Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Drive Axles

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



For the limited slip differentials, use genuine Dodge hypoid gear oil (part number 8149630EX) or equivalent. For the conventional axle, the API classification is GL-5 or higher and viscosity recommendations are as follows:



Above -10°F (-23°C): SAE 90, SAE 85W-90, or SAE 80W-90
 
-10°F (-23°C) to-30°F (-34°C): SAE 80W, SAE 80W-90
 
Below-30°F (-34°C): SAE 75W
 

LEVEL CHECK



See Figure 1

Inspection and replacement should be performed any time a problem is observed or suspected. Severe usage conditions may require shorter intervals-refer to the owner's manual for your truck.

The fluid level must be checked every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) on conventional differentials. On limited slip units, change the fluid every 30,000 miles (48,000 km). To check the fluid level, first make sure the wheels are chocked and then simply remove the plug from the side of the unit. Place a drain pan under the drain and fill plugs to catch any spillage. It may be necessary to raise and support the vehicle on jackstands to access the drain and fill plugs on the differential unit. If the fluid runs out or you can feel with your finger that it's not more than 1 / 4 inch (6mm) below the level of the hole, the level levels is satisfactory. Otherwise, add the specified fluid with a syringe-like device you can buy at a local auto parts store.



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Fig. Fig. 1: The oil level on the rear differential should be flush with the plug hole or slightly below

DRAIN & REFILL



See Figures 2 through 8

  1. Make sure the wheels are chocked. Install a drain pan under the drain plug, located in the bottom of the differential housing. Place a drain pan under the differential unit to catch the fluid from the drain plug.
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  3. If there is dirt or build up around the plugs, use a wire brush to remove the dirt. This will help keep contaminants out of the differential fluid.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Drain and fill plug locations



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Fig. Fig. 3: The front differential on 4WD models can be accessed through the skid plate



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Fig. Fig. 4: Prior to plug removal, use a wire brush to clean the area around the fill plug to keep dirt out of the differential housing



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Fig. Fig. 5: When draining the rear differential, loosen and remove the fill plug, located on the back cover of the unit



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Fig. Fig. 6: Unscrew the drain plug to drain the differential unit oil



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Fig. Fig. 7: After installing the drain plug, fill the unit with clean gear oil until a little runs out of the fill plug hole



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Fig. Fig. 8: Be sure to use a new gasket when installing the fill plug

  1. Remove the fill plug from the side of the unit, making sure to retain or replace the fill plug washer.
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  3. Remove the drain plug, keeping it in your fingers.
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  5. When the fluid has drained completely, replace the drain plug, making sure the gasket is retained on the plug.
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  7. Add fluid until it runs out of the filler plug hole, and install the filler plug.
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