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Rough Point in Shift

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  • #453409
    OrangeBoiOrangeBoi
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      Again on my Ram 1500 with the 5.7. Ocassionally between 40 and 50 mph theres a tiny but rough jolt from what I can only assume is the transmission. No codes or anything and its not causing any trouble at the moment. Transmission fluid is topped off and just wanted to get opinions and whatnot about what to do if anything about it. Thanks guys!

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      EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy
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        It could be an early indication of a mechanical failure inside the transmission but I wouldn’t go there yet. If it were me I would be changing the fluid and filter with the proper fluid (not sure if yours takes that special Dodge fluid, ask your parts guy to look it up) and see if the condition still exists.

        #453411
        pcmdjasonpcmdjason
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          Are you using ATF+4 fluid? I’ve heard that even a small amount of incorrect fluid mixed with ATF+4 can cause shift problems.

          #453412
          dreamer2355dreamer2355
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            +1 on trans and fluid change with OEM parts.

            Keep us updated!

            #453413
            OrangeBoiOrangeBoi
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              Well unfortunately changing the transmission fluid and fliter isn’t an option with no money in my pockets at the moment. As far as I know the fluid has never been changed and still has a moderate amount of life left in it with only 32k miles on my truck. Whether or not it is ATF+4 I cannot tell but it has the proper color when I check it so that’s all I can really say. The owners manual says the fluid won’t need to be changed till 60k miles but I’ll change it come 45k cause I don’t trust the transmission will be too happy with me waiting that long as I’ve learned with an older ’03 Ram my mother has. And just in case you guys are wondering, no I have not added any fluid as it reads that it is fine but I do have the ATF+4 on hand just in case. Any thoughts on the “early” fluid change though? Hope I’m not asking too much and not giving back enough but another question is my engine oil gauge in the cluster reads a little low at idle and a little high at moving speeds, do you think possibly I need to change the oil and filter? Just as a note it did this before the first oil change I gave it and still does. Sorry for the quesitons and thanks for the feedback guys!

              #453414
              BigCBigC
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                Hi OrangeBoi,

                With regards to the transmission, has the truck performed any hauling or trailering? As for the oil, an external oil pressure gauge would help for clarify the oil pressure. I know on my ’97 S-10 that once the oil warms up, the truck idles at ~40 psi. However, during operation, the oil pressure usually rises to ~60 psi. Your oil pressure seems like it is working properly. I presume the proper OEM oil weight is being used. Again, an external oil pressure gauge would help to completely resolve this concern.

                Keep us posted.

                #453415
                twiggytwiggy
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                  Is your truck still under warrantee? Based on your miles I’m guessing that it is. If so you should get this looked on Dodge’s dime.

                  #453416
                  dreamer2355dreamer2355
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                    +1 on BigC and Twiggy’s post.

                    #453417
                    Trcustoms719Trcustoms719
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                      +1 also.
                      Don’t waste you’re time or money if Dodge will correct the problem for free.

                      #453418
                      EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy
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                        Quoted From Trcustoms719:

                        +1 also.
                        Don’t waste you’re time or money if Dodge will correct the problem for free.

                        If money is an issue this would be your option. If you’re having a shifting problem however with an automatic the first thing to do is check and change the fluid if it shows signs of wear, let it go too long and it could mean more than just a fluid change.

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