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Old 06-17-2009, 05:02 PM
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Default Is it just my imagination or is my tranny slipping

I'm new to this site and also to my 2001 Ram 2500 Turbo Diesel SLT Laramie. I joined the site because I have a ? about the transmission characteristics. The truck is in exccellent condition and I love it. It has 84,000 miles on automatic transmission. The problem is so slight I wonder if I'm just being paranoid but as i'm accelerating thru the lower gears from about 15 - 40 mph it seems to stay in the one gear for a long time before it finnally shifts down around 40 - 50 mph. The transmission is very smooth in all gears and 4 wheel drive works great. I'm wondering if i'm just not used to the engine noise or the diesel characteristics. Any input would be great.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:36 PM
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Have you service the transmission? There is a required preventive service.
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Old 06-27-2009, 03:29 PM
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Default Info about SLUGGISH Tranny

Here is what i found out and it explains exactly what I was experiencing with my truck. Hope it can be useful to other mechanically challenged owners. The 01 Ram 25oo Turbo diesel has a "torque converter clutch" in the transmission. At certain fixed speeds a clutch in the converter automatically engages resulting in a slightly different feeling or response time. Also during the first few seconds of cold operation after shifting into gear the tranny may seem sluggish. This is normal operation for this system.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:08 PM
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whew...glad it's normal. I've noticed the same thing on the gas engined trucks, mine in particular. And I only have 35K on my '99...glad to read this!!!
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