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Hey guys, a few months ago as some may recall I was having issues with the tranny in my '06 4x4 Big Horn. The issue I was facing was it was having issues going into gear then it wouldnt wanna move like it should so my dad and I put it on the lift and changed the filters and fluids. Worked fine after that for a few months but now I seem to have lost 3rd gear. I have 1st, 2nd and Reverse but when she shifts into 3rd it's like you hit Neutral? I have NOT scanned it yet so I cant say what codes I'm throwing. I only have 62K on the truck and I forgot to mention the fluid does not appear burnt. I called a local tranny shop and they want $1400 for a reman with updates and 2yr-24k warranty or I found a used tranny with 19k on it from a totalled truck for $300...not sure of warranty yet. I'm kinda up in the air on this. You never know what the shop is gonna do...whether or not they really do the updates...really dont know what to think. I guess I'm kinda up in the air b/c $1420 just seems reallllllllly cheap...thats $1420 OTD. I guess more than anything I'm asking if maybe I'm over looking something here? It comes back to the old saying "if it seems too good to be true it probably is". Have many others had this issue with so low of miles? The local dealer claims my warranty has expired so I'm on my own here lol.
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Get an accurate diagnosis on your trans first. I'm leary of a trans shop that would just up and sell you a trans without diagnosing the problem first, especially if it could be a problem with the solenoid pack.
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Just to make sure, I should have the 5-45rfe trans. right? I'm having one of my buddies come over today if he can make it over here (snow) to scan her and see what we come up with. Thing that really bothers me is it was working perfect in - degree Farenheit weather then one day BAM! has issues. If the truck was slipping or showing any issues before I would better understand but man, this is bugging me. Worked fine the night before.
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well i have a 04 and last year it lost power took to dodge they said the right side was dead said i was on 4cyl.they wanted to tear it down and fix it i went home. when it warmed up she came back to live.now this winter the transmission started acting up would not go in overdrive unless i pulled over and restarted it and a couple of times it would not move it threw code po700 and p2706 the transmission solenoid i had a funny feeling about it just being to cold for it so before i tore it down to replace the solenoid pack i waited for it to warm up first and sure enough she is running great she just hates cold weather.........but i did replace the filters and oil. maybe it's just my truck but i have never had a truck like this one act up like it does when it gets cold and be fine when it warms up maybe florida would be a good home for it.lol.thought i would share this .hope you get yours fixed
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well i have a 04 and last year it lost power took to dodge they said the right side was dead said i was on 4cyl.they wanted to tear it down and fix it i went home. when it warmed up she came back to live.now this winter the transmission started acting up would not go in overdrive unless i pulled over and restarted it and a couple of times it would not move it threw code po700 and p2706 the transmission solenoid i had a funny feeling about it just being to cold for it so before i tore it down to replace the solenoid pack i waited for it to warm up first and sure enough she is running great she just hates cold weather.........but i did replace the filters and oil. maybe it's just my truck but i have never had a truck like this one act up like it does when it gets cold and be fine when it warms up maybe florida would be a good home for it.lol.thought i would share this .hope you get yours fixed
I just got a headache reading that..
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Just to make sure, I should have the 5-45rfe trans. right? I'm having one of my buddies come over today if he can make it over here (snow) to scan her and see what we come up with. Thing that really bothers me is it was working perfect in - degree Farenheit weather then one day BAM! has issues. If the truck was slipping or showing any issues before I would better understand but man, this is bugging me. Worked fine the night before.
Yes, you have the 545RFE transmission. Double check the fluid level. If it's cold, the fluid level can drop enough to cause it to slip but it should set a loss of prime code if it does.
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Scanned the truck today. Got a few codes but the one that really thru a red flag was:
P0876- Tranny pressure sensor D blah blah blah....
I did a google search and came across a different Ram forum in which one guy had a similar (not exact same) issue so they claim they drop the pan and VB assembly and replace these switches or sensors? I really hate to drop the pan again but if I have to I certainly will to get this taken care of. Question is: where is this switch/sensor and some guy on that other forum says you dont need to drop the VB assembly? Also, if someone would share some knowledge with me...how much ATF +4 fluid does the truck require when you dont drain the torque converter? I didnt get a owners manual when I bought the truck Thank god for a shop with a two post lift lol. Makes life alot easier!
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I'd like to know what he's talking about too since the sensor you're talking about is built into the solenoid pack. It's a pretty pricey part so I'd recommend getting it diagnosed before replacing it. Aside from cost, there could be a mechanical problem causing this code. You usually need around 5-6 quarts when you drop the pan and valve body.
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Get an accurate diagnosis on your trans first. I'm leary of a trans shop that would just up and sell you a trans without diagnosing the problem first, especially if it could be a problem with the solenoid pack.
^^Agreed^^ There's not many shops out there anymore willing to make the $200.00 repair . They'd rather sell you a rebuilt unit .
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