Ram 1500/2500/3500 Owners & Service Manuals

Ram 1500/2500/3500: Jacking And Tire Changing 2500 And 3500 Series Trucks


  • Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the vehicle close to moving traffic. Pull far enough off the road to avoid the danger of being hit when operating the jack or changing the wheel.
  • Being under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You could be crushed. Never put any part of your body under a vehicle that 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.
  • Never start or run the engine while the vehicle is on a jack.
  • The jack is designed to be used as a tool for changing tires only. The jack should not be used to lift the vehicle for service purposes. The vehicle should be jacked on a firm level surface only.
    Avoid ice or slippery areas.

Jack Location

The jack and jack tools are stored under the front passenger seat.

Removal Of Jack And Tools (2500, 3500 Series)

To access the jack and jack tools you must remove the plastic access cover, located on the side of the front passengers seat. To remove the cover, pull the front part of the cover (closest to the front of the seat) toward you to release a locking tab. Once the front of the cover is loose, slide the cover toward the front of the seat until it is free from the seat frame.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Jack Access Cover

Remove the jack and tools by turning the wing bolt counterclockwise, remove the wing bolt and then slide the assembly out from under the seat.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Jack And Tools (2500/3500 Series)

Remove the jack and tools from the bracket assembly.

Turn the jack-turn-screw counterclockwise to release jack from bracket assembly.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Jack And Tools Bracket Assembly

WARNING! After using the jack and tools, always reinstall them in the original carrier and location. While driving you may experience abrupt stopping, rapid acceleration or sharp turns. A loose jack, tools, bracket or other objects in the vehicle may move around with force, resulting in serious injury.

Removing The Spare Tire

1. Remove the spare tire before attempting to jack up the truck. 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

Jacking And Tire Changing
Inserting The Jack Extension Tube Into The Access Hole

2. Rotate the wheel wrench handle counterclockwise until the spare tire is on the ground with enough cable slack to allow you to pull it out from under the vehicle.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Rotating The Wheel Wrench Handle

3. Pull the spare tire out from under the vehicle to gain access to the spare tire retainer.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Pulling The Spare Tire Out

4. Lift the spare tire with one hand to give clearance to tilt the retainer at the end of the cable.

Jacking And Tire Changing
Gaining Access To The Retainer

5. Pull the retainer through the center of the wheel.

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

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.


1. Park the vehicle on a firm, level surface. Avoid ice or slippery areas.

WARNING! Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the vehicle close to moving traffic, pull far enough off the road to avoid the danger of being hit when operating the jack or changing the wheel.

2. Turn on the Hazard Warning flasher.

3. Set the parking brake.

4. Place the shift lever into PARK. On four-wheel drive vehicles, shift the transfer case to the 4L position.

5. Turn the ignition OFF.

Block both the front and rear of the wheel diagonally opposite the jacking position. For example, if the right front wheel is being changed, block the left rear wheel.

NOTE: Passengers should not remain in the vehicle when the vehicle is being jacked.


     Jack Instructions (2500, 3500 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 possibl

     Reinstalling The Jack And Tools (2500 And 3500 Series)

    1. Tighten the jack all the way down by turning the jack turn-screw counterclockwise until the jack is snug. 2. Position the jack and tools into bracket assembly. Make sure the lug wrench is under t

     Jump-Starting Procedures

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     Easy-Off Tailgate

    To simplify mounting of a camper unit with an overhang, the tailgate can be removed. NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with a rear camera or RKE the electrical connector must be disconnected prior to removing the tailgate. Disconnecting The Rear Camera Or Remote Keyless Entry - If Equipped 1. Open t

     Easy Entry/Exit Seat

    This feature provides automatic driver seat positioning to enhance driver mobility when entering and exiting the vehicle. The distance the driver seat moves depends on where you have the driver seat positioned when you remove the Key Fob from the ignition (or change the ignition to OFF, for vehicle

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