Dear CarTalk Community:
I have just purchased a new 2018 Ram 2500 HD 4X4 with the Cummins Turbodiesel. “What is he hauling?” you might ask. “Mount Everest?” No. Believe it or not, it is my daily driver. All I can offer is that I love it. LOVE IT.
Anyway, the problem is that when it is coasting unloaded with just light pressure on the accelerator, it makes a static-like, “shushing” sound from the transmission area. Otherwise the only noise you hear is the muted rattle of the mighty Cummins (LOVE IT). It shifts smoothly but crisply otherwise, and the fluid level checked hot, in park, and on a level surface is dead-on. It is the 68RFE transmission.
I’m wondering if what with a locking torque converter, transfer case, two no-spin differentials, and a very quiet cabin relative to days of yore, it’s just normal to hear all that stuff rattling around under a no-load state. Or should I trade it in on a Power Wagon. LOVE. IT.