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Old May 16th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default 1996 V10 Automatic trans wierdness..

OK, so decided to try to drag my dodge out of winter hibernation.

Now, to preface, this trans leaks from the input shaft area, but drives *ok* as long as its got fluid in it. I drove it and parked it in its current parking space in the fall. (I've put maybe 10k miles on this truck over the last 3 years, its probably 15-20k miles on a rebuilt trans).

So, I know its probabyl way low on trans fluid, since it leaks, and theres an oil stain on the dirt below the truck. Whenever the truck has set for a long time, it can shift funny for 1-2 minutes until all the air pockets get out of the system. Might even take a minute or two to move.

I start the truck, and shift it into neutral, let fluid start circulating. Shift to drive, it moves a bit, but won't drive, ok, thats normal. Moved it through a few positions, like I always do, seems to help get the fluid everywhere.

OK, so the wierdness. Go to shift into neutral so I can get out and add fluid, but its still in drive. Shift to reverse, still in drive. Park, still in drive. Shifter feels way too easy to move now. No matter what, its stuck in drive, feels like the shifter cable is disconected. Can't start the truck, either, again, after I shut it off, so the truck must know its not in park.

I didn't get a chance to root around to see if the linkage is moving, but would seem odd that it suddenly broke.

Well, later, I went to shift it again and now, the shift lever won't move at all.


Is there anything fluid related that could cause something wierd here? I would assume the shift linkage is solely mechanical in nature.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 07:35 AM   #2
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Sure sounds like broken linkage to me. All of my dodges have shifted overly tight when I got them, a good spray down with pb blaster or?? seems to help alot. Sounds like yours either broke or was slipping and is now wedged/lodged somehow.

Having someone wiggle it around while you look at it should reveal the problem(s).
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