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Van will not back up or drive forward. Seems like the back end is locked up. Van started and shifted into gear, but would not move.

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If you can feel the thump of the engine when you select gear I would say the trans is working, most likely I would say that your emergency brakes are locked, your rear shoes are binding with the drum. 2 causes, a frayed cable may not be allowing you to release the the brakes, or the springs are soft in the rear brake area and not releasing. Jack up the rear put in neutral, emergency lever off, see if wheel can turn by hand, if not, remove wheel hit brake drum with rubber mallet to see if this releases the shoes off the drum. Inspect emergency brake cable first to see that there is little tension holding it. let me know how you go. cheers.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013

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    Amber Liechti Oct 19, 2013

    wayne I have tried to get the drum to turn hit it several times you were right it is stuck and have done everything i know of but how do i get the brakes to release so that it will turn??

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    wayne Oct 19, 2013

    Ok this is a good sign because you have found the/A problem. first thing you must do is try to release any tension on the emergency brake cable. Once that is done, if the drum is still stuck, it will have to be hammered off and thrown away as that much tension would have damaged the trueness of the drum and a new one and shoes will need to be replaced. Now as for actuall getting the drum off, you will have more success if you can heat the drum area with a torch or sit for a long time with a heat gun, then pry a lever between the drum and backing plate then with the other hand, belt the drum opposite to the lever it will eventually release, perservearance. Anyway good luck with that hope you have success.

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    wayne Oct 19, 2013

    ps, make sure you use jack stands and a wheel chock so it won't fall or move while you hammer and lever.

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I had the same problem, drove home just like you did, took it to my mechanic and he changed the "speed sensor " problem solved. "

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Its the electronic shift control located just under the battery ontop the transmission replace or repair will solve the issue

it'll go into drive but once it reaches 1500 rpm it'll drop into neutral as a safety because at this rpm it is being told to shift gear and when it fails to do so it safely goes into neutral

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There is a band in the transmission that has to grip a drum in order for reverse to engage. If this band wears out, or the servo that actuates the band has problems you can have the exact issue you are having. If the band is shot the transmission has to come out and apart to repair it. If the servo has problems it can be repaired with the transmission in the vehicle. I will warn you that transmission shops like to sell rebuilds sometimes when the problem can be fixed without a rebuild, so be aware of this when you get it checked. There are other possibility's too, but these are the most common problems when a Dodge ram has trouble going into reverse like it should.

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