At 120-125K miles there was an internal linkage problem - a ball of some sort twisted itself off - found it in the pan. It is the original selenoid pack. Engine light did not come on until after vehicle was turned off and then back on. I replaced it and didn¿t have any other transmission issues. There's no need to be afraid of transmission work. There actually isn't a fault code for 'Transmission out of range'. You'll have to have the codes cleared and the transmission relearned for shift feel, at that point.
Driving home this evening as I accelerated away from a signal the engine seemed to stumble and the check engine light came on. For the first time in months I drove it to work. This was repaired and all seemed fine. Wife is using it to commute to work 1 mile while I use the Journey. I was really shocked the first dealer was so high.
Yesterday another cold start and the transmission locked in 4th. Pay particular attention for a gross amount of this or any large particular material, including any metal, either filings or chunks, or any brass or aluminum. Computer reading stated shift solenoid malfunction. When I placed the truck into drive the truck immediately shifted in 4th gear. This seemed to fix the issue.
This occurred while driving on the highway with three kids in the truck. The fault code and freeze frame information were probably written down on the back of the repair order hard copy. Code 1577 detecting atm reverse solenoid shifting into reverse. They didn't get it up on the rack until late Saturday afternoon. It took several restarts to reset but the check engine light was activated.
Transmission last serviced at 120K or 125K. It's really hard to find a good reputable shop around here. Had this occurred while driving in wet conditions I'm certain the vehicle would have lost control and an accident occurred, possibly involving others. The failure occurred two times. The tuck has less than 7,000 miles on it. The outside temp was 91 degrees. She stated that the steering wheel would vibrate violently and as a result caused damage to the front hub.
In addition to the other failures, the vehicle unexpectedly lunged forward with the brake pedal engaged. Called the local small dealer. It's also where I purchased the truck. I think that your sol pack is fine. I eventually had an independent transmission specialist look at the truck.
I'd recommend you check your transmission external electrical connector for water intrusion and corrosion at the terminals by disconnecting the connector. An hour later he tells me the selenoid pack is bad. Until I drove it again the next day. The 2002-06 factory center caps will not fit the front hubs on the 1994-01 Ram. Upon arrival at the dealership a mechanic went with me on a test drive. Dealership replaced valve body assembly in transmission.
Labor rates in general are high around here. The third time after having no transportation for three days, the consumer and his wife were told that a ball bearing in the valve body of the transmission was in the wrong place. The second time was another cold start event with the transmission lockedn 4th gear. If the selenoid pack does need replacing I'm real short on funds for that. So I tried to shift back into drive, but this didn't fix it. She stated that the steering wheel would vibrate violently and as a result caused damage to the front hub. Check the transmission fluid - looks about a qt low.