First Oil Change on the Ram 1500 Hemi 5.7

Hello there readers. It hasn’t been to awful long since my last posted update on here but on Tuesday August 15th, 2017 I decided it was time to get the factory oil out of the truck and swap in some good synthetic oil and a better filter than OEM.

I have done a lot of reading and research on this before I made any purchase or decision to do the oil change myself. I will cover most of my mindset here not just for you but for future reference and information as well as maybe any issues that could potentially pop up at a later date.

Let us start with this. When I leased my truck the dealership gave me three free oil changes and tire rotations as a “nice” gesture. They did the same for my wife’s Durango also and we have used two of them. While they are free and a good value their service along with availability and speed lack what works for more working people these days. Not to mention my trust level with my truck. I am taking the best care of this thing as I can and doing something myself helps me mentally know it was done and done right.

Next was the decision and research on what oil I wanted to use and why. Also which filter is good to use with synthetic and for protection to get the metals wearing through the motor trapped effectively. For this I went to the wonderful world of the internet of course. Where else can you find some actual valuable knowledge? Yes we all know everyone has an opinion on what is the best, worst, and even ugly because like butt holes everyone has an opinion.

Wading through various sites, videos, and forums for days or weeks I made the decision to stick with an oil that Ram (Chrysler/Fiat) recommends per their warranty. However, I went with the best that was available for the brand and level of viscosity per the owners manual. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5w-20 was the one I landed on. As for the filter it seems Royal Purple is the go to as a top filter and used the one designed for my specific engine the #1048. Alright so with the decision made I went to Amazon to make the purchase since not all items I chose are locally available.

Items arrived and it was time to make an evening free to do the task at hand. Well here is where it got tricky. In Fiats infinite wisdom they made the access to the filter very tight and awkward to access. Once you get to the filter there is little room to work with and/or get a filter wrench or strap in there to turn the filter loose. From the factory the filter is put on by a machine super tight and is a bear to get loose. Needless to say I wanted to do this project quickly and figured it wouldn’t take that long and be more or less easily done.

I had purchased a filter plier type wrench and had a regular metal filter wrench as well to get it off. Ha! I tried both of those to no avail. The plier type started to slightly dent the canister so I stopped. Called it defeat for the first night as I was exhausted anyway from a long day of work and a concert we attended the night before. Figured I would go to the net for information on tips and look for a different type of tool to get the filter loose.

Tuesday. Oil change attempt #2 in the evening after work. I got a filter strap wrench from a friend near by and while it also dented the canister more it worked. I loosened it and then let it cool down some more before changing it. The rest of the process went seamlessly well sort of. As I mentioned above the filter location is crappy and many have tried tricks to help prevent a mess when changing it. I tried the gallon baggie over it so I could capture the oil as it loosened and whatever else would come down once it was off. Well, that didn’t work so hot no pun intended there. The oil was collected in the baggie but it started slipping down as it filled and while twisting the filter off at the same time it tweaked the bag even more and made the oil seep out onto the outside causing my grip with one hand to be less than ideal.

Once the filter was off the next problem was how to get it out of the tight spot easily and without a mess. No such dice for me with that. I dropped the baggie and the filter. Baggie ended up on the garage floor as did a 1/4 quart of oil and the filter landed on the suspension and then the floor of course spilling out all over. Oh well. Got the new filter on and started cleaning up the spilled oil on the truck itself and me.

New oil in the truck, new filter on. Everything looking good but then while cleaning up near the new filter I noticed it fit differently than the OEM factory one did. It was a little smaller in diameter and did not fill to the outside of the filter cup to the truck. It had me baffled that maybe I had the wrong filter but everything I checked said I didn’t. Finished clean up and took pictures of the new filter and made posts on forums for advice and peace of mind. No one had any information on this and also voiced their confusion, also said how did it compare to the factory size otherwise and if it was leaking. No leaks and when the truck was started there were and are no issues at all.

I then reached out to Royal Purple on Wednesday and asked plus sent photos of the situation for them to see and verify. I got a quick response and he also verified the correct filter was bought and used. I will paste in his reply below for information.

Hi Brian,

Thank you for writing back with that information. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 cross references with and is our recommended replacement for the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter that you removed from your 2017 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi engine. The reason why you are seeing this clearance on the filter mount is because our 10-48 oil filter is not as wide as the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. This is not uncommon to see from manufacturer to manufacturer a difference in the height or outside diameter (width) between the filters that cross reference with each other because of there being so much filter overlap on applications.

