How long do used Ram 1500 transmissions last?

May 10th, 2024 by

When buying a pickup truck, criteria like comfort, utility, and performance can influence your selection. However, durability should also be a high priority, especially when buying a used truck. One of the most common issues for used trucks with a long history of towing and hauling heavy loads is their transmission needing repairs. Keep reading to find out how long you should expect a Ram 1500’s transmission to last, what early signs can indicate transmission issues, and how to increase your Ram 1500 transmission’s lifespan.

What Is a Vehicle’s Transmission?

A vehicle’s transmission is one of its most essential components. Also called a gearbox, its role is to transmit the power from the engine to the wheels as effectively and efficiently as possible. Without a transmission, the engine would be operating at maximum capacity all the time, which wouldn’t allow the driver to operate the vehicle at normal speeds. By having multiple gears, the transmission ensures that the engine sends the right amount of power down to the wheels, depending on your current speed.

There are two main types of transmissions: manual and automatic. They work similarly, with the significant difference being that the driver changes gears by themselves with a manual transmission, whereas an automatic transmission chooses the gears by itself. All Ram 1500 models from 2018 upwards are only equipped with automatic transmissions.

What’s the Average Lifespan for a Ram 1500 Transmission?

Multiple factors can increase or decrease a Ram 1500 transmission’s lifespan. It typically depends on how well you maintain it, your driving habits, and the environment in which you typically operate it. On average, a well-maintained Ram 1500 will last at least 200,000 miles or 15 years.

You can maximize your Ram 1500’s lifespan by taking it to a dealership like Meadowland of Carmel and having its transmission serviced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. This typically consists of changing the transmission fluid and checking for early signs of deterioration. Doing this can help ensure that your Ram transmission will run well throughout your truck’s lifespan.

What Are Some Early Signs of a Failing Transmission?

Besides taking your Ram 1500 to have its transmission checked every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, you can also look out for these early signs that your transmission may need repairing. Doing so can save you lots of time and money by resolving the issue before it gets more serious. The top signs are:

  • Your gears won’t switch. Probably the most obvious sign of a failing transmission is your Ram 1500 not changing gears when needed. The solution may be as simple as adding more transmission fluid.
  • You hear strange noises while in neutral. Another common sign of something wrong with your transmissions is hearing unusual noises from your Ram 1500 while idling in neutral.
  • You sense a burning smell. A burning smell from your vehicle is never a good sign and should prompt you to seek professional assistance immediately. One of the potential reasons is your transmission having old fluid.
  • Your Ram is leaking transmission fluid. If you notice a reddish and sweet-smelling fluid underneath your Ram 1500 after it’s been in the same parking spot for a while, it’s probably leaking transmission fluid. You should take it to a mechanic immediately so they can identify the source of the leak.
  • Your Check Engine light comes on: Your Ram 1500’s Check Engine light may come on for various reasons. One of the more serious issues it may indicate is an issue with your transmission, so you should take your truck in for an inspection as soon as possible after seeing it coming on.

How To Keep Your Ram 1500’s Transmission in Excellent Shape for a Long Time

Ram 1500 trucks are highly reliable vehicles that can last long when treated appropriately. These are some easy things you can do to make sure you avoid costly transmission repairs:

Check Your Transmission Fluid Level Regularly

Checking the transmission fluid level at least every few months is one of the quickest and easiest things you can do to keep your transmission running well for years. If you notice its level dropping, top it up to ensure the transmission is properly lubricated. You should change all of it if you notice a dirty color or burning smell.

Don’t Skip Any Service Appointments

A reliable pickup truck like the Ram 1500 needs regular maintenance operations to keep it running well for many years. When you bring your Ram 1500 in to have it serviced by Meadowland of Carmel’s experienced mechanics, they’ll change the transmission fluid and inspect the whole system to detect any issue before it becomes a major one.

Equip Your Ram 1500 With the Right Features if You Regularly Tow Heavy Loads

If you constantly use your Ram 1500 to tow heavy trailers, investing in some specific gear can help keep your transmission in good shape. One of the most essential features for this purpose is a transmission cooler. This helps prevent transmission from overheating when carrying several tons of extra weight.

Avoid Challenging Driving Conditions

Although they may be unavoidable depending on where you live and your line of work, avoiding difficult driving conditions can do wonders for your transmission’s lifespan. This involves avoiding hot or cold weather and driving on rough and dusty surfaces. If you must drive in these conditions, avoid sudden brakes or accelerations.

Check out the New 2024 Ram 1500 at Meadowland of Carmel

If you’re looking for a pickup truck that will serve you well for many years, look no further than the Ram 1500. Here at Meadowland of Carmel, we sell a variety of new and used Ram 1500 trucks, including the current 2024 model. Visit us to see our inventory and decide if the Ram 1500 is right for you. Contact us today, or just come by when you have the time.

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