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Old 04-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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transfer fluid, filters and advice....

What's everyone's opinion on the when, what and why of changing transmission fluid? Also on my 05 1500 how's the filter system work? Looking for help as she's got 125k miles and I've never changed the fluid. These last few warm weeks I've noticed an increase in transmission temp while climbing the pass, and the fluid is not a bright red, but more or a light brown and smells a little burnt. Looking for your opinions on what you would do.

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Old 04-14-2014, 01:54 PM   #2
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In the heading I meant transmission not transfer. Gotta love auto correct
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
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Sounds like it could be time for a complete change...if you're keeping it for a while longer and working it pretty hard - many would recommend a high quality synthetic fluid, new filter, maybe a sonnax line booster or shift kit, additional cooler and an aftermarket deep pan.


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WAY OVERDUE. Don't flush it, just do a drop 'n' drain. Maybe one soon and another is a couple of months.
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Drop pan change fluid/filters at 125k Deff don't flush it. Even now there's some risk involved but a lot less than flushing. This is why 30k intervals are rec regardless of what dealer says.
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There are different filter kits for 2wd and 4wd. Some say to only use factory filters, I am using Wix with no problems. Don't buy cheap on the filters. Watch the O-ring on the flat filter. Mine stayed in place so I re-used it.
Fluid is either generic ATF+4 or Amsoil & Royal Purple make more expensive general purpose (not ATF+4) fluids. All ATF+4 fluids are licensed by Mopar and contain the same additive package, so I would buy the generics on price. I am using NAPA fluid. You're not going to get all the fluid if you just drop the pan so with your mileage you might want to do it again before too long. For that reason I would not spend the extra on Amsoil or Royal Purple if I was you.

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thanks for the input folks. what's the recommended brands and the difference between a line booster and a shift kit? also recommended brands of deep pan, and will this pan pose a threat to itself when on the rock infested two-track roads that weave thru the sagebrush in Nevada?
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Are you 2WD? If so you could use the factory 4WD steel pan I believe. Good time for a drain plug, too!
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If you go with the pan for the 4wd, you will also need to use the screw on filter for a 4wd.
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