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Old 01-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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04.5 Dodge 3500 transmission problems

I have an 04.5 Dodge 3500 automatic with 110k on it. Everything is stock other than turbo back MBRP exhaust and new TPS. Just recently had the transmission oil changed and new u-joints put in. The mechanic said the transmission oil smelt pretty burnt. We took a trip down to TX (over 1000 miles) to pick up a new horse trailer with LQ (weighs around 13k lbs). On our way back north the transmission started shuttering and slipping. On start up from a stop it would shutter even in 2nd or 3rd. It seemed to be working a lot harder than it should have been and had little power. The fuel mileage dropped off greatly! We should have been getting 14mpg easy but instead we were probably getting less than 8mpg! We used 100gal more on the trip back then we should have. Does this sound like the torque converter? What would be the best option for us to beef up our transmission for over the road hauling? We don't have a ton of money but know we need to do something! We want smooth shifting, be able to pull at 70mph, and power to easily pull 20k lb load. New TC and possibly new VB? Which ones would be our best option? Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Exact same problem

I do a fair bit of heavy hauling with 12 thou gross trailer. 2003 stock 3500, 119 thou miles, just started shuddering in first on startup aft slightly brown not much smell. Milage has fallen off. Is there a quick fix to head off future trouble? I'm about to take off for 600 mile trip to haul machinery. Trans shop said come back when it gets worst, doest sound
Ike good advice to me. Any good advice out the?
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You guys might be good candidates for a dtt single disk tc. And yes id go with a modified valve body as well.
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Sorry I dont know what this means.Please explain and let me know what kind of shop does this work. Thanks
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You guys might be good candidates for a dtt single disk tc. And yes id go with a modified valve body as well.
I agree with Dieselplower your not getting your power to the ground because your getting slippage through your transmission, you need an upgraded Valvebody to increase line pressure in your transmission to hold what's left of your clutches together so they don't slip! Also a better Torque converter to control your fluid coupling that transfers the power into movement! Revmax Transmission has some great parts for a working mans wages!
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Sorry I dont know what this means.Please explain and let me know what kind of shop does this work. Thanks
DTT Single disk, how good are they?

Try that thread. Info on dtt single disk tc's and a guy from their company posting there. Maybe send him a pm?
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trans shudder

Thanks - I'll check it out
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