Could my transmission be bad or is it something else?

Asked by Dec 26, 2014 at 12:29 AM about the 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr LT 4WD Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1995 dodge ram 1500 4x4
360. When the transmission is cold it
will take off but once it warms up it
doesn't want to pull off. I can put it in
4high and it will move for a little bit
then it stops. The pump in the
transmission will make a loud noise
when it is in gear but when i put it in
park it stops. I was told to drop the
pan and check the strainer to see if it
is stopped up. The fluid smells burnt
once it is warm. Anybody know that
could be wrong?

3 Answers


If the fluid is brunt it may already be too late, you can try changing the filter and fluid, and add 1 quart of TransX, this will clean the transmissions internal parts and soften brittle seals, just remember this is just helping a symptom, it will not cure a broken tranny.

Thanks. I'm just trying to get it where I can drive it again for at least a little while. I just don't get why it will move when it's cold but won't move to much when it's warms up. All the ones I have drive when the trans goes it just won't move at all. That's 99.9% of the time they won't go at all they will just sit there like it's in park or natural when u go through all the gears. My truck ain't like that it will move


When it warms the fluid thins some then it blows by the hardened seals, that allows the pressure to drop too low for the actuators to apply clutches and bands. Hopefully the new filter and fluids will make it last a little while longer. I inherited a truck with GM 400 tranny once that would move only about 3 feet then stop moving, the fluid was badly burnt, so I dropped the pan , changed the filter and put in a quart of TransX, fired it up topped off the level, let it idle for about 30 minutes, shut it off and let it sit for a day, fired it back up the next day and it drove around the block but it started to slip just when I got back home, so I just parked behind my shop and left it there for about a month, then one day I thought I would give another try, fired it up, it went around the block no problem, so I had my wife follow me back into the hills, I drove it around for over 30 miles and it did great, I used to haul trash to the dump for over 2 years, when a guy made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Told him about the trans but he didn't care.

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