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Old 11-09-2021, 03:23 PM   #71
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First, congratulations and welcome to the Ram Diesel club.
As has been said already, stay on top of maintenance and you'll enjoy a long happy relationship with this truck. "Deferred maintenance" is the source of most mechanical problems, no matter what the item!
I try to always use truck stop DEF (usually cheap and fresh) but when I need to grab a jug, Walmart has the best price and if you choose wisely you can find one nearby with good turnover - just check the date on the jug.
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Old 11-09-2021, 08:12 PM   #72
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I don't think I would do a delete with today's sketchy environment. I heard some diesel shops are getting big fines for doing any deletes. And if you have emissions testing in your area that is even worse.
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Old 11-09-2021, 08:25 PM   #73
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Originally Posted by Dieselguy4 View Post
I have had diesels for 20 years are so
1. Change oil every 5000 miles
2. Change fuel filter every other oil change (10000 miles)
3. Only fuel at diesel truck stops. Use DEF from diesel truck stop too. Only remove one cap at at time to not put DEF in fuel tank
4. When towing leave the truck idle to cool down when fueling or stopping for a rest.
5. Don't leave the truck normally idle for long periods but let the turbo cool before shutting it down. I have a Pyrometer on my 06 Cummins and wait until the EGTs are at 200 Degrees before I shut it down.
Change my trans fluid every 50000 miles on my Dodge. My 17 ford will also probably do it at 50000 miles.

Just some thoughts. My Dodge Cummins has 146000 miles on it with no issues. My F350 powerstroke has 21000 miles with no issues. Maintain them and you should have no issues.
My 2007 F-150 5.4 GAS has 233,000 miles. No Issues. Sorry, I couldn't resist. But I also has a 92 F-250, GAS, sold it to a friend still running very good. No issues with it either. 400,000 miles. I had to brag a little. Hope it doesn't bite me.
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Old 11-11-2021, 07:49 AM   #74
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I so wanted a dually but the wife said no, I told her I like the wide hips, boy did I get the look. I told her she had beautiful hips.

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Old 11-11-2021, 07:20 PM   #75
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This forum has been a treasure trove for the last 4-5 yrs for my wife and I, let's be honest, me. Some great and pertinent information provided, taken notes and making a list. I appreciate the time taken to offer advice as I school myself in this new venture. My dilemma currently is that I'm about 8 years away from retirement/full-timing and that means a daily driver in small town north Iowa. Short trips and apocalypticly cold during the winter. Summers we camp/haul all we can but concerned about down months and short daily driving. I make a point of going on a good 'brisk' longer drive once or twice a week of about an hour or so to get the exhaust up to regen. I wait till coolant is 150 before moving, but realize idling to long is not good either. Have the grill covered since we're in the 40's here which from what I've seen, is acceptable, the 4 flaps open till temps struggle to climb or get below freezing. Have a bumper plug kit coming in a few days so block will be warm-ish. Any suggestions on fuel additives, to prevent gelling and provide cleaning/lubricating? DEF should be OK if I don't overfill and keep it fresh? EGT gauge, not on my dash info, any brand better than another? I assume this would require an A-piller mount? That means I'd have room for two more gauges, suggestions if you have any. All of this information is much appreciated and hopefully I can pay it forward.
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