Automatic Transmission problems of the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500

19 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 03/03/2010

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the reverse gear was non-functional. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who informed the contact that the reverse gear retention clip came out and disintegrated. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 168,534.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 02/10/2007

Truck parked on driveway in park--did not hold and rolled backwards into tree on the lawn causing damage to the rear bumper-luckily it did strike the tree other wise it would have been on the street. I have the same problem of shifting into drive--and reverse the engagement points are no where they are shown to be on the shifter. There is also a hesitation when engaged(sometimes) and will engage roughly with a jerk. I ve been told that there was a defective connector inside the steering column and that there was a safety recall on this part--cannot get a direct answer from a local dealer here --what's the score on this.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 03/15/2005

Transmission no longer has reverse. This was repaired once at dealership in February 04 at cost of $2135. 41. Now, to rebuild for same problem 13 months and 22k miles later is $3064. 47 at same dealer. They blame increase in cost of parts. Contacted Dodge consumer help line and was told that there was nothing they could do due to 12/12 warranty expired. They blamed increase cost on increased labor rate at dealership. Both suggest remanufactured transmission at cost of $3857. 95. Called local transmisison repair shops and was quoted $1100 - $1700 for same repair, and both offer same or better warranty. Second shop told me what my problem was by just knowing year and make of my truck. There is a manufacturer's problem with this transmission !!!!!!!!!.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 09/30/2004

I was driving on a 4 lane highway at 65 miles per hour when I suddenly lost speed and the rpm were heading to redline. I hit my brake in the middle of traffic trying to keep from hurting my engine. When I got pulled to the side of the road I checked to see if I could go and I had no transmission. I only have 78,000 miles on my truck and don't pull heavy loads or load my pick-up with heavy loads. I have talked with other people that have the same year Dodge pick-up and they have had similar problems. I am having my transmission replaced along with the transmission cooler because it has parts of my clutch in it. I found 5 people in my county that have had problems with their 98 pick-ups and have had them fixed and then traded them for another brand of vehicle. I would really like to know why nobody has investigated this or recalled the vehicle because of this problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 08/07/2004

While returning home from seeing my first grandchild, south of hershey PA my transmission died at approx. 50,000 miles. I had to have the vehicle towed from the interstate and the transmission rebuilt. They told me there were a lot of metal shavings in the transmission which clogged up the works. This cost me almost $3,000. 00 plus the cost of being stranded out of town for 5 days. I now have 92,000 miles on the truck and have to have the transmission rebuilt again. I do not know the cost to do this yet. Plus I have the cost of obtaining alternate transportation to get to work for about 14 days until I get the work completed. The first repair work was done by aamco and the warranty on their work was for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever came first. I had aamco do a diagnostic on the vehicle and they told me the transmission was "toast".

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 03/18/2004

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 transmisson; the tranmission failed on my truck at 60,000 miles! evidently, there is a problem with these Dodge transmissions and this is a very common problem. Nobody can say that 60,000 miles is resonable for such a major repair (about $3,000 in my case). I want Dodge to acknowledge this problem (recall probably) and reimburese me for this repair.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 06/10/2003

While driving at 40mph transmission broke.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 02/02/2003

At 35 degree or colder orjust rainy days with warm temp. Transmission will not shift into overdrive ,can drive 15 miles on highway in 3rd gear. When it does shift into overdrive and I hit a bump in road it will go out of overdrive. Also the engine will rev as if it is trying to switch out of overdrive. All of these factors are resulting in increased fuel usage, which at $2 a gallon is becoming an expensive problem. I was told at time of purchase,this was a normal fuction of the transmission, bought truck Feb. 2003 and brought truck back 2 times to a chysler dealer and was told same story, dealer is now no longer in business and my warranty has expired, but still have problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 10/29/2002

I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. The transmission went out on me and the pickup only had 61000 miles on it. There was actually fire inside the transmission, you could tell when the mechanic dropped the pan, there was nothing left every thing was fried. That could of started the whole pickup on fire and I could of been killed or badly hurt. I have talked to some other guys and they owned 1998 rams and the same thing happened. Now this is a big safety thing and there was not a recall on the faulty transmission. I contacted Chrysler to see if they would pay for a new transmission and they said no, they wouldn't even help me out. This could of been a big law suit if I would of gotten hurt.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 10/02/2002

Noticed a vibration while driving. Took to dealer. Advised transmission needs overhaul. $2400. 00. Mr.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11
Failure Date: 07/19/2002

I was on the freeway, and as I went to pass a slower vehicle, I felt the transmission "slip" and watched the rpm's increase dramatically, while my speed actually decreased. I slowed down and tried to continue to drive at a slower speed, however this became impossible very quickly. I also smelled something, probably the clutches "slipping" so I pulled over and called for a tow truck.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 12
Failure Date: 10/10/2001

I reported the failure to Chrysler who agreed to a diagnosis. A representative verbally agreed that Chrysler would pay for diagnosis and repair if problem was caused by factory defect. A diagnosis showed that the failure was caused by a factory defect. At least one metal part was missing from the transmission causing the failure. Chrysler then said I was responsible for $350 of the repair cost, going against their earlier agreement.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 13
Failure Date: 09/03/2001

Was loading boat at dock ramp when came out of park injured leg badly. No safety defect listed.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 14
Failure Date: 06/25/2001

Consumer can shift vehicle into any gear. Stepped on gas pedal and vehicle would not move. Rpms revved high or low before vehicle had a delayed response by lurching forward in whatever gear it was in. Diagnostic test showed no codes and shifted as normal. Problem had to duplicate to be remedied.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 15
Failure Date: 03/01/2001

After vehicle is warmed up it will intermittently not shift into drive. Consumer has to shift it into neutral, then, back into drive before vehicle responds. Consumer is concerned about vehicle rolling backwards when this occurs.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 16
Failure Date: 11/17/2000

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 17
Failure Date: 05/12/2000

I have contacted Chrysler too many times about these problems, especially the brakes, which I admit is an intermettent problem. However I have demonstrated the problem to the service manager at riverhead Dodge. No repairs were ever made. Apparently after searching on the internet I find I am not the only one who has these same problems. How many people have to be hurt before Dodge does something about this? does this have to evolve into another firestone problem before anything is done?.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 18
Failure Date: 05/09/1999

A visiting relative from the east coast mentioned that the Dodge pickup was not held in high esteem due to the transmissions not holding up under snow plowing work. This didn't cause me alarm since my truck is used for passenger use only. Exactly 10 days later my transmission went out. The dealer "reconditioned" it and it lasted less than 1000 miles before failing again. To be continued.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 19
Failure Date: 10/20/1998

I really enjoy this Dodge ram1500 ,but I feel that since it is out of warranty it will not hold up to my expectations. No safety defect listed in summary.

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