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Ram 1500/2500/3500: Jack Instructions (1500 Series)

WARNING!

Carefully follow these tire changing warnings to help prevent personal injury or damage to your vehicle:

  • Always park on a firm, level surface as far from the edge of the roadway as possible before raising the vehicle.
  • Turn on the Hazard Warning flasher.
  • Block the wheel diagonally opposite the wheel to be raised.
  • Set the parking brake firmly and set an automatic transmission in PARK; a manual transmission in REVERSE.
  • Never start or run the engine with the vehicle on a jack.
  • Do not let anyone sit in the vehicle when it is on a jack.
  • Do not get under the vehicle when it is on a jack. If you need to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service center where it can be raised on a lift.
  • Only use the jack in the positions indicated and for lifting this vehicle during a tire change.
  • If working on or near a roadway, be extremely careful of motor traffic.
  • To assure that spare tires, flat or inflated, are securely stowed, spares must be stowed with the valve stem facing the ground.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Jack Warning Label

CAUTION! Do not attempt to raise the vehicle by jacking on locations other than those indicated in the Jacking Instructions for this vehicle.

1. Remove the spare wheel, jack, and tools from storage.

2. Using the wheel wrench, loosen, but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning them counterclockwise one turn while the wheel is still on the ground.

3. Placement of the jack:

4x2 Series Trucks Front Jacking Location

There is a jack location indicator on the rear portion of the lower control arm.

Jacking And Tire Changing
4X2 Front Jacking Location Indicator

When changing a front wheel, place the scissor jack under the rear portion of the lower control arm as shown below.

Jacking And Tire Changing
4X2 Front Jacking Location

4x4 Series Trucks Front Jacking Location

There is a jack location indicator on the rear portion of the lower control arm.

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4X4 Front Jacking Location Indicator

When changing a front wheel, place the scissor jack under the rear portion of the lower control arm as shown below.

Jacking And Tire Changing
4X4 Front Jacking Location

4x2 and 4x4 Rear Jacking Location

Operate the jack using the jack drive tube and the wheel wrench. The tube extension may be used but is not required.

For 4x2 and 4x4 trucks, when changing a rear wheel, assemble the jack drive tube to the jack and connect the drive tube to the extension tube. Place the jack under the axle between the wheel and the shock bracket with the drive tubes extending to the rear.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Rear Jacking Location

Connect the jack tube extension and wheel wrench.

CAUTION! Before raising the wheel off the ground, make sure that the jack will not damage surrounding truck parts and adjust the jack position as required.

4. By rotating the lug wrench clockwise, raise the vehicle until the wheel just clears the surface.

WARNING! Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make the vehicle unstable and cause a collision. It could slip off the jack and hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough to remove the tire.

5. Remove the wheel nuts and pull the wheel off. Install the spare wheel and wheel nuts with the cone shaped end of the wheel nuts toward the wheel. To avoid the risk of forcing the vehicle off the jack, do not fully tighten the wheel nuts until the vehicle has been lowered.

6. Finish tightening the lug nuts. Push down on the wrench while at the end of the handle for increased leverage. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern until each nut has been tightened twice. For the correct lug nut torque refer to "Torque Specifications" in this section. If in doubt about the correct tightness, have them checked with a torque wrench by you authorized dealer or service station.

WARNING! A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or hard stop could injure someone in the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the extra tire and wheel in the places provided.

7. Install the wheel center cap and remove the wheel blocks. Do not install chrome or aluminum wheel center caps on the spare wheel. This may result in cap damage.

8. Lower the jack to its fully closed position. If the bottle jack will not lower by turning the dial (thumbwheel) by hand, it may be necessary to use the jack drive tube in order to lower the jack. Stow the replaced tire, jack, and tools as previously described.

9. Adjust the tire pressure when possible.

NOTE: Do not oil wheel studs. For chrome wheels, do not substitute with chrome plated wheel nuts.

To Stow The Flat Or Spare

NOTE: Vehicles equipped with aluminum wheels cannot be stored under the vehicle because the wheel retainer will not fit through the wheel pilot hole. Secure the flat tire in the bed of the truck. Have the flat tire repaired or replaced immediately.

WARNING! A loose tire thrown forward in a collision or hard stop could injure the occupants in the vehicle. Have the deflated (flat) tire repaired or replaced immediately.

1. Turn the wheel so that the valve stem is facing the ground and toward the rear of the vehicle for convenience in checking the spare tire inflation. Slide the wheel retainer through the center of the wheel.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Reinstalling The Retainer

2. Lift the spare tire with one hand to give clearance to tilt the retainer at the end of the cable and position it properly across the wheel opening.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Pulling The Retainer Through The Center Of The Wheel And Positioning It

3. Attach the wheel wrench to the jack extension tube with the curved angle facing away from the vehicle.

Insert the tube through the access hole between the lower tailgate and the top of the bumper and into the winch mechanism tube.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Wheel Wrench And Jack Extension Tube Assembled And In Position

4. Rotate the lug wrench handle clockwise until the wheel is drawn into place against the underside of the vehicle.

Continue to rotate until you feel the winch mechanism slip, or click three or four times. It cannot be overtightened.

Push against the tire several times to ensure it is firmly in place.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Rotating The Wheel Wrench Handle

NOTE: The winch mechanism is designed for use with the jack extension tube only. Use of an air wrench or other power tools is not recommended and can damage the winch.

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