Do you have 2nd and 3rd? If so, suspect problems with the front band, servo,
VB, governor or governor circuit.
Check the truck for codes. If you find one, it should be for the governor.
After that, you'll have to pull the pan, check the front band for proper
position, as well as the front servo piston for proper orientation in the
After that is checking the VB and the governor for valve malfunction.
Give a man a match, and he is warm for a short while. Light him on fire, and
yes, and an 'RE' is hydraulically shifted, via a governor pressure solenoid
and transducer for 1-2-3, and electrically enabled for 4th off the same
governor pressure circuit, and electrically off of 3rd oil for L/U
there is no 'limp mode on the A500 /518 /618 family
Oh? Perhaps you haven't read Daimler-Chrysler literature regarding the
situation (too busy looking at your image in the mirror).
Below is a direct quote from DC TSB 21-04-00 referring to the '96-'99 46RE
"The vehicle operator may experience slower than normal vehicle
accelerations because the transmission may have temporarily entered its
third gear "Limp-in" mode as a result of the DTC. The "Limp- In" mode may
last until the vehicle owner cycles the ignition key. The technician may not
detect a problem with the automatic transmission during a diagnostic test or
The quotation marks surrounding "Limp-in" are DC's, not mine; making it
rather obvious that the "A500 /518 /618 family" does indeed go into a limp
mode under certain circumstances. Got a problem with that? Talk to DC.
first off, a 97 2500 would have a 47RE if a V-8, and a 48RE if a V-10, so
this TSB does not apply to the vehicle in question
second, Mopar's use of quotation marks indicates that this is a
non-factory-programmed event, kind of like windows 98 freezing up
if it were a factory programed mode, Limp Mode would be called Limp Mode,
AU CONTRAIRE!! The TSB specifically refers to all RE's. Again, a direct
quote from the TSB:
"THIS INFORMATION APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A RE SERIES AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION BUILT BEFORE DECEMBER 18, 1998 (MDH 1218XX)"
The original post didn't specify an engine size but only the diesel and V-10
had the 47RE in '97, the 48RE came along much later.
If it automatically reverts to a certain gear when an error occurs it is a
"factory-programmed event", just like Windows 98 flashing a blue screen.
Picky, picky. I suppose it depends on the definition of limp.
Irrelevant since you clearly stated that a transmission of the "A500, 518,
618" family could not enter such a mode regardless of what the mode is
called. All of the RE series falls within that family.
You're wrong, get over it.
Says you. I think the TSB's description of locking in 3rd gear clearly fits
the classic definition of the limp mode. You're wrong, get over it.
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