1989 Dodge Ramcharger V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 130. Miles
I have a 89' dodge ramcharger I just purchased.
I don't know alot of history on this other than it sat not being used for almost a year.
I bought it pretty cheap and do figure I will need to do some repairs.
It was bought from an estate sale and I was told it ran but shifted sloppy.
I started it up, ran great, no smoke, noises etc. Checked trans fluid. Was a bit low. Brought up to tempature, topped off and proceeded to drive home.
After a mile I see that it would not shift out of first gear by itself or moving the shift lever.
Trans fluid was clean and did not smell burnt at all.
Called AAA to tow rather than risk burning up the trans.
While waiting for the tow I got underneath to inspect and saw no obvious signs of leakage.
HOWEVER I did see that the trans cooling lines were CUT and diverted back to the trans Using rubber tubing! As well as the lines to the radiator were also looped backwards to the radiator.
My questions are
1- Why would someone loop the lines as such?
2-What trans do I have?
3- With a good working 1st gear(no slippage), why would the trans not upshift any further?
4-Are there any common problems with these transmissions I should be aware of?
5-Aside from repairing the cooling lines are there any obvious first run checks I should make?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 AT 7:43 AM