Transfer case fluid, owners manual missprint

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Hi guys after having my torque converter changed yesterday I decided to check the transmission and transfer case fluid which was down about 3/8 below the hole. I was concerned if it should be to the bottom of the hole so after looking in the manual I got confused on what transfer case I have. After much research I have the BW44-44 on demand transfer case. The two manuals I have state all transfer cases take atf4 except NGV246 takes special fluid. No mention of the fluid for the BW44-44 so what does it take. I found a pdf owners manual online and it has a different page than the paper manual I have and it states special fluid for the BW44-44. I am now at a loss and pissed off. Pretty bad that dodge cant decide or tell us the proper fluids to use in our trucks. Mabey I should spend a hour looking at the stupid dvd they provided instead of a proper paper manual. Can some tech or expert please tell me what fluid to top it up with and if it even needs to be topped up, the drain and fill plugs were factory sealed and the fluid color in the transfer case is red. Thanks
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Mike, what's your VIN number (last 8 digits)? I will first double-check and confirm which transfer case you have, then check on the fluid spec for you.

We do frequently have more than one edition of an owner's manual. If we discover errors, we correct them and publish a new version (which should also be available online). So I suspect the info you found in the online manual is correct (Mopar® BW44-44 Transfer Case Fluid), but I will try to verify that for you. My apologies for the confusion!!
Mike, still checking on this. No word back from my t/case contact yet. I will let you know....

Your VIN shows that it has a sales code DH8 transfer case, which is indeed the BW44-44 model.

The fluid in that t/case is ATF, but it's not our usual ATF+4®. It uses a Dexron III ATF. So apparently the Mopar BW44-44 Transfer Case Fluid is Dexron III ATF. You should be able to find that at most any parts store.
Mike, I asked one of our transfer case engineers about the fluid spec, and he sent me the spec for the factory fill fluid. According to the info he sent, it's Dexron III fluid.
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