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11hemi 12-25-2012 11:37 PM

fluid change
i was just wondering when everybody gets there transmission fluid and cooling system changed. also their rear diff. thanks

Emorris69 01-03-2013 08:10 AM

Dodge called me a few weeks ago and said it was 24 month or 50,000 km

huntergreen 01-04-2013 12:35 AM

there is a schedule in the owners manual.

huntergreen 01-04-2013 12:36 AM


Originally Posted by Emorris69 (Post 973708)
Dodge called me a few weeks ago and said it was 24 month or 50,000 km

is that what your owners manual sched says or is dealer just drumming up business.

GTyankee 01-04-2013 03:40 AM

Go by the Owners Manual or your gut feeling
remember, if you are a normal driver, don't go by the heavy duty use, like a taxi

i changed my transmission & rear end fluids at 42,000 miles, i went with Royal Purple fluids,
I also replaced my differential cover, so that the fluid can be checked or changed without pulling the cover
The Power Steering & Radiator fluids i changed at about 60,000 miles
when my brakes wear out, i will change the Brake Fluid

I have 80,000 plus miles on my Ram & i do a lot of long distance driving when doing a job
so i like to be ahead of the normal service times

snrusnak 01-04-2013 09:06 AM

For some reason everything is not in the manual.

They list "severe" use change at ~50000 miles for the transmission, but don't list a regular use change interval(although I believe member transengineer commented it was good for ~100000-150000 miles under normal use).

They also don't list the cooling system schedule in the manual.

I change half the transmission fluid(via a pan drop), the filters, and gasket every ~50000 miles on my truck, and I drain and refill the coolant every ~50000 miles also(I use the universal type). It's more than needed but it's inexpensive, easy, and keeps the vehicle running a long time. This is pretty much what I do on all my vehicles and they always run 200,000+ miles with minimal issues before we sell them.

I also try to flush the power steering and brake fluids every ~100000 miles, change pcv valves every ~100000 miles, and fuel filters(if serviceable) every ~50000 miles. Then of course other maintenance as needed.

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