Taking a proactive approach to try and combat some of the head gasket and transmission issues I hear about these trucks. If any of you would be so kind as to tell me if I am on the right track with some of this info I have collected and help out with some that I am not able to find on the net.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500.
4.7 liter, auto tranny, 2wd.
I assume I do not have the Dana 60?
I have collected that the cooling system capacity is 5.5 quarts. Is this correct? What kind of antifreeze would I require? I will be using the premixed kind so I dont have to worry about procuring distilled water and what not. Also will change the thermostat. Any special procedures or tips for this? I have only flushed on cooling system before but that required running vehicle and refilling while hot. All the aluminum in this engine has got me nervous.
The trans capacity is also 5.5 quarts? When I do this I will change the filter as well and switch to ATF+4. Any problems with the fluid that will be left in the torque converter and the new ATF+4? This is something that will take place in the next couple months.
The diff., which I assume is not the Dana 60 because it is not 4wd will take under 3 quarts of gear oil. I am planning on pumping old stuff out with a lower gear unit pump and putting it back in the same way unless gasket is leaking. I also am going with synthetic 75w90. Is this the correct weight? I know it has to be GL-5. I will also need a LSD additive? Where would I get this additive?
I have already changed the oil to a 5w30 syn blend and Mopar filter. The PCV valve and air filter will be changed in the next day or so.
Thanks for any help, advice, or ideas. Am I on the right track or missing the boat? Also, can someone tell me where to download an online copy of the owners manual for this truck? I have the original book but the pages are all seperated and mixed up. A free download would be perfect
BTW, I have nicknamed my truck the "Gray Goat", because it is gray and my little girl was looking at the steering wheel and pointed out that there was a "goat" looking back at her LOL.