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PML Pan for Dodge RFE Transmissions

P/N 10304

PML Dodge Ram 45rfe tranny pan, as-cast
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PML Dodge Ram 45rfe tranny pan, powder coated
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PML Dodge Ram 45rfe tranny pan, polished
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Volume: 3 1/8 qts. over stock for 2wd, 2 1/2 qts. over stock for 4wd

Dimensions: Overall depth is about 1" more than stock. Click here for dimensions. Always check your vehicle to verify your configuration and clearance.

Number of Bolts: 15

This extra deep PML oil pan for Dodge RFE transmissions is designed to replace the stock pan on these vehicles:

  • Ram 2500 & 3500, 2WD and 4WD, with 6.7 liter diesel engine, 2007½ to 2012 or 2013 (the 3500 HD Cab & Chassis has the Aisin transmission so this pan will not work)
  • Ram 1500 with Hemi engine, 2002 - 2005
  • Ram 1500 with 4.7 V8 engine, 2002 to 2011, check clearance on 2012 to 2014
  • 2WD Dakota with 4.7 V8 engine, 2000 - 2004
  • 2WD Durango with 4.7 V8 engine, 2000 - 2003
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee with 4.7 V8 engine, 1999 - 2004

2013 and newer trucks: Cooling lines (tubes) run close to the stock transmission pan on many models, starting in 2013. This pan has cleared the cooling lines on all trucks so far. See Installations below for notes, video and pictures.

This PML transmission pan increases the amount of fluid by 2 1/2 to 3 quarts over stock. It is about 1 inch taller than the stock pan.

Once installed, this pan will not be parallel to the ground. The transmission case gasket surface is also slanted. Other PML pans for the Dodge RFE transmission are parallel to the ground once installed.

PML makes four different pans for the Dodge RFE transmission series (45RFE, 5-45RFE, 65RFE, 66RFE, 68RFE). The stock pans and filters are also shown in the image below for reference.

PML transmission pans for Dodge rfe transmissions

If you have a skid plate, you may need to move it downwards away from the transmission. Please see information on an installation further down on this page. These Jeeps (along with some Dodge vehicles) usually have skid plates that limit clearance:

  • Liberty CRD, 2005–2006 (check skid plate and see installation below)
  • Wrangler 2010–2011 2.8 Diesel (check skid plate)
  • Grand Cherokee, 2005–2010 (check skid plate)

The following vehicles most likely will need a PML pan with a step to avoid interference from the exhaust or frame cross members. Please see part number 11078 or part number 11079 if you have:

  • Ram 1500 with Hemi engine, 2006 & newer (exhaust)
  • Ram 2500 & 3500 with Hemi engine (exhaust)
  • 4WD Dakota 2000 - 2004 and 4WD Durango 2000 - 2003 (frame)
  • Dakota 2005 & newer and Durango 2004 & newer (frame)
  • Durango with Hemi engine (check for clearance with a catalytic converter in the front)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee with Hemi engine: (check for clearance with a catalytic converter in the front)

For some vehicles that have the exhaust or frame under the stock pan, you may think there is enough clearance between the exhaust and the transmission housing for this PML pan. If you measure, it will seem very close. There is not enough space. It's been tried. After removing fins and part of the PML pan bottom, the pan will go on but the exhaust then sits right on the transmission pan, which is very bad.

Filter and Gasket Information

Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter Dodge RFE stock pan, 2WD

Stock 4WD filter and pan at left.

Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter Dodge RFE transmission valve body and filter

Stock 2WD filter and pan at left.

Note the location of the pick-up on the sump filters and the corresponding location on the stock pans.

For PML part numbers 10304 and 11039, you can use either filter.

For PML part numbers 11078 and 11079, you must use the 4WD filter as the step in the pan will not accommodate a 2WD filter. Thanks to Eric who provided part numbers for 4WD filters that will work:

  • OEM: 5013470AB
  • Fleetguard: TF15072
  • FRAM: FT1223
  • WIX: 58843 (kit)

The filter referred to as the 2WD filtter, has a short inlet pipe toward the rear of the filter. The other filter is called a 4WD filter and the inlet tube is longer and toward the center of the filter. We have been told that around 2007 Dodge began using 4WD filters on 2WD vehicles.

PML pans for Dodge RFE transmissions work with stock filters, easily available from your favorite auto parts store or dealer.

The filter bolts on to the valve body as shown in above images. The filter does not use the pan for support so the pan does not need filter supports in it. (Click on image to view a larger pictures in a new tab or window.)

A filter extension or tube is not needed since the fluid will be at the same level with a stock pan as with the PML pan. The filter will pick up from the same place with the stock pan or with a PML pan. PML designs pans and covers to work with stock parts without the need for additional modifications or complications.

