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Old 01-28-2010, 12:57 PM
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I have a 97 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L purchased a couple months ago. I noticed that it seems that the fan kicks on very loud / tranny over revs? for the first 10-15 minutes of driving which occurs from the 0-35 mph on the speedometer - After that it runs great, shifts fine after warming up. No more loud revving or anything. It bothers me because it shouldn't be doing that. It seems these rams have issues with the tranny so I am concerned.
I am not sure how to go about diagnosing so I took it to the tranny shop to do a filter/flush. I told him my symptoms and after doing a flush he said it had metal shavings in the pan, he did say he hooked it up to a computer and it was fine on that. That was the only explanation I got. They said I need a new tranny costing $2200 with no further explanation. I wanted a second opinion so I took it to another shop. They said it was fine. Now what?? I'm confused. I still have the issue with mixed diagnosis. Any suggestions or ideas how to narrow down the issue?
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:31 PM
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Did they do a flush of the whole system or pull the pan and replace the filter as well. I suspect some BS here....
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They pulled the pan and changed the filter. I suspected the same BS that's why I went to get another opinion.
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Did they show you waht was in the pan? I've seen people try to pass of clutch material as metal before. If it's shifting fine, I wouldn't be concerned.
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NO, I wish they had. I asked how much and he was vague about every question except for price for a new tranny. So needless to say, I will not be giving him any of my $. I still would like to know the cause of this issue - if any one has any ideas out there I would like to hear about it. I spoke with another tranny guy over the phone and he mentioned something about torque converter drainage issues. Any one know symptoms of this?
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Are talking about the cooling fan for the radiator?
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I am not sure what it is since I am driving as it happens. It just seems like over revving or a very loud fan that is over revving. I just can't tell. That is why I can't diagnose it.
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Sounds like a bad clutch fan on the front of the engine to me. Nothing to do with the transmission.
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Sounds like I should check into that, I would like that to be the case. Is there any links on how to replace a clutch fan in this forum? Thanks for the advice.
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Oh, I forgot to mention... sorry, I forget about this since it only happens when I first start up. When I am in reverse backing out of the driveway, I hear a light grinding sound. Is that a tranny issue?
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