My vehicle use falls somewhere in between, I change my axle oil every 30,000 miles. Stop your truck from smoking! This requires the complete removal of the cover. First make sure you have the right box. Pry bottom of the differential cover away from the housing. The only change i can figure out is Dodge used to uses Dana diffs and now use American axel.
If you change then at the same time, you will find the front looks almost new. The catch is that the convenient door is on the back of the box and you have to remove the heater box to get to it. Cover the exposed differential gears. Torque down the differential cover bolts. Don't be surprised if you destroy the bearing in the processand if it still doesnt come out you might end up having to change the stub shaft coming out of the differential as well as… Unbolt tire, pull out cotter pin at end of axle, break nut loose on the end of the shaft. Beware…most problems in the front occur because of too little use, not too much and changing the oil frequently in the front does nothing for that.
Mo- par limited slip additive or equivalent. During this time, you should also rotate your tires to even out the tread wear. The front axle can then be pulled out with the wheel bearings attached. Understand Your Maintenance Schedule The best way to explain your Ram 1500 maintenance schedule is to break it down by mileage. Diesel engines last longer and burn less fuel per mile, but do require more and different maintenance than a gasoline engine.
One benefit being the improved traction. You'll also need to change the transfer fluid case. With your truck's rear end on jack stands, it's also a simple matter to determine your rear differential gear ratio. You may be able to go 30,000 to 50,000 miles between rear axle oil changes. One benefit being the improved traction.
The fluids for the differential depend upon the type of differential installed. Our Service Center is fully equipped to perform the necessary maintenance on your Ram 1500 to get it working properly. I think i will do the oil changes at least every 30K because we do tow a 12500lb 5th wheel. Step 2 — Remove differential cover and drain Although some other pickup truck brands conveniently have both a drain plug and filler plug on their rear differential housing, Ram trucks of this vintage do not. Most of these recommended routine maintenance tasks you can do yourself at home for practically no money, as long as you have a few simple tools and the time to invest.
Remove sealer residue from the cover mount surface. Maybe because of the heavy duty nature of your truck, and the assumption that it would have severe duty. You'll need to have your spark plugs replaced. This guide will cover two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, gas V6, V8 and V10 engines, as well as the Cummins turbo-diesel. They only have a single filler hole sealed with a rubber plug. A second way is to look for a metal tag that should be held under one of the bolts holding the rear diff plate on.
Identify the proper type by locating the vehicle information sticker under the hood of the vehicle or consulting your owner's manual. To help you along in keeping your vehicle performing well, here's your Ram 1500 maintenance schedule. Thanks for all the info. I have a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 6. Another thing you should know is that the differential must be regularly maintained and serviced by replacing its fluid. The box has a convenient door panel that you can open to remove and replace the core. Be sure to repeat the services every time you add that specific mileage to your Ram 1500.
Differentials used to go 100,000 between changes. Determine the source of that pesky oil leak leaving a stain on your garage floor. Corperate, Dana or American axles. Wait the oil change light comes on at only 3500 miles?? We'll contact you shortly after you submit the service request to confirm your appointment with our Service Center. Use a old socket to hold on the lossened bolts and pound on the bolt heads until the hub till loosens up and falls… One should always consult the owner's manual before performing this type of work. It might be necessary to check and adjust it when troubleshooting a performance, emissions or noise problem. If you drive in dusty areas, tow a trailer, idle or drive at low speeds for extended periods, or drive for short periods less than four miles at a time in below freezing temperatures, even smaller intervals are recommended.
I have attached pics of the fluids. You should also replace your engine air filter. Use brake parts cleaner and an abrasive pad to clean the seal residue. It will be interesting to see what the oil looks like at the next change. To change the front U-joints, begin by loosening the bearing assembly.
This is a statement from the owners manual; Drain And Refill Vehicles operated in normal service do not have regularly scheduled oil changes. By the time I get back to Ca. Each service interval will correspond with a factory recommended mileage that indicates the services and inspections you need in order for your vehicle to perform efficiently. Time is tricky because every driver is different, so mileage is the best way to measure your vehicle's necessary maintenance. When you see smoke coming from your Ram's rear axle, act fast. Use an old rag to clean the differential housing. I did that a few months ago and a printout arrived the next day with all the build details that I will ever need to know.