The transfer case can get so hot that conventional gear lubricants will literally be cooked. Drove it for about a year, then the transmission failed. They said it had failed due to the lack of fluid in the overdrive unit. My truck is on its third transmission this year. Around the middle of March or so, the first one finally failed completely after several months of threatening to, despite everything I did to try to save it. If the transmission fluid level in your Ram 1500 is low, you need to add transmission fluid through the dipstick tube. If you are having problems with the transmission in your Ram 1500, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first - it is amazing how many drivers pay thousands of dollars for transmission work when a half quart of transmission fluid would have fixed the problem.
Hopefully this does not mean the used transmission I also just bought! I had it replaced and about 2-3 weeks later the tranny failed again. When adding transmission fluid to your Ram 1500, be sure to add it slowly as it will fill up quickly and is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill. For older transfer cases, you can upgrade to newer synthetic base fluids, but you should rebuild or at least replace the old seals as additives in synthetic fluids may not be compatible with old seals. I took it to a shop, and the second torque converter and the second transmission were put in around the first of April, but almost immediately began to fail as well. It sat until roughly the middle of August, when I put it in a different shop that had quoted me a much more affordable price. This time they said the transmission needed to be rebuilt or replaced. I backed it out of garage and the next time I parked after about 7 miles.
The video above shows where the transmission fluid dipstick is located in your Ram 1500 and how to check the transmission fluid level. We have compiled the handy chart below to help you select the correct Transfer Case Fluid for your Dodge or Ram 4x4. I paid to have it rebuilt. Choosing the correct Transfer Case Fluid is critical for the service life and operation of your Dodge or Ram Transfer Case. The engine in your 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 should be running when you perform a transmission fluid level check, otherwise it will be inaccurate.
Since I had just bought that transmission, I did not have the money to do anything other than park the truck. Here I am now, about three years later, and the transmission is acting up again! Just bought the truck and had a transmission put in it. I cannot believe these jerks are now asking me to bail them out of their financial mismanagement! This transmission is actually doing much better than the last one which isn't saying much, honestly , but it's already showing signs of wanting to go out on me. I love my truck, but I'll be selling it asap and getting something else. The rebuild came with a one year warranty. The thing was in and out of the shop twice within three weeks, and then the third time I had to put it in, they finally just put the third transmission in it free of charge thank god since they were unable to fix the second one.
This is not a problem with new or rebuilt replacement parts, but by now most of the original seals in vehicles made prior to 2000 are are the verge of failure due to age and heat degradation. I'll never, never, never buy another Dodge. Just after that warranty expired I had the fluid and filter replaced prior to leaving on a vacation. Over the years, lubricant specifications and service requirements have changed which can make choosing the correct fluid for your Transfer Case difficult. Being stranded there on the weekend, I had to rent a car to drive home.
Not only am I just sick of messing with the d mn transmissions, but I can't afford to keep it in the shop constantly either. . It wont go in reverse. I am going to pursue a lemon law complaint, but after reading other complaints on-line, I don't have a lot of confidence in that system. I took it to the same dealership where they diagnosed a bad transmission cooler located inside the radiator.
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