For a gasket, PML recommends an inexpensive cork or cork and rubber type gasket. On some Dodge vehicles, RTV is used instead of a gasket, which is also fine.

Information is for reference only. Installer should verify transmission, filter, and fitment based on the individual vehicle.


Inside of this transmission pan shown at right.

The pan features internal baffles to direct oil to the filter inlet. The baffles keep the oil near the pickup tube and act as heat sink to help with cooling. Baffles also reduce sloshing.

PML recommends using RTV install this pan.

Inside view of PML deep transmission pan for rfe transmissions

Optional Machining for Temperature Sending Unit

This pan has a location on the driver's side that can be machined for a temperature sending unit. The location is a circular boss and can accomodate between 1/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT. PML can drill and tap the hole to order for a $40 machining charge.

PML Transmission Pan Compared to Stock

PML Transmission Pan Part Number 10304 height compared to stock  PML Transmission Pan Part Numbers 10304, compared to stock
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These images show this PML transmission pan compared to the stock pan.


This PML Dodge transmission pan has been installed on a variety of trucks and SUVs. Our thanks to those who gave us pictures and feedback.

2014 Ram 2500 4x4

CJC Offroad installed this PML transmission pan on theirr 2014 Ram 2500 4x4 6.7 diesel. They were concerned about the transmission fluid cooling lines on the passenger side, but the lines do not contact the PML pan. Watch the video to see the installation:

As shown in the video, pushing the lines 1/8 to 1/4 an inch out makes the installation easier so that RTV did not get all over the flange surfaces. You must be very careful as these tubes are expensive and you do not want to break the seals on either end.

2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4   2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4 under carriage   2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4 under PML pan installed   2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4 under PML pan installed
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Jeep Liberty CRD

Installation of this pan on a Jeep Liberty CRD requires removal of the factory skid plate or addition of spacers to move the skid plate downward away from the transmission. Thanks to Stan Wright who purchased part number 10304 for his CRD and then documented his installation. See his write-up at to read about this install.

Dodge Ram 2500 4x4, 2014

Andrew Lowe installed this pan on his 2014 Project Bloodhound Ram 2500 4x4 6.7 Turbo Diesel. He also installed PML rear differential cover, part number 10361 and PML front cover, part number 11136. The truck has limited clearance for a larger transmission pan. To get the PML pan to fit, he slightly bent the cooler lines 1/4 inch.

The images below show the PML pan installed, the transmission pan cooler lines, and the truck. Andrew powder coated the pan and both differential covers a custom red.

PML transmission pan on 2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4   PML transmission pan on 2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4, cooler lines   PML transmission pan on 2014 Ram 2500 6.7 4x4, cooler lines
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Our thanks to Andrew for including PML on his project.

Dodge Ram 2500 2WD, 2007

These pictures show this PML Dodge transmission pan installed on a 2WD 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 with diesel engine:
Side view of PML transmission pan on Dodge Ram 2500    Side view of PML transmission pan on Dodge Ram 2500    Side view of PML transmission pan on Dodge Ram 2500

Dodge Ram 4WD, 2007

These pictures show this PML Dodge transmission pan installed on a 4WD 2007 Dodge Ram (before, during and after installation):
2007 Ram 4wd stock    2007 Ram filter and valve body    2007 Ram with PML transmission pan

Dakota Club Cab 2WD 4.7 V8, 2000

This installation has the temperature sensor boss machined and the sending unit installed (middle picture). The temperature sensor boss and drain are on the driver's side.
2000 Dakota clearance at exhaust to PML pan    2000 Dakota with PML pan, temperature sensor installed    2000 Dakota with PML transmission pan

Dakota Quad Cab 2WD, 2002

To see pictures of this pan installed on an '02 Dakota Quad Cab 2wd click here and here.

Durango AWD, 2004

2000 Dakota with PML transmission pan

The PML pan is installed on a 2004 Dodge Durango Gen. II limited AWD with a 5.7 HEMI and 5-45RFE transmission. The pan clears cross member and fits great. The cross over exhaust pipe does hang down lower than the cross member. The pan was purchased in the natural cast finish and painted by the customer.

Our thanks to Michael for choosing PML pans and covers.

PML Transmission Pan Features

  • Increased oil capacity for cooler temperatures
  • Sand-cast aluminum with raised fins
  • 3/16-inch thick wall construction to add strength to the transmission case
  • 3/8-inch thick gasket flange will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Machined gasket surface for a secure seal
  • Boss cast into pan can be machined for a temperature sensor
  • Drain hole and magnetic drain plug for easier, less messy maintenance

All PML transmission pans ship with new mounting bolts and a magnetic drain plug.

If you would like PML to machine your pan for a temperature sending unit, there is an additional charge of $40.

Find out why you should buy a PML transmission pan.

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