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Old December 1st, 2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Dodge 1500 transmission problems

I just installed a 3" lift kit on my 97 dodge 1500, before the installation I didn't have any transmission problems. Now it occasionally slips at take off, catches and runs/shifts just fine. I noticed this problem the first time I drove the truck after the lift kit install. I changed the trans filter / fluid, rear diff. fluid. Any body have any ideas on what would cause the slip, seems odd that the 3" kit would cause this problem. I had to add a longer drive shaft on my 78 chevy 8 inches of lift I wouldnt think a 3" lift would cause drive shaft issues at the transfer case.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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Does it slip pulling out, or is it trying to pull out in second gear? If you manually put the shifter in first does it pull out ok?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Ive tried mannaually putting it in 1st and 2nd and havent been able to replicate the problem in either one. It seems to slip more when the truck is pointed up hill, when i take my foot off the brake the truck wants to roll backwards I hit the gas the trans slips rpms reach about 3500-4000 and the truck will take off. Some times i can get in and drive 200 miles with no problems other times it will happen at every other stop sign.
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Some dodges are real picky about trans fluid. What brand and spec did you use? It should use ether ATF +4 or ATF 7176 type these are high friction modified types of ATF fluids.
If you used ATF Dex 3 the trans may slip. Dex 3 needs a frection modifier like Hartland T3 or Lubegaurd additives to convert the Dex 3 to the dodge spec......
Im getting ready to lift my 1995 Dodge 1500 . What lift did you use? What tire size are you going too?
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Yes I used ATF +4, I used rough country's series II 3" lift "370H" which was supposed to lift the front 3" and the back 2" which would level the truck out. It actually lifted the front 4.25" and the back 2" which as you can imagine looked like hammered Shit. Rough country said that they sent me the wrong springs for the front, which was a common problem when this kit was first put on the market "I bought the kit in 2000 and just now got around to installing it the ARMY has kept be pretty busy the last couple years".

To fix the problem in the back, I went to the junk yard and bought a set of factory 4" blocks. I had to cut the top of the blocks at an angle in order to rotate the axle moving the pinon up which helped eliminate issues in the angle of my driveshaft.

As for tires Im running 35x12.5 R17 Mickey tompson Baja Claws.
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