2nd Gen Ram Tech1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.
How much oil in the 5.9, and whats the best type to use?
It usually takes about 5 quarts, but I add 4 and then start it up to let it run just for a few seconds to fill the oil filter and then I check it and add until I'm satisfied with the level. Most times it actually takes about 4 3/4 quarts, and not exactly 5.
I run 10w-30 in mine as that's what the manual calls for in my 01.
You may or may not need to actually jack the truck up to change the oil. Mine is slightly higher than stock as it has a 3" lift and 33" tires, but I have plenty of room to get under there and do it without jacking the truck up, and I don't think a few inches lower would make much of a difference. That being said, if you do have to jack it up, never get under a vehicle with it supported on the jack. Make sure that you are using jack stands to support the vehicle before getting under it. That's my public safety announcement for the day.
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Offroad Edition with the 360.
+1 on jacking it up. If you don't have to don't. More crap will come out if it's sitting level(plus the safety factor). Also warm the engine up a little before hand and let it drain a good half hour or so.
And if you have the cross member right there, take the oil filter out of the box and fold the box to guide the oil into your drain pan.
2000 2500HD 4X4 5.9 and 4:10's,HF tuned SCT,Red-Head gear box, HS 1.7's,
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