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Old 12-22-2009, 08:35 PM
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Question Transmission Cooling - 2006 Ram 2500 Diesel

I bought a used (43,000 miles) 2006 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty quad cab long bed to pull a 10,000 pound 5th wheel trailer. I picked up information from various sources indicating that additional transmission cooling would extend the life of the transmission. What are the pros / cons of adding more cooling capacity? Or, will regular transmission maintenance be just as good as more cooling?

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FYI - This is my first pick-up truck and first diesel engine. So far so good. I am following Dodge maintenance intervals and using Cummins Stratopore oil filters and Cummins fuel filter elements.
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We haven't seen any heat related transmission failures at my dealership. Additional cooling likely won't hurt anything but it will prolong the time it takes the fluid to get to normal operating temps. Regular maintainence should keep your trans in good shape for a long time to come.
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Thanks for the response - unless I find some definitive information on heat-related transmission failures I will stick with regular maintenance. With the proper care I do expect a long life from this Dodge/Cummins truck.

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Take a look at this thread.... http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=44780
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Your truck should have heavy duty cooling anyway . If you need to install a trans cooler , I would recommend you go with a factory unit . I have installed them on several Rams . Easy to install , and looks great when done .
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I have not had any overheating problems - but I have yet to tow my RV in the summer. Thanks for the input on the factory cooler. I will keep close track of the transmission fluid condition.

Does the trans on an '06 2500 diesel require manual adjustments of bands or internal parts?
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800,000 miles - and I assume that is without a rebuild. Wow. Do you recommend maintenance that goes beyond the factory manual?

By the way, what is a lift pump?
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800,000 miles - and I assume that is without a rebuild. Wow. Do you recommend maintenance that goes beyond the factory manual?

By the way, what is a lift pump?
Probally referring to fuel pump on the frame rail that gets the fuel to the motor.
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If you follow the maintainence schedule for severe service, you should be fine. Regular adjustments aren't normally required but it is possible. The lift pump is the electric pump in the tank that pushes fuel to the injector pump.
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If you follow the maintainence schedule for severe service, you should be fine. Regular adjustments aren't normally required but it is possible. The lift pump is the electric pump in the tank that pushes fuel to the injector pump.
Pretty sure the lift pump is not in the tank.
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