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Old 10-01-2013, 12:00 PM
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Default 8 spd tranny downshifting a little...clunky?

I picked up my 2014 V6 8 spd let a few weeks ago, I have about 1400kms on it... now it up-shifts smooth as silk... but down-shifting is a little ruff... no don't get me wrong it's not terrible I'm just curiuos if the down-shifts should be significantly more noticable, I would even say it makes a clunking sound (and not every time) going from 2nd to 1st just as the truck comes to a stop...

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when did you order your truck, I order mine Aug 21, still in BX status
live just down the road from u
let you know if mine does the same when I get it
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I picked up my 2014 V6 8 spd let a few weeks ago, I have about 1400kms on it... now it up-shifts smooth as silk... but down-shifting is a little ruff... no don't get me wrong it's not terrible I'm just curiuos if the down-shifts should be significantly more noticable, I would even say it makes a clunking sound (and not every time) going from 2nd to 1st just as the truck comes to a stop...

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That's the reason I bought a 2013 with the 6 speed. The down shifts made me nervous about the 8 speed. The up shifting was very smooth though.
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My pal out in Montana has a 2012 Ram 1500 with the 6 speed. He is always complaining to me about the rough downshifting of his 6 speed.

Way back in the day, Chrysler was renowned throughout the industry for having the very best automatic transmission....the venerable U.S. Torque Flite. It was unflappable and completely reliable. No one ever had issues with it. Today, Chrysler uses transmissions designed off shore and they are battling with glitches in these automatics.
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The 5/6 speed is a very reliable transmission. Once in a while you hear about a bad one but that is more a symptom of mass production than anything else. When people add mods that increase torque over the transmission's torque rating or change the shift points and start having problems that is hardly a design flaw, because the transmission in these cases is not being used as it was designed.

I haven't heard of anybody having problems with their 8 speed, and I certainly haven't had any with mine.

Really Chrysler has always had good transmissions. They got an undeserved reputation for bad trannies in the '90s because the transmissions were designed to use ATF +4 instead of Dexron, but a lot of people used Dexron in them. Problems due to using the wrong transmission fluid doesn't make it a bad transmission design, it makes whoever used the wrong fluid in it an idiot.
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I now have about 2500kms on the truck and things seem to have settled... not sure if there is a break in period, but the downshifts have become significantly smoother over the past few weeks...

Just and FYI.
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I now have about 2500kms on the truck and things seem to have settled... not sure if there is a break in period, but the downshifts have become significantly smoother over the past few weeks...

Just and FYI.
It wouldn't surprise me if part of this was due to the tranny learning your driving style and adjusting its shift strategy to suit you.
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I picked up my 2014 V6 8 spd let a few weeks ago, I have about 1400kms on it... now it up-shifts smooth as silk... but down-shifting is a little ruff... no don't get me wrong it's not terrible I'm just curiuos if the down-shifts should be significantly more noticable, I would even say it makes a clunking sound (and not every time) going from 2nd to 1st just as the truck comes to a stop...

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Hi ! Got my RAM 2014 on October 3 and that was the same for me. Was a little worried about that.

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I now have about 2500kms on the truck and things seem to have settled... not sure if there is a break in period, but the downshifts have become significantly smoother over the past few weeks...
Just arrived at 1000 km and it looks smoother.
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I read there is a recent TSB for this..this is off a Jeep forum, tranny motor combo should be the same.
http://www.wk2jeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wk2_2100713b.pdf
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my v6/8 does downshift hard a few times, upshift is butter
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