Ram 1500/2500/3500 Owners & Service Manuals

Ram 1500/2500/3500: Maintenance Schedules

Your vehicle is equipped with an automatic oil change indicator system. The oil change indicator system will remind you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.

Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. This means that service is required for your vehicle. Operating conditions such as frequent short-trips, trailer tow, extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures, and E85 fuel usage will influence when the "Oil Change Required" message is displayed. Severe Operating Conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since last reset. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).

Your authorized dealer will reset the oil change indicator message after completing the scheduled oil change. If a scheduled oil change is performed by someone other than your authorized dealer, the message can be reset by referring to the steps described under "Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information.


  • 1500 Models Only
  • Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or twelve months on 1500 trucks, whichever comes first.
  • 2500 - 3500 Models
  • Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 8,000 miles (13,000 km) or twelve months on 2500 - 3500 trucks, whichever comes first.
  • Severe Duty All Models
  • Change Engine Oil at 4000 miles (6,500 km) if the vehicle is operated in a dusty and off road environment.

    This type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty

Once A Month Or Before A Long Trip:

  • Check engine oil level
  • Check windshield washer fluid level
  • Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage. Rotate tires at the first sign of irregular wear, even if it occurs before the oil indicator system turns on.
  • Check the fluid levels of the coolant reservoir, brake master cylinder, power steering (2500/3500 Models Only) and automatic transmission (six-speed only) as needed
  • Check function of all interior and exterior lights

Required Maintenance

Refer to the Maintenance Schedules on the following pages for required maintenance.

At Every Oil Change Interval As Indicated By Oil Change Indicator System:

  • Change oil and filter.
  • Rotate the tires. Rotate at the first sign of irregular wear, even if it occurs before the oil indicator system turns on.
  • Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals as required.
  • Inspect automatic transmission fluid if equipped with dipstick.
  • Inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, hoses and park brake.
  • Inspect engine cooling system protection and hoses.
  • Inspect exhaust system.
  • Inspect engine air cleaner if using in dusty or off-road conditions.
  • Lube the front drive shaft fitting (2500/3500 (4x4) models only).

Maintenance Chart

Maintenance Chart

Maintenance Chart

Maintenance Chart

Maintenance Chart

** The spark plug change interval is mileage based only, yearly intervals do not apply.


  • You can be badly injured working on or around a motor vehicle. Do only service work for which you have the knowledge and the right equipment. If you have any doubt about your ability to perform a service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
  • Failure to properly inspect and maintain your vehicle could result in a component malfunction and effect vehicle handling and performance. This could cause an accident.


     If You Need Consumer Assistance

     Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your Vehicle

    Prepare For The Appointment If you are having warranty work done, be sure to have the right papers with you. Take your warranty folder. All work to be performed may not be covered by the warranty. Dis

     If You Need Assistance

    The manufacturer and its authorized dealer are vitally interested in your satisfaction. We want you to be happy with our products and services. Warranty service must be done by an authorized dealer.


     Soft-Keys - Engine Off Options

    After pressing the Engine Off Options soft-key the following settings will be available. Easy Exit Seats When this feature is selected, the Driver's seat will automatically move rearward once the engine is shut off. To make your selection, touch the Easy Exit Seats soft-key, until a check-mark a

     Automatic Mode

    The Stop/Start feature is enabled after every normal customer engine start. It will remain in STOP/START NOT READY until you drive forward with a vehicle speed greater than 5 mph (8 km/h). At that time, the system will go into STOP/START READY and if all other conditions are met, can go into an STOP

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