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Old 10-06-2013, 07:32 AM   #11
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Opinions on Dodge Ram 2500 with hemi.

Originally Posted by lsttype View Post
Well so far I love this Dodge. It is 2wd drive so I'm hoping the ball joint issue won't apply to my truck? Do these trucks have some piston slap or noisy valve trains while warming up? It seems to be a little noisy until it warms up. Definitely not as quiet as my 5.3 in my gmc.
Sorry but no getting around the ball joint issue. They will be bad before 100,000 miles. Sorry

As for the noise be sure and keep the oil changed every 3000 miles. The 5.7 hemi's are prone to sludge when the oil is not changed regularly.

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Old 10-06-2013, 01:57 PM   #12
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What do you guys use for oil in these hemis? I was thinking about putting mobile one synthetic but the last owner was saying its always had valvoline. I must say that so far this is a nice improvement over a half ton. Is my auto transmission a 4 or 5 speed?

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:30 AM   #13
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I only ever ran whatever oil I got on sale. Every once in a while I would find synthetic NAPA brand cheaper than regular so it got used sometimes. Since you are going to change it every 3,000 miles anyway per the service intervals, regular oil is fine. Make sure all 16 spark plugs get changed every 30k with basic copper plugs as well. Your truck has the 545RFE 5 speed auto transmission and a full float AAM 10.5 rear end.


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