Since 1981, Dodge Ram trucks have been on the road. Many Troy, IL homes and businesses depend on them every day to get the work done since they are well-known for their tough durability and versatility. If you are considering purchasing one, you should know about the transmission issues they are prone too.
How Did the Dodge Ram Truck Transmissions Go Wrong?
The five- and six-speed automatic transmissions for Dodge Ram pickups are the ones that are frequently the subject of complaints and recalls. These were present in the Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 models from 2010 through 2017 as well as the 2009 Dodge Ram.
An engine’s drive wheels are connected to the engine through the transmission. The engine sends power to the transmission, which then converts it into rear-wheel drive through a series of gears. Power is not transmitted to the wheels when the transmission is in Park.
Drivers of automatic transmissions do not have to engage the clutch to shift gears. Fuel economy, torque, and horsepower are optimized by sensors in the transmission which then determines which gear will be engaged at different speeds.
The brake pedal must be used in order to transfer the shift lever from park or reverse into drive. The brake transmission shift interlock pin would occasionally become caught in the open position in the Dodge Ram transmission. This made it possible to shift or slip the truck into gear without applying the brakes. This led to some trucks rolling away while the engine was off and the truck was stopped, jumping out of Park and into Reverse or Drive. Other model years’ pins would jam shut, making it impossible to change the vehicle out of gear at all.
How the Ram Truck Transmission Problem Got Fixed
A massive recall was issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for almost 1.5 million Dodge Ram pickups from 2009 to 2017. The brake transmission interlock pin (BTIP), according to the recall, needs to be examined and replaced if it is discovered to be defective.
When it operates, the solenoid that moves the pin emits a clicking sound. The BTIP module is changed if the technician can shift without using the brake or if the click cannot be heard.
Software updates are also performed for models 2015 to 2017 to ensure that the engine computer properly checks that the pin is positioned correctly.
The Owners of the 2018 Ram 1500 Truck, complained that even with the brake pedal engaged they were unable to shift into drive. A new recall was created for the incorrect transmission park lock rod that had been inserted at the factory. A new lock rod was installed to fix the situation.
If you have any questions or concerns about your Truck or other vehicle give us at Marshalls Transmission a call today!