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#1464 of 3275 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help
Apr 11, 2005 (3:00 am)
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab SLT diesel manual transmission pickup. At 5000 miles it already has it's third transmission and second clutch. Has been in the shop four times for repair of transmission and clutch and out of service for 33 cumulative days for this (also an additional repair of the cold start fuel injectors for another 14 days.) My wife and I almost died on the interstate when the second transmission went out at 70 miles per hour. We are scared to death of this truck and Dodge keeps telling us that they have fixed the problem and that we have nothing to worry about. Help!!! They say they do not go to arbitration about lemon vehicles. What can we do??? Thanks
#1465 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [robert944]
Apr 11, 2005 (3:08 am)
I'd consult with an attorney. Lemon laws vary from state to state. There's obviously something not put together corredtly to cause multiple transmissions to grenade. I've got over 70k miles towing on my '03 without a hitch. You're the first I've heard of any problems with a six-speed if that's what you've got. Somethings not lined up properly or something. Good luck!
#1466 of 3275 2001 Dodge Ram Engine/Transmission Problem
Apr 11, 2005 (9:14 am)
I have a 2001 Ram 1500 5.2L V8 and when I am driving down the highway it is revving the in engine. I will try to accelerate and it will act like it is going to by reaching 2250 RPM but then drop below 2K and then do that back and forth. It is worse going up hills. The dealership replaced the throttle position sensor but it is still doing it. What could be causing this? It has 75K miles on it as well.
#1467 of 3275 Re: Sluggish Reponse at 45-50mph 4.7L Auto [dodgewhat04]
Apr 11, 2005 (9:38 am)
I have a 5.2L 2001 and mine has done the same thing recently.
#1468 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [sebring95]
Apr 11, 2005 (11:38 am)
Thanks for responding. We have checked our lemon laws and they say that there can only be three repair attempts and/or 30 cummulative days out of service. We have followed all procedures , having sent 3 certified letters with our complaints and request for a different vehicle or refund. We can't get pass the regional service rep who basically is just blowing us off. He wo't even call us directly, but only speaks through the service manager at the dealership. We have contacted an attorney, but have been told the reality is that it would probably take two to three years to get through the courts. What would we do in the meantime. The original noise in the transmission that I heard last October before they replaced the transmission the first time is still there. Its a low grinding noise that is there when I change gears, especially in first, sceond and third. I wish we could get in touch with someone higher up in the chain of command, but we can't get past the regional rep. Any more ideas?????
#1469 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [robert944]
Apr 11, 2005 (11:54 am)
I know this will work because when I had a problem with a dealership, it was worked out quickly. Contact Chrysler directly, call the main office. Then talk to a supervisor and they will get on their dealership pretty fast.
#1470 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [robert944]
Apr 11, 2005 (4:02 pm)
What exactly is failing on the transmission? Or is it just this noise? 1st gear isn't necessary btw unless you're hauling substantial weight.
#1471 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [sebring95]
Apr 11, 2005 (5:49 pm)
Second, third and forth are extremely noisy as if you were in traffic at low speed - not towing or pulling any load. I first noticed this in Sept 04 around 3000 mi. In Nov.04 the dealership agreed that the noise wasn't right and replaced the transmission. The sound was still there and I was told not to worry about it. In Dec.04 is when the interstate problem occured. When they replaced the transmission for the second time, they found that second gear had broken and had fallen down into the transmission and blocked all the other gears from turning. After this repair, the clutch was also damanged and we had to take it back again to get the clutch disc replaced.
Once while working on a race car, and hearing a similar grinding, grating noise, I found that the pilot shaft bearing had failed completely. I'm wondering if the way my truck transmission sounds if I even have a pilot shaft bearing in the craftshaft.
It sounds as if the transmission shaft is extremely loose, especially at low speeds. When the truck is warmed up to normal operating temperature, that's when the sound is the loudest. Thanks for all your comments. I'm really frustrated. This truck only has 6000 mi.
#1472 of 3275 Re: 2004 Dodge Ram Manual Trans. Failures Help [robert944]
Apr 12, 2005 (2:45 am)
Addendum: We were wondering if anyone knows of any way to contact Doge/Chrysler at a level above the regional rep and above the Customer Care Center? They won't tell us when we ask who is up the chain of command.
#1473 of 3275 2001 Ram 1500 4x4 Overdrive Problem
Apr 12, 2005 (6:10 am)
I just purchased a used 2001 Ram 1500 Standard Cab 4x4 with the 5.9L, automatic, 42000 miles. This is my first automatic transmission vehicle (wish the manuals 360s were more readily available). The O/D off button on the column shifter appears to have no effect: The O/D off indicator does not illuminate and the vehicle does not shift out of overdrive when the button is depressed. I suppose it could very well just be the O/D button on the column but was hoping to find a schematic of the overdrive system (fuses, relays, etc...). Anyone had a similar problem or know where I can find a schematic? Also the fuse box map is a little vague about what accessory goes to which circuit (for example, where is the horn circuit??) - anyone know where I can get a more detailed picture?