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Remanufactured Ram Dakota Transmissions 

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

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Remanufactured Ram Dakota Transmissions 


The Ram Dakota has always offered the perfect blend of small truck economy and large trucks capability. However, there’s nothing economical about having transmission problems with your little Dakotas 42RLE, 46RE or 545RFE So let’s find out if installing a remanufactured Ram Dakota transmission can help you save money in the long run. 


Common Ram Dakota 42RLE Transmission Problems  


Poor Shifting Quality 

If you experience poor shifting quality with your Dodge Magnum 42RLE transmission, you may need to check the fluid levels. If low levels are not the problem, you may have a solenoid or valve stuck in the valve body, a computer malfunction, or a pump that is starting to fail. 


Transmission Stuck in Second Gear 

Typically, if you have noticed the transmission is stuck in second gear, it is likely that the transmission has gone into limp home mode. This mode is a safety measure that Chrysler built into the transmission that allows you to continue to drive your vehicle to a service station without completely destroying the transmission. If you experience this problem, it is likely that it can be traced back to a defective sensor.  


Transmission Randomly Downshifts without Engaging Properly 

This is a common problem that can be traced back to a defective lower or upper speed sensor. 


Harsh 1-2 Shifts 

Many times, a filter and fluid change will correct this issue. You should always use the correct fluid in your 42RLE transmission to prevent further damage to it. It is recommended that you have a power flush performed to ensure all old debris and fluid is removed from the transmission. 



This is a common problem in most automatic transmissions, but the Chrysler 42RLE does seem to experience it more often. It is recommended that you install an aftermarket transmission cooler to combat the problem. 


Shifting Problems and Solenoid/Pressure Switch DTCs  

Problem – Drivers may experience 42RLE transmission problems that include slipping and harsh shifts. The check engine light may also be illuminated with the following codes stored in the ECU: P0750, P0755, P0760, P0765, P0846, P0871, P0841. 

Solution  The problem may be caused by corrosion in the 10 pin solenoid harness connector. This may also be caused by a wiring issue between the TCM/ECU and the transmission harness connector. A new design 42RLE 10-pin connector will need to be installed and/or wiring issues repaired. 


Common Ram Dakota 46RE 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 Ram Dakota 545RFE Transmission Problems  


Delayed and/or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 shifts 

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. 


Solenoid Pack: With no transmission bands, the electronically controlled 545RFE relies on a solenoid switch pack to direct fluid to the correct clutch pack for gear engagement. If the solenoid pack goes bad, youll experience no gear engagement, engine stalling, limp mode, or failure to engage overdrive. 


Slipping and Delayed Gear Engagement: The transmission pump has a little valve mechanism inside it, which controls the fluid pressure being transferred from the torque converter. If it goes bad, youll have delayed gear engagement, transmission/torque converter overheating, stalling, slipping, and reduced fuel economy. 


How to Solve Ram Dakota Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used Ram Dakota Transmission  

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

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

If you want to get the most service life out of your vehicle as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Ram Dakota 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.