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Old 07-30-2011, 05:57 PM
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Glad you were able to find it. Wish mine had a drain plug, unfortunately only the fill plug is on mine. I want to change my fluid to synthetic and will either have to pump it out our take the cover off.
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Your truck needs the recall done.
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Your truck needs the recall done.
His doesn't have the recall since it was built in Feb 2011.
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Yep your right, I need to remove one of these covers on the newer trucks and see what they did to correct this. I apologize i didn't see the build date.
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i have a drain plug not on the cover, just in from the cover on the housing. drain plug is the same size as the fill plug. anyone have any idea what hex size it is. my largest is a 10 and it's way too small. thank you.
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BTW- Here is my axle info from the build sheet>

DMDS 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
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It may be because you have the 3.55 rear end. I know my truck was built in late March/early April and I have the drain plug on the rear of my differential; however, I have the 3.92 rear end.
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9/16" hex. Just pulled my cover to inspect and change juices.
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Sorry, i don't trust Ram as far as i can throw a house

If your fill plug is not real close to the center of the axle tube, it won't give the axle bearings out by the wheels enough lubrication
the Recall was because the fill plug was only about an inch or less from the bottom of the axle tube, if you were driving on a road that makes your vehicle tilt a bit, the axle bearings on the high side would not be getting any fluid.
The dealerships were told to take off the vent tube that is on the very top of the axle tube & add something like 8 ounces of fluid, until the replacement rear cover with the slip in plug was installed
this was only on Rams with the new ZF 245mm rear end

The older Corporate 9.25 rear ends came out with a plug at the proper level

Personally, i went out & purchased a rear differential cover that has a fill & drain plug
the drain plug is magnetic & it will grab any metal filings that may be in there
So now i can drain the oil, check the drain plug & refill the rear differential without pulling the cover, if there are no metal filings

pulling the rear cover, buying a new gasket, applying the sealant, Then refilling the fluid is an extra cost that i didn't want & then the wasted time involved
I went with a fancy cover, but you can get them cheaper, but mine is cooler

By the way, the Generation 4 rear ends all have synthetic fluid in them, i won't begin to say about 2008 & older
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thank you both. i'll take some pics.
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