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Old 01-04-2016, 02:09 PM   #51
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when I fueled up that "Green Handle is Diesel".
NO IT ISN'T!!!! Not Always....Don't ask me how I know! 6' piece of hose and three hours later I was back on my way!

Up here in New England there are a number of stations that the green hose is gasoline!

Other than that....get some type of Turbo Timer...This is a very simple device that lets the engine run when you shut off the key until the turbo cools down to 250 degrees (you can usually set this)...The bearing is oil injected and if you are coming up a hill just before you shut off the engine, the turbo could be 1000 degrees or more. The oil will carbonize and shorten the life of the turbo. Extremely important. I have a "Juice With Attitude" on my truck. Besides giving you insane performance increase, you can read codes, set all kinds of alarm parameters, monitor every single temperature through out the engine, transmission and exhaust system.

Use very high quality synthetic oil and change oil and fuel filter at ever oil change.

I have a 2006 2500 Dodge Diesel with just about 200K and zero engine issues...Only thing I've replaced is AC Compressor, water pump, Radiator Fan Motor, Exhaust (cat back), Brake pads / rotors and tires. I use Shell Diesel Synthetic and change oil and filters every 10K miles.

Search "Gino's Garage" and get a copy of their catalog and join the Diesel Truck Resource Forum .....

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The monthly magazine "Turbo Diesel Registry" is FANTASTIC for Dodge Diesel owners.

http://www.turbodieselregister.com/m...shistory.phtml

You're gonna love that truck!
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:39 PM   #52
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I just looked at a 2016 Chebbie, the DEF fill spout is under the