Why does my truck jolt forward going into second gear?


Asked by Dec 02, 2015 at 12:28 PM about the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 02 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT V8
4.6 and  when I'm stopped at a light
and then go it's fine for a few
seconds then jolts to go into second
gear. What's going on? Does
something need to be fixed?

1 Answer

Mark Grignon

Any shifting issue like this is worth focusing on the throttle position sensor and the Intake manifold vacuum (MAP) sensor. The ECM looks at these two sensors for shifting points. Inspect the vacuum lines for cracks or dry rot. Any check engine light to indicate a sensor is out of range? Other than that, you may have a valve body, torque converter, issue, etc. As always check the tranny fluid also while parked on a level surface with the vehicle running and up to temp.

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