Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Problems & Cost | 47RE | 48RE | 68RFE | AS68RC

The Dodge Ram 3500 was equipped with the A618 (47RE), or the 48RE in high-output Diesel models. The later model Ram 3500 Diesel has the 6-speed 68RFE, the AS68RC, or the AS69RC. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 Transmission Models

Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission: A618 (47RE)
Dodge Ram 2500 Transmission: 48RE (High-Output Diesel)
Ram 2500 Transmission: 68RFE
Ram 2500 Transmission: AS68RC
Ram 2500 Transmission: AS69RC

Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
47RE (A618)1987204020893470

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Ram 3500 transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P07833-4 Shift
P0814Torque Converter Overstressed
P0814Transmission Range Display Circuit
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0846Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit Range/Performance
P0868Transmission Fluid Pressure Low
P0871Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit Range/Performance
P0880TCM Power Input Signal
P0881TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance
P0882TCM Power Input Signal Low
P0884TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent
P0888TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit
P0891TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated
P0933Hydraulic Pressure Sensor Range/Performance
P1864Torque Converter Enable Solenoid Electrical Fault
P1873Torque Converter Clutch Stator Temperature Switch Circuit Low Voltage
P1874Torque Converter Clutch Stator Temperature Switch Circuit High Voltage
P1887Torque Converter Clutch Release Switch
P2756Torque Converter Clutch Press Ctrl Solenoid
P2757Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Performance or Stuck Off
P2758Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Stuck On
P2759Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Electrical
P2760Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Intermittent
P2761Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Open
P2762Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Range/Performance
P2763Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit High
P2764Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Low
P2769Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low
P2770Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High

Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Recalls & Known Problems

Recall 97V084000 – Transmission cooler lines
1994 – 1997 Dodge Ram pickups equipped with V6 or V8 gasoline engines and an automatic transmission
1995 – 1997 Dodge Ram pickups equipped with the V-10 gasoline engine and an automatic transmission
1996 – 1997 Dodge Ram Van and Ram Wagon equipped with an automatic transmission
Summary – In certain operating conditions, the transmission fluid temperature can cause the plastic retainers in the transmission cooler pressure line quick connect fittings to melt.
Consequence – If this occurs, the fitting may separate engine transmission fluid could spray onto the engine and exhaust system, potentially causing a fire.
Solution – In May 1997, Dodge dealers were instructed to replace the quick connect fittings with ones that incorporated a stainless steel retainer. Chances are, this problem has already been addressed in your vehicle. However, if you’re still concerned, you can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236

Recall 13V-344 / N50 – AS68RC transmission snap ring recall
2012 Ram 3500 cab chassis
2012 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
Summary – According to the recall, the forward primary clutch drum snap ring groove on the Aisin Seiki AS68RC 6-speed automatic transmission may not have been incorrectly machined. As a result, the snap ring itself could be ejected from the groove
Consequence – If this happens, the forward primary clutch may not be able to engage gears if the snap ring is ejected. This can result in a sudden loss of power, which could lead to an accident in certain conditions.
Remedy – According to the recall, just 85 trucks were affected, and Chrysler was supposed to replace the transmissions in those trucks. However, concerned owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236

Ram 3500 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 21-08-00 – Delayed torque converter clutch lock-up and/or a P1740 DTC – 47RE transmission
1999 – 2000 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Cummins Diesel
Problem – On trucks that exhibit this 47RE transmission problem, there may be a noticeable lack of a transmission shift between 30 – 50 mph (38 – 80 km/h) due to a delayed torque converter clutch engagement/lockup. If and when the shift does occur, it may be unusually harsh.
Solution – A revised 47RE valve body upper housing separator plate will need to be installed (it improves fluid flow to the torque converter clutch).

TSB 21-009-07 – 1-2 shift hunt under light throttle – 48RE transmission
2004 – 2007 Ram 2500 – 2004 – 2007 Ram 3500
Problem – Engine light throttle conditions, drivers may notice that the transmission seems to hunt for a gear, or slip during the 1-2 shift.
Solution – A new 48RE governor pressure solenoid valve will be needed to fix this problem.

TSB 18-037-07 REV A – Low line pressure – 68RFE transmission
2007 Ram 2500 – 2007 Ram 3500
Problem – Drivers may experience an illuminated check engine light, with a P0868 DTC.
Solution – This may be due to a malfunctioning TCM, which may be cured with a software update.

TSB 21-010-12 – Clunk noise when shifting from drive to neutral – 68RFE transmission
2011 – 2012 Ram 1500 – 2011- 2012 Ram 2500 – 2011 – 2012 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis – 2011 – 2012 Dodge Durango – 2011 – 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Problem – Drivers may notice a pronounced clunking noise when shifting from drive to neutral. This may be particularly evident when the outside temperature is hot.
Solution – These 68RFE transmission problems may be caused by the underdrive clutch releasing too quickly. To correct the issue a revised spacer plate will need to be installed inside of the valve body.

Other Dodge Ram TSBs

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 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.

Common Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Problems

Premature forward clutch failure
Problem – It’s not uncommon to experience premature forward clutch failure, which can prevent the vehicle being driven.
Solution – This can be caused by a number of issues including valve body failure, a worn stator bushing, a failed forward clutch piston seal, a failed forward drum assembly, the use of power programmers/chips to increase engine output, which can overwhelm a number of internal components.

