For its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram automobiles, Chrysler Corporation has utilised a wide variety of transmissions. They include manual, automatic, and semi-automatic transmissions. In this post, we’ll talk specifically about the 46RE transmission and its replacements.
The 46RE transmission is generally regarded by people in the automotive industry as being among the worst transmissions Dodge has ever used in a vehicle in terms of durability and dependability. What are the most frequent problems with the 46RE that Dodge customers have encountered over time? the following list
- Fluid levels inconsistent
- Gear slippage
- Harsh engagement from neutral to drive or reverse
- Delayed engagement from neutral to drive or reverse
- No drive range – reverse ok
- No drive or reverse – vehicle will not move
- Shifting is delayed or erratic – shifts harsh sometimes
- No reverse at all – D ranges ok
- Has first/reverse only – no 1-2 or 2-3 upshift
- Moves in 2nd or 3rd gear then abruptly downshifts to low
- No low gear – moves in 2nd or 3rd gear only
- No normal downshift or kickdown
- Stuck in low gear – will not upshift
- Creeps in neutral
- Buzzing noise
- Slips in reverse only
- Slips in forward drive ranges
- Slips in low gear D only – but not in manual 1 position
- Scraping, growling, or grating noises
- Locks up or drags
A secondhand 46RE transmission can be found easily and frequently as a replacement, although it is not suggested. You must pay additional labour costs to remove the used 46RE transmission unit and reinstall a different 46RE transmission replacement if it stops functioning properly after installation. Additionally, you might even need to pay for the cost of shipping the equipment back to the salvage yard. Long-term savings come from a remanufactured or rebuilt transmission, which is more durable and economical than a used 46RE transmission.
The 48RE transmission, produced internally by Chrysler, is a much more reliable than the 46RE transmission. According to the professionals, this transmission is strengthened. The majority of the improvements made to the 47RE are also included in the 48RE, along with the six-pin planetary gears and additional clutches.
- 1998-2003 Dodge Dakota R/T
- 1998-2003 Dodge Durango 5.9L V8 – 4WD or 2WD
- 1996 Dodge Dakota V8
- 1998-2003 Dodge Dakota 5.9 L R/T
- 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2L
- 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9L
- 1988-1993 Dodge Ramcharger SUV 5.2L and 5.9L V8
- Dodge vans 150/250/350 V8
- Dodge Ram pickup and diesel engines (DGT)
The transmissions 46RE, 47RE, and 48RE are all regarded as “performance” transmissions. The A618, later known as the 47RE, is a more robust variation of the A518 or 46RE. There were modifications performed internally to boost durability. For increased internal assembly lifetime, they chose, for instance, to steel coat the planetary carriers and use additional clutch plates on select models.
- The transfer case is better on the 47RE and 48RE in comparison to the 46RE.
- The 47RE and 48RE use a larger torque converter.
- The 46RE OD clutch has four discs.
- The 47RE and 48RE have five discs.
- The 46RE direct clutch uses eight discs.
- The 47RE and 48RE have ten discs.
- The 46RE has three discs in the front clutch.
- The 47RE and 48RE use four discs in the front clutch.
2003 saw the release of the 48RE, a more powerful successor. These transmissions, which come in heavy-duty and super-duty styles and have more torque and horsepower than their predecessors, are available.
Consider a remanufactured or rebuilt transmission as your best alternative if your 46RE, 47RE, or 48RE transmission isn’t working properly. What distinguishes “rebuilt” transmissions from “remanufactured” transmissions?
- A remanufactured transmission is one in which the mechanic simply replaces the faulty or worn-out parts.
A remanufactured transmission, sometimes known as a reman, is regarded as brand-new because all of the original machinery and parts have either been repaired or replaced totally.
- A rebuilt transmission will cost less because the repairs will take the mechanic less time to complete. But over time, buying a remanufactured transmission can be more economical.
The 47RE and 48RE transmissions can be used interchangeably, according to certain transmission specialists. However, it’s still unclear whether a 47RE or 48RE transmission can take the place of the 46RE.
Finally, remanufactured transmissions should be taken into consideration if your Chrysler Motor Corporation-built car or truck needs a reliable 46RE, 47RE, or 48RE transmission replacement. Just get the damaged components fixed and dealt with with a straightforward A518/A618 transmission rebuild if cost is your sole issue.
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