Common Problems with a 68RFE
The 68RFE transmission is a heavy-duty automatic transmission used in particular Dodge Ram trucks. Like any complex mechanical system, several potential failure points can cause problems with this transmission. Did you ever wonder what makes this transmission meet an early demise? Here are some of the most common failure points of a 68RFE:
Torque converter failure: The torque converter is responsible for transmitting power from the engine to the transmission. If it fails, the transmission may slip, shudder, or fail to engage properly.
Valve body issues: The valve body is the control center of the transmission. It directs hydraulic fluid to the appropriate clutch packs and bands to engage different gears. Problems with the valve body can cause shifting issues, including delayed or harsh shifts.
Clutch pack failure: The clutch packs are responsible for engaging and disengaging different gears in the transmission. If they wear out or fail, the transmission may slip, shudder, or fail to engage properly.
Solenoid failure: The solenoids are responsible for controlling the flow of hydraulic fluid to the clutch packs and bands. If they fail, the transmission may experience shifting issues or fail to engage properly.
Overheating: The 68RFE transmission can overheat if subjected to heavy loads or towing without proper cooling. Overheating can cause damage to the clutch packs, bands, and other components of the transmission.
Input shaft failure: The input shaft is responsible for transmitting power from the engine to the transmission. If it fails, the transmission may not engage properly or move at all.
These are just some of the most common failure points of the 68RFE transmission. Proper maintenance, which includes regular fluid changes, avoiding heavy loads, and not towing beyond the vehicle’s capacity, can help reduce the risk of transmission failure. In addition, upgrading your transmission to a performance build will give your truck more longevity and durability, giving you extended years on your investment.
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