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Remanufactured Dodge Ram 3500 Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Dodge Ram 3500transmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Dodge Ram 3500transmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Dodge Ram 3500transmission 
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Remanufactured Dodge Ram 3500 Transmissions 

 

The Dodge Ram 3500 transmission is undoubtedly the hardest working component in this legendary beast. Depending on the specification, some of the most common gearboxes that you will find are the 47RE, the 48RE and the 68RFE. However due to a number of common transmission problems, installing a remanufactured Dodge Ram 3500 transmission might be the best way to keep your truck on the road. So let’s look at your options. 

 

Common Dodge Ram 3500 47RE Transmission Problems 

 

Premature forward clutch failure  

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 

 

Common Dodge Ram 3500 48RE Transmission Problems 

 

Engine RPM increase or partial engine stall when coming to a stop[Text Wrapping Break]Problem  Drivers may experience a sudden RPM surge when coming to a stop, which can cause difficulty holding the vehicle at a stop with the brakes. This is usually preceded by a partial engine stall, which the ECU tries to overcome by increasing the RPMs. Upon accelerating, upshifts will feel much harder than usual. These 48RE transmission problems happen because torque converter clutch is applied, due to malfunctioning solenoids. 

Solution – To correct this issue, the lockup solenoid and overdrive solenoid assembly (theyre one unit) will need to be replaced, or upgraded like they are in a remanufactured 48RE transmission. 

 

Engine stalling in Reverse and/or Drive 

Problem  The engine may stall when the vehicle is shifted into either reverse or drive. 

Solution – These common 48RE transmission problems are usually caused by a stuck TCC switch valve, restricted transmission cooler lines, or torque converter failure. 

 

Premature forward clutch failure  

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. 

 

Overheating 

Most vehicles that use the 48RE are heavy-duty work vehicles. Owners tend to underestimate the wear and tear that transmissions undergo in work vehicles, even though they do have a limit for tow weight. Going over this limit causes problems with overheating. Always check the vehicles tow rating and stay within recommended limits. 

 

Another thing to do is to ease off the gas pedal when going up a hill. Consult your vehicles manual for information about how to navigate steep terrain while towing. Engage the tow-haul switch as necessary. Abuse of your transmission can lead to overheating and in turn reduce the amount of time it is serviceable in your vehicle. 

 

The 48RE, in particular, doesnt work well if it goes outside its normal operating temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever you exceed the temperature by 20 degrees and sustain that setting, the lifespan of your transmission is halved. 

 

You can also have problems with the pressure sensor and the output shaft speed sensor. Aftermarket modifications may be necessary to alleviate miscalibrated or malfunctioning sensors. 

 

Electrical problems 

Because the 48RE is an electrical transmission, it is controlled by electric solenoids that can break or lose their power over time. The basic form of a solenoid is a wire coil that forms an electromagnet and moves a plunger. 

 

Its usually a very fine wire that does not stand up well to excess heat or deformation. Either the wire itself might break and open the circuit or the insulative covering will break and allow the bare wire to create a short circuit. If you test them with a multimeter, you should get a reading of about 25 to 30 ohms under optimal conditions. 

 

Common Dodge Ram 3500 68RFE Transmission Problems 

 

Slipping, Erratic Shifting, Harsh Forward or Reverse Gear Engagement: Some of the most common 68RFE transmission problems are slipping between gears, erratic up or down shifts, or a hard slam when the 68RFE transmission engages Drive or Reverse. There are a number of design flaws in this transmission, and any one of them could be causing these symptoms. 

 

Sudden shift to neutral after takeoff 

68RFE transmission 

Problem – Drivers may notice that the vehicle suddenly shifts into neutral after trying to pull away in Drive. There may also be a P0721 and P0933 DTC. 

Solution – The 68RFE low sprag inside of the gearbox has most likely failed. 

Another common problem is overheating. This happens when the moving parts inside the transmission are creating more friction heat than the ATF can remove. The most common cause of this condition is towing heavy loads, driving in stop/go traffic, or on mountain roads where the transmission has to shift a lot. 

 

How to Solve Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Problems 

 

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission 

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used Dodge Ram 3500 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 Ram 3500 Transmission  

Getting a rebuilt Dodge Ram 3500 transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Dodge Ram 3500 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 Ram 3500 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 Ram 3500 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.