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Old 04-12-2005, 02:45 AM   #1
 
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OK here's my situation. We are moving (driving) from Alaska to Michigan in 3 weeks.

I have an '03 2500. Truck has a little over 14k miles on it.

According to the B service plan, I need to change my axle fluids (front and rear). But I've never towed a darn thing with the truck.

Problem is, I can't get the correct gear lube from Mopar (long story) in time. So my choices are...

See what NAPA has that might be good stuff or use some Pennzoil...
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Do nothing and just enjoy the trip.

I can't imagine NEEDING service at 15k for gear lube...but that's what the manual says.

Any thoughts/suggestions?

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Old 04-12-2005, 03:37 AM   #2
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get it service! make sure you get the mopar additive for your rear end too!! i got a buddy with a 02 ram 1500 and when he pulled the cover there was metal pieces in it had to take it to the dealer and got a new rear end.the good thing was i keep telling him to service it so he did and got it done under warranty before it ran out. VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE WARRNTY.
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:22 AM   #3
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TAT2 is right... get the service done before you leave. You have three weeks... plenty of time. Call our man in the trenches (Art) at Henson Motors - he can express ship Mopar differential fluid and the additive (if you have LS). Call 1-800-530-JEEP, ask for parts, then ask for Art. Tell him you're with HTC.com... you'll get the "good price"
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Old 04-12-2005, 02:01 PM   #4
 
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Unfortunately fluids can't be shipped air - they have to come by barge. So basically I'm SOL, unless I want to use Valvoline 75W-90 synthetic.

Also, there is no LSD additive for the 2500 and 3500 trucks, for everyones knowledge.

I'm gonna do it myself this afternoon using the Valvoline.

Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2005, 04:07 PM   #5
 
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Went ahead and changed it...wasn't too bad...but the magnet was full of metal crud shavings, and I did find one 1/4"-1/2" metal piece in the bottom of the pumpkin...so I'm glad I did it.

I plan on changing over to Lucas Oil once we get back to the states.

Thanks to everyone that replied!

And for those wondering...the 2500s have a rubber gasket (no RTV needed), and they 2500s do NOT take LSD additive.

Andy
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I'm scheduled for the 22nd to have both diffs changed over to Mopar synthetic 75-140. They told me $100, maybe a little more to do both. They said this synthetic goes for $18 per quart. Oh well, I am anxious to see if they find anything when they crack the pumpkin. Out of the 17k on the truck, I've been towing for at least 5k of it. We'll see!!
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$18 per quart is a good deal... I think I paid $24 for Mopar's 75-140
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I don't get it? I had the 9 1/4 on my 98 ram and wen't over 100,000 miles trouble free(then traded for hemi). It was 4wd and i abused it. How are there so many problems with these trucks rear ends leaking and breaking. My buddy has 03 4.7 and his rear end was leaking so its not a power issue. Did they change something?
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$18 per quart is a good deal... I think I paid $24 for Mopar's 75-140
Well that's good for me then. I thought $18 sounded like a lot, but at least I am getting a good deal for once from my dealer.
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