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1996 Dodge Ram Transmission shifting problem

First gear on the transmission does not shift until I let off the peddle and the tac. drops down.

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  • Anonymous Oct 16, 2008

    i just completed the exact thing to my 96 dodge ram truck and it fixed it...

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    wont shift outta 1st at all. will do it sometimes when i let off the throttle, but wont go into third. Truck was fine until i stopped and filled it up, then i noticed if when i got back in.

  • darienyoung2 May 16, 2009

    My truck takes off in high gear sometimes.

  • lan rafuse Sep 11, 2013

    speed sensor

  • lan rafuse Sep 11, 2013

    speed sensor

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    My Cruise Control started dropping out but would work again later. Now my transmission shifts hard. Code 1810

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    When driving it rev up and down and the tac fluctuate on a 2000 dodge ram

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    1996 dodge ram transmission leak

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I have a 97 dodge ram 1500 4x4 318 v8 thats u can manually shift from first to secong but wont shift while in drive and when u manually shift it to drive it goes threw the gears then all of a sudden shifts down to first gear

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I have a 97 dodge ram 1500 4x4 318 v8 thats u can manually shift from first to secong but wont shift while in drive and when u manually shift it to drive it goes threw the gears then all of a sudden shifts down to first gear

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I had the same problem with my 96 Ram 1500. I thought I was going to have to pull it out and get it rebuilt or just replace it. That was at 134,000Km it's now got 210,000 and shifting like a dream. What I did to solve the problem was this, as follows:
1. No lucas transmission Fix makes things worse.
2. Get your self a new transmission filter and gasket
3. Grab Gunk transmission medic 12oz
4. Grab 7 Liters of Valvoline ATF+4 transmission fluid (Made for chrysler transmissions)
5. Drop the trans pan and drain all the oil, clean pan and magnet
6. start truck for 5 seconds and the pump will pour out another 1 liter
7. re-install filter, gasket and pan, then add your Valvoline ATF+4
8. Add, the valvoline, transmission medic and make sure you have the right level of fluid

That solved my transmission problems, instantly it was shifting better, I no longer had to let off the gas to make it shift. Now if you have large pieces of metal on the magnet, and it's totally covered in filings, you might want to consider rebuilding the trans. My magnet had usual clutch.         

Anyhow good luck, let me know if it did the trick for you.
Justin

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

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    trinadover Jul 17, 2012

    i got a 19996dodge ram just rebuilt the tranmission but it keeps burning the selinoids up what could be wrong with it now??

  • Cougar Eloc Oct 24, 2014

    Try changing the TPS switch on the TBI you have a electric shift trans.

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I have a 1996 Dodge ram 1500 Magnum, 5.9L. When going down the road, it always shifts hard, and sometimes you have to let go of the gas and it will switch gears... An will also sometimes stick gears an then later when I stop an go again, it's fine. When I accelerate fast it has a hard time shifting into the higher gears, it will just stay in a gear, an run high rpm.... Does anyone have any clue on what i can do for an easy fix???

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

  • wild222 Nov 30, 2010

    I just had the same trouble with my 96 dodge ram truck 5.9 engine what I did was change the transmission fluid and filter then put in transmission repair right after the first 2 quarts I then started to drive pulling off slow every time If it didn't shift I would do it manually first shift it to 2nd when the rpm's get to 2,000 and your speed gets to around 45-50 mph manually shift it to drive push the rpm's up to 2,500 then shift it to Neutral just for a split second just enough to disengage the gear then shift it back to drive. you may have to do this several times and for several days to unclog the transmission and to un stick the shifting mechanisms the key is the restoring fluid. It took my transmission about 160 miles of city driving for the Restoring fluid to start working. don't push the transmission to hard 2500-3000 rpm only. I hope this helps

  • Cougar Eloc Oct 24, 2014

    I had the same problem with a 1989 ram what you need to do is to change the TPS . The TPS switch is what causes the transmission to shift into the next gear. You have a electric shift trans, not a linkage shift .

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My 96 1500 wouldnt shift out of first at all, after i ran a diagnostic on it all signs piont to the govoner pressure soliniod and a bad transponder its about 400 for parts. turns out its a common problem.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

  • bobbyh320281 Feb 27, 2011

    i also have a 96 1500 5.p liter it shifts fine into every gear then as it shifts into final gear i can go down the road and it slips in and out of final gear. ive had the lockout sensor and spring replaced. used lucas tranny solution. but still slips. any suggestions?

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Never fear , the solution is here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqjIH5XXcxg Edit this video
A step by step on how to fix yours from burning up. A couple of solenoids and your shifting great !

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Get ready to spend some money on a repair. Looking at 1750 or more.

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Posted on May 16, 2008

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Have a 96 dodge ex cab long wheel base automatic shifts fine in 1st 2nd but in drive it wont **** out of second to any other gear and wont go into reverse either..dont know what to try first.. any help..

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I have a 95 dodge 1500 just replaced the transmission and now its starting out in high gear then shifting into low gear instead of going from low to high any guesses.

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Transmission does not shift into 3rd or 4th

Posted on Nov 23, 2012

  • Chris Apr 27, 2015

    Drop transmission pan.change out governed press her solenoild and pressher sensor new filter and 5 quartz atf+4 tranny fluild should work.it did on mine.

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    richard sowers May 21, 2016

    my trnnay is brand new n wont shift into high gear whats my problem

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You will need to replace the Transmission speed sensor. The cost is only $20 - I bet it will work!

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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    richard sowers May 21, 2016

    brand new tranny n sensors and still wont shift into 3rd or overdrive n shift hard when it shift into 1st n 2nd

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