What size engine is in your 1500?
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Installation is reversal of removal.
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About the only additive I would use is Lucas engine treatment. One way to verify a leak is to first clean engine, then add engine crankcase dye to the oil. It is a flourescent dye that will show up wherever the leak is occuring. If it is the oil pan gasket, you will see some dye between the oil pan and the engine block. The dye is available at all auto parts stores.
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You wont lose any transmission fluid by removing the transmission cover. If you have a stand to support the tranmission when you slide it back and are able to slide it back enough without removing the transmission lines, you will not lose any fluid at all. If you have to remove the transmission lines at the transmission you will lose about 1 qt or so.