Transmission issue Dodge Ram 1999

Asked by Jun 20, 2018 at 12:13 PM about the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ok so here's a big question that probably has an easy answer?:
My dodge ram 1999 (Small cab, small bed) About a year ago I was driving
on the freeway and it suddenly leaked transmission fluid (lots of it) I
managed to get home but It wouldn't shift into any other gear besides 1st
gear (Slow ride home..) We filled it up with transmission fluid when we got it
home and it just leaked. It leaked up in the front end AND the backend too.
We let it sit for a bit while waiting for the weather to get good so we could
take it apart and see what is wrong with it. It would always start up like it had
been run the day before (Even though it had been sitting for awhile now).
Finally, 9 months go by and the weather finally was decent enough to pull
everything out from underneath the hood. My question is though, there was
no metal in the transmission fluid, and it did hold some fluid in. I'm wondering
if there is a simpler solution as to why it won't shift and completely hold the
fluid. EXTRA INFO: The day before this happened, the power steering
sheared off, so we had to put a new pump in...maybe that caused it all?
What does this sound like to you guys? (I know absolutely nothing about
cars) Do I really need to buy a new transmission? or maybe there's a simple
explanation? We never got the whole transmission out (Thanks dad, shout
out for not helping a kid who doesn't know squat about cars take out the
transmission...or the engine that's just sitting in there detached currently.)
This was my first car and I just really want to fix it, now that I have a job and
graduated WITH no rig to drive (Thanks bus system for being there for me) It
means a lot to me and I want to go behind my father's back to fix MY car that
he won't let me even try fixin' also It is now slowly decaying on our property,
and it looks so depressing. Any info could help..I just want to know if it really
is the WHOLE transmission, or if it's just a certain part that could be an easy
Has 140k miles on the odometer
Thank you, sorry for the long message.

1 Answer


If you're no mechanic, then you're best cutting your losses now n do some online research n find a reputable trans rebuild shop n take 'er in for repair. This will also insure a good warranty.

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