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Old 04-11-2011, 04:23 PM
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Hey everyone. My son just got his first truck, a 1998 1500 4x4, 5.2 automatic, Laramie SLT. The trouble is that the trans is in the bed of the truck. We know the previous owner and he said when the trans first started acting up it wouldnt shift unless he let off on the gas, then it got to where it wouldnt shift at all. He is no mechanic, but he started throwing parts at it, said he spent a bunch of money replacing all of the external electronics on the trans to no avail. From what I have read the trans is a A518/46RH-RE. Not sure which though (RH or RE). Is there an easy way to tell them apart? Also, I will be rebuilding the trans completely because I did not get to drive the vehicle to see what it was doing first hand and don't want to put it back together on a prayer. Is there anything in particular that I should look for? Ive read about "spring" behind the front pump and some other things, but really am just trying to get a very thorough idea on this thing. ANY suggestions are appreciated greatly!

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pretty sure its a 46re mine was shifting funny and i ran the piss out of it and now she runs fine good luck
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When I rebuilt mine, I bought this trans rebuild kit
http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...AMS_1323637965____

the listing shows it for both the A518 (46RE/RH) and A618 (47RE/RH, 48RE)

It has everything you need as far as steels and friction clutches, seals and o-rings. I needed hard parts for my overdrive. Unless you have a press and the proper tools, the average DIY'er won't be able to replace the clutches in the overdrive unit.

You can find some info from the pdf files here:
http://openpdf.com/ebook/46re-service-manual-pdf.html

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The 46rh meaning hydraulic has a 3 pin plug for the solenoids as the 46re electronic has multiple pins because of the gov. Just look at the solenoid plug that will tell you...
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