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Keep Your 2017-2018 Ram 2500/3500 in Top Shape:

A Practical Maintenance Guide

By SinspeedPublished 25 days ago 4 min read

Heya Ram truck owner… Your savage 2017-2018 Ram 2500 or 3500 was built for both punishing grunt work and muddy mayhem, but like any intense performer, it needs regular care to keep coming through for you. Here’s an easy-to-follow plan to keep your Ram on a sure path to performance longevity and safe reliability.

Why Regular Maintenance is Important

Safety: Routine upkeep can keep you on top of potential issues and nipping them in the bud before they actually become ones.

Performance: Routine care keeps your truck running smoothly and efficiently.

Durability: Proper maintenance extends the lifespan of your vehicle.

Cost Savings: Preventative maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs down the line.

Essential Maintenance Tips for Your Ram 2500/3500

Engine Care:

Oil Changes: Oil and filter changes should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles. Fresh oil cuts down on friction and keeps the engine running smoothly.

Coolant: Check the coolant level and top off as needed; replace as specified in the prescribed maintenance schedule to avoid overheating.

Transmission Maintenance:

Fluid Checks Check transmission fluid at least monthly. Make sure the fluid level is correct and change it every 30,000 miles to keep it running smoothly and prevent any damage.

Brake System:

Brake Pads and Rotors: Check brake pads and rotors every 12,000 miles. Replace worn pads and damaged rotors to maintain efficient braking.

Brake Fluid:Check Your Brake System: check the brake fluid level often and replace every 30,000 miles to ensure adequate braking.

Tires and Wheels:

TIRE PRESSURE: CHECK MONTHLY Check tire pressure monthly to maintain fuel economy and improve handling. Keep the tire’s air pressure in the recommended range.

Tire Rotation: Turn your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles for balanced wear, and to preserve them as long as possible.

Wheel Alignment: Annually or whenever you detect high-mileage irregularities such as uneven tread wear or steering problems.

Suspension and Steering:

Shock Absorbers and Struts: Check these every 15,000 miles for wear or leaks. Replace if necessary to maintain ride quality and handling.

Steering Components: Check for wear in all the parts of steering regularly, and replace the steering parts that are worn.

Battery Maintenance:

Battery Condition: Look at the battery terminals for corrosion, clean if needed, and test the battery every year to ensure it can hold a charge and replace it if an early recharge is indicated.

Fluid Levels:

Checking fluids regularly (weekly) keeps them in good repair: motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid and, if or change them as needed.

Filter Replacements:

Replace air filter every 15,000-30,000 miles to get the engine the cleanest air possible and maximise performance and efficiency.

Fuel Filter: Replace the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to prevent contaminants from entering the fuel system.

Seasonal Maintenance Tips

Changing how often you maintain your truck according to seasonal changes help your truck deal with different weather condition comfortably.

Winter Preparation:

Battery Check: Cold can drain your battery and damage the vehicle starting system. Be sure your battery has a full charge and replace it if necessary.

Antifreeze: Check antifreeze level, Verify correct racing coolant mix For low ambient temperatures, antifreeze or ‘coolant’ should be added based on the manufacturer’s specifications. Additionally, some race teams use an optional additive that thickens the fluid and reduces water boiling, allowing for closer tuning of the standard water-based coolant.

Tires: Consider using winter tires for better traction on snow and ice.

Wipers and Washer Fluid: Replace old wiper blades, and use cold-climate rated washer fluid to prevent icy build up.

Summer Preparation:

Cooling System: Check on your cooling system, which includes the radiator and hoses, to ensure it does not overheat. Check that the coolant level is full.

Air Conditioning: Check the A/C system for proper operation and recharge it if necessary.

Tire Pressure: Monitor tire pressure as high temperatures can increase it, affecting handling.

Creating a Maintenance Schedule

Keeping your weekly maintenance schedule helps your truck last longer. See the sample schedule below for your Ram 2500/3500.

Weekly maintenance schedule for your Ram 2500/3500

Check the oil level.

Check fluids, including windshield washer fluid.

Check brake pads and clean the hubs.

Monthly:

Check tire pressure and tread depth.

Inspect all lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

Check and top off all fluids.

Every 3,000-5,000 miles:

Change engine oil and filter.

Inspect brakes and replace pads if necessary.

Check battery and clean terminals.

Every 15,000 miles:

Replace air filter.

Inspect suspension and steering components.

Rotate tires and check alignment.

Every 30,000 miles:

Replace fuel filter.

Change transmission fluid and filter.

Inspect and replace spark plugs if necessary.

Annually:

Comprehensive inspection by a professional mechanic.

Check exhaust system for leaks or damage.

Conclusion

You should also adhere to the basic maintenance advices on all the 2017-2018 Ram 2500/3500 models so that you can have your truck run to the best performance while enjoying more safety during the driving. The following expert maintenence advices about your pickup truck will be helpful for you. You could save money and time on these simple outline. Besides, you should stick to the routine schedule for maintaining your mighty truck. When sticking to the regular policy, you could enjoy your vehicle operate well, and fulfill all your traveling desires to varied destinations. Invest more on the maintenance of your truck, and then you will definitely get your biggest car reward more excellently for a long time. Maintain your mighty 2017-2018 Ram 2500/3500 in a good condition, then your truck could accompany you to wherever you love to go and you are aimed at traveling to, forever!

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