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Old 04-26-2011, 07:53 PM
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We just bought a 2011 Ram 1500 crew cab sport with a max tow rated at 10,020 lbs.
We have a 6600lb (dry) trailer with tongue weght of 630lbs. We had no water in it and typical stuff in the bed...cooler, generator, some fire wood and luggage...maybe 200lbs. Driving up some good grades from Phoenix to Payson, we smelled a very strong smell of rear differential fluid. I know that smell as we previosly had a Aramada and blew out the RD towing a few years back. Bought the Ram as I thought it was capable. Anybody have an idea why this is hapenning again? Could it be to much tongue load? The Ram back end was riding real low..again a weight factor, but think it should handle it. Anybody else have this problem?
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Does you Ram fall within the build dates of the rear end RECALL??
type you VIN# into this website, you will see it on the very left side of the page
https://www.ramtrucks.com/hostb/crossbrand/owners/en/

on that same page, there is a ton of other information, like tow & haul ratings
http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_payload/2011/
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Check out this thread, there is a recall on the rear diff for what seems most of our trucks. The pinion bearing isn't getting enough lubrication. Had mine done last week.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=78910
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more then likely its the recalled rear diff. I had to tow a 2300 lb trailer with abut 300 lbs in the bed last week. I did not have any smell but when the dealer called and told me all my parts were in I talked to the service manager and we are going to look at the rear dif together to make sure no damage was done due to lack of lubrication.
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