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Old 08-16-2010, 10:50 PM
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Unhappy BS or just an "inconvenient truth"?

Everytime I put my 2007 RAM 1500 in reverse, I get a slight grinding noise. I took the truck to the dealership and the transmission tech said that it is normal for the 1500 to make that noise. I pitch a fit a essentially say "Not on my truck it isn't", so he hooks it up to the computer and "resets" my transmission. After this is done it almost seems worse. He still insists that it is normal. I decide that the dealership is either retarded or lying and decided to take my truck to a different service center. The transmission tech from that another dealership listens to it and again says it is normal for it to make that noise. What gives? If I had to describe the sound, I would say it is like taking a car with a manual transmission and changing gears without using the clutch. Any ideas?
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I'm gonna go with the other two tech and say you're hearing normal solenoid operation.
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Well Randy, to be honest, that is not the answer I wanted to hear. It is a very harsh noise that I am hearing. One person actually stated that it is a clutch assembly rubbing against the case. Is that really normal? Am I doing any damage driving it like this?
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If I had to describe the sound, I would say it is like taking a car with a manual transmission and changing gears without using the clutch. Any ideas?
my truck is making the same sound only, sometimes the gear selector (for lack of a better word) is so hard to move sometimes it feels like your not stepping on the break and trying to move it

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my truck is making the same sound only, sometimes the gear selector (for lack of a better word) is so hard to move sometimes it feels like your not stepping on the break and trying to move it

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and this is normal?
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and this is normal?
i dont know, but if remerson228 says it is i believe him
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Just my $.02..I had this same sound in my 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 4.7 & 45RFE. It lasted 80k and made that noise every single time I put it in gear. Originally it was told to me as doing a self test..I was OK with that and never had a problem.
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And you've heard this the entire time you've owned your truck? I take it you bought it new? I really don't have any advice for you other than to say I know how I am about "noises." Are you still under warranty? What I would recommend is that if you are, that you keep all of the documentation from these visits. The way it was explained to me at a dealership, if you can prove it was documented, even after warranty, they may be able to grandfather it in and get it covered if indeed there is a problem. I trust Randy's advice as well, but good luck though and let us know how you make out.

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Take the truck to an independent transmission place and see what they say.
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Ok, so I finally got the guy at the dealership to give me an answer... Does this sound right?

"When in park the trans pump is not pumping, or rather it's on a bypass circuit. There is a check ball in the valve body that tends to vibrate and rattle against the separater plate as the fluid pressure rises when shifting from Park to Reverse since there is no pressure behind it in Park. Once the pressure builds to a certain point, the ball seats in its hole and the noise goes away. Chrysler actually had a TSB where the steel check balls were replaced with hard plastic balls because they were tearing up the separator plates."
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