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'94 2500 Transmission Shift Issue

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Firebrands, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. Firebrands

    Firebrands Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I have a '94 2500, auto, with the V10. I have had it for several years, and just put a 8'2" Boss Poly Vee on it 2 months ago. When I plowed with my GMC I was able to shift quickly from forward to reverse when plowing. I DID NOT shift will the truck was still in motion and hammer the tranny, but I was pretty quick to shift and give it gas. I never had any problems. Now with this Dodge if I shift from forward to reverse and give it gas right away, the gear doesn't engage and the rpm's go up as if I shifted into neutral. Once the RPM's come down to idle range it pops into reverse and I can move. What I have had to do is pause for 2-3 seconds after shifting before giving it gas to let it get into gear. I have taken it to a tranny shop and had it serviced and the linkage adjusted, but this didn't fix it. The tranny guy (quite reputable) said that there was a manufacturing flaw in this tranny were some surface wasn't machined to the correct dimension, and that this causes the problem (he explained it in greater detail, but I don't remember the details). He said that the solution is to overhaul it, and install a repair part that performs correctly with this flaw. My question is...Anybody ever heard of this? It's really not an issue for everyday driving, but it really is irritating when I plow. Also it doesn't feel like I am doing the tranny any good when I plow. My thought was to just run it until it requires an overhaul ($1800-$2K). I love my Dodge, but I guess I get the fun of dealing with the first year bugs on the '94.
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    same issue in my 96- in everything I have been involved in with Dodge trucks since I bought it (lots of websites and mechanics, etc) I have never heard of this as being a flaw as mentioned being fixable- just a flaw in the design of the Dodge tranny. Simple fix- stop, shift, feel the gear engagement then drive. Not a big issue (5 years plowing with it).