Transmission Pan Gasket Leak

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Hey RamNation,

I have a very small leak coming from my transmission pan gasket. I'm getting ready to go out and buy the gasket and transmission fluid. My question is, what type of fluid should i use and HOW MUCH? AutoZone recommends ATF +4 Valvoline Full Synthetic. Is that a good fluid to use? Should i add any additives while I'm changing it? Does it matter that my engine oil is not Full Synthetic? As much information about the job will be much appreciated!

Also, does the transmission filter just pull out and the new one pop in?

I believe i have the 46RE transmission.

Thanks RamNation, you're the best!
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On a 2nd gen ram, there won't be a drain plug unless someone added one or you have an aftermarket pan.
Your filter is held on by either 3 phillips head or star head screws.

NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER use gasket sealer on a tranny pan gasket, espacially a rubber one, unless you want to redo the job. At the most, use a few drops of super glue to hold the gasket in place. Tranny fluid will cause composite cork gaskets to swell and help them seal. I have never used sealer.
Make sure the pan sealing rail isn't distorted around the bolts and carefully striaghten with the appropriate tools on a flat surface if they are.
Torque specs for the pan mounting bolts according to my haynes manual are 150 INCH/lbs...or just a bit over hand tight. You don't want to distort or tear the gasket because it will leak.

ATF+4 is the only thing you should fill your tranny with. I prefer Mopar brand but it is pricey.

Your '96 should have the 46RH transmission. I can't remember what year Dodge crossed over to the RE but the filter and pan gasket are the same.
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