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Yes, I had this problem and had or plan to have it fixed. 187 32.19%
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:35 PM
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This sure isn't helping Ram get over the "Dodge automatic transmissions are junk" reputation.
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Well, I have had my truck for 2 1/2 years now and they finally replaced the torque converter. After telling them every time I went in for service and hearing them say, "We don't hear it," they finally heard it. Hate that it took so long but glad that it is done.
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They replaced mine with 400 miles on the clock, no questions asked, and they paid my first payment for the inconvenience.
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My truck just went back in yesterday for Converter #3. It is a 2011 Big Horn Crew 4x4. Had the noise develop at around 18k miles, then had the factory converter replaced with a remanned one under warranty. It then had a shudder on the highway whenever throttle was first applied after coasting. Felt like driving over rumble strips. It went back yesterday after talking with my service manager last week he agreed to order a NEW converter this time.

This would have been a total nightmare, but my dealer has been terrific about listening to me and not being so quick to discount my opinions. The first time they diagnosed the shudder, they found it to be normal, but that was AFTER they kept it a week for diagnosis, put it on a dyno, and a MOTUS System, then did a drivability software update. After the update, the shudder was MUCH more pronounced and they were able to finally pinpoint the cause.

It would appear the Remanufactured converters (Part #R8051146AB) are bad news...but I will reserve judgement and update here when I get my truck back later this week.
Armyofone, I had the same issue with the reman coverter, so they finally replaced the converter with supposedly a new one, the shudder came back quick, but not as bad as the reman was, this is frustrating! Especially on a brand new vehicle (3 years ago bought new). I brought in the post that you had of "Dealers are wasting to much time in replacing the converters with reman, to install the new one" I had that done and the shudder is back, but not as severe, I don't want to get rid of this truck, but this transmission is Junk! I had a 2007 prior to this 2011, and it never, ever had noise issue, shudder, abosolutely nothing wrong with it, othe than the slight bump, (kick from behind) when come to a full stop. The 2011 did the same thing, until after the new 3rd torque converter was installed, but the shudder is annoying. It sounds more of a programming issue, or maybe the lock up solenoid acting up, but it acts on occasion, when not expected. Hopefully Tran Engineer has an answer for it, maybe there is a TSB for it? I don't know? I thinking of getting rid of this unit, especially key FOBIK works when it wants too, torque converter shudder, Hemi engine clatter (which is supposedely normal), headlamps flicker (ever so slightly, but I notice it, and it is normal also). You pay so much for a vehicle, and then you just have to suck it up I guess. Just like Ford and there numerous issue I hear of with the F-150's transmission, ecoboost engine, electric steering issues (rack replacement), electrical issues, seems like all makes are the same. It sucks!

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im gonna check on mine...iva heard a grinding npise but i think it was just the eco mode kicking on and off....ill check again
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I don't have the grinding noise, however, I have the bullydog hemi plus tuner, it tells me when the tc locks and unlocks, I don't know much about the converter, but even in the city, a low 4th gear it will lock if I'm steady on the gas at 60 km/h and the slightest change in the gas pedal and it unlocks. Is this normal?
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yes, the converter locks and unlocks with changes in fluid pressure. Must be that speed is right at the point where there is enough fluid pressure to lock it or unlock it in relation to the position of the pedal. Just fyi, trans fluid pressure increases or decreases with engine RPM. The faster your engine RPM, the more pressure is needed to keep things from slipping.
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yes, the converter locks and unlocks with changes in fluid pressure. Must be that speed is right at the point where there is enough fluid pressure to lock it or unlock it in relation to the position of the pedal. Just fyi, trans fluid pressure increases or decreases with engine RPM. The faster your engine RPM, the more pressure is needed to keep things from slipping.
Actually, the TCC state is commanded directly by the TCM/PCM. In the unlocked state, pressure is fed into the FRONT of the converter to disengage the TCC. In partial (or full) lockup, the fluid flow direction is reversed (due to the PCM activating a solenoid, which moves a valve), which engages the TCC.

Once the TCC is engaged, the pressure level (which is also controlled by the PCM) determines the torque capacity, and therefore the amount of slip (if any).

So if your TCC is changing states (or level of slip), that is being commanded directly by the PCM, and is typically in response to changes in throttle position (torque) or speed.
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Angry Torque converter lock up shudder...still persists with new RL051146AB Torque Converter!

I had the drone issue with my 2011 Ram 1500, had the Torque converter replaced for the annoying drone with a R8051146AB (Re-man converter). Then the shudder started to appear when the torque converter clutch locked up, brought it in to get it replaced. So the dealer replaced the torque converter with a RL051146AB (new) torque converter. But when I am going on an exit on the highway (coming from 100 kms/hr) to coast down to the exit speed limit of 70 kms/hr, then to maintain the exit speed (70 kms/hr) by lightly applying throttle on a down hill grade exit, the shudder appears then disappears (the process of the clutch locking up). What the heck is going on? They replaced the torque converter with supposedly a new one, doesn't shudder as severe, or as often as the re-man converter did. But why is there still a shudder when the clutch is locking up, (like running over rumble strips). My dealer refuses to change the converter again, and it did not act up when they were recently diagnosing the truck for the shudder again. It is aggregating! As soon as I came home that day from the dealer replacing my torque converter with the new one (RL051146AB), coming off the exit ramp of the highway at (110 km/hr) to coast down (slight down hill to 70 kms/hr), and maintain speed (70 kms/hr) with light tap from the throttle, the shudder would happen. Funny thing is if I have it in Tow/Haul mode, no shudder at all! WTF!

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