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Old 10-09-2012, 07:42 AM
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I have a 2003 Ram 2500 4 door, 4wd. It's a 2500 with about 170k on the odometer and I think it's time to change the trans fluid
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Should I take it to a shop and also have them adjust the bands?
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:55 AM
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I believe your truck has a 545rfe transmission, although it might be a 45rfe. Basically though, they are identical transmissions with software changes. So it will be the same service either way. There are no bands to adjust.

Here's a write up I did, it's pretty easy with basic tools:

http://ramforumz.com/showthread.php?...ht=545rfe+step
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:26 AM
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I would recommend a complete sustem flush to rid the trans AND converter of all the old fluid. It costs a bit more but it worth it IMO.
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Great write up! Thanks!
How would I also do the torque converter flush? Shouldn't most of that fluid come out when I drop the pan?
Sorry if I sound like a dumbass!
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My write up exchanges ~half the fluid. I do this at ~50,000 miles which is ~twice as often as what's in the manual. This replaces half the fluid twice as often. In my eyes that's more than enough.

^he is a tech though so probably knows what's best but I've heard the flushes can cause issues(if not done on schedule).

To me, I just would rather DIY and not have to leave the driveway...
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Could i use this stuff? i bought it for my old 2006 Dmax with allison trans but sold the truck i
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Not sure, maybe ramtech or transengineer could answer that one...
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Could i use this stuff? i bought it for my old 2006 Dmax with allison trans but sold the truck i
I can't access the picture (our firewall at work blocks Photobucket and all other image sharing websites), but if it's not labelled as MEETING the ATF+4 spec, then I would not use it.
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It says:

Amsoil Torque-Drive Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid
Recommended for all Allision (something I can't read here....trans model it appears to be) applications and as a replacement for TranSynd
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I'm with TransEngineer. I wouldn't use it unless it specifically says it meets the spec.
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