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Old 09-01-2011, 09:03 PM
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I am going to try to change my trans fluid (nearly 50k miles) on my truck this weekend, or at least soon....I know it's ATF +4 but don't know much about trans fluids like I do engine oils. I want to get a good fluid, would Royal Purple be better than what I'd get at the parts store like castrol gtx? Any suggestions? I want to get a good fluid. I assume I can get the gasket/filter kit at autozone....I heard there is a second filter also though, are they both accessible? Any help appreciated!
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All fuilds are so close to eachother now there really isnt all that much of a difference between the premium brands. RP is a very good brand, and Im sure they make something for our trans's.


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Thanks. I was curious as to whether or not there was a difference like synthetic or conventional like there is with engine oil....I really like royal purple, I use it in my bike and it is the best IMO, I like it better than the mobil and amsoil products I use. The problem is it's a little harder to find. I may try it, just would like to know what others use...
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the ATF+4 is also a synthetic
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^thanks! I guess I'll just buy whatever is at autozone then if it doesn't really matter. Do you think the royal purple stuff would be better than what they have at autozone (castrol or maybe some other brands)? Or would it all basically be the same?
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you know I've been wondering the same thing. I bought a huge mag hytec 68RFE pan for my trans about 3 months ago and I can't decide on what fluid I should buy. I'm not so sure RP would be worth the extra cost but there are lots of people who swear by it. I'm leaning towards buying the Castrol GTX+4 b/c it's approx half the cost.
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I run Mobil1 Synthetic everything. I have 60k miles on my truckand have never had a transmission issue, except the one below which was my fault. I change my fluid every 20k miles, or once a year. I refuse to take any chances with a transmission in a chrysler product, after replacing 4 transmissions in 40k miles in my 2000 Ram 1500 4x4.

The trans service in the truck is easy. There is no gasket on the trans pan, it is RTV.

There are 2 filters, filter kit from AutoZone is 18.99 or something and will work fine, DO NOT pay the $98 for the kit from the dealer. One filter looks like a regular trans pan filter, the other looks like an oil filter. They both change fairly easy. DO NOT take the metal ring out of the trans hole where the pickup (flat) filter comes out. It is a metal ring with rubber attached to it. The new pan filter will have one on it. Take that off, and put it to the side. Stick the filter back in the hole it came out of, your seal should still be in place.

The first time I serviced my trans, I changed that ring seal, and did not get the filter seated in the seal completely. The filter fell part way down out of the tube, and the transmission lost all pressure. My truck was dead in the water. There is a torx head screw that holds the other end of the filter into the valvebody, but the end with the pipe that sticks into that seal does not have a screw and will fall down if you change that rubber/metal ring and do not get it seated correctly. As long as you do not damage the ring with a tool (LEAVE IT IN THE VALVE BODY AND DONT TOUCH IT!!!!) It will be reusable.

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The first time I serviced my trans, I changed that ring seal, and did not get the filter seated in the seal completely. The filter fell part way down out of the tube, and the transmission lost all pressure. My truck was dead in the water. There is a torx head screw that holds the other end of the filter into the valvebody, but the end with the pipe that sticks into that seal does not have a screw and will fall down if you change that rubber/metal ring and do not get it seated correctly. As long as you do not damage the ring with a tool (LEAVE IT IN THE VALVE BODY AND DONT TOUCH IT!!!!) It will be reusable.

^The above lesson was a $255 trip to the dealership, at a time when cash was REALLY tight. Lesson learned. Please heed this advice.
This info right here about the seal is priceless. There have been tons of guys who have messed up the seal on the flat filter and it made their truck undriveable. Other than that, it is a straight forward process.
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This info right here about the seal is priceless. There have been tons of guys who have messed up the seal on the flat filter and it made their truck undriveable. Other than that, it is a straight forward process.
Hell, the only reason I had it towed to the dealer is because I had to have it towed, and had no way to get fluid or anything like that to open the transmission again. I had NO idea it was the filter, or that it was even related to the trans service I did. All I knew was I started the truck and put it in drive, and it would not move. Just sat there and revved. I was thinking it was the actuator for the electronic shift linkage. As such it would have been covered under my lifetime powertrain, so I had it towed to the dealer.

Imagine the I did when the tech showed me what happened? I have been wrenching for the better part of a decade and that was a rookie mistake...an expensive one at that.
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Hell, the only reason I had it towed to the dealer is because I had to have it towed, and had no way to get fluid or anything like that to open the transmission again. I had NO idea it was the filter, or that it was even related to the trans service I did. All I knew was I started the truck and put it in drive, and it would not move. Just sat there and revved. I was thinking it was the actuator for the electronic shift linkage. As such it would have been covered under my lifetime powertrain, so I had it towed to the dealer.

Imagine the I did when the tech showed me what happened? I have been wrenching for the better part of a decade and that was a rookie mistake...an expensive one at that.
Don't beat yourself up over it, that's for sure. If I had a $ for every time I have heard guys having an issue after changing the trans filter, well I would still be poor but wouldn't be as poor as I am now. It is so common that they should really include some info about the seal in the box with the filter.
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