Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Problems & Cost | 545RFE / 47RE / 48RE

The Dodge Ram 2500 was equipped with the A618 (47RE), the 545RFE or the 48RE in high-output Diesel models. The later model Ram 2500 Diesel has the 6-speed 68RFE. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Models

Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission: A618 (47RE)
Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission: 48RE (High-Output Diesel)
Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission: 545RFE
Ram 2500 Transmission: 68RFE (Late Model Diesel)

Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
47RE (A618)199020302089
48RE261028302899
545RFE188019301949
68RFE34204030n/a

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Recalls & Known Problems

2004 Ram 1500 – Loose Fasteners on Transfer Case (03V503000)

Summary
Most likely due to a glitch on the assembly line, the attaching fasteners on some Dodge 4×4 trucks may not have been tightened properly, which could cause leaks between the transmission and the four-wheel drive transfer case.

Consequence
If this problem occurs, the propeller shaft could separate and damage critical fuel system components. This can lead to a fuel leak, and in the presence of an ignition source, an underbody fire. The loss of transmission fluid can also result in transmission/transfer case damage, an inoperable 4wd system, and a big red spot in your driveway.

Remedy
Dodge dealers were given the correct torque specs to use when tightening the transfer case to the transmission fasteners. A recall for this problem was issued in December 2003. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to recall ’03V503000′)

2014 Ram 1500 – Improperly Machined Transmission Case/Rollaway (14V161000)

Summary
On 125 copies of the 2014 Ram 1500 4×4, built between January 24, 2014 and February 5, 2014, a manufacturing defect could cause the transmission to not fully engage Park, which can result in a rollaway situation.

Consequence
According to the recall, a handful of 8-speed automatic transfer cases weren’t properly machined, which prevented the Park prawl from fully engaging. In some situations, the truck can slip out of Park and cause serious injury or property damage.

Remedy
The official recall was issued in May 2014, and dealers were instructed to replace the entire transmission. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 (refer to recall ‘p13′), or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to recall ’14V161000’)

Ram 1500 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 247853
A small number of 2008 Dodge Ram trucks were fitted with a defective shift cable that could loosen itself, preventing the driver from manually selecting low gears with the shift lever.

TSB 224763
The 2007 1500 came from the factory with transmission control software that could lead to harsh or erratic shifting. This TSB addressed the issue with a software patch that dealers could use to reprogram the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module).

TSB 138954
The PCM (Powertrain Control Module) on the 2003 model contained software errors that prevented it from detecting problems with the governor pressure sensor. To fix the problem, dealers were issued a software update for the PCM.

YearEngineTrans TypeDrive
1990-1992V6 3.0L / V6 3.9L42RE4 SPD Auto 2/4WD
1993-2004V8 5.2L / 5.7L / 5.9L / 8.0LNV45005-SPD Manual 2/4WD
2003-2011V8 4.7L / V8 5.7L545RFE4 SPD Auto 2/4WD
1987-2003V6 3.9L / 4.7L / 5.2LNV35005-SPD Manual 2/4WD
2007-2012V6 3.7L42RLE4 SPD Auto 2/4WD
1995-2005V8 5.9LNV56006-SPD Manual 2/4WD
1995-2006V8 5.2L / V8 5.7L / V8 5.9L46RE4 SPD Auto 2/4WD
2005-2012V8 5.2L / 5.7L / 5.9L / 8.0LG565-SPD Manual 2/4WD
1995-2006V8 5.2L / V8 5.7L / V8 5.9L46RH4 SPD Auto 2/4WD

RFE
The RFE is an automatic transmission family from Chrysler. The name refers to its Rear wheel drive design and Four Wheel Drive Electronic control system.

  • 45RFE – 2002 Model (3.7L and 4.7)
  • 545RFE – 2003–2011 Model (3.7L, 4.7L, 5.7L Hemi)
  • 65RFE – 2012 Model (4.7L, 5.7L)

Common Problems with the Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Dodge Ram 2500 can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Dodge Ram 2500 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Ram 2500 transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Dodge Ram 2500 transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Dodge Ram 2500 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Dodge Ram 2500 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Ram 2500 transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Dodge Ram 2500 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Dodge Ram 2500 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Dodge Ram 2500 Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Travis

I have a 2007 Dodge ram 2500 diesel automatic. It has 105,000 mi on it. The trouble I’m having with the transmission is first gear is sticking. From a stop when you apply the gas it will not shift out of first without first releasing the gas pedal feeling the shift and then reapplying the gas pedal it shifts normally through the other gears and overdrive. I just recently had my transmission serviced they replaced the filter in the fluid. There are no trouble codes.

The mechanic shop that I have it at thinks that it is the governor solenoid and governor sensor.

