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Old 09-07-2010, 03:06 AM
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Angry tranny trouble...no first gear

Well I'm new to the site and I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I just bought a '98 ext. Cab 4x4 5.9L ram. I've been driving it with no first gear at all. Not even manually putting it in low. All other gears are fine, shifts smooth just no first. Speedo doesn't. Work untill 20-25mph and abs light on. The code is the rear abs sensor fault. Now if the computer is not detecting low speeds will it not allow the trans to engage first? I want to think the problem is electrical because the mechanical side doesn't make sense. Why only first if it was mechanical wouldn't it effect at least one othe gear or reverse? Help please...
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After a few failed attempts to figure out what's wrong I took it to a tranny shop today before work. As soon as he went from reverse to drive he made the comment"well its junk". He said a forward accumulator goes bad cause a snap ring in the overdrive section to break. Followed by him telling me 1200 bucks if I pull the tranny. I guess its trying to go into two gears at once. That includes a new converter. I have mechanical skills ase certified in 5 topics but not automatic or manual trans. Is this something I can do myself and learn? And can anyone give me a list of internal parts to change other than just clutches bands and the converter? I'm talking electronics or any hard parts that would be a good safe idea to do while I'm in there. Thanks everyone for the input.
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Have you replaced the ABS sensor yet? I know when they go bad it can cause a lot of different issues. Also on my 2001 there is an output sensor on the back of the transmission so may want to check it too.
My transmission had an issue a while back and I had to replace all the solenoids and sensors and works fine now. I also had several transmission guys tell me I needed a rebuild.
I would try the abs sensor, clear the code and see what happens.
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I haven't changed any sensors yet I was going to put them on after the rebuild. Should I try them first? I just don't want to guess I want it done right the first time.
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I haven't changed any sensors yet I was going to put them on after the rebuild. Should I try them first? I just don't want to guess I want it done right the first time.
If the sensor isn't expensive and you have the code may not hurt. Just my opinion, going to need replaced anyway. Have you checked with any other transmission places to get a second opinion?
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I've got 3 different opinions from 3 different places. The output speed sensor on the rear of the tranny is around 150 bucks and the abs sensor on the pumpkin is around 60. I'm waiting for a day off so I can pull the speed sensor and see if its covered in shavings on the magnet. If it is I'm guess the trans is no good with metal shavings and if its not I will replace it and see if it makes a difference. Thanks guys for the input but I think some people aren't seeing my problem on this site. Consider a trans section? My opinion.
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It sounds like the trans is in limp home mode . You need to scan it for codes first and repair whats needed . It could be something as simple as a bad sensor .
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No codes at all. Tried that already.
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