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Old 11-06-2013, 10:55 AM
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ok so I'm on the fence about changing the dif fluid. it looks real simple, but thats when the automotive gods like to mess with me . first things first should i up grade the diff covers? i have a stock 09 2500 4x4. next any tips or tricks would be helpful. my plan is to crawl under the truck and crack the pumpins open and drain into a drip pan and then simply clean seal and fill. no big deal right.
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It is a pretty simple task. If you have to work outside or in an open garage, after draining the fluid, you might consider wrapping some plastic such as a plastic grocery bag over the gears to keep dust or dirt from blowing onto the gears while cleaning the mating surfaces. For a gasket, I have always used RTV black with good results. As to up grading the covers, there are many who say the better units are the bees knees and then there are others who say they do not do much. Personally it makes sense to me that the better units with a larger capacity of fluid and cooling fins may indeed help keep the gears cooler when under heavy loads. This is my personal opinion and assessment of the technology and not from personal experience and comparison before and after.
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I like the after market cover, because of the looks, but also most of them come with a drain plug that is magnetized
I will never have to again pull the cover to change the fluid, Unless i see several metal filings on the magnetized drain plug
That would mean that there is excess wear or damage, then i would have to remove the cover to do a full inspection & possible repair

I have the 1500 Ram & it uses a 9.25" rear end
I believe the 2500 Ram rear axle has the 14 bolt - 11.5"
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GTyankee you make a compelling case for after market diff covers, worth considering if only for the ease of future fluid changes.
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The AAM axle in the rear of the 2500 has a reusable gasket. If you drain carefully without damaging it. I prefer to remove all the bolts except for two at the top and bottom. Loosen the remaining four with out removing them and then give the diff cover a few solid whacks with a deadblow. This will pop it free and let the oil drain without the cover or gasket going flying or making a huge mess.
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