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Old 03-13-2011, 10:18 PM
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You can't just use your favorite fluid!! It needs to be ATF+4. Now if your favorite fluid happens to be ATF+4 you'll be OK.....
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Oops, I mean't to say favorite brand of fluid type as specified in the owners manual, which for our Ram's is ATF+4. Sorry for the oversight.
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SOME RAMS HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM iTS LOW ON TRANNY FLUID 99% OF THE TIME.
I WORK AT A DODGE DEALER SEE IT 4-5X A WEEK
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did they try replacing the whole vavle body on yours??? that's how they figured it out on mine. Once he knew it was vavle body related he then dissasemble the vavle body and found the faulty spring which controls the vavle which is responsible for the 2nd set of clutches.


does yours shift weird? like in between 2 gears in particular? or does it just lock in limp mode right away?
Yes, they have replaced: 1) Valve Body Package, 2) Module-Powertrain Control, 3) Transducer-Pressure Sensor.

There is no weird shifting, I start the engine, shift into Drive, go about 30 feet and BANG, THUD, locked in 4th.
Sunday 9:00PM, 100 miles from home, 4th gear. Took 3 engine restarts to clear it to normal operation.

Mailed the Lemon Law papers to Chrysler today. They have done 3 repairs on it.
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I purchased my truck 3 months ago and have 3400 miles on it. It just locked in 4th gear last night. I took it to the dealership this morning (with no problems detected - of course) and am waiting on a reply from the dealership. From the sound of it, I'm in for a long, frustrating road.

Did replacing the faulty spring in the valve body do the trick? I've had no shifting issues to this point and am starting to get concerned with some of the feedback that I am finding. I do not want to trade my 4th gear locking problem for hard shifting or lurching when accelerating from a stop.
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There are a lot of different issues that can cause limp-in (4th gear only). You need to get the fault code that's been set, to see exactly where the problem lies. Did the dealer find no faults? If so, then you may be loosing the 12V power feed to the trans. This comes from the trans relay, which is in the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM). But if you loose the main 12V power, I'd still expect the PCM to set some trans faults. So see if you can find out what fault(s) it has.
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Then you must know transmission fluid, unlike oil, doesn't just disappear. There are no ignition sources inside an automatic transmission (or a manual for that matter) so the only way for fluid to leave the system is through a leak, unless it is evaporating, in which case you have bigger problems.

So if your trans is low on fluid there are only a few possibilities:

-there is a leak.

-someone isnt checking the level correctly (operating temperature, cycling through all gears from P to 1 and back up to N with at least 10 seconds in each gear, and trans in N when dipstick is pulled, wiped and reinserted).

-your transmission is so hot its eating fluid (you would know, your truck wouldnt move very far after this problem manifests itself).

-Whoever serviced the trans last did not put in the correct amount of fluid

-The factory didnt put in the correct amount of fluid on the assembly line

or.....



-there is a leak.
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I am new to this forum and you may have the problem fixed. I had the same problem but each time my transmission got stuck in 4th gear my malfunction light would come on. After numerous trips to different dealerships where the cam sensor was replaced several times then the PCM was replaced and they traced all wiring for possible short were checked but this didn't fix the problem. They finally put as they said their top mechanic on it and what was written on the work was the following; the right bank cam sensor had eaten about 1/8 inch into the cam cap. The cam sensor could no longer accurately read the tone wheel. they replaced the right cylinder head and camshaft. I am no mechanic and just read what they had written on my work order. I can say though that I have driven about 5000 miles and have not experienced any more problems and this had been a weekly ordeal where I would have to stop and kill my truck and restart it to get it stuck out of 4th gear. I have no idea how the cylinder head caused all that but it sure seems to have fixed my problem. I hope you get urs fixed.

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One of the solenoid pack components such as a pressure sensor or shift solenoid.
I second that and they may change the clutch packs for safe keeps like they did mine. None the less they should keep it and test drive it for themselves to detect the era codes.
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