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Remanufactured Dodge B1500 Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Dodge B1500transmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Dodge B1500transmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Dodge B1500transmission 

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Remanufactured Dodge B1500 Transmissions 

From delivery vans to passenger vans, the Dodge B1500 is one of the most iconic Dodge vans ever made. It’s boxy shape and hearty engines made this Dodge Ram Van the ideal choice for hard working people everywhere. The most common Dodge B1500 transmissions are the 46RFE transmission and the 545RFE transmission. Both of these are fairly reliable gearboxes, but installing a remanufactured Dodge B1500 transmission will make sure that the work doesn’t stop. So let’s find out if that option is right for you.  


Common Dodge B1500 Transmission Problems  


Premature forward clutch failure – 46RE Transmission
Problem – Its not uncommon to experience premature forward clutch failure, which can prevent the vehicle being driven. 
Solution – This can be caused by a number of issues including valve body failure, a worn stator bushing, a failed forward clutch piston seal, a failed forward drum assembly, the use of power programmers/chips to increase engine output, which can overwhelm a number of internal components. 


Delayed and/or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 shifts – 545RFE Transmission  
Problem – Owners may experience an unusually delayed or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 gear change, where the transmission doesnt seem to want to go into that particular gear. Solution  This issue is related to valve body problems where the material used to make one of the checkballs has broken down to the point that fluid is able to get past and engage the underdrive clutch during those shifts. An upgraded #2 checkball will be needed to solve the issue. 


  • Lack of Response 
  • Leaking Fluid 
  • Low Fluid 
  • Burning Smell 
  • Grinding or Shaking 
  • Whining, Clunking or Humming 
  • Refuses to Go Into Gear 
  • Torque Converter Issues 
  • Valve Body Issues 
  • Transmission Noisy in Neutral 
  • Gears Slipping 
  • No 3rd or 4th Gear 
  • No 1st or 2nd Gear 
  • No Reverse 
  • Dragging Clutch 

How to Solve Dodge B1500 Transmission Problems 

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge B1500 Transmission 

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used 46RFE transmission or 545RFE transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge B1500 Transmission 

Getting a rebuilt 46RFE transmission or 545RFE transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Dodge B1500 transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge B1500 Transmission 

If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Dodge B1500 transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.