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Old 08-19-2012, 06:44 PM
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For the 4x4 system according to the pics above you just pull the fill plugs on all 3 and check the fluid for proper level and color.

Your axles have two plugs. One on the bottom and one a little over half way up the cover. Pull the plug on the cover and stick a finger in there if fluid doesn't come out. If your finger can reach the fluid then the level is ok. Next look at the color. A dark brown or blackish color is bad and the fluid will most likely smell burnt. If that is the case then change the fluid by pulling the bottom plug and draining all of it. Refill with whatever fluid Dodge says to use in the manual.


Transfer case is done the same way but the bottom plug may not be on the very bottom. It will be located lower on the rear face of the case iirc.

I only have my tires balanced every 15k miles. I rotate them myself and use a torque wrench since I have never seen a tech use a torque wrench on lug nuts. They run the nuts down with an impact and I hate that. As for alignment I have that done whenever I feel the truck start to pull or the steering wheel goes off center after hitting something.

I agree with the power steering flush as I have seen first hand how weak the power steering setup is on these trucks. Had a customer come in for a complete power steering replacement on his 07 Ram with 65K miles on it after the pump failed and sent metal fragments through the cooler and lines.
What do you torque the lugs to?

I recently show a car show that said "it wasn't if your brake rotors would get warped it was when...when the lugs weren't put on with a torque wrench."
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My owners manual shows on page 105, for our cone shaped lug nuts, torque should be between 120-150 Ft Lbs. I usually set mine in the middle at 130-135FtLbs.
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Over torqueing the lugs leads to warped rotors according to the instructors at uti. Not that I put a lot of belief in that but it does make sense to me so I torque my lug nuts myself unless the dealer has to remove the wheels for something. My last two jobs required a torque wrench on all lug nuts so it became a habit.

As for the torque spec I do find it interesting that military HMMWV's are torqued to 125ftlbs and our trucks are torqued to 130ish.
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