The first event was in June 2013, then twice in August 2013. Put the transmission into drive and it stayed in 4th gear and would not come out. It breaks off and drops down onto the blower and blocks all of the airflow. Maintained regular recommended scheduled service. First we need to remove the black plastic filter housing. Flip the valve body over and there are two screws to remove.
She stated that the steering wheel would vibrate violently and as a result caused damage to the front hub. After going from park to drive and driving a short distance say from a parking spot to the exit of a parking lot , the truck would stall and have to be restarted. Again, there are a lot of videos and write-ups on this online. The first time this occurred the transmission reset after I put the truck in park and restarted it. I circled their locations in red in the picture. Had this occurred while driving in wet conditions I'm certain the vehicle would have lost control and an accident occurred, possibly involving others. Another trip to the dealership and the cause was stated to be the solenoid pack in the transmission.
Hopefully it all worked out for you. I drove the vehicle to the dealership in 4th gear. Code 1577 detecting atm reverse solenoid shifting into reverse. Other days, I could drive just fine. Honestly, this part should have been a recall because I know way too many people who have had this issue. If they do, you will have to go into the wireing of the brake switch and see if power is coming out of the switch to the interlock solenoid. I put it back in park then into drive again.
I replaced it and didn¿t have any other transmission issues. I like to remove all of the bolts down the sides of the pan, then remove all but the center bot on the front and rear. Removing the clip that holds in the wiring harness connection is the hardest part. That worked very nicely and my air flow was back! I noticed that the truck was in 4th gear again. Take some warm soapy water or brake cleaner and rinse the inside of the transmission pan.
This was even more prevalent after going from park to reverse to drive. Remove the solenoid block pack and put the new one in. Remove the old pan gasket from the pan and clean the gasket surface with an abrasive pad and a mild detergent or brake cleaner. I researched a bit on the web and read this thread on Just Answer: The guy responding was a Chrysler Master Technician, so I figured his advice was pretty solid. But it was inconvenient to take it to the dealership, return home, then return the next day to pick it up. The check engine light was not on.
While holding the rear of the pan, remove the rear bolt and use a putty knife to get between the pan and the transmission housing. Remove the bolt, set it aside and wiggle the filter off. Go ahead and replace these and meet me at the next paragraph. The failure occurred two times. This tends to make a little bit of a mess, so have your drain pan and some towels ready.
The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they stated the transmission solenoid was defective. The failure and current mileages were under 79,400. I thought Dodge trucks were better than this! There are two in this transmission. Now move forward 33 months and the same problem occurs again. To resolve this temporarily, I pulled the blower motor off from the bottom three bolts and ripped the door out of there. Do not attempt to shift to or from 4L while transmission is in gear or clutch is engaged. The approximate failure mileage was 10,100.
The problem was intermittent and occurred every month and a half. Thanks for looking and sorry that you still own a Dodge! You can replace these one at a time, but you really need to know what your looking for. In addition to the other failures, the vehicle unexpectedly lunged forward with the brake pedal engaged. I drive it to the dealership feeling like this is the same as the earlier problem. The third time after having no transportation for three days, the consumer and his wife were told that a ball bearing in the valve body of the transmission was in the wrong place.