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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,010 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. change speed control (1 reports)
  3. fix shift linkage and throttle valve cable out of sink (1 reports)
  4. reprogrammed ecm (1 reports)
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 082015

Ram 1500 LS 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


This is the second time part has failed. I noticed my vehicle not able to go very fast so after watching this part being changed in the past I knew the issue. The shop said $300.00 plus tax. This time, no way. So I got part, it is a simple fix, unscrew and remove small plug in wire. This failure was on side road this time. I was in danger the last time it failed on highway at faster speed. I had though it was my transmission.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 011998

Ram 1500 Sport 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles

I see there is no campaign for this, but there was a SERVICE BULLETIN I was able to find online several years ago. It said that the ECM needed to be reprogrammed. It only happens on extreme acceleration. I drive slow so I was waiting for the recall. It never came.

Ever heard of a service bulletin? They are reports distributed inside dealerships that outline a problem that is a good candidate for recall but hasn't been admitted to yet. The reports have red and white barber pole stripes around all the edges with a warning to technicians that "showing this bulletin to anyone outside the dealership will be considered breach of confidentiality, and will be punished". I know, because I worked in a new car dealership, (not Dodge). As a tech, I would get a big stack of these every month. (don't tell)

- , Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 032012

Ram 1500 LS 5.9L 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,050 miles

So i bought this truck about a month ago, and the tranny has been acting a little funny, it doesn't slip when at a constant speed.. i checked. held at 15,25,45,55,and 70. no rpm fluctuation. the only time the RPM acts up is at 1-10 acceleration (it doesn't act up all the time, randomly it does) and when i let off the gas, the motor sounds as if it has a jake break. I read some other issues and it sounds to me like its a TPS (throttle positioning sensor). the tranny was rebuilt at 120k miles, the previous owner told me. my engine soon light came on today, never has before when i noticed the problem, and i grabbed my mac code checker and it came up P1756. so i did some research and i was told it was too much pressure on the shifting solenoid. so i reset the code and drove it for about 15 minutes and the code did not come back on. any tips? im sort of lost here and im hoping i wont need a whole new tranny.. :|

- , Vassar, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 092010

Ram 1500 Sport 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

Causes premature trans. failure on 46re trans if not corrected. If you notice gear shift is off even slightly, check trans. when going into R or D, if trans. shifts harder into either, also check to see if trans. shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear between 20 to 30mph smoothly under light acceleration.If shift linkage and throttle valve cable and trans speed sensor are not in sink and functioning properly,you will experience late shift and surge problems. Do yourself a favor spend the $250 at a qualified transmission repair shop or Dodge dealer to check adjustment or t v cable condition ( stretched), or pay for a new transmission later. Most people are told its a TCC solenoid problem within the transmission, or pcm needs to be flashed then upgraded, or a intermittent problem with no transmission fault code reading.Had my trans. changed, had same problem with with new trans. right after installation, bought haynes repair manual and states exact problem and solutions in chapter 7. Insisted shift linkage be adjusted for proper shift gate on indicator, and throttle valve cable adjusted to be in sink. Solved both problems, shifts smoothly within range, and most of all no more freaking 300 rpm. surges between 40 and 70 mph under any acceleration or normal cruising speeds. Hope this helps anyone with this annoying problem.

- , Pearl River, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022010

Ram 1500 318

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

As you are driving rpm jumps 300 to 500 at speeds of 40mph to 70mph. At the end of my rope, could use serious help. Trans completely rebuilt new wiring harass,solenoids,new TPS,computer has been reflashed ,new mopar wires,mopar plugs,cap and button.


- , Cartersville, GA, USA

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