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Old 08-05-2011, 05:37 PM
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Default Does Everyone have a Noisy Torque Converter?

Ok, so here's the deal. A number of other threads on this and other forums were about a "growling" noise sometimes heard, and the common finding was that it was coming from the torque converter. I described the noise as sounding like "a frisbee sliding accross smooth pavement". Dragging an upside-down plastic garbage can cover might be another close one.

So, even though others seem to have had some satisfaction when their dealers replaced the torque converter, mine's claiming that it's a totally normal noise that "all of the new Rams make". They claim that they actually took two other brand new trucks off their lot and they both exhibited the same noise.

I hear this noise all the time, but here's a sure-fire way to get it to happen. Take the transmission out of full auto mode, and set the display to max at 4. Then get yourself going so that you're IN 4th with engine about 1500-1600 RPM. It works best if you can hold it there with a little pedal pressure, so a slight incline helps a lot. Some days it's louder than others, but when it's loud, you can hear it over the radio.

I believe what's happening is that the TC clutch is "kind-of" closing, but not really locking, and the noise is coming from the clutch dragging along a little slower than the flywheel. I don't have any scientific data to prove any of that, but that's my guess.

Anyway, I'm REALLY curious if every truck really does this. If you KNOW yours does or doesn't, I'd appreciate knowing that. If you don't know, and are willing to try my test above, I'd be curious what your results are.

WARNING: Don't do the test unless you're actually willing to find a new noise that you didn't know yours had. I'd hate to spoil anyone's day.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:14 PM
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I have the exact same symptoms at the exact same rpm's. I think the tc's are all the same, but for some reason my boss' 09 ram hemi doesn't do it nearly as predominantly. But my 11 is RAUNCHY! Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's right, however I think that a very large percentage of them do it, and they probably won't fix unless a recall is eventually issued due to the fact that they would be setting a huge precedent since so many of them do it (just my assumption)
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:38 AM
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Mine does it at those exact ranges. It is also louder when towing 8,000 lbs. At this point it is enough that I need to turn up the radio. I just need to find time to put it in the shop.
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My doesnt make any sounds, I think you guys need something repaired ASAP!
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Try this thread

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=84348
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Quiet now that I have a new torque converter.
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My 2011 Outdoorsman did the same thing last week coming back from camping towing 4000 lbs. It would only happen when going steep grades and with the rpm at 4000. Sounded/felt like when you drive on soft shoulder, just a bit quieter. It never happened again without trailer in the back after. Will communicate the info of the other thread (TSB) to my dealer today and see with what they come up....thanks !
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No noise with my 2011, but then again i'm deaf and hard of hearing.
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My 2010 had the exact same noise at the same rpm range 4 visits later the torque converter was changed. There is a STAR service bulletin for this problem. Good luck !
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I have never heard any noise coming from mine. I will keep an ear out though.
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