correct dealer only tool. I remember someone found that one from a couple years old ram pick up would work. here is what is says
A discussion about the lack of a tranny dipstick on dodgemagnum.net yielded a post of the text from the service manual. ref post here (http://www.dodgemagnum.net/phpBB2/v...der=asc&start=4
Ok despite the Service Manual detail on how to check fluid level, I thought about this and really that applies to any car where the level of the tranny fluid changes based on temperature.
So, with that in mind, why do this one different than others. I think it's about keeping people from putting the wrong fluid or excess fluid in and causing most of the tranny issue out there. This is what I gather from reading posts about LH and other Chrysler trannys for several years.
Now what. Well, I decided to pull a dipstick out of another car and try it. The 300M dipstick is too short and has a long handle that would not clear the hood. My 1994 Dodge Ram 5.9L dipstick fits perfect. It has a short black handle and the gasket seems to fit on the tube correctly.
With a cold tranny, the dipstick from the 94 Ram reads on the add mark or about bottom of the cross-hatching. I drove to the car wash and back 10 mile roundtrip, car running the whole time during the wash. The car and tranny are at what I consider "Normal" driving operating temperature, like when you check other cars. 94 Ram Dipstick reads full right at the top of the cross-hatching as expected. Voila!
I suggest those that want to, get a 94 Dodge Ram Tranny Dipstick. Part # 52117607 (stamped on the dipstick). I'm gonna pick up one next time I'm near the dodge dealer.