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Lothario80 11-09-2011 07:01 PM

Not the Torque Converter!! It was the Flex Plate
Hi Everyone,

So after much stalling (on my part, not the truck) I brought in my 2011 Ram CC to the dealer for some warranty work and the 15k service.

One of my chief issues was the decrease in fuel economy while in the city over the last 5-6 months.

I was fairly confident I didn't have the torque converter issue as I was rarely or not reliably able to replicate the sounds as described on numerous threads, but did feel occational slippage or having to push the truck a little harder in the city to get it up to speed. I thought maybe fuel filter, something clogged, maybe some hesitation from a bad spark plug or wire...

I got a call from the dealer today and they will be keeping the truck over night as they said it wasn't safe or recommended to drive as there was some significant damage to the flex plate (for all you Manual Transmission folk the Flywheel).

I've never heard of such a thing happening on such a new vehicle - I'm only running a CAI and Magnaflow 18" nothing more nothing less so it couldn't have been the additional torque.

What could cause damage to the flex plate? Could this actually be the torque converter issue taking the next step in causing additional damage because I didn't fix it soon enough? I am by no means a mechanic, only talking out of speculation.

Anyways we'll see how she feels tomorrow but for now I'm stuck with a 2011 Chebby Impala LS Sedan. It doesn't even have satellite radio!!


old hot rod 11-09-2011 07:48 PM

Sorry for the bad luck, but I would trust the dealer to fix all that was bad,
it would look bad on them if they didnt get it right the first time.
My flex plate and torque converter both went out at 365 days oid, they didnt explain
why but they took care of what ever was wrong, and I'm happy now.
so I sure your in good hands!!

v8440 11-10-2011 08:16 AM

I had an old cadillac hearse one time with a 472 in it that just ripped the center of the flexplate clean out. I mean, the center was still bolted to the crankshaft, and the outer part was still bolted to the torque converter. It actually went with little drama. I was pulling out from a gas station, and there was a thump, then everything except park was neutral. I've also heard of some dodge trucks with the cummins doing that. I'd be curious to see what kind of failure your flexplate experienced.

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