The main concern is making sure that the filter has the same thread size, the gasket dimensions match up, and that the by-pass valve pressure rating is in range of the manufacturer. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 has the same thread size as the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter and best matches the gasket dimensions and by-pass valve pressure ratings of the OEM oil filter.

Functionally there is no issue using our smaller Royal Purple 10-48 oil filter in place of the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 will still be a step above the Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filters use a 100% screen-backed synthetic micro-glass media that provides superior filtration while keeping flow restrictions low.

Thank you for inquiring about Royal Purple, and have a great day!

Best Regards,

Cody Bartkowiak

Automotive, Technical Support

 

With what he replied with I will let it go and see what I decide to go with next time. It wasn’t bad overall and the next time the process should be quicker and easier hopefully besides clean up which I think will always suck with the oil filter aspect. The location is the killer here. The other part was the seven quarts in the pan to dispose of.

I have a Harley oil pan that contains the oil so I can take it somewhere to dump it. It was half full and no way this oil was going to fit unless I tipped it upright and went in the out spout. Had my wife hold the funnel and I started dumping it in. The pan it was in was full and as I poured into the Harley pan it was spilling everywhere. Fun times. Got it all done and garage floor cleaned up.

Looking back it was a challenge yet fun fulfilling experience and feel accomplished with it and that in the end is what matters not to mention that the truck is now well protected with a great quality oil and filter.

Because I like to add photos to all my posts there will be several added to the bottom here shortly after this posts. Thanks for reading and if you have any comments, tips, or anything feel free to send them my way.

 

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3000 Mile Update and 4 Months in…

Good morning everyone.

It has been a little bit since I was on here telling you all or really maybe only myself about this truck so far. That’s okay I want this for reference as stated in the very beginning so I and you can see if Ram is worth buying or leasing. Plus more importantly staying with long term.

As the topic for today’s post notes I passed 3000 miles as of yesterday. It has been in my possession for 4 months already. Started off racking up the miles fast but as much as I love driving the truck this far I need to pay attention to and remember that there are a limited number of miles I am allowed to drive the thing in the 36 total months.

The weather here in Iowa has been HOT and dry. I also own a Harley-Davidson Street Glide that was finally paid off last month and I love to ride. Whenever I can I will be riding it and it serves many purposes in regards to this topic. It is cheaper in gas. Better gas mileage of course. It’s a blast to ride. It’s paid off now and finally it saves me mileage on the Ram!

The last month or so has been very busy on our home front which is a good thing. We had a week vacation where we did a lot of little things around our area and had a travel day to the NE part of the state. The truck sat in the garage for almost three weeks straight maybe driven twice for a quick to and from. Otherwise no need to move it. A lot of miles were saved last month and that is awesome cause who knows when the snow will fly or for how long winter will last and saving some of those miles will help later on.

Don’t have a lot of updates on any issues or any changes since it has been sitting. No new rattles or noises. I am still pleased with the truck. It was given a quick wax/sealant again with Meguires fast wax. Wanted to see how it would last and be overall. It just rained here and it beaded well but of course it was the first water it has seen so far. Will wash it after the weekend rain and go from there.

Weird to think there is only roughly 30 months left with the truck already. If I count down this way it will go quick if one looks at it by years it seems longer. It will go quick no matter what.

Oh, and one last thing that is important to note here is my son recently got his permit. We have been starting/teaching him on our Dodge Durango so far. He is having issues with its length and sensitivity. There is no way he is ready to try the truck yet and even he is nervous about it. Not to mention he knows how anal I am about it anyway. They grow fast and before long he will be in his own vehicle (hoping a small truck to start with) and then graduating from high school.

That basically sums up this update this time. Fall is around the corner and will be driving the truck a lot more very soon and am also going to take it in pretty quick for the first oil change however I am contemplating just doing it myself more so cause I am already not a fan of the dealers work and ethic. Long story maybe for another post.

Thank you all for reading if you have and not to mention staying loyal to my random blogs. Have a great weekend. Pictures of my Harley and mileage shots will be added below.

