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Posted: 11/09/20 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

People are asking the right questions, except for one.
How much weight are you towing? Burning up a transmission is the most common thing that happens with too much trailer and not enough truck.

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Hello All. Thanks for the replies. Answers a few questions / comments, no I did not check the trans temp as I don’t know how. Was just trying to get the family home and could not find it quickly on the dash. It did read “Transmission is too hot” when the light popped up though.
Addressing another question, it has about 26k miles and about 2 1/2 years old so should be under full warranty. Dropping it off later today. I have not even restarted it since I’ve been home so no idea as of now how it will behave.
Weather was about 75 degrees (Crazy for November in PA) and it was a typically interstate PA hill. No idea the grade but I am not talking about straight up. Probably 2- 3 mile pull where it did downshift for a while as it always does. Was traveling between 65-70 MPH and with the 4:10 I have no problem pulling them and maintaining speed typically. It was as if it had shifted to 3rd for the hill, then when I got to the top it shifted to 4th and the dash showed as if I had manually selected 4th. I held the + button like you would to go back to D. It showed D and then immediately shifts back to 4th as if manually selected. As noted, an engine restart “resets” it until it happens again. The last 2 miles I learned if I set it to 3rd so it never makes 4th I was OK to get home. This was ok because at this point all of my roads were 45mph or less.

Anyway, was just curious if anyone has seen this

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Kfp673, what is the trim level of your 2018 Ram. On Big Horn on up you should be able to display the engine, trans, oil temps and oil pressure easily.


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rhagfo wrote:

Kfp673, what is the trim level of your 2018 Ram. On Big Horn on up you should be able to display the engine, trans, oil temps and oil pressure easily.


Big Horn. Going out in a minute to drop it off at the dealer. I'll play more with the dash menus then. I'm sure the truck gods will make everything work perfectly and there will be no problem found ;-)

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I've got a 2014 Tradesman trim, and the tranny temp is displayed in the info center in the menu right above fuel economy (I can't remember what it's called)... the one that defaults to showing the tire pressure. So I'm sure it's available and not too deep in a bighorn trim.

My fingers are crossed for you!

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A hemi with a 68rfe??

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C Schomer wrote:

A hemi with a 68rfe??

No


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Apparently the code the truck provided was a bad solenoid. They come as a pack according to the dealer so they are replacing them all. The overheat likely came from being in 4th gear and starting from a stop so hopefully no major damage was done to the clutch or anything else. I pick it up tomorrow so fingers crossed that fixes the issue. Thanks again all!

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kfp673 wrote:

Apparently the code the truck provided was a bad solenoid. They come as a pack according to the dealer so they are replacing them all. The overheat likely came from being in 4th gear and starting from a stop so hopefully no major damage was done to the clutch or anything else. I pick it up tomorrow so fingers crossed that fixes the issue. Thanks again all!


If the trans got that hot, did change the fluid?

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Posted: 11/10/20 04:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was it really an overheat light or a generic transmission fault light?

+1 on changing the fluid sooner than later if it was truly an overheat condition.


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