1996 Dodge Ram has no reserve all gears engage drive HELP

Lynn Ross

Asked by Sep 05, 2016 at 12:39 AM about the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi guys. I bought a 96 Dodge Ram 1500 and when doing a through inspection
I learned the last owner used motor oil for transmission fluid. To start with the
truck had to be started in N not Park. And is sluggish so obviously I need s
new tranny. I asked a friend to drop my oil pan flush it and replace the filter.
When he returned the truck the gears are all screwed up. As listed. P=P D=D
N=D R=D 1,2,3=D. Everything makes the truck go forward. Which was quite a
nice surprise when I tried to leave work and went through a fence. I'm not
very mechanically inclined and. I've had my husband and his coworkers at LS
Tires look and no one can figure it out. Yay me. Does anyone have an idea of
what can be causing this and how I can fix it? I'm paying $1620 for a used
transmission and driving 9hrs to pick it up but I'm wondering if there is
something I can do to fix the gears so it will drive and reserves. Thank you

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