 

 

 

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One month update

Good evening followers. Today it has been one month since I got the 2017 Ram 1500. It went fast for sure and feels like the newness has not quite wore off yet. Surprising cause I thought it would. Wanted to give some up updates and thoughts.

One things I will start with is miles. This is a lease and when I signed the paperwork 30 days ago I agreed to 15,000 miles a year or a total of 45,000 for the three years when it gets turned in. This is an issue for anyone in a lease really. The salesman and I discussed this and we agreed that the mileage we picked would work. As of today I am at 1610 miles. Went roughly about 1568 miles in one month. 35 months left… if I keep that pace up I will be at roughly 52,500 miles give or take. Guess I will be policing my driving little more to save miles when I can. If I don’t then $0.20/mile will add up to a lot.

It will help that we live closer to things than we used to and school is now out for the summer. Other than sports for kids and going to and from work it will hopefully be easy to keep better track and pace at racking them up. Also getting more two wheel time on the Harley will help to and from work pending weather of course.

Modifications. In the last month I have taken the badges off. Cleaned it my way but need to really clay it and give it a good wax on one of my days off. Would love to give it a ceramic coating to help protect it the best but it is seriously pricey. Yesterday I got the front windows and visor tinted. Got to have this done. Only other thing left that I feel is a need is a rubber bed mat to help protect the bed. Would love to have a spray in liner done but still am not convinced that I will keep this truck yet. Did purchase some floor mats off of Amazon but I was in a hurry for some dumb reason and trying to save money at the same time since they are not cheap. I ordered a quad cab set not the crew cab for which I have. FRUSTRATING!!! What I ordered was the Mopar factory rubber slush mats. Today they were sent back and I ordered Husky liners instead since they have better coverage but cost more. Lessons learned in the end though.

Since the annoying noise I had coming from the back is now more or less stopped. Thank goodness. It will rear its head every once and awhile and all it takes is a little tap on the rear of the center console and it stops. There are other noises I hear now and again that annoy me and I’m not sure why really. Well that’s not entirely true. With my Ford F-150 I got used to certain noises that it made. The 2012 and 2014 both had door rattles and rear window rattles. The 2014 was a little better and the rear window got fixed when it was taken out for body work and re-set back in.

Why the noises get to me in this new truck is probably higher expectations for interior quality and a brand new truck of a different make than what I have had the last seven years. Hoping to have this truck prove it is better in all ways and that it’s worth maybe buying at the end or getting into another one. Not convinced as I said above. However, there is a long ways to go so we will see. It could also have to do with the newness not wearing off so I am extra sensitive to each noise and bump. Not used to this trucks manors and how it drives on everything or in all weather yet.

Part of my issue is also my OCD. I am very anal and want everything perfect and when I find an issue or problem it nags me and I end up obsessing over it until it’s either fixed or taken care of in some manor. Examples are the annoying noises. The tint I had done yesterday had to be fixed today due to an issue with the visor strip having bubbles and looking not like I wanted. The tint though I paid for and it should be done and to my expectations. The company had great customer service and had no issue fixing anything with a smile and a hand shake each time.

The other issue is as stated the newness. Once the truck isn’t “new” to me anymore I more than likely wont notice as much or be as critical. Well at least I hope this is the case anyway. Only way to know on this is with time, or the saying is time will tell. With all of this I feel bad for my wife. She is awesome though cause she deals with my complaints and issues and will always help me when she can. Today alone I called her twice to share my frustrations with things. Thanks babe!

One month in. 30 days down. 35 months to go. A lot of days to see what this truck has in store for me and my family. Many seasons to perform well I hope. Overall still at this point I am pleased. Love the looks of it. The performance is getting better and better and even gas mileage is slightly going up as the engine breaks in. It is feeling more like my truck and about have it where I want it for the lease limits that I am able to change. All of which can be switched back easily if need be.

Oh, one last thing. Not sure if it was mentioned in my previous blogs or not but somehow all of my vehicles have been given a name. Yes you can admit you talk to your vehicle and therefore it needs a name. Usually men call their calls a female name and females give it a males name. Betsy is a common name for some odd reason. With this said my daughter kept asking me what the trucks name was or did I pick a name yet. One night in the garage as I cleaned it up my wife and daughter were in there and we picked a name. After some Google searching for something related to the color red it was determined it shall be named “Blaze”.

Blaze take care of us and we will treat you well.

