Yeah, I've been looking around and 1A Auto has a lot of good videos. Glad they're a sponsor: I like the look of their replacement transmission pan. I do -not- like that 1/3 of the reviews state that their drain bolt leaked.
I'm getting the sense that Dodge does not like drain plugs or gaskets. Makes DIY a pita.
FWIW, I've worked on a lot of cars...just not a Dodge or, rather, a Ram. The use of liquid sealants makes quick work become long work. Permatex states most of their gasket material needs 24 hours to set. Plus, they don't let you fully torque the bolts (finger tighten until the sealant squeezes out of the flange, wait an hour or two (depending on the exact sealant), then add 1/4 to 1/2 turn. That is NOT a torque value. Plus, the wait for 24 hours for the RTV to cure before adding fluid??? Grrr.).
A gasket is SO much easier...both removing and installing. And the lack of drain plugs? That's a mystery.
My goal is:
*Both differential fluids. (75w90 up front, 75w140 w/LSD in rear.)
*Replace rear pinion seal.
*Transmission fluid and both filters. And swap on a pan with a drain plug.
*Oil's been done. (Mobil 1, 5w20. 5 quarts came out. It took 7 to get to full, as expected with the new Mobil 1 filter. 204a?)
*Transfer case fluid.
*Coolant flush and replace with Zerex G-05 and distilled water, 50/50 mix.
*Engine Air filter
*Cabin air filter...if it has one. (Seriously...I've read some of these trucks do NOT have a cabin filter. C'mon...)
*Swap out the broken cabin fan control module. (It only works on high speed. Simple fix.)
*It stopped cooling after 3 days of use. Pull a vacuum on the AC system. If it holds, refill with the appropriate amount of r134a. If it doesn't? Well, then it gets fun, doesn't it?
* Spark plug swap. I've got 16 Champion coppers enroute. I hope the originals come out easily after 145,000 miles and 12 years. Sigh. (I'll pre-soak them all with penetrant and let them sit while I work under the body.)
I'll get the truck late on a Tuesday (10 pm), and I'll have it until early on a Thursday (0500) to be done. Plenty of time, but the 24 hour cure time is a pita. 33 hours in my driveway...I may use the permatex spray seals. They set up much more quickly.
I may even toss on a new fuel filter if it's easy to get to.
Oh...and the parking brake is totally inop, so this will give me a chance to look at the cables and see what's going on down there.
Originally Posted by GTyankee
Your setup may be just a bit different than this, but it is the only one that could find with a transfer case
You don't need to siphon anything out, he was doing it hoping to save time & hopefully be less messy
He also did not mention that the flat filter has 2 options, the 4x4 filter is deeper then the 2x4 filter
Some transmission pans do have a drain plug, A1 Auto Parts carries one & they are one of this sites vendors
I believe that these transmission pans are the same fitment, 45 RE, 545 RFE, 65 RFE