Christine

I have a 2008 dodge 2500 6.7 4×4. At about 200,000km It started out trying to push through braking to stop when it was cold(rpms would jump about 500 up and down), once the engine warmed up to above 60 on the temp it was fine and only in the wintertime approximately two years. Transmission shop said they could not find anything wrong oils were fragment free. 2012-2015. At one point the tranny was not shifting on a highway. Had to add 3 litres of fluid and it has never happened again. Flush/Change was done in 2012 before this all was happening & a command start.
2015-2018 Then it started doing it both seasons. We had the pressure switch changed and it would stop for awhile but as soon as it cot cold or wet it was back to its old tricks. We changed 2-3 times and then quit wasting money on them. If i gave it fuel to pass someone from 30-60km then it wouldn’t shift past 80km – I would have to pull over and turn off the truck and it would clear. In all of this my drivers side battery cables kept coming loose about five days a week and a lot of corrosion(other battery was fine).
2019 it check engine light came on while driving highway speed and see dealer now – no codes would ring in. The mechanic took it from there. Said it was in limp mode when it was dropped off – which it wasn’t at the time. New issues since the mechanics took it
-Cold it pushes through braking to stop
-warmed up it doesn’t push through on braking but goes into limp mode upon take off. Only way to prevent is to put into neutral when ur going to stop
-when put into drive it either acts like it is in neutral or takes a moment to engage
-shutting the truck off will clear the limp mode in the lower gears.

No codes that I know of for tranny.

Thank you

Ken

I have a 2011 Dodge Ram diesel 4×4. Only has 45,000 miles on it. Lately it shifts into manual mode and stays in 1st gear. I shift to drive and it won’t stay there but goes to 1st gear again. This happened once before. After it sat for a couple days I went out and drove it and it shifted perfect. Now it did it again. Both times I noticed it happened during rainy weather.

Jason

2016 ram 2500 codes p0871

Rollin

I have an 04 Cummins 2500 4×4 with 298000 miles on it and last night when I was driving home it shifted into overdrive and now today it won’t shift into overdrive and I haven’t seen any lights come on we just got threw 3 days of very Sub zero weather what could possibly be the problem.

Thanks

Craig

Hi my name Ian Craig i posted about nun 02 ram 2500 4×4 24 valve Cummins Gavin a delay going into 1st and reverse. I also wanted to add itbdoes have a small tranny leak as well. Would that cause not enough pressure in the lines to get it to shift into gear probably?

Mike @County Line Custom

Your fluid level being low will definitely cause delay in engagement, especially on first start of the day when internals are cold, also may jump in and out of first gear. Don’t mash the throttle during initial take off, if it jumps out, then back in during hard acceleration, you risk breaking major components. Check fluid with tranny in neutral, on flat ground, or it will be incorrect.

Craig

I have an 02 ram 2500 24 valve Cummins and there is a delay going into 1st and reverse but drives fine other wise.

Douglas w Smith

has first gear and reverse only

Tony

how many quarts of transmission fluid does it take for a 1999 2500 Dodge Ram pickup including transmission and torque converter 484

Mike @County Line Custom

14 to 15 depending on cooler.

Hank White

My 2008 Dodge 2500 Gas 4X4 drove perfectly into the shed. When we restarted it, no matter what gear you moved the selector to, no movement was possible. The fluid stick says it is full of fluid. We had a mechanic check it, and a pressure check on the lines showed 0 pressure.

What is likely to be the cause, and what are the suggested solutions? Repair, or Replace?

Paul

My 2500 goes into D4 4 limp mode when towing replaced transmission, solenoide, valve body and still goes to limp mode

Martin

I have a 2006 dodge with a 48RE and it wont shift right between 20 and 30 mph rpms will go up to around 4000 then i will let up on my accelerator then it will shift fine,i was told it could be a short in the accelerator pedal,alternator or my fan clutch truck has no codes for transmission

Gianni

Hi Martin I have been having similar issues with my 2016. did you ever figure what caused the issues because I have taken mine to the shop over 10 times and they can’t fix it. Thanks!

Luke

Mine does the same

Travis

Mine is having the same issues it’s in the shop currently.

Steve Morris

I have a 2002 Dodge 2500 4 wheel drive that starts off slow in Drive, but if I shift manually to low it is much better. All others gears besides low shift fine. Any suggestions?

Jeff

03 ram 2500 5.7 hemi… the transmission don’t shift into over drive at 40-45mph when it’s cold, soon as it warms up it shifts great even shifts into drive and over drive at 40mph once it’s warmed up… what I do it’s start the truck let it warm up for 10mins before I go anywhere and I have no issues… truck has 132k miles and the motor has 79k miles yes the hemi was replaced at 80k from crank failure

Lance fazzone

Hi. I have a 1999 2500 5.9 diesel with a 47 RE auto replaced it trice in the first few years finally around 2007I had it built with all available up grades and a billet converter. I don’t haul heavy loads to often just a off road truck on a trailer once in a while. Recently, it is having a hard time figuring out which gear to shift into and now having a problem shifting into second gear. When I’m in second gear and have to slow down for a corner it will act as if it’s neutral and won’t go into gear unless I take foot off of throttle then it will go back into second. It also at times. Will start out in second gear and I have no first gear most of the time it will work if I shift it manually. I have also noticed reverse sometimes slips. I replaced Cylinoid in transmission and re routed and rapped ground wire that passes by alternator. Still nothing. So far I’m not finding any codes. Any ideas? Thank you