The Dodge Ram 1500 automatic transmission requires Mopar+4 automatic transmission fluid or equivalent and Mopar manual transmission fluid or equivalent for manual transmissions. I know companies like Royal Purple have testing facilities and groups of mad scientist cooking stuff up and trying it out. Shuttle shift and not wanting to shift out of first at all. This is not a problem with new or rebuilt replacement parts, but by now most of the original seals in vehicles made prior to 2000 are are the verge of failure due to age and heat degradation. Is this Valvoline the same oil? Anyway, i have several early model Dakotas, notably from 1991 to 1995, and one 2000 Dakota, and i have went through a host of transmission issues with them. The 450 Lb-ft input rating is a continuous and conservative input rating for a long transmission life. We know you love your Dodge Ram 1500 and want to make sure it's taken care of maybe he or she even has a name? There is something to be said for a shop that can test a transmission not in a running vehicle and testing components individually.
Using helical gearing with all speed gears in constant mesh and all speeds synchronized, this transmission will handle 450 ft-lbs of torque, and vehicles with a combined gross weight of 19,000 pounds. Your custom converter will help tremendously, too. Either the engine specs lie, or the transmission can take more than 450 lb-ft, despite its rating. The transmission comes with a matching billet input shaft and the torque converter has an enhanced stall and a host of internal upgrades. My truck is sitting around 80k miles with limited modifications for performance. Pretty cool feature I think. I know it will not be cheap to run any of the top shelf fluids.
When adding transmission fluid to your Ram 1500, be sure to add it slowly as the transmission fluid capacity is reached quickly and it is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill. But I'm no expert nor do I have the ability or time to contact every person for their companies research paperwork lol. Just go ahead and call the phone number at the top of the page and a friendly specialist will help you out. At around 60 some thousand miles it started shuttle shifting Check the forums here for those details and fixes. I cant understand why anyone would think a fluid can survive for 100's of thousands of miles and not be replaced. Some time later, he got an urgent phone call from Dodge; they couldn't put a mermaid on their burly trucks.
For older transfer cases, you can upgrade to newer synthetic base fluids, but you should rebuild or at least replace the old seals as additives in synthetic fluids may not be compatible with old seals. Tapered roller bearings support the drive gear, mainshaft, and countershaft in the gear case. This video shows you how to add transmission fluid to your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. Yhis tag provides the transmission model number, build date, and part number. So, you have pricing leverage at the least. .
Unless instructed otherwise by the flushing machine manufacturer, I would clean the pan thoroughly and change the filter before flushing an automatic transmission. Maybe I'm right maybe I'm wrong?? The shift forks and rails are all located within the aluminum cover which is bolted to the top of the gear case. Okay back to the topic lol. A standard duty version is used for 5. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, and other major automakers also require unique fluids. The new system should hold around 15 quarts give or take a little.
Licensed fluids are periodically sampled from stores to assure quality. Much like engine oils, coolant and fuel itself. He called up Chrysler and proposed a trade: a new, red 1932 Royal Eight, for a hood ornament to match anything from Rolls-Royce. Dexron itself is the General Motors-specified fluid from far back in automotive history. I have always had transmissions flushed and changed out and always demanded a new filter be installed.
The transfer case can get so hot that conventional gear lubricants will literally be cooked. After posting I did find your article on transmission survival. Without reducing the merits of Royal Purple or Amsoil products in the least, and I have used Amsoil in many performance applications over the years, the key to automatic transmission survival is a quality fluid that will work with the friction materials in the clutch assemblies and also overcome the critical issue of foaming. On the other hand, Mopar is not in the oil refining business, and its lubricants are private label products that come from reliable mainstream producers. I'm more about the science. Would I take the Valvoline approach? Okay, my topic is about transmission fluids.
A reverse gear inhibitor mechanism prevents reverse gear engagement when shifting into forward gear ranges. So with that prospect I did some research. As for the fluid advice. Flushing is useful because the machine will exchange the fluid in both the transmission unit and the torque converter. This was a dealer purchased rebuilt transmission less than 4 years old! All gear ranges including reverse are synchronized. The shift lever is located in the shift cover bolted to the top of the shift cover and operates the shift forks and rails directly.
The lesson was that companies like Valvoline offer specific lubricants for distinct applications. Yes others testimonial reports are helpful and appreciated but I like proven data. I will say that many fleet operators have a strong affinity for Valvoline products. To fill the transfer case or differential, fill the component until the fluid begins to run out of the fill hole. Now I know what your saying about equivalent and replacement. Adding the remote filter and cooler added a half of day to the swap but it should be worth it.