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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: 185,249 mi (84,000 mi - 358,000 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

    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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  • 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

    motor revsup to higher rpms but truck pulls forweard slowly and shifts from 1st to second very hard

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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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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 142,000 mi

    It hunt between first and second esp goin up hill and sometimes real sluggish take off

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  • Visitor, , 4WD

    Harding time shifting from 1st to 2nd

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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, 90,000 mi

    Transmission hunts between 1st and 2nd gear under light loads. Fixed with new solenoid

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 175,000 mi

    Trans won't shift from 1st to 2nd gear until at high rpm about 35mph but shifts fine through the rest of the gears. ...after you slow down below 25mph or stop the process starts over.haven't got it fixed yet .just happened yesterday. .

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 137,210 mi

    Shifts from 1st to 2nd very fast unless I manually do it

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