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Is a Special Service Required for Dodge Transmissions?

Is a Special Service Required for Dodge Transmissions?There are two types of motorists out there: those that don’t give a second thought to what kind of transmission is in their model of vehicle, and those that spend hours exhaustively researching every component in their vehicle or the vehicle which they are considering purchasing. With all the contradictory information available on the internet, the person who spends all the time researching might end up as confused and lost as the person who did no research. But don’t worry. We at Mister Transmission are here to help. For example, if you drive a Dodge, what do you need to know about your transmission? Do Dodge transmissions require a special service?

Dodge

Dodge is a brand of American automobile manufactured by FCA US LLC (Chrysler). It was founded in Auburn Hills, MI, by the Dodge brothers in 1900, making Dodge one of the first American automobile manufacturers. Dodge was acquired by Chrysler in 1928 and some of their most popular models include the Ram Pickup, the Grand Caravan, the Challenger, the Charger, and the Durango.

Dodge Automatic Transmissions

Dodge automatic transmissions use sensors to determine when they should shift gears and then changes gears accordingly by using internal transmission fluid pressure. An interesting fact is that automatic transmissions have to be momentarily disengaged from the engine internally in order to shift gears, an automatic transmission’s different speeds are attained by creating different gear ratios. The key component in this for Dodge transmissions, as with all transmissions, is the torque converter which transfers power from the engine to the transmission via “fluid coupling”. For this process to work properly, you need the full amount of automatic transmission fluid. Again, this is not unique to Dodge transmission service, but you should regularly check your transmission fluid levels.

Dodge Transmission Service

Dodge transmissions might require service for a number of reasons. However, the most common cause of failure in Dodge transmissions is a malfunctioning torque converter. Torque converters that are not functioning properly can cause shifting problems. The torque converter in a Dodge transmission (or indeed, any automatic transmission) fulfills the same role as the clutch does in a manual transmission. The torque converter controls how much fluid is passed on to the transmission and allows your engine to continue running while at a full stop.

If you suspect the torque converter in your Dodge transmission is malfunctioning, don’t delay bringing it in for a transmission service. Without a transmission service, the torque converter in your Dodge transmission will repeatedly fail for weeks, or maybe even months, but it will eventually completely break down. If this happens, the transmission fluid in your Dodge transmission can get contaminated with metal debris, which in turn might cause serious damage to your transmission. If this happens, your Dodge transmission will need a more extensive repair or even a complete rebuild.

Symptoms Of Problems With Dodge Transmissions

  • Some signs that the torque converter or any other component of your Dodge transmission requires service include:
  • Transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears
  • Overheating
  • Contaminated transmission fluid
  • Check Engine Light On
  • Gears changing at high RPM

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To learn more about Dodge transmission service, or how we service any other make of transmission, please contact Mister Transmission.

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Does the Brand Make a Difference? Discussing Dodge Transmissions

Does the Brand Make a Difference? Discussing Dodge Transmissions

Does branding really matter? It certainly matters to marketers and advertisers. It matters to them because how they brand their products and services affects whether or not we as consumers buy them. We don’t like to think of ourselves as susceptible to things like advertising and branding, but we all are. However, branding is not all just marketing smoke and mirrors. Different brands do produce different products. And this is especially true for automobiles and for automobile transmissions.

 Auto Brands

When it comes to automobiles, there are some significant differences between auto brands. We can see this in the transmission, as well. Often, these differences are subtle. Sometimes there are major differences. Knowing the differences between different automakers’ transmissions might not make a huge difference, but it can help you to make the best purchase for your needs and wants and it can help you to take care of your transmission. In this article we will discuss Dodge transmissions.

Dodge

Dodge is an American brand of motor vehicle manufactured by FCA US LLC; commonly known as Chrysler, which is one of the “Big Three” U.S. automakers and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Dodge brothers founded the Dodge Brothers Company in 1900 and Chrysler acquired the company in 1928. Popular Dodge models include the Grand Caravan, Challenger, Charger, Durango, and the Ram Pickup. When it comes to Dodge transmissions, there are a few points of note.

Dodge Transmissions

Dodge vehicles are known particularly for their high capacity for speed. If you’re going to be driving a vehicle at high speeds for prolonged periods, you need a transmission that can keep up. This is why mixing and matching transmissions and vehicles can be problematic. You need a high performance transmission that will be compatible with Dodge vehicles. Some transmissions that are commonly found in Dodge vehicles include:

  • A518 / 46RE
  • A618 / 47RE / 48RE
  • A604
  • A606 Transmission
  • TF8 / 727 Transmission
  • 68RFE Transmission
  • A500 / 42RE Transmission

Problematic Dodge Transmissions

Some Dodge transmissions seem to experience more problems than others. Specifically, Dodge trucks that were made between 1999 and 2003 seem to be particularly prone to transmission problems. These trucks used the Dodge 45RFE automatic transmission, which had significant reliability issues. This particular Dodge transmission was used in the Dodge Durango and the Dodge Ram, among other models. The major issues with this Dodge transmission include the randomly slipping into neutral from other gears, problems with shifting to or from certain gears, as well as overheating.

Now, overheating is a common issue in trucks because of drivers hauling or towing loads over the transmission’s safe limits, but the shifting problems that affect the 45RFE were caused by mechanical failures. There aren’t too many of these Dodge transmissions still on the road today, but if you worry you might have this problematic Dodge transmission, or suspect there might be an issue with whichever Dodge transmission you have, please bring your vehicle into Mister Transmission so we can check it out and make sure everything is running smoothly.

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To learn more about Dodge transmissions, or about the transmissions in vehicles from any other brand of automaker, please do not hesitate to contact Mister Transmission today. We have worked on countless Dodge transmissions as well as transmissions from every other major brand of vehicle.

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