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Old 07-26-2012, 02:07 AM
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OK, are y'all ready cuz I got some crazy stuff. I recently purchased my Ram SLT with 117k miles (17k on the new transmission) from a friend and neighbor for $900. Their dog chewed up the transmission wire harness and also the wire harness connectors going to the lights in the back of the truck. He didn't want to bother with it, so he sold for cheap to get him a new one. He claims no other issues prior to dog attacking it.
Anyway, I fixed the harness for $20 in parts from a junk yard. All the wire colors from the junkyard harness seemed to match up nicely ( I spliced everything after the location where a rear O2 sensor and some top connector on the transmission branch off from the main harness. All the wire colors seemed to match up nicely except my only concern was there were two black/lt blue wires, but I'm quite sure those were two ground wires that end up joining to the same wire that is grounded at the fuel pump module. Anyway, when I drove it the first time and all except one time after that, the transmission loses its gear shortly after I start driving when I'm giving it gas (seems like it usually starts happening around 40 mph and even up to around 60) and the engine will rev up cuz i'm pressing the gas. After about 30 seconds, give or take 20, it seems it'll do a series of back and forth shifts til it sorts itself out and runs fine the rest of the way home on the interstate at 70 mph (but of course I'm trying to avoid downshifts the whole way). Now, today when I start home on the interstate, it starts acting up as usual as I'm trying to gradually get up to 70. This time it's taking longer to sort itself out as I'm babying it. Then all of a sudden the oil pressure light comes on and I look and the pressure gauge is zeroed out. I pull over and have it towed to a shop nearby where it currently sits. Does anyone know if both things could be related? I checked the oil but with engine hot it was hard to tell if oil was low or not. BTW, I had the oil changed 2 days ago at a 10-min lube place and I did check the tightness of the oil fillter after the truck was towed and was able to tighten another 1/3 turn by hand and another 1/4 with a wrench. I'm gonna check it cold in the a.m. Does anyone know if these issues could be related, and maybe to the wire harness issue, too? I should also note that the cruise is not working but the speedo does. Also, the reverse lights aren't working but the license plate lamps weren't either, but I replaced the license bulbs and they work now, so it's possible the reverse lights are burnt out too (the park/neutral switch is working fine). Thanks in advance for any help from any transmission and/or electrical gurus.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:19 PM
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Correction...I spoke with the shop. They rebuilt the transmission, plus it was done with 105,395 miles on the odo. Question: I never could get a click when plugging in the connector that plugs into the top of the transmission pan area (right next to the park/neutral switch connection). Could it be because the connector's not plugged all the way in?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:52 PM
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Update: The nearby shop where I had it towed to have them check the low oil pressure issue first just called and said that I need a new motor!! He said they cranked it up, and it was knocking when he pulled it into the shop. I told them upfront that it started reading no oil pressure, so I stopped it immediately and had it towed to them (it was not knocking when I shut it off). So, I asked him why they would've cranked it without checking the sensor's functionality first, and we got into it and I had to explain to him how to check the sensor w/o cranking the engine. It sat at their shop over night and the oil would've drained off everything, so what shop worth their salt would've started the engine knowing it showed no oil pressure the last time it was running? What should I do now?
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I'd try to reach an agreement with them.

If it just started knocking it may have not caused much damage.

Price a Melling high volume oil pump for about $80.00 and get them to install it for free. While the pan is down tap on the rod connectors to see if one has a hollow clunk sound. Price the bearings and see if they'll install them. If one of the rods did make a noise it's possible a .010 bearing will work for about another 20-50k.

Otherwise it could just be a dry knock and that would score the bearings and not the crank as long as it didn't spin.

I'd say you were meeting them half way and see what they have to say.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:39 AM
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Update (First, thanks for the reply, Warlock III): OK, so I went on a father/son camping trip with my church that weekend & ran into an old friend at the boat dock, was telling him, & his first words were "You didn't have it towed to (can I insert the name here?) Automotive, did you? They'll try to sell you a Jasper Engine." So that confirmed my suspicion about the shop, so I had the truck towed elsewhere. It took a week for them to get to it, but they drained the oil, dropped the oil pan and found alot of carbon in the oil (previous owners seldom drove it and must not have changed the oil). Evidently the detergents from the oil change 2 days before had broken some of that up and it stopped up the oil pick-up tube. The new mechanic cleaned out the crud and put in a new oil pump for good measure. The new oil filter was dry when he cranked it up the first time, and he said there was no knock. It cost me just under $290...much better than the $4k for the engine the crooks in Madison (hint)were trying to sell me.
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