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Dodge Truck Transmission

My husband has a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with 84K on it. The transmission started slipping and went out very quickly. He is now on his 3rd transmission, (put it in yesterday) but it is still not working. He can't get it to shift out of first gear. Is it possible it's not the tranny and it is some kind of sensor?

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  • katrina_jask Jun 30, 2009

    Thank you so much for the quick reply!

    My husband just called the place he got the tranny from and they mentioned something about a 1-2 shift sensor. Does this seem like a possibility? They told him to try starting out in second gear to see if that made a difference... thoughts?

  • katrina_jask Jun 30, 2009

    We really appreciate all your help, thank you again!

    Would you be willing to speak with my husband over the phone, if he has additional questions? If so, please send your contact information to my email: .

    My husband is mentally exhausted at this point...(3rd tranny and all...) and ready to sell his truck once it is fixed! :)

    Thanks again, you've been great!


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It could be the Vehicle Velocity Sensor (VVS) or it could be the Transmission control module (TCM). Check all the wire harness, V.V.S and T.C.M. The best thing to do is to check the truck for any DTC code. Auto Zone scan free of charge and hope we can find out why the transmission is not working properly. Keep me posted, be glad to help.

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 30, 2009

    What you can do is to find the TCM on your dodge and disconnect the wire harness and see if there is any difference. If there is no difference then I would go after the fuse to the TCM and wire harness, Humm go after the fuse first and see if there are any bad fuses and replace, then disconnect the wire harness to the TCM and see if there is any difference. Keep me posted and keep up the great work, glad to help you get the truck up and running soon. 

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 30, 2009

    It's make me lean toward a TCM problem, just need to know if the transmission is a rebuilt or a used one that was placed in the truck, and why is it going through so many transmission??? If you live up around my area here in Ontario Canada i would have sent you to the transmission shop i use for service and tune up's. If you can find a good transmission shop there, prefer to have knowledge to program and build racing transmission would be great. I still have the original transmission in my jimmy running over 425,000 miles now. We do a transmission fluid pressure test every year when we service the transmission and so far have raised the pressure line up twice to get more life out of it and re adjust the rear end every 100,000 miles to get the most life out of the differential and still going strong. Please let me know if it's a re built or a swapped out transmission, and we can go from there. Keep up the great work and you don't want to get a new truck, to bring your husband back to reality take note that the new trucks will still have problems like the fuel filter is a part of the fuel pump and it has a life of around 150,000 mile or until it get's plugged with dirt. Then you have to replace the fuel pump just to replace the fuel filter. 


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