Dodge 47RH, 47RE Transmission Service

47RH/47RE Automatic Transmission Service Procedures

The Chrysler 47RH and later 47RE automatic transmissions are found in 1994 to 2002 (and select 2003) model year Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 models equipped with the 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel. The factory automatic transmission service interval for trucks equipped with the 12v Cummins is 24,000 miles/24 months and 30,000 miles/24 months for later trucks equipped with a 24v Cummins (ISB). Transmission service includes replacing the transmission filter, adjusting the transmission bands, and refilling the transmission with new ATF.

Applicable model years: 1994 - 2002 Dodge Ram 2500/3500, 5.9L Cummins diesel
47RH/47RE fluid spec:MOPAR ATF+4
47RH/47RE fluid capacity: ~4 qts service refill, 14.5 - 16.5 total ATF capacity
1994 - 1997 transmission filter:MOPAR 3515996, WIX 58707
1998 - 2002 transmission filter:MOPAR 52118789, WIX 58613
47RH/47RE transmission pan gasket:Mahle W39003TC

The topic of power flushing vs draining and refilling the transmission has been debated until both sides are blue in the face. We don't advise power flushing for various reasons, including 1) on the advice of our transmission expert, 2) it requires specialized equipment that most DIYers do not have access to, 3) it risks dislodging and moving particles on transmissions with many miles, 4) it's a relatively expensive operation, and 5) it requires a skilled technician for the process to be performed correctly. There are many industry experts on either side of the fence, but none can argue that dropping the pan, replacing the filter, and refilling the transmission with new fluid is not beneficial towards prolonging transmission life.

The 47RH, 47RE, and later 48RE automatic transmission found in Dodge Cummins applications also require periodic band adjustments. For more information, see: 47RH/47RE/48RE transmission band adjustment procedures.

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Transmission pan

• Place a suitable oil drain container below the transmission.

• Remove all but (2) of the transmission pan bolts using a 13 mm socket; leave (2) bolts near the center of the pan on opposing sides.

• While holding the transmission pan firmly against the transmission, loosen the remaining transmission pan bolts 1/2 to 3/4 out. Carefully lower one corner of the transmission pan so the fluid can drain.

Transmission pan removed

• Remove the transmission pan entirely and drain the remaining fluid into the oil drain container. Discard the transmission oil pan gasket; the gasket is NOT reusable.

Removing transmission filter

• Locate the transmission filter. Remove the (3) bolts securing the filter to the valvebody using a T25 Torx driver, then remove and discard the transmission filter. Note that a significant amount of fluid will drain once the filter is removed.

Transmission pan cleaned

• Thoroughly clean the transmission oil pan, including the inspection magnet. Ensure that all debris, dirty fluid, gasket material, clutch material, and other contaminants are removed. The transmission pan gasket mounting surface must be clean and smooth to ensure a leak-free fit.

New transmission filter installed

• Install the new transmission filter in reverse order. Torque the Torx bolts to 35 in-lbs (inch pounds).

New transmission pan gasket installed

• Align the transmission pan gasket on the transmission oil pan, then position under the transmission and install the bolts hand tight.

Reinstalling transmission fluid pan

• Snug all transmission pan bolts down then torque to 156 in-lbs (inch pounds) in a criss-cross, star, or alternating sequence. Torque all bolts a second time clockwise or counter-clockwise around the pan to ensure none were missed.

Filling transmission with new ATF

• Fill the transmission with new ATF through the dipstick tube. The service refill capacity on the 47RE and 47RH transmissions is approximately 4 quarts, but this is only an estimate. Reinsert and check the fluid level frequently as you add fluid to prevent overfilling. When the dipstick indicates that the fluid level is within the normal range, start the engine and check the fluid level at idle; adjust accordingly.

• Cycle the shifter through all ranges (P, R, N, D, etc) and recheck the fluid level; add fluid as necessary. Finally, take the vehicle for a short drive and add fluid as necessary.