Vehicles with a traditional automatic transmission use sensors to determine when it should shift gears, and changes them accordingly by using internal transmission fluid pressure. An automatic transmission must be temporarily disconnected from the engine to shift gears – which is controlled by the lock-up in the torque converter. In an automatic transmission, the transmission’s various speeds are achieved by creating different gear ratios. The torque converter transfers power from the engine to the transmission by a process called ‘fluid coupling’. It is very important to make sure the transmission fluid level is checked regularly to ensure this process is working properly and your transmission is running smoothly.
The most common cause of failure in an automatic transmission is a malfunctioning torque converter, which can cause shifting problems in automatic transmissions. The torque converter in an automatic transmission serves the same purpose as the clutch in a manual transmission. It is the part of your car that controls how much fluid is passed on to the automatic transmission and allows your engine to continue running while at a complete stop.
It is very important to note that if your torque converter is malfunctioning, it will continue to fail over the course of several weeks or even months before it completely breaks down. This can lead to the transmission fluid in your vehicle becoming contaminated with metal debris, and can cause significant damage to your transmission, which may require a more extensive repair such as a complete rebuild.
A few signs to look for that might indicate a malfunctioning torque converter or any other transmission problems include:
Dodge trucks, such as the RAM 1500/2500/3500, can have issues with overheating, especially if you are towing heavy loads with your truck. Watch out for overheating with your truck as it can be responsible for the start of many transmission problems and can lead to transmission failure in the future. If you tow or haul heavy loads with your truck – you may want to consider getting a transmission cooler to help prevent your transmission from overheating. Dodge Ram models with a 45RFE transmission can also have shifting issues due to failing solenoids in the valve body. This is a relatively minor repair if caught and diagnosed early.
You are enjoying a drive in your 2012 – 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck and all of a sudden, you notice a clicking, clunking, or quite possibly a knocking sound from your vehicle which is accompanied by an uncomfortable vibration. You are probably wondering if this issue is going to burn a hole in your pocket or if this means that this is the end of your Dodge Ram.
We have good news. Here at Mister Transmission, our service experts are dedicated to getting you and your vehicle back on the road in a safe and cost-effective manner.
If you own a 2012 – 2018 Dodge Ram 1500, it is likely that the noises and vibrations that you are experiencing are linked to an issue with your differential – specifically the failure of your front intermediate axle shafts. We know that this can sound daunting, but, here at Mister Transmission, we can offer solutions.
We can confidently say that your driving habits did not cause this issue. As a result of less than perfect engineering, front intermediate axle shaft failure is very common on the 2012 – 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. This model is known to have the CV Axles separate from the Intermediate Shaft.
This problem occurs in this differential because external elements are able to enter the connection between the CV Axle and the intermediate shaft which creates a weak environment. As a result, the CV axle and Intermediate Shaft splines become prematurely worn and strip out.
No. Mister Transmission wants to ensure that everyone is able to get back to driving without costing you an arm and a leg. We have the solution. As opposed to replacing your entire differential, which can be an extensive & very costly repair, we have a better way to help minimize your repair costs. Mister Transmission offers the Front Intermediate Shaft Repair Kit for the Dodge Ram 1500 (2012 – 2018), which will remedy this issue and your worries. Our replacement kit is made right here in Canada, contains the components required to repair and prevent future failure of the front axle assembly. This kit will also provide you with an improved leak-proofing system to prevent infiltration of water and other contaminants in the future.
At Mister Transmission, we are experts when it comes to Dodge service, repair, and maintenance. With over 55 years of experience, our technicians complete some of the most advanced training available and are confident working on any Dodge model you own. Just like other parts of your car that need servicing, the transmission requires preventative maintenance to increase its longevity and to avoid transmission problems in the future.
If you suspect your RAM’s transmission isn’t performing properly, or if you have any questions about preventative transmission maintenance, contact Mister Transmission. Take advantage of our FREE multi-check inspection and avoid the cost and aggravation associated with a failing transmission.