1997 Dodge Ram Wiki




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    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

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    The same range of gasoline-powered slant-6 and V8 engines was offered in these vans as was offered in the Dodge D Series pickup truck. Torqueflite transmissions and transaxles made through were assigned arbitrary engineering designations consisting of the letter "A" followed by three digits. The new V10 and Cummins turbo diesel could only be had in the and higher designation models. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

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    TorqueFlite also seen as Torqueflite is the trademarked name of Chrysler Corporation 's automatic transmissions , starting with the three-speed unit introduced late in the model year as a successor to Chrysler's two-speed PowerFlite. In the s, the TorqueFlite name was dropped in favor of alphanumeric designations, although the latest ZF-based transmissions with the 8-speed automatic has revived the name.

    Torqueflites use a torque converter and the Simpson gearset , two identical planetary gearsets sharing a common sun gear. Chrysler Corporation licensed this gearset from Simpson in The first Torqueflites provided three speeds forward plus reverse.

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    Gear ratios were 2. The transmission was controlled by a series of pushbuttons located on the vehicle's dashboard. The buttons were generally at the extreme driver's side end of the dash, i. However, this was not always the case; the Dodge Phoenix , a right-hand drive export model sold in Australia and South Africa , used the U. Button arrangement varied by vehicle model and year; sequence was Reverse, Neutral, Drive, Second, and First, from top to bottom with vertically arrayed buttons, from left to right with horizontally arrayed buttons, and clockwise starting at upper left with clustered buttons.

    A parking lock was not provided until the advent of the aluminum-case Torqueflites in standard-duty A and heavy-duty A , at which point a lever was added adjacent to the pushbuttons: Moving the lever to the "Park" position placed the car into Neutral and engaged a lock pawl on the transmission's output shaft. Moving the park lever out of "Park" position unlocked the shift buttons so that a driving range could be selected.

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    The buttons were replaced by conventional steering column- or floor-mounted shift levers in all automatic Chrysler-built vehicles for the model year, though floor levers were available in certain sporty models. Like a vehicle with a General Motors Hydramatic , a vehicle with a Torqueflite transmission starts out in first gear when the Drive or Second position is selected. This is in contrast to vehicles with several automatics from Ford and Borg-Warner , which start out in second rather than first if the Second position is selected.

    For , the canister filter was eliminated, and the transmission's internal intake screen was replaced by an efficient Dacron filter. For , the twin-cable shift and park control mechanism a holdover from the push-button operation was replaced by a solid shift control linkage consisting of a series of pushrods, rotating rods and levers.

    The rear pump was eliminated, which simplified and cost-reduced the transmission but rendered push-starting impossible; Chrysler engineers reasoned that improved electrical and fuel systems reduced the need to push-start vehicles, and safety concerns weighed against doing so. With the elimination of the rear pump the oil filter was designed with a single oil port.

    1997 Dodge Ram Wiki

    In , part-throttle downshift functionality was added to A transmissions used with 6-cylinder engines. This feature permitted the transmission to shift from third to second gear in response to moderate accelerator pressure. Previously, an automatic downshift occurred only if the driver pushed the accelerator to the floor. This change was made to maintain acceptable in-town performance with taller final-drive ratios in the rear axle — 2.

    Part-throttle downshift functionality was extended to V8 As in , and to most A transmissions in to In , most Torqueflite transmissions gained a lockup torque converter clutch to mechanically connect the converter's impeller and turbine, eliminating slip for better highway fuel economy.

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