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Old 06-20-2012, 08:30 AM
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Hey guys! I'm new here, was looking for an answer to a problem with my Ram and found this forum.
Here's the problem. It's a 1997 1500, 360 automatic. The trans stays in Low until I reach about 3000 RPM or more, even then I have to let off the gas to get second. The rest of the gears work fine. Played with the KD adjustment both ways, even tried disconnecting it, no change in Low, but all the other gears changed accordingly.
Can the governor just affect Low gear, or do I have a valve body problem, sticking shift valve, something like that?
I've put about 15K on the truck with the trans working like that, no better or worse with time.
What are your thoughts?
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:37 PM
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youre going to need a rebuild to make it simple for you, im not sure if your trans is run by vacuum, so you can start from there, and if its a solenoid,which requires rebuild.


Also waiting till 3,000 to shift is also horrible on gas mileage, i own a 360 & its already bad as it is.
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I'm going to drop the pan and change the filter and the fluid. Probably will pull the valve body and see if the 1-2 shift valve is stuck. Anybody got any suggestions as to what else to check while I have it opened up? I will be adjusting the bands, too, of course.
I am sure not going to rebuild the thing, that costs more than the truck is worth! I'll just keep driving it as is if there is no easy fix.
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So all anybody has to say is "rebuild!"? Not gonna happen! A $2500 trans job in a truck I paid $500 for? I guess I just drive it til it quits and walk away!
The truck works great other than the lazy 1-2 shift. I could live with that, but my niece drives it and she worries about it. No other suggestions out there?
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You likely need to service the transmission anyway
filters & fluid may make all the difference in the world
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Just an FYI. Do you know which trans you have? Here's an example on how to tell if it's Hydraulic or electric.

46RE electric
46RH hydraulic.

Try some Lucas transmission shift additive/treatment I dunno what's in it but it is some pretty awesome stuff.
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It's a 46RE. The '95 has a 46RH, and it seems to be the better unit. Too bad they only made them one year. I have a spare that's going in a '79 Magnum.
I went to the local Dodge dealer and all they would say was, bring it in and we'll fix it. They didn't even have a filter for the thing! I have to drive 100 miles for parts, I guess.
They told me they don't service vehicles that old any more. I said, "How many new trucks need servicing?" My two Dodges have 200K and more without any major problems other than screw-ups by "mechanics".
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Check the shift solenoid. My tranny had shifting issues as well and it was due to a bad shift solenoid I found it at AutoZone for $135 made by Duralast. I also switched to Castrol synthetic atf and it has been running fine for the past 6-7months. If not sure where the solenoid is. When you pull the pan look towards the passenger side of filter,It has a plug with wires running to it on one side.Unplug the wires and pull the solenoid straight down and out they just pop in and out.
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Well, the kickdown band is worn out, so bad that the link fell into the pan a few days ago. Luckily I was only a couple of miles from home! I dropped the valve body and put the link back in place, but there isn't any lining on the band any more.
Anybody need some '97 Ram parts??!! I hate pulling transmissions! Might put the 360 in my '95 SWB. Although I do have a spare trans..........
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Too bad, the 1-2 shift band is adjusted from the outside of the tranny, that sloppy 1-2 shift was easy to fix, done early in the malfunction. I may never understand, everyone badmouths these trannies, I work mine pretty hard, and have never had one ounce of grief out of them, but both have the checkvalves removed, biggest problem I've had, is that once started, after not being used for a few days, I have to run them in neutral for a coupla seconds to pump up the fluid. this is a direct byproduct of having removed the checkvalves.
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