pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
156,006 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. new transmission or rebuilt (2 reports)
  3. replaced the wheel speed detector (1 reports)
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 022011

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Hi There

My 5.9 dodge 8700 miles , i transfer engine and trani from 97 good working .

Now everything works well except , the trani only shifts at 2200 rpm and only 3 gears

there is no check engine light


I cleaned the brain but no difference

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #7

Dec 092011

Ram 1500 Sport 4X4 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

I just want my truck to be drivable. I have been told what a great truck the 97 dodge is so I traded my Suburban and my motorcycle for one yesterday. The damn thing won't shift right. It shifts hard into second and stays there till I'm doing 70 and playing with the gas pedal. Then it randomly down shifts for no reason. And every mechanic I talk to wants money just to tell me what's wrong. If I had money I would just take it to a shop!!!

- , California City, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 102011

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 221,030 miles

I want to know if the transmission can be fixed. It does ok, just goes in and out of overdrive.

- , Carl Junction, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 012010

Ram 1500 Sport V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles


This vehicle has been well cared for and is only driven maybe 7k miles a year these last few years. I had been experiencing this problem for about the last 4 years however. It started off with a check engine light that then pulled a code about the torque converter, next thing I know its not shifting at all. I have it taken to a shop and sure enough the transmission is DOA. This truck looked sharp when I got it but now I wish I had gone with something more dependable rather then for looks. I have family that own same year model Chevy's and fords with almost double the mileage and never any transmission work. This led me to believe that the newer dodges with the awesome "hemi" would equally be junk and they are just look them up. They look good but their quality from bumper to bumper has to be the worst in the auto world.

- , Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052010

Ram 1500 4WD 360 Magnum

  • Automatic transmission
  • 218,000 miles

Transmission went low on fluid. Acquired Lucas stop slip to add to tranny fluid. Fluid still clear and there was no burnt fluid. This was the one thing the seller told me was rebuilt.

- , Carterville, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 012009

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

bought my truck pretty cheap. never had an issue in Florida, but on my way to Idaho, the transmission o/d selector turned on by itself and the truck started running weird. Let it set overnight and the issue went away, or so i thought. About a month later, my truck started not wanting to up shift when speed increased. Took it to a mechanic and it took them 3 days to find out that the wheel speed detector had taken a crap. Replaced it myself in about 15 min. Haven't had a problem with that since. YAY!!!

- , Mtn Home, ID, USA

problem #2

Oct 252009

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

First of all, I screwed up by buying the truck from a used car lot. I knew that I was in for some problems since it was bought "as is". The transmission slipped slightly every now and then, so, since I'd only had the truck for less than a week, I took it to the dealer and told them of the problem. They were cool enough to replace the transmission at their expense, kudos to them for that. However, the mechanic that they had replace it obviously didn't know what the hell he was doing. For one thing, he put a transmission for a 318ci to a 360ci engine. Ok, at least it's working, right? Riiiggghhhtttt. He said that he had to put a different transmission cooler on the truck instead of running it through the radiator/transmission cooler. Then, when he gave me the truck back, he said that it was a 3-speed without OD. I still don't know how he managed to get it to shift into 5 different gears... puzzling. I though I had done something to get a hole in the transmission sooler, as it was spraying fluid, and the return nipple is bent a little. Turns out he just didn't have the hose on tight enough. So I tightened the hose, and then refilled the 5 quarts of tranny fluid. But now, even though it's full of tranny fluid, it doesn't want to shift, unless I put it in park every time I stop, and I do mean EVERY time, even stop signs and red lights. Even though the guy knows soooo much, I'd still rather have someone else's input on this. Do I need to use a certain type of tranny fluid? Would it be the valve body? Or do I need to get another transmission and have my 9 year old install it?

- , Oak Grove, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 012000

Ram 1500 LX 3.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,022 miles

I had trouble when I first bought this truck....had taken it in several times and they could not find the problem...it doen't shift gears properly and it is miss firing and there could be more problems.....let me know if I should take it to a Dodge dealer for recall...e-mail me harmlessasdoves1@yahoo.com

- , Niagara Falls, NY, USA

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