The Ram 3500 was equipped with the 6-speed 68RFE, the Aisin Seiki AS68RC or AS69RC. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ram 3500 transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.
Ram 3500 Transmission Models
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 Ram 3500 Transmission Prices:
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What are the DTC codes related to Ram 3500 transmission problems?
|P0700||Transmission Control System (MIL Request)|
|P0706||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0710||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit|
|P0711||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0712||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0713||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0714||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715|
|P0717||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0720||Output Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0721||Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0729||Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0730||Incorrect Gear Ratio|
|P0731||Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0732||Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0733||Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0734||Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0740||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction|
|P0741||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit|
|P0742||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On|
|P0743||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical|
|P0744||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent|
|P0748||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0750||Shift Solenoid 'A'|
|P0751||Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0755||Shift Solenoid 'B'|
|P0760||Shift Solenoid 'C'|
|P0765||Shift Solenoid 'D'|
|P0814||Torque Converter Overstressed|
|P0814||Transmission Range Display Circuit|
|P0841||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch A Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0846||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch B Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0868||Transmission Fluid Pressure Low|
|P0871||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch C Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0888||TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit|
|P0891||TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High|
|P0897||Transmission Fluid Deteriorated|
|P0933||Hydraulic Pressure Sensor Range/Performance|
|P1864||Torque Converter Enable Solenoid Electrical Fault|
|P1873||Torque Converter Clutch Stator Temperature Switch Circuit Low Voltage|
|P1874||Torque Converter Clutch Stator Temperature Switch Circuit High Voltage|
|P1887||Torque Converter Clutch Release Switch|
|P2756||Torque Converter Clutch Press Ctrl Solenoid|
|P2757||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Performance or Stuck Off|
|P2758||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Stuck On|
|P2759||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Electrical|
|P2760||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Intermittent|
|P2761||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Open|
|P2762||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Range/Performance|
|P2763||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit High|
|P2764||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Low|
|P2769||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low|
|P2770||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High|
Ram 3500 Transmission Recalls & Known Problems
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 1500 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
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.
Common Ram 3500 Transmission Problems
Sudden shift to neutral after takeoff
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
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light
Can I drive with a transmission problem?
If your 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 Ram 3500 transmission need to be replaced?
The overall lifespan of a 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 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 Ram 3500 transmission issues diagnosed?
It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your 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 Ram 3500 transmission replaced?
In order to replace your 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 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 Ram 3500 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.
How to Solve Ram 3500 Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used 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 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 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.
What Problem Does Your 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!