2003 4X4 1500 Quad Cab, 4.7 liter. I bought the truck new, and it now has
almost 20,000 miles on it. The manual transmission has had a very audible
whine, mostly in first and second gears, and very slight in third, since it
was new. You can hear it inside and outside of the cab. I believe it is
starting to get a little louder now. While it whines during acceleration,
it seems to be louder when decelerating. As a matter of fact, you can even
feel the vibration in the stick shift when decelerating in second gear and
the rpm's hit about 1,800. I took back in to the Dodge dealer a couple of
weeks ago, (I have had them check it twice in the past when I had the truck
in for a couple of minor repairs), and they agreed it was indeed gear whine,
but needed to drive another truck to see if this was "normal". They have
yet to get back to me, saying their transmission guy is awfully busy with
automatic rebuilds right now, and hasn't had a chance to drive another
truck. I think it is total BS that he would even have to drive another rig
to see if it sounds similar, (I have already done this myself, and they run
quiet). I think they are just blowing me off. I do not believe that in
this day and age anyone would build a transmission that whines in the lower
gears. It is not a '52 Willys. Anyone have similar experiences or
Gear noise is nothing to get in a twist about as many manuals have a
little in lower gears and it is not a sign of a cheap tranny either
and it can sound different on coast down too. I would suggest that you
put some fresh fluid in it regardless of recommanded change interval.
Bearing noise is a differnet matter and you need to make sure it is
gear noise and not bearings. Actaully some of the strongest manual
gear boxes put is cars and truck have some gear noise in lower gears.
(It has to do with cut of gears and strongest cut is not the quietest
one) Without actually hearing it is it hard to say whether you realy
have a problem or not. The NV3500 is a lght truck tranny that can
handle a moderate V8, not a LD car tranny.
Mine - 2001 2wd 5.2L - only whines in reverse.
Another guy that used to post here always cursed his. He said the shift
lever always got hot while driving too. His original trans apparently
had some defect. But he might have been rough on the truck:
"I tend to downshift hard with the throttle closed pulling some EXTREME
"You can see warping in the hood of my 99 1500 at 125ish. Speed
governor kicks in around 129"
After breaking some gears, his new junkyard tranny was better.
Copy/Paste just because I have it...
The NV3500 is a medium duty, 5-speed, constant mesh, fully synchronized
manual transmission. The NV3500 is used with 3.9L and 5.2L engines and
is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The transmission gear case consists of two aluminum housings. The clutch
housing is not a removable component. It is an integral part of the
transmission front housing.
A combination of roller and ball bearings are used to support the
transmission shafts in the two housings. The transmission gears all
rotate on caged type needle bearings. A roller bearing is used between
the input and output shafts.
The NV3500 has a single shaft shift mechanism with all three shift forks
mounted on the shaft. The shaft is supported in the front and rear
housings by bushings and one linear ball bearing. Internal components
consist of the forks, shaft, shift lever socket, and detent components.
The transmission is disassembled and serviced by unbolting and splitting
the case into a front half and a back half.
Manufactured by New Venture Gear
Input torque rating: 300 ft-lb
Max GVWR: 7,200 lb
Max GCVWR: 11,000 lb
Fluid Capacity: 4.8 pints to the bottom of the fill plug
Weight (with oil): 110 lb
Mopar Manual Transmission Lubricant (PN 4761525) is the ONLY lubricant
recommended for the NV3500.
Fill Plug: Front housing on passenger side
Drain Plug: Bottom of the front housing
Wide ratio used in 1500
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