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I read, in one of the truck forum, somebody changing their transmission fluid at 30k miles. I didn't see in my '09 owners manual anything about changing at 30k.
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From what I have read Dodge trannys have been very delicate for many years. I have learned it is best to change the fluids every 30K miles and that's what I follow. Hasn't caused any problems so I guess it works. I had neighbors with a Ram that lost their tranny at 40K (probably no maintenance & hard driving). I don't know about the newer Dodge trannys, but I have followed the same schedule with my wife's 08 Rav. Only costs a few bucks and can cave you a bundle in money and headaches. If your tranny has a dipstick then go for it, it's easy to do. If no dipstick, then it's a little more complicated, but do-able. Ramtech will probably chime in with his opinion soon enough.
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With Dodge's and their "Dodgy" trannies, I go ahead and do a drain and refill/filters every 30k. (or 6th oil change, whichever comes first), at around $100 to DIY (including fluid) its cheap insurance for me.
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Jack, 60,000 miles is the first place I can find it in the owners manual's recommended maintenance. Doing it earlier won't hurt anything especially if you are towing or off roading.
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With Dodge's and their "Dodgy" trannies, I go ahead and do a drain and refill/filters every 30k. (or 6th oil change, whichever comes first), at around $100 to DIY (including fluid) its cheap insurance for me.
I don't mean to highjack your thread, but I am curious about this too.

How difficult is it to change the tranny fluid? I change the oil in my Mistress every 5,000 and the worst part about it is the location of the filter and the hassle of keeping oil drain off the R & P. I would have no problems tackling this as long the process and tools are similar to the oil change. Currently, she's at 26,xxx so this will be needed before summer.
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Tranny drain & fill are easy but can be messy. 1-Look for the tranny pan under the truck, does it have a drain hole? If so open & drain. If not, drop pan, make mess, clean up mess. 2- Drop pan, clean off all gasket material. 3- Replace filter. 4- Put new gasket back on and close up pan. 5- Use dipstick no refill tranny fluid to proper level. 5a- If no dipstick then use whatever special tool is needed to refill. 6- Drive around a bit then go back and recheck fluid level. Simple! Anyone with a few tools can do it.
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Tranny drain & fill are easy but can be messy. 1-Look for the tranny pan under the truck, does it have a drain hole? If so open & drain. If not, drop pan, make mess, clean up mess. 2- Drop pan, clean off all gasket material. 3- Replace filter. 4- Put new gasket back on and close up pan. 5- Use dipstick no refill tranny fluid to proper level. 5a- If no dipstick then use whatever special tool is needed to refill. 6- Drive around a bit then go back and recheck fluid level. Simple! Anyone with a few tools can do it.
Its not difficult, but there is no gasket made for our trucks transmissions. It is an RTV Silicone sealed pan. It is EXTREMELY messy if you dont have a plug. Next time I do mine, I am going to Drill/Tap and install one.

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I don't mean to highjack your thread, but I am curious about this too.

How difficult is it to change the tranny fluid? I change the oil in my Mistress every 5,000 and the worst part about it is the location of the filter and the hassle of keeping oil drain off the R & P. I would have no problems tackling this as long the process and tools are similar to the oil change. Currently, she's at 26,xxx so this will be needed before summer.
Worst part about changing the tranny fluid is working around the stupid exhaust pipe. Service manual says take off the Y-pipe. I never do, saves an hr, but causes some cussin'.
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Wow, that's a PITA for you guys! I have plenty of clearance to do mine. Y pipe is in front of tranny, and tranny support is behind the pan. I have heard that Dakotas have to remove the tranny cross member, but don't know for certain. My only problem has been the lack of drain plug. I intend to remedy that next time I do a drain. It does get way too messy otherwise.
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i just turned 40,000 miles
waiting on shipment of Royal Purple for both the tranny & differential
filter(s) will be MOPAR
new differential cover delivery will set the change date, this is the cover
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i will also have a DYNO run done that day, just for the hell of it
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