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Old 11-17-2010, 01:52 PM
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Hi guys, 97 dodge ram 1500 5.2L V8, 299k miles

The problem before any repairs, transmission was erratic and loss of power picking up speed, I was told it was the torque converter, transmission was rebuilt and never did run normal. I was in and out of the shop for weeks until finally they put in a Jasper 46re Trans with 3yr 100k mile warranty in hoping to fix the problem.
Now to the present:


  • after putting in new Jasper Trans, Trans Shop said my TPS sensor was bad and caused damaged to first rebuilt so I had an Engine Shop replaced with part from dealer, no fix
  • while replacing TPS I went ahead and had tune-up overhaul done because I thought it was time, been 5+ yrs on tune-up
  • upset with 1st Trans Shop I took truck to 2nd Trans Shop because truck started jerking between 40-50 mph, like torque converter was locking and unlocking everytime I would llift foot off gas then re-engage after pressing gas again with a hard thrust to the engine
  • 2nd Trans Shop said it was the torque converter in the newly installed Jasper Trans, called Jasper since under warrenty and they sent new Trans. I had to pay labor upfront until Jasper investigated core from 1st Trans

  • after installing the 2nd Jasper Trans the problems still exsisted, Jasper notified me that no problem was found in 1st Trans but was nice enough to reimburse me the labor cost

  • I took truck to dealer and they said its in the Tran but cant do anything because its under warranty through Jasper, go figure

I dont know what to try next


  • Engine Shop is now saying maybe intermitten computer issue under hood, to replace with new computer
  • I have had only one engine code to report , misfire plug 8
  • Cat was replaced in spring of this yr, thought would fix power loss but didnt

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I am SO calling bullshit on the TPS causing a mechanical trans failure! Has anyone ever bothered to check the intake plenum pan gasket as the cause of your misfire and loss of power?
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I am SO calling bullshit on the TPS causing a mechanical trans failure! Has anyone ever bothered to check the intake plenum pan gasket as the cause of your misfire and loss of power?
You are the second person to ask me that, hasnt even been asked at the engine shop
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Plenum pan gasket failures are common and will typically cause engine oil to go into the rear cylinders and cause a misfire which could be mistaken for a transmission problem.
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Plenum pan gasket failures are common and will typically cause engine oil to go into the rear cylinders and cause a misfire which could be mistaken for a transmission problem.
Thanks a million, is this a major repair cost?
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Depends on what you call major, I guess. The intake has to come off and I think the labor time is around 4 hours.
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