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dodges weak tranys

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Brook, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Brook

    Brook Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I got rid of my older dodges because of transmission problems. I am looking at a couple of 2006's, 2500 with the 5.7 hemi. Did dodge do something about there weak tranys?
  2. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    yes the trany's on the 3rd gen are solid. You shouldn't have any problems at all, just keep up on the fluid changes. It wouldn't be a bad idea to put a trans temp gauge on too.good luck
  3. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    I don't know what transmission is the best but what I do know is that when I go to the Minneapolis auto auction there are dozens of dealers there with 1 ton pickups that are pulling 50' trailers.

    8 out of every 10 is a Dodge. They must be doing something right...
  4. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I have a 2004 Hemi 2500. With the stock trans cooler, I never get temps above the 160's while I am plowing. I thought long and hard about what truck to buy to plow and i haven't been disappointed yet. Course, if you get a driver that doesnt care, then any transmission will fail.
  5. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,306

    The years to watch out for are 1994 through 2001. Trans are weak as heck...lol We have an 03 and and 04 and no problems... along with a dozen or so 93 and older units
  6. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    I have plowed with a 2001 and now a 2000 Dodge and havent had any problems, knock on wood. They will be fine as long as you dont abuse them.:eek:
  7. hikeradk

    hikeradk Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    2004 Dodge 2500

    I also thought long and hard. The older did have trans problems with a friend that had his rebuilt twice. No issues here and love the front end suspension.
  8. db27

    db27 Member
    Messages: 54

    trans on my 06 dodge with cummins is great as long as I baby sit the trans temps.
    It will spike up real quick if used hard.
    Not a big deal if you take it out of O.D or run tow haul mode it cools down quick.
  9. yearground

    yearground Member
    from muskoka
    Messages: 64

    my 92 ram ctd has the orig. 46rh and plowed it's whole life...not just luck...maintenance and love

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    after hard work let the truck idle in neutral to cool down. that way the tranny fluid cycles. from what I understand the fluid doesnt cycle in park there for it doesnt cool down as fast as neutral.

    dads truck just had the tranny rebuilt after 340 000kms all plowing
    he picked up the truck new in 2001 drove it to the western dealer had a plow installed and plowed that night and has ever since.

    new tranny has a deeper pan, shift kit and billet torque converter.
    play tranny temp guage.

    Love my dodges
  11. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    The new 545RFE Tranny isn't bulletproof but is definitely not the weak link of the truck anymore. Like stated, 94-01 (02 2500/3500's) had the glass trannys.
  12. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I can say that most of the trans repairs that are done in the dealership that I work at are Dodge's.
    Haven't seen many of the newer Dodge's on the hoist, so maybe they have the problen's corrected.
  13. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Seems to me if you work at a Dodge dealership, you would see mostly Dodge trans repairs. I definitely wouldn't take my GM product to Dodge for trans work. ;)
  14. DCJ inc.

    DCJ inc. Member
    Messages: 44

    Um yea ..so i have a 04 hemi..at 73500mi the trans blew up. I called dodge and they told me basically to shove it...cost $2000 to fix, but sence then its been ok..how involved is it to install a trans temp gauge..?
  15. Booman70

    Booman70 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I've got 53k on my tranny no problems yet but I do have a deep pan and gauge. The gauge isn't hard to install you can buy a tranny line with the T in it for the sensor or you can make your own. Or you could just install in one of the plugs on the passenger side of the tranny but the best place is in the line before the cooler so you really know how hot it is getting.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Proper maintanence is key. Spend the $$$ on the filter and freshen up the fluid. Plus having the band adjusted will really extend the life of the trans.

  17. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    do they make aftermarket deeper pans for the 2001 trans?
  18. DCJ inc.

    DCJ inc. Member
    Messages: 44

    does anyone know of a complete kit for the tranny gauge (everything ill need). and how do i getthe bands adjusted and why would i have to do that
  19. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Keeping your bands tight will prevent any slipping. Recently my tranny temp was running around 195 pulling about 15k and that was very unusual so I brought it in to be serviced. Got the fluid and filter changed plus had the kickdown band tightened and today while towing it didn't get past 155.

    I had the local Dodge dealer put in my temp gauge so I can't give you any tips on how to install that.
  20. 2003ctd

    2003ctd Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    My 2003 CTD has a 150,000 miles on it with the original trans.. Been a plow truck since day one, tows all year long and has a 120 hp chip installed.. never had an issue... Can't stress enough how big maintenance will help the trans's in these trucks last a long time!! I flush my trans twice a year once in the fall and once in spring.. Cheap insurance... Just make sure you use the right trans fluid!!! ATF+4 anything else will cause the trans to self destruct!!