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I just bought an 01 1500 quad cab. 5.9L. I need some help with a bit of diagnostics.

Trans is goin out. Slips into 2nd. Somtimes instead of shifting it winds out and wants to red line. I gotta play with the pedal around 3 grand. Is there a shift solenoid or is it the trans? What model trans should it have? Automatic. What tranny would be compatible? I do have a trans cooler leak i need to fix asap but trans is full still does it. If i fix the leak will it help my shift problem?

Got steam coming out of my vents.....? Is the heater core about to go?
 

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Trans is a 46RE, from 1996 - 2003, but there are a few differences between some of them so check an interchange book to be sure. The not shifting is internal in the trans, most likely the governor solenoid but if it is slipping it needs repaired.

Does the steam have a sweet smell to it? If so, it's antifreeze and the core is leaking - unless they just have water in it and no antifreeze then it could still be the core and not smell.
 
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