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    Question 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 360 transmission question...

    I'm going to change the fluid and filter on my '97 dodge ram in a few days. I am looking at filters and Autozone has an "A-Z" brand filter that is 5.49 with gaskets. Oreilly has Wix brand for 7.49 and Pioneer brand for 7.99. I think A-Z filters are generic and I don't want to put a low quality filter in a sensitive dodge/chrysler transmission. I know Wix is a good brand but what about pioneer? Maybe I'll just get one from dodge, mopar.
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    Is there a NAPA nearby? I like their filters, which I belive are WIX. You could by the WIX filter and be confident it is okay.

    I have always used Napa filters in my Ram's. Only had to replace two transmissions out of the 6 I had.
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    That transmission should be a 46RE, which is a pretty stout piece. I have the 44RE in my Dakota. I changed the filter and fluid last summer, at about 170,000 miles. I don't think the fluid in there was original, so it had been done before. It shifts nice and smooth.

    I don't remember what filter I used, but it was a generic one from Autozone or Advance. They're usually all the same anyway, for things as low-volume as transmission filter kits. Use ATF+4 and you'll be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
    That transmission should be a 46RE, which is a pretty stout piece. I have the 44RE in my Dakota. I changed the filter and fluid last summer, at about 170,000 miles. I don't think the fluid in there was original, so it had been done before. It shifts nice and smooth.

    I don't remember what filter I used, but it was a generic one from Autozone or Advance. They're usually all the same anyway, for things as low-volume as transmission filter kits. Use ATF+4 and you'll be good to go.
    I'm changing the fluid tomorrow. I was hoping to adjust the bands but I didn't know which transmission I had so I didn't know how many turns to back it off. I'll probably just call dodge in the morning and ask.
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    1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 5.9 46RE, 182,000 Miles
    Prev. 97 T&C LXi 184k 3.8, 94 T&C 3.8 156k Miles, 93 GV LE 3.3 123k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason View Post
    That transmission should be a 46RE, which is a pretty stout piece. I have the 44RE in my Dakota. I changed the filter and fluid last summer, at about 170,000 miles. I don't think the fluid in there was original, so it had been done before. It shifts nice and smooth.

    I don't remember what filter I used, but it was a generic one from Autozone or Advance. They're usually all the same anyway, for things as low-volume as transmission filter kits. Use ATF+4 and you'll be good to go.
    Is mine the 46RE or 46RH...electronic or hydrolic? If it's electronic will it have a buzzing solenoid pack as other electronically controlled chrysler transmissions have?
    2001 Infiniti i30 3.0 DOHC V6: VQ30DE 177,000 miles; 1999 Nissan Altima GLE KA24 168,000 Miles
    1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie 5.9 46RE, 182,000 Miles
    Prev. 97 T&C LXi 184k 3.8, 94 T&C 3.8 156k Miles, 93 GV LE 3.3 123k

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    I was happy to use a filter and gasket from the Dodge dealer. I don't recall the filter being all that expensive. The gasket may have cost more because it was a lifetime gasket.
    This was on a 2003 Dodge full size conversion van with a 360.
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