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Old 03-13-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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2016 Ram 1500 8 speed trans

Been going all over this new truck of mine and found out something I haven't come across before.
The transmission has engine coolant routed through it to aid in getting it up to optimum operating temp sooner. And here all these years we have concentrated on keeping transmissions running cooler. Engine temp is running at 206 and trans at 177 on a run in to town today.
Did some online research and found out this whiz bang ZF 8 speed is a whole new breed. Has no oil dipstick and uses it's own special oil that is good for the lifetime of the truck.
There are even powered shutters in front of the oil cooler to aid in rapid warmup. They do fail in the open position or are supposed to.
Gonna be interesting to see how this all works out towing in the Arizona heat.
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I Have a 2015 Ram 1500 with the 8 speed tranny behind the V6 EcoDiesel 4X4. Love the truck rides better than my Town and Country Limited. Only pulled with it once about 18 miles RV Dealer to home. Pulled a 27RKSS dry wight 6400 lbs, not a problem pulled a steep grade about 1 mile long, downshifted 1 time. Filled up before picking up the trailer and reset the mileage gauge, checked it when I got home 11.7 miles per gallon. Very pleased with the truck.
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Ram has been using that transmission for a few years (not sure exactly how many), It has gotten really favorable reviews. Lotsa folks don't like the "hockey puck" gear selector (I personally like it). Unbelievably smooth and with eight gears it keeps the engine in the power band you need. You can use the steering wheel controls to set the maximum gear you want but I'd like to see it allow you to control upshift points.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:28 PM   #4
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Toyota has it also - has to do with oil viscosity - warming up trans fluid quicker - operating temp is were the least wear will occur IMO. It great you can get a temp read out vs my old gauge.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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Modern technology at it's best. We were just starting to get these newer trucks into the ADOT fleet when I retired and had some training on the newer features plus the new R1234YA Freon.
I don't even have 150 miles on my truck yet.
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You may want to check the maintenance schedule for the trany. I think you need a filter and fluid replacement at either 100000 or 150000 and the cost is near $1000
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2016 Ram 1500 8 speed trans

My Ford is different but has the same concept: getting the tranny warm ASAP. No fluid goes through the cooler until it is up to about 160. Then only 10% until 186. Then opens wide and allows all fluid to pass through the cooler. I monitor the temp like a hawk with my Scangauge. The highest temp ever was 204 last July pulling from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Has only been above 200 four times in 22,500 towing miles at 98% of GCWR. I should note that I changed out the fluid and filter at 40K and 80K miles.


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Old 03-14-2016, 03:40 PM   #8
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You may want to check the maintenance schedule for the trany. I think you need a filter and fluid replacement at either 100000 or 150000 and the cost is near $1000
Yeah I looked that up. Crazy thing is that the filter is integral to the pan and you change pan and all. Looks like it's the oil that is pricey as well.
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Yes. Damn near fell off my chair. !!!
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:28 PM   #10
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Looks like parts will run $335.00 or so. Less with my jobber discount. Oil @ $32 per quart

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