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Dodge Ram 3500 Replace Pressure Solenoid in Transmission Valve Body to Fix Transmission Bucking

Dodge Ram 3500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD

Average Mileage: 193,500 mi (84,000 mi - 260,000 mi)


Replacing a pressure solenoid valve in the transmission valve body may fix an issue where the transmission "hunts" between first and second gears. Our technicians report that customers sometimes describe this complaint as surging or bucking.

  • Visitor, , 4WD, 180,000 mi

    Between 1st and 2nd gear the tranny doesnt seem to lock into 2nd gear. 3rd gear and on up shift fine.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD

    I have a Ram 2500 6.7 Diesel automatic transmission. Sometimes when the truck is shifted from park into drive it will buck or try to accelerate forward, even against braking. The truck will die and then work well when restarted. Taking it to the dealer tomorrow.

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  • intrepid2001, , 4WD, 250,000 mi

    5.9 Cummins automatic. Found nylon clip on transmission that secures throttle wire to transmission pressure valve leaver not securing cable. Tried nylon ties but didn't last. # 18 gauge wire made it secure. Also plumbed in large Allison trans cooler with hydraulic hose and JIC fittings as the erratic pressure caused a leak in the factory cooler. Some modification to structual body supports required

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  • Visitor, , 4WD

    I have a 2012 year model with less than 3500 miles on it, with same issue, bucking and jerking especially with a load around 35 mph. The dealership replaced the valve body, it was fine for about 100 miles then it started again and gets worse as time goes on. According to the dealership, I should be fine driving with it until Dodge comes up with a fix. I don't feel that driving in this condidtion is good for the transmission, but the dealership says their hands are tied until Dodge comes up with that fix.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 84,000 mi

    Hunting between 2nd and 3rd gears while trying to maintain a constant speed of 35 mph.
    Replacement of the pressure solenoid fixed this problem.

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