Engine RPM increase or partial engine stall when coming to a stop
Problem – Drivers may experience a sudden RPM surge when coming to a stop, which can cause difficulty holding the vehicle at a stop with the brakes. This is usually preceded by a partial engine stall, which the ECU tries to overcome by increasing the RPMs. Upon accelerating, upshift’s will feel much harder than usual. These 48RE transmission problems happen because torque converter clutch is applied, due to malfunctioning solenoids.
Solution – To correct this issue, the lockup solenoid and overdrive solenoid assembly (they’re one unit) will need to be replaced, or upgraded like they are in a remanufactured 48RE transmission.

Engine stalling in Reverse and/or Drive
Problem – The engine may stall when the vehicle is shifted into either reverse or drive.
Solution – These common 48RE transmission problems are usually caused by a stuck TCC switch valve, restricted transmission cooler lines, or torque converter failure.

Sudden shift to neutral after takeoff
68RFE transmission
Problem – Drivers may notice that the vehicle suddenly shifts into neutral after trying to pull away in Drive. There may also be a P0721 and P0933 DTC.
Solution – The 68RFE low sprag inside of the gearbox has most likely failed.

Forward movement in Low gear but not in Drive – AS69RC transmission
Problem – Drivers may not be able to get the vehicle to move when they place it into Drive. However it will move forward when manually shifted into Low gear.
Solution – It’s most likely that the F1 sprag inside of the transmission will need to be replaced. This is a common problem in vehicles that see ‘severe’ use.

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 3500 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 3500 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 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 3500 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 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 3500 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Ram 3500 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 3500 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 3500 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 3500 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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Terry Jones
1 month ago

Got an 05 dodge Cummins 3500. Driving down the rode and it just stop moving. No forward or reverse motion now. Truck runs but doesn’t move. Any idea?

I’m going to go and P and go down so I can go in s
1 month ago

I’m going to go and P and go down so I can go in shape for my take up to the next gear

Frederick Dalley
2 months ago

Had it servest with inside electronics replaced and still sets dtcs 1762 and 1764

3 months ago

For about two weeks, intermittently…when 1st starting truck, very slow or no movement, when throttle applied. Eventually (within seconds) transmission seemed to “wake up.” Presented either in D, or R. Today, no issue when starting. Drove non-stop about 35 miles. Came to an intersection, while waiting to turn, truck just stopped responding to throttle. No movement in D, R, 2L, 4H, 4L. Turned truck off, checked fluid level (good). Repeated a couple iterations. Tow truck time.

Dylan Wright
3 months ago

Leaking from the bell housing. Won’t shift properly 2005 ram 3500

Last edited 3 months ago by Dylan Wright
Christopher E Spooner
5 months ago

I have a 2001 Ram 3500 diesel, 88,000 mi. When driving @speeds of 45-55 the trans will upshift and downshift alot like it’s not sure what gear it wants to stay in. Do you have any ideas on what to order to fix my issue with this odd shifting.

7 months ago

I have the code p0736 gear ratio error in reverse. 2007 dodge 3500. Barely reverses with heavy Rv on.

Andra Coleman
7 months ago

All I know is that I after placing my truck in park left it running got to unlock the door of my house I heard a noise then bang my truck had started rolling sideswiped a pole in my rolled on across the street I had to run it down

9 months ago

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 it shifts perfect when cold and not at operating temperature, but once it hit operating temp it won’t shift into overdrive

9 months ago

Transmission will not down shift up shif fine but I got it down shifted manually does not slip at all pulls fine everyday

10 months ago

Won’t up-shift to overdrive.

Dante StMichael
10 months ago

I just bought a 1998 Dodge ram 3500 diesel Cummins and the transmission revs up to 2500 RPMs and then back down to 1,000 right around 30 mph if I step on the gas it’ll go past it but as soon as I let off the gas it revs up and down again it also seems like there’s a lack of power haven’t hooked up to anything but slow start up and takeoff

10 months ago

won’t shift into overdrive

11 months ago

My 2000 Dodge 3500 5.9 gas automatic trans starts to lose power. Like its pulling a load when it gets warm and around 40 mph. I have changed cats and installed all new brake parts booster,lines,calipers etc…..I’m lost any help greatly appreciated…

Karen Foertsch
1 year ago

Oops 540 PTO shaft

Karen Foertsch
1 year ago

Second time the splines on my 2014 Ram 3500 Standard 6 speed transmission has failed. At 18,0000 miles now at 36,0000 miles. First time I heard a clunking sound when starting out. On highway driving no noise at any speed. It left me two hours from home. Was trailering a light trailer 16’ carting 850 pounds. Second time I heard a noise from the transmission when shifting. I immediately took it to Butler Pa dealer. Total loss of days waiting for parts and repairs was 40plus days. No compensation for that my boys and gals. I ordered truck brand new. Ordered a standard transmission as to not have failure as I live on a farm. I don’t abuse the truck as a matter of fact I like it. But each Tim the splines to the transfer case were chewed down or off. I asked to see the parts. The splines at thin dinky ones not ones like you. Would see in a 540 pro shaft of a John Deere tractor. My question is. Are the Rams splines not heat treated properly or is the skinny spline setup the problem. I don’t want to push this truck off as I like it and don’t want someone to experience these reoccurring problems. I guess every 16-18 thousand miles I’m going to revisit this problem. Anyone out there with the same issues?

1 year ago

I have a 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 Megacab 4-wheel drive, 6 speed automatic transmission. I was driving and heard an audio pop, then it wouldn’t go over 2800, then it red-lined. I was able to drive in 4th gear for a short period, but then could only drive in 1st and still had reverse. Any thoughts or recommendations on these issues?

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