Asked by Feb 10, 2016 at 10:07 PM about the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr Laramie SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 99 dodge ram 1500 4x4
automatic and it's having trouble shifting
from 1st to 2nd, and it only does it when
it's warmed up and I've changed the tag
and filter but nothing changed, what could
be the problem?

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examine the linkage...and the guides and bushings for that linkage...may there be an adjustment...which does not go out by itself...BUT the plastic guides and bushings may get worn or missing~....look physically for the operation...the sloppiness of the controls...examine carefully...should not be a "crashing" situation at the transmission~ possible transfer case issues...might be ~

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If it was the linkage wouldn't there be a problem all of the time? My problem is after I shift it into drive and it shifts from 1st to 2nd it feels like it doesn't want to go into gear, but if I drive it after its been sitting all night it doesn't act up untill it warms up


check the fluid level...warmed up and in Park with the handbrake set~ sounds like perhaps the fluid level is slightly low~


Fluid is topped off


no....topped off is the WRONG answer...warm the engine....put it into park....set the parking brake....turn the engine off....pull out the transmission stick and look at the level when you put it back in....smell it to make sure that it hasn't overheated...make sure it's cherry red...perhaps you've started a leak with over-filling that~ remove a bit to make the level TO THE LINE~ mkay~?


By topped off I ment that after I changed the atf i filled it to the line that said ok on the dip stick then drove a couple miles and then checked it again

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okay, we've established that it does not bleed automatic transmission oil...but in my experience, if trouble engaging a gear or two is the is always the links that operate the I've stated you've worn bushings...hearing a crunchin' sound, you may need a new transmission...just one man's diagnosis~ like I know several things about automatics...when they leak coolant is going to be from the radiator connection...Black fluid means that unit was put through the paces..."cooked goose" is what one might say, shift points and shifting can be affected by adjustment points...but not if there is no way to adjust or affect the performance...I believe yours is straight forward...follow your shifter's control to the transmission....this is where the trouble lies~ high mileage would show MORE wear on the links~

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