How to Troubleshoot a Dodge Truck Transmission

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The transmission in a Dodge truck has a few common and known problems for most model years. Dodge trucks are considered dependable by some, and are used extensively for hauling and towing. Because of the abuse they take, they suffer the same kinds of problems over the years. Before taking your truck to a dealership or transmission specialist, you will want to troubleshoot your Dodge truck issues.

  • Turn on the engine. Listen for a rattling or clunking noise when shifting gears. Because Dodge trucks are subjected to heavy loads, the transmission mounts do wear out over time. Ask a professional mechanic to install new mounts.

  • Check for hesitation during shifting. This is caused by a faulty solenoid and pressure switch assembly. It is not uncommon for Dodge trucks to experience this after putting in many miles of hauling. A professional mechanic or transmission shop can replace this part.

  • Check for transmission slippage. This is caused primarily by chronic, insufficient transmission fluid. If the transmission is slipping or hesitating, this can be caused by worn transmission bands which will need to be replaced by a professional transmission shop or a Chrysler dealership.

References

  • Dodge Ram Pick-Ups V6, V8, V10 Gas & Cummins Turbo-Diesel Engines Repair Manual 2002-2008; John A. Wegmann, John H. Haynes; 2008
  • Dodge Ram Pick-ups, Dakota, Durango Repair Manual 1997-2001 by Chilton; Joe Pellicciotti; 2007
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