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I have a 88 Ram 50 2 wheel drive w/Manual transmission. It seems to be slipping when in second and 3rd gear, 1st and 4th seem fine. I took it to a shop and they did not even look at it but tried to tell me I needed a clutch rebuild kit which they would charge me $650 to install! It seems to me that if the clutch plate were burned up it would slip in every gear. Anyway, I inherited the truck so I know almost nothing about it but cannot seem to find how to check the transmission fluid levels, the transmission vacuum lines or top even make any transmission gear adjustments. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Not having owned many manual transmission vehicles, It looks like it may be a closed system since there is no dipstick in the engine compartment like there is with Automatic tranny's.....? Thanks for the help! --Jarrett

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  • jarrett_ridl Apr 25, 2010

    Hi,

    Maybe your not understanding my issue, or probably more to the point maybe I was not very clear with enough detail......
    #1. You did not even ask me to check the tranny fluid level which, is the obvious first step to troubleshoot any transmission issue :) (Shame on you!) Joking......
    #2 I cannot for the life of me even LOCATE the Transmission Fluid Reservoir. I've spent three days searching the whole engine compartment and even looked under the dashboard and it is still not there. I had my neigbor who has a newer manual transmission truck show me where his is located and then he came and helped me look and he could not find it either.

    Here is what it should look like according to the online parts Databases I've searched
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    #3 I've had a lot of experience (from the consumer perspective as I am only a weekend mechanic and can replace a motor and transmission myself and have done so but am too old and beat up to attempt it now : and am far from any type of expert) with both Automatic transmissions and Manual and have had my 96 T-Bird transmission rebuilt twice, my wife's 2001, 320HP, Manual Trans Am transmission rebuilt once and typically when they go, they go and its very evident what is wrong as they tend to slip in every gear. They basically will not move.....

    #4 My problem perhaps was not clear enough with my first message as that is far from the case with my truck. It starts and runs fine (we just had the whole motor rebuilt for more than what the truck is worth $1200) and less than 200 miles later the transmission starts slipping but ONLY in 2nd & 3rd gear.

    #5 Also, can you tell me where the transmission adjustments are made (what location do I need to reach on the transmission to make them) and/or point me to a manual with how to adjust them as I feel that along with perhaps the fluid may be the actual issue?

    #6 The final issue that I can think that might have been causing this is a vacuum leak since each gear changes with vacuum doesn't it?

    It seems suspicious to me that this happened so soon after having the motor rebuilt and leads me to believe it was not adjusted properly when seated into the transmission, they forgot to replace the seal or the seal got tweaked somehow where the motor mounts up with the transmission, when they mounted the engine back in place, causing it to leak fluid perhaps?

    Some additional background information, it was my Father In-Law's truck and sat without running for almost 2 years (occasional weekends when we visited the property we would drive it)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • jarrett_ridl Apr 25, 2010

    Maybe your not understanding my issue, or probably more to the point maybe I was not very clear with enough detail......
    #1. You did not even ask me to check the tranny fluid level which, is the obvious first step to troubleshoot any transmission issue :) (Shame on you!) Joking......
    #2 I cannot for the life of me even LOCATE the Transmission Fluid Reservoir. I've spent three days searching the whole engine compartment and even looked under the dashboard and it is still not there. I had my neigbor who has a newer manual transmission truck show me where his is located and then he came and helped me look and he could not find it either.

    Here is what it should look like according to the online parts Databases I've searched
    .

    #3 I've had a lot of experience (from the consumer perspective as I am only a weekend mechanic and can replace a motor and transmission myself and have done so but am too old and beat up to attempt it now : and am far from any type of expert) with both Automatic transmissions and Manual and have had my 96 T-Bird transmission rebuilt twice, my wife's 2001, 320HP, Manual Trans Am transmission rebuilt once and typically when they go, they go and its very evident what is wrong as they tend to slip in every gear. They basically will not move.....

    #4 My problem perhaps was not clear enough with my first message as that is far from the case with my truck. It starts and runs fine (we just had the whole motor rebuilt for more than what the truck is worth $1200) and less than 200 miles later the transmission starts slipping but ONLY in 2nd & 3rd gear.

    #5 Also, can you tell me where the transmission adjustments are made (what location do I need to reach on the transmission to make them) and/or point me to a manual with how to adjust them as I feel that along with perhaps the fluid may be the actual issue?

    #6 The final issue that I can think that might have been causing this is a vacuum leak since each gear changes with vacuum doesn't it?

    It seems suspicious to me that this happened so soon after having the motor rebuilt and leads me to believe it was not adjusted properly when seated into the transmission, they forgot to replace the seal or the seal got tweaked somehow where the motor mounts up with the transmission, when they mounted the engine back in place, causing it to leak fluid perhaps?

    Some additional background information, it was my Father In-Law's truck and sat without running for almost 2 years (occasional weekends when we visited the property we would drive it)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1st is such a low gear,that the clutch wont slip,or as bad but 2nd,and 3rd put a higher gear and the power from the engine is too much,and it will put more torque on the clutch,it will slip.and 5th gear is a over drive,and you already moving pretty fast already the engine does not need to torque,and high gear it will not slip,you need a new clutch.

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To solve this problem you will need to strip down the gearbox and so it needs a rebuild kit in another way. Unfortunately there are no other ways to solve this problem.

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