Automatic Transmission problems of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500

16 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 05/10/2009

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 50 mph the transmission suddenly shifted from low gear to high gear and would not shift into any other gear. Within a few minutes after the first failure, the vehicle would no longer shift to a higher gear. The vehicle was taken to a transmission technician where he informed the contact that the failure was common and could not be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure occurred every time the vehicle was in operation. The failure mileage was 91,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 05/14/2008

Vehicle's braking system seemed not to be working properly, taking longer distances to stop. A check of equipment showed all mechanical parts to be fit, and adjusted correctly. Continued to drive vehicle but then had small accident involving braking while going downhill. At this time it was determined I had no brake lights. Diagnostics of the brake light problem determined the combination switch in the steering column was the culprit and had failed, causing loss of brake lights and failure of the transmission to go into coast mode when the brake pedal was applied. This also results in the cruise function to not cancel when brakes are applied. There is no indication of failure through the instrument cluster for this fault. This seems to be a regular problem, as this part is back ordered at the Chrysler dealership. Because of the seriousness of this fault I feel it should be a safety recall, especially since there is no factory part available to repair the condition. My vehicle is still not repaired.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 10/24/2005

98 Dodge 1500. 77000 miles. Transmission continually shifts back and forth between 2nd and 3rd gears and/or 3rd and 4th gears. Fluid and filter are good.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

Problem occured on may 1 2005. A child climbed into vehcile and moved the gear shift and the vehicle rolled. Owner caught the vehicle before it imacted the house, but the bumper did scrape the house. The gear shift was moved from park into gear. Parking break was not set. Child was in vehicle while it was in motion.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 10/10/2003

While driving at 40 mph and coming to complete stop automatic transmission doesn't shift properly from the second gear to the third gear.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 12/23/2002

I bought my truck in 1999 and had to replace the transmission a week ago. The mechanic who replaced it explained there is a defective valve in the transmission fluid line that sticks when driving on the highway denying the transmission fluid thereby burning it up. Chrysler is aware of this defect but refuses to own up to the defect. They replaced my transmission with another defective transmission which I was told the day after installing the new transmission would need to be replaced again. I called Chrysler to ask what they intend to do regarding not only owning up the defective valve but also what they were willing to do for me due to the inconvenience of having to not have my vehicle for a week until they can replace the transmission again, and was told they were willing to do nothing on either issue.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 01/15/2002

While parked bolts that hold shift linkage box broke and caused the box to drop. Dealer / manufacturer were notified. Feel free to provide any further infomation.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 10/15/2001

We purchased a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 in October 1999. Shortly after the warranty ran out, the transmission began 'chattering' and jerking periodically like we were driving over a 'rumble strip' on the highway. Took the vehicle to the dealer many times and small adjustments were made. Eventually when the problem could not be corrected and the 'jerking' became nearly continuous, we were told to take the pickup to a transmission shop. There the repairman told us that Dodge pickups kept him in business. That 8 out of 10 of his transmission repair jobs were Dodge pickups. The transmission was completely overhauled and we were given a one year warranty. Shortly before the warranty was to again run out, the old trouble surfaced. Adjustments were made which helped for a few months. The problem surfaced again and now we were told to take the pickup back to the dealer, that the problem must certainly be in the 'computer'. The dealer said we can put a new computer in the pickup but we can't guarantee that will fix the problem and, of course, we won't be able to refund your $400. 00 purchase of a new computer if it doesn't solve the problem. Our choice is, therefore, to continue to drive a malfunctioning Dodge ram pickup whose transmission will sooner rather than later eventually fail, gamble $400. 00 to see if the computer 'might' fix the problem or trade for another pickup (can't afford this option). We are fed up with Dodge pickups and will likely never purchase from Dodge again. We were a faithful Dodge owner having had six prior Dodge pickups. This pickup has had light duty, has been serviced on a regular basis and has not been abused in any manner. It should be running as good as new. We purchased a Chevrolet lumina new in 1993. It has 204,000 miles on the odometer now and has had under $1,000 lifetime repair, needs no oil between changes and still runs great. We take care of our vehicles.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 09/25/2001

Bought truck in 1999 had transmission replaced in 2001, complained to dealer and manufacture was told by dealer that all Dodges come out with transmission problems but Dodge never changed trans. Told by manufacture nothing they can do problems like this just happen sometimes. Still having trans. Problems even with rebuilt transmission.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 12/22/2000

Also can hear clunk when engaging overdrive at 45mph.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

As you put it in reverse you can see the rearend tweak.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 12
Failure Date: 07/21/1999

Dodge 1999 ram 4x4, I've taken the truck in from the very beginning about the transmission and they test drove it and said they could not find anything wrong. Now that the warranty is up the transmission needs to be replaced and Dodge won't fix it even though I saved all the papers from the work done.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 13
Failure Date: 10/21/1998

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 14

While driving at 75 to 80 mph transmission just quit, causing a very quick break down in vehicle's speed while other vehicles were behind, consumer was able to get out of the way to avoid an accident. Dealer has been contacted.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 15

Vehicle downshifted by itself to 1st gear when driving at approx 60 mph , causing vehicle to slow down quickly, and almost get rearended.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 16

Ltr fm carl schoener (SC) inquiring on the status of his vehicle owner's questionnaire re the defective transmission on his 1999 Dodge truck 1500 van, he never rec'd an acknowledgement that rpt was rec'd, reply directly to constituent. While putting the vehicle in the garage, it bounced off a center support post, veered to one side and then plowed into the consumer's back door.

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