Originally Posted by dodgempettrey
Hello all my first post here. I have a 2000 dodge ram 1500 4x4 with a 5.9L. just bought it about four weeks ago the trany started humming and i got on here last night and seen about the fluid so i was going to change the filter and fluid this weekend. Well it didn't last just drove it home in reverse about a mile because there was a loud pop and now no fwd drive. I am an industrial mechanic on forklifts and construction equipment. My question is how much is it to do it my self to rebuild and what should i do to it since i'm taking it apart as far as upgrading it? any advise would be great or tips to look out for in the processe of repairs.
Well assuming that the transmission cannot be easily repaired and would need a rebuild. Cost is somewhere in the range of 400-800 bucks. This would include the replacement of the friction discs and plates ($200 for those alone). The seal kit ($65), bushing kit ($50), electronics ($40). Bands ($50)... If you buy from my supplier makcotransmissionparts.com they have a page specific to our model transmissions with all the parts broken down into the years. I have a service manual I have send you that will guide you step by step during the rebuild process. I will message you my email address, just respond to the email and I will send the PDF your way.
As far as how clutches and the size, well that varies in application. The service manual has a chart that will give you a specific number of plates required and their thickness. Alto Corporation has a online catalog with the application and thickness. Just record the part number from the alto catalog and then give the P/N and Qty to Makco and they will have them drop shipped from Alto. I also get them from Alto and spoke with the president on Alto, great company all around. Great products, gosh, they can withstand a crap load of abuse!
Normally I would tell people to diagnose the transmission before going into a rebuild, but with the age of these trucks it is just more worthy to rebuild it. Atleast you increase the value by rebuilding it vs. repairing it!
As far as a torque converter replacement, just buy one from advanced auto parts, they are just as good as stock but at 1/6th the price. If you ever have anymore questions or get stuck at anypoint email me and message me and reply here.
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