Poor Shift Quality Between First and Second Gear May be Caused by Pressure Control Solenoid on Dodge Ram 2500

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.

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Average mileage: 33,159,855 (10,000–2,147,483,647)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
11 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
83 people reported this problem
51 people shared problem details
2000 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD126,000
1st to second ,hunts,let of gas,then shifts
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2006 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD140,000
shuttles between first and second. most of the time you have to lift on throttle to get it to shift.
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2006 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD79,000
At slower speeds around 12 to 18 mph, I experience a slipping feeling in the transmission. It feels like it is searching for a gear and doesn't lock up positively into second gear.
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2001 Dodge Ram 2500- 2WD160,000
bucks between 45 and 50 mph. and sometimes won't go over 10mph
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original motor and transmission having problems shifting out of first and its not wanting to stay in second but once it gets into thrid the truck drives like its nothing wrong.
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2005 Dodge Ram 2500- 2WD124,000
Truck shuttle shifts under no load and light steady throttle. Heavier throttle eliminates it and only
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2004 Dodge Ram 2500- 2WD145,000
Bucking during acceleration 45 - 55 mph
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2005 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD32,000
Hunting for proper gear (between 1st and 2nd)under light throttle. Problem not fixed
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2006 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD150,000
hard shifting out of 1 to second on automatic transmission. It will shift back and forth before going on through the gears.
2003 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD22,000
shuttle shifting or hunting in lowgears. dodge in conroe refused to fix it or any thing else for that matter worst warranty service and a pack of liers
2002 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD178,300
Just recently my 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 started to hesitate going from 1st gear to 2nd gear, I have to let up on the gas so it can change gears.
1998 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD163,321
My engine will surpass 2000 rpm with high revving before second gear is found. This is only on initial start up. Once it finds the gear on start up, it pretty much smooths out. Though if at a stoplight or stop sign, and you give it gas it has a slow pick up from first to second.
2000 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD177,000
Havent fixed yet just started. Had just had an upgraded performance program downloaded and thought maybe had something do to with it. Guess not. Is the pressure valve easy to get to or have to have transmission rebuilt?
2005 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD100,000
problem shifting between first and second gear. Solution, pressure solenoid replaced and shift kit performed. It probably would have been fine with just replacing the pressure solenoid, but I already had it open so I put in a shift kit. now it shifts so well that I foreget it ever had a problem.
2005 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD2,147,483,647
Had the problem fixed at a dealer less than 9 months and 10k miles later the problem has returned
2001 Dodge Ram 2500- 2WD140,000
Slipping from first to second
2004 Dodge Ram 2500- 2WD165,000
Feels like a surge. Sometimes sticks in third gear. Must turn truck off and back on to fix.
The automatic transmission feels like it is slipping while driving at highway speed when you start up a hill or the motor starts to pull with a load.
It wont shift from 1st to 2nd until about 3500 RPM's.
2002 Dodge Ram 2500- 4WD202,000
Hunts for 2nd gear but hit third gear and drives perfect
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