and about 53 but it shook more than my truck thru the entire range. I am concerned that this shaking due to torque converter lockup won't eventually shorten the life of the torque converter and possibly the transmission. I found your service on the internet, so I am giving it a try. Thank you

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 021998

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer expriencing on going problem with transmission jumping out of gear intermittently. Vehicle been in/out dealer shop on five occasions and problem still occurs. Dealer/mfr. Notified. The front right spring failed. The relay rod and the camber malfunctions.

- Carten City, NV, USA

problem #4

Sep 281998

Ram 1500

  • miles
I just bought a new 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 truck have just put 100 miles on the truck I have been uable to drive because of a neck injurie and the truck has been park in my garage and now it is in the shop with a pin hole in transmission casing so I am with out a truck because the transmission is on back order and have no idea ween it is going to be in now I can drive but I have no truck to drive

- Stanley, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving vehicle at any speed it jumps out of drive into neutral when hitting a bump. Dealer's investigation representative cannot duplicate the problem.

- Forest, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 051998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving automatic transmission shifts out of drive into neutral gear.

- Berlin, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 191998

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In cold weather defective PCM part within computer becomes inoperative, causing the fuel/oil pump and water gauge to go out. Also driver is unable to shift gears. Chrsyler cannot determine problem.

- Mead, WA, USA

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