1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 wont go into reverse.

Asked by Nov 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM about the Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was using my dodge ram 4x4 to try and pull my tractor out of some manure. I had a chain tied to the front right frame area and first started to pull on the tractor easy but it would not budge. I then gave it some hard yanks but still could not get it to pull. When i took the chain off from the truck, I tried to put it in reverse and all the engine does is rev up and no reverse. If you let the truck idle it will go into reverse sometimes and you can back up but once you step on the gas it slips again and you cannot back up any further. Did I break the reverse band?  The truck goes in forward with no problem but i am afraid to take it out of my driveway and have it break down.

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1,710

Sounds like u smoked the cluthes for reverse

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Is it safe to drive it in forward only or will it fail me soon?

1,710

Yes u can drive it but ,first gear will most likly begin to fail

1,710

Fyi those hooks on the front of your four wheel drive are for someone hooking on to u, to pull u out of a situation, its always best to hook up at the back, put in 4 low on the 4 wheel drive and low 1 on ur shifter, that is where u will find the best torgue

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