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Dodge pick up won't go into reverse. Back Up lights turn on and there's a sound of engagement but no reverse action. all other gears function fine. truck starts in park and neutral. could this be a torque converter issue or a shot gear?

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  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    Having the same problem but it also will not shift into 2nd gear. We have had nothing but problems from this truck since we bought it. It probably should of been classified as a lemon. I think we have had it a little over a year and it has sat in the driveway more than it has ever been drove.

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    i have a 01 dodge 1500 that engages gears but it creeps very slow. it happened out of nowhere when i was driving. im thinking its just the tourque converter. i have had more problems with it since buying it from a gentleman at 125000 miles.



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Check for a faulty valve body. there is a tech service bulletin for your problem. obtain a chilton's, or haynes repair manual specific to your truck, in the general maint. section you will find how to perform this operation. it is fairly simple. (if i can do it) adjust both bands then start/engage the reverse to see if this solves the problem. the TSB can be found on any internet site that features them. ex. type dodge ram tsb's and you will be on the right track. if this does not solve your problem, you could have a partially clogged trans coolant line as there is a check valve located within the return line that if it becomes clogged, will not allow fluid to enter the converter.

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Have your transmission checked. i have seen so many time that all the gears will work but not reverse. it may have melted onto another gear not allowing it to move.

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