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Torque converter will lock and unlock rapidly

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2000 Ram 2500 A/T with light mods, no tranny mods.

Between 30 and 40mph if I give my truck around 10-40% throttle it will start jerking and slipping as the torque converter keeps locking and unlocking. I've been letting my family drive it lately with specific instructions on how to care for the transmission (No overdrive in town is at the top of my list) and I'm thinking they've just been giving it hell.

Anyway, the tranny gets to around 150 degrees on a 70-80 degree day which is around right, a little warmer than normal I thought but nothing to write home about. The fluid on the dipstick looks and smells good, however there are a few bubbles on it when I go to pull it out. Also, I'm going to double check but I believe it MIGHT be leaking from a tranny cooler line. If it IS leaking from a tranny cooler line, could air in the system cause these symptoms?

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there is a thread at the top of this forum on T C Lock Up issues. It deals effectivelly with unlock issues. HOWEVER THAT IS NOT YOUR PORBLEM BY YOUR DESCRIPTION!!!!!
Your issue is a slipping torque converter. It is fubarred. The clue is you are getting into the throttle some when it happens. These engines with your mods makes tremendous torque at those part throttle openings you speak of. Replace the VB with a good high pressure one and a upgraded torque converter along with a performance rebuild.
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