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Old 01-20-2012, 12:50 AM
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So I purchased a 95 Dodge ram 4x4 5.2 Auto with 171,xxx. Got it for a very good price considering it had issues. Now I'm hoping someone can help me diagnose this.

The truck has a significant power loss. Shift points seem just fine but does not down shift even at wide open throttle. The idle drops more than it should when shifted into gear sometimes even stalls (but rarely) Has a occasional shake from 15-40 mph when accelerating, bad shake from 45+ regardless of throttle. (haven't taken it over 55) To top it all of it isn't showing a check engine light.

I have not found any vacuum leaks of any kind. But I did find the previous owner's mechanical skills very questionable. He replaced plugs wires and rotor. If it sounds like something he could have screwed up doing these, chances are he most likely did. Any help would be appreciated and let me know if I can give out any more info to help.
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Change trans fluids, tighten bands in trans. You can tighten downshift bands without dropping pan get a hayes manual it will discribe step by step and torque spec.
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Change trans fluids, tighten bands in trans. You can tighten downshift bands without dropping pan get a hayes manual it will discribe step by step and torque spec.
I've changed the fluid already but I will tighten the downshift bands. Would that make me feel a loss in power though?
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Don't know really, mines a manual, dads 95 already had trans replaced. But if it dsnt work get full coverage find a lake and take the truck fishing (use it for bait) then go find a 5 speed manual.
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Don't know really, mines a manual, dads 95 already had trans replaced. But if it dsnt work get full coverage find a lake and take the truck fishing (use it for bait) then go find a 5 speed manual.
Lol thanks I'll keep that idea around for a rainy day
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This is a textbook case of a disconnected or nonfunctioning TPS, it will screw with power and shifting, and generally create a good case of the shakes, normally you would only be able to generate about 45 MPH, so you're doing OK!!! Normally your idle will be low, and the truck will generally die if you select reverse. It's on the drivers side of the air inlet on the intake, one plug with 3 wires, if I remember right. the lock clips have a habit of snapping off, and they look like they're connected, but they are not. Hope this helps!!!
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This is a textbook case of a disconnected or nonfunctioning TPS, it will screw with power and shifting, and generally create a good case of the shakes, normally you would only be able to generate about 45 MPH, so you're doing OK!!! Normally your idle will be low, and the truck will generally die if you select reverse. It's on the drivers side of the air inlet on the intake, one plug with 3 wires, if I remember right. the lock clips have a habit of snapping off, and they look like they're connected, but they are not. Hope this helps!!!

Thanks. I checked and it's plugged in. The shake ended up being the sway bar links. Bushings are completely gone. I'm thinking the power was some bad gas because I put some fresh fuel in with some treatment and it seems to be clearing up.
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