FindItMore | Formally part of the Dodge family, RAM spun off and formed a new division in 2010, further capitalizing on the popular name of the pickup truck lineup. After the spinoff, RAM continued its powerful engine lineup that includes a 3.6-liter V6, Hemi V8, and a bevy of diesel-powered engines. All these powertrains provide years of reliable service if they are correctly maintained according to a strict schedule. In this article, we are going to go over what you can do to make sure your RAM is running in top shape, as well as how often you need to do them.
When to Get an Oil Change
Our article consultant, Kendall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, says that without a doubt, one of the best things you can do for your RAM is to keep the oil changed. All the guidelines for your RAM center on the oil change indicator, which is a system that lets you know when to change your oil. For example, owners of the Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab pickup will need to change the oil every 4,000 miles at the earliest and 10,000 miles at the latest. The system will eventually learn your driving habits and if you take a lot of short trips, or use E85 fuel, tow a trailer, or tend to travel through extreme heat or cold, the oil change indicator will alert you via a light on the dashboard, that you need to get your oil changed. It’s a cool feature on the RAM, but regardless a synthetic oil and oil filter change should be in the cards for you no later than 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.
Other Maintenance Areas
Outside of oil and an oil filter change, the RAM manual also recommends that you should have a RAM technician check and rotate your tires, check the brake components, including pads, hoses, rotors, and the parking brake system. Finally, be sure to have the battery checked as well as the terminals and connections. If you tend to do a lot of off-roading, the engine exhaust and cooling systems should also be tested, as well as should the engine air cleaner.
What to do Every 10,000 Miles
Every 10,000 miles, your RAM will need some additional service. During these services, and in addition to a crucial oil and oil filter change, the technician should also inspect spark plugs, air filters, braking systems, and suspension components. These levels of maintenance will continue every 10,000 miles, and once your truck reaches 100,000, it’s an excellent time to change the spark plugs, coolant, and transmission fluids.
One of the best things about every RAM truck is that the company provides its consumers with a three year and 36,000-mile warranty that gives you with bumper to bumper coverage of each RAM branded vehicle. That combines nicely with a five-year, 60,000-mile engine warranty that protects all the parts related to the engine, transmission, axels, power components, and four-wheel drive. When you take these fantastic warranties and adhere to the RAM maintenance schedule, you ensure that your pickup will be running for years to come. Be sure that you complete your oil changes on time and make sure all your components are in working order so you can continue your RAM journey!