Originally Posted by 96ram1500
I just got a gear vendors overdrive unit. I called and got a part number for the lubricant. I went to Dodge and got it (along with a $25 receipt) and it says its formulated for the nv4500. Its a synthetic transmission fluid. Does anyone know if there is a cheaper fluid that would work just as well? To buy one of these new, it will run about $3200 so I really can't chance it. But I bought it to gain some fuel mileage and spending $25 every 5k miles will offset my gains.I could use some advice. Thanks.
FWIW, I did get a manual recently (call Gear Vendors and request one!) and the manual says to change the oil at 10,000 mile intervals (and clean the filters). I did notice the website says, "Recommended service interval - change fluid every 5,000 miles depending on severity of duty". The website also says, "Fluid type - GM#1052271 petroleum based or GM#12346190 synthetic" but does not mention the Mopar synthetic oil - #04874459.
Maybe you can go 10,000 depending on severity of use and the synthetic oil? Call Gear Vendors, they have been helpful to me so far. I would be interested in the answer as well. I will go 10,000 on my fluid changes because I do not tow or haul.
02 2500 4x4 SLT Laramie, QC, SB, 120K, Dropped, 47RE, HTS VB, 241DHD, Gear Vendors, 4.10, QuadZilla Scout, 4" Exhaust, FASS HPFP, Draw Straw V