1997 steering column and transmission shifting

Asked by Oct 27, 2017 at 02:26 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 97 Dodge Ram 1500 it has been
wrecked before which is how I got it so cheap I am
having a problem with the gear shifter and
transmission shifting every time I hit a big bump it
slips out of gear and goes into neutral it also keeps
slipping out of overdrive as I drive normally down
the highway and in order to get my key out I have
to cram the gear shifter up and in extremely hard
does anybody have any information on how to fix
this I cannot afford for this truck to go down I just
started my business Landscaping and I haul a lot
of dirt to regrade properties and I know I should
not but I do not have a bigger truck to haul 7000
pounds of dirt with and I know that this has to be
really bad on my transmission it has two hundred
and forty five thousand miles on it and I really need
it to last one more year if you have any information
to help please please comment thank you

1 Answer

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someone drove this thing into the ground and if you plan on keeping it you'll be driving it back out . Check the tranny linkage for play on both ends and any thing else attached to the tranny it may have been cobbed back together make sure fluid level is correct , , the column has an internal problem that may be difficult to get to I think but you can always leave the key in it if you have to , home depot rents a flat bed at a reasonable price if you have to

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