The loss of power I was experiencing was because the secondary was not working. The vacuum was not strong enough to open the secondary.
I found a stronger vacuum and hooked it up there. Still need to fine tune the adjustments on the Carb. Have twice the power I had but still need adjusting.
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just drop the transmission pan to drain it and the filter is right there in the valve body,DON'T mess the band adjustment,they are only to stop the planetary gears so you can go into reverse,there is no such thing as adjusting bands! that went out with the fifties!
The trans in your 1500 is not really changed at all since the sixties. Except the overdrive unit added to the back end. As such, reverse is all mechanical. No electronics at all . If you have lost reverse the trans will have to come out. Sorry, but I have been rebuilding that trans since the early 80's and the overdrive unit since around I think 88.
the cheapest fix is finding the right cause of your problem. fluid additives "might" buy you extra milage, but they do not fix the problem and give you a false sense the problem is repaired. kits such as shift improvers, wont repair the problem either if the kit doesnt supply you with the right replacement parts. you are not assured the problem will be repaired even if you spend the cash and the time installing a complete master rebuild kit. forking out $250 or more for a kit without knowing where the problem lies is dumb. so, again the cheapest fix is to understand what caused the problem and replace/repair the components involved. first you should copy the serial number for your trans. you have a gen 2 ram which model years are '94-'01. (i own a '97 too) the serial number found on a stamp pad will positively id what you have. factory stock trans for your truck should be the 46re which is in design the torqueflite 727 only your trans has overdrive. log on to http://genosgarage.com from there type in '97 ram tsb's (tech service bulletins) genos is a site specific to rams both diesel and gas. there you will find alot of helpful information on repair/tech tips and tsb's. i do not recall the tsb number, but keep searching you will find it. the tsb i think may pertain to your problem is a faulty valve body. it will list the signs of the problem and show you the proper repair. you may also consider loose trans bands particularly your reverse band. periodically, these bands need adjusting because of normal wear. you will need a torque wrench that is graduated in inch pounds as well as a t-40 internal socket. purchase a chiltons/haynes manual specific to your ram and it will show the proper way to adjust both bands. you must follow the guidelines to a t because proper adjustment is critical. two final considerations are checking for a plugged trans cooler line., and checking for trans fluid leaks esp around where the dipstick enters the trans. check for proper level and condition of the fluid. i hope this helps.
you could need a throttle linkage adjustment. first check to see if your ram will start in "park" and "neutral" only. if it starts in any other gear=faulty neutral safety switch. replace. ok, now check linkage for proper adjustment...with engine off and in park...remove intake housing..disconnect cableend from attatchment stud on your throttle body..slide cable off the stud (carefully)..verify that the transmissionthrottle lever is fully forward (idle) position..and verify that the lever on the throttle body is at curb idle pos..insert small screwdriver under edge of the retaining clip and remove..center the cable end on attatchment stud to within 0.04", or 1mm. install retaining clip onto cable housing..check cable adjustment..be sure trans throttle lever and throttlr body lever move in sync with each other.
Leave your clutch assembly bolts loose, so the clutch plate can move as needed to line it up, then tighten them after tranny fully in place. I believe most autoparts store now will lend or rent you an alignment tool if necessary. I guess I was lucky, I always seemed to find something I could use to align it by eye.