Thank you all for reading and I will be back to update here in a few weeks or less.

 

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Ram 1500 1000 miles in the book

Good morning my blog readers. The two recent posts were quick and simple. Should have spent more time on that but as life goes sometimes there is less time than needed to work on something. So far I am enjoying this because I am able to put all my thoughts, concerns, and ideas down and have them for reference to when and what. Hard to believe that a thousand miles have already gone by.

Where do I begin today? First off I still can not believe I have this truck. Didn’t think a deal would be worked out and didn’t think it was the right time but I wanted to make a change for some financial reasons but it wasn’t necessary either. When the salesman said they were making deals he wasn’t wrong so I had that on my side. It was a long night and when you get something this big it can take time to set in. Beginning to feel like it has.

As I drove off of the lot that night with a little over 42 miles I had no idea how long it would take for me to add up each mile and also knowing I have to be careful as I can only use 45,042 in the 36 months I am renting it basically. At the same time I am going to enjoy those miles and see if this Ram is worth while. If it ends up being a good truck then I will either lease another or move on to something else. As a side note the 2019 model will be a make over on this truck so it will be exciting to see what happens there.

The truck is very nice. Rides well. Has great power which one would hope with this engine and gearing (3.92). Gas mileage at this point is hovering between 16.5 and 17.0 hopefully it gets a little better but it is a heavy truck so am not to worried about it overall. There are a few things that I really love about the truck and a few things that will take some adjusting to.

Things I love.

  1. Air cooled seats.
  2. Seat comfort.
  3. Overall styling and looks of the truck.
  4. Color scheme and options I picked.
  5. Key less entry.

Things I am not sure about yet.

  1. Feeling comfortable with size when pulling in and out of garage with the front bumper and tow mirrors.
  2. How well the leather/vinyl will hold up on the seats.
  3. How the interior is black but the pillars and headliner are tan.
  4. Some of the interior rattles and noises that are happening.
  5. Wind noise coming from the doors.

In regards to those two lists above I am sure there will be more added to each or a couple moving from love to not sure and vice versa. It is all part of owning a vehicle and of course I am being super critical especially since I am keeping written tabs on it. Maybe I am being my own worst enemy here. Time will tell.

In these miles I can definitely tell the motor is opening up. The transmission is still shifting kind of oddly when coming to a stop and when taking off from a stop. If it hasn’t decided what gear to use it will rev up higher than needed. Wondering if there will be some updates needed when I take it in for the first oil change. Have read that the updates can take a few hours to accomplish so that is neat.

Let’s discuss those noises I brought up. Wind noise is becoming somewhat apparent in the front doors. It isn’t horrible yet but more noticeable than my previous truck. My biggest pet peeve currently is a rattle that is coming from the center console. It was getting so so annoying three days ago that I could literally no longer take it. After I got home from work I had my wife come out and jump in the back and see if she could isolate where it was coming from.

We took off and within a couple of blocks she was able to pin point the noise coming from the center lower console in the back below the vents. All she had to do was lightly place her foot against it and silence! It was a relief believe me. That night I went over the console and looked on the internet for ideas and possible fixes. There were problems with some of the consoles on older trucks for the lids not closing properly but mine are tight and there is no squeak coming from the top parts. I used some rubber weather stripping just in case to see.

The next day though the noise was back but slightly less abrasive. I reached back and tapped the same spot and it quit. I can not figure out what the noise is coming from and can’t see inside of it. The dealer is going to have to be the next option to see if they can isolate it. Sounds like something is lose and tapping on something. Either the vents tubes are not connected well or the cigarette plug is loose inside. If it isn’t making noise it’s so blissful. At this point the noise is still coming back.

I have washed the truck at least four times. Gave it a spray wax once so far and couple spray detail waxes. I like my vehicles clean and done my way also as noted before. It needs to have some clay bar done on the hood and other spots, probably should all over. Then a good coat of sealant. This is only my second red vehicle I have owned. Want to see how well I can keep the paint in great condition.

That is about it for now. Plan on keeping at least weekly updates on the truck from here and for sure after the first oil change in a couple months or less. Let me know if you have any comments, ideas on some solutions, or whatever with this blog. I truly appreciate the time you take in reading this. Hope you all have a great week.

Pic below is after I had cleaned it and went to the local dam to take a few pics a couple of weeks ago.

 

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