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It doesn't shift to high gear until about 50 mph and clunks…

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It doesn't shift to...

It doesn't shift to high gear until about 50 mph and clunks when putting in reverse.

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?

1995, about 120,000 miles. Brake switch?

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model of your '50 Dodge?

It's a 1995 RAM 1500

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

Fixing myself, nothing tried yet not sure where to start

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Need to try to fix myself it's located way up in the mountains, no maintenance available close by.

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Transmission Mechanic: rpmdiag, Tech and instructor replied 11 months ago
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Transmission Mechanic: rpmdiag, Tech and instructor replied 11 months ago

Here’s the sequence of events I follow:
Check fluid level and color. Make appropriate repairs.
Check shift solenoids with a scan tool in bidirectional mode if
applicable. Shift solenoids are inside the transmission and
this is the easiest way to check them.
Drop pan and inspect for excessive metal shavings inside
pan. Check valve body and clutches visually.
Hopefully you may not have to go this far, maybe you just
were a bit low on fluid.

Please understand that I don't know your skill level or tools
you have to assist us. Also understand that I can't see, smell,
hear, or touch the vehicle either, so your patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does not replace a
repair shop. So please don’t shoot the messenger if I have to
deliver bad news:)
If you are satisfied with my answer, I would greatly
appreciate a 5 star rating now before you leave the site and I
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Thanks, Ron

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Transmission Mechanic: rpmdiag, Tech and instructor replied 11 months ago

Did you have any more questions for me at this time?

Thanks again, Ron

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Transmission Mechanic: rpmdiag, Tech and instructor replied 11 months ago

My goal is to assist you in the repair of your vehicle by
supplying you with well educated information. I may not
always have the exact fix you wanted to hear, but my job is
to get you on the right track, which I always do. I can’t hear,
see, smell or touch your vehicle from where I’m at, so your
understanding of that is greatly appreciated. There are no
magical answers, but I do my best to guide you in the right
direction.

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