Transmission problem...99 dodge ram 1500


Asked by Jan 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM about the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just swapped engines from a 96 dodge ram 1500 with the 5.9 to a 99 dodge ram 1500 also with a 5.9.  Engine is running good but the transmission won't shift into gear.  I dumped about 3.5 quarts of tranny fluid in but still nothing.  Only thing I can think of is that the torque converter isn't pumping fluid.  Any suggestions?

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Tim Massey

The torque converter may have slipped forward far enough to dis-engage from the trans oil pump. It happened to me once...then it sheared the tabs in the transmission the 1st time the engine started. I took out the trans and replaced it with one from a salvage yard and all was good. was also on a Dodge with 5.9 I hope you find a less expensive solution.

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Mike Tritle

You converter needs to slip in the trans with 3 seperate depths on the way in. If you only got one, the engine prabably would have appeared to be siezed up. Second might go either way but can do what Tim described above. You can check to see if the pump is working by connecting a pressure gauge to the trans to check pump pressure.

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Pulled the transmission was just like Tim said. Thanks a bunch guys.


Mike, Where on the transmission do you connect the gage to check pump pressure? trans will go in reverse with no problem but does not go in 3 does that mean the pump is working? Rick

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Hey i just got me a 99 dodge ram 1500 with the 5.2 V8 and i will not go into reverse whats i dropped the pan and it had metal shavings in it but gose into all other gears fine need help asap????


Zagtag I had the same problem with mine I dropped the tale housind out and there's a ring called the overdrive something it bad about breaking and you'll lose reverse check to see if you still have overdrive you might find you don't the ring is easy to replace takes about 45 min part cost 10$ us let me know

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I need help. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 5.9 4x4 and had stopped at the gas station got back in the truck and truck started just fine but did not go into any gears. I took it home and ran the computer and said I needed to replace the relay and solenoid. I did, and also the filter and fluid. Now when I pulled the pan there was nothing in it no tube, or any shavings. Looked like new oil. I reset the computer and fired it up and still nothing. the only thing I have not done is the pump and the converter. Any sugestions? any help would be great, I'm about ready to scrap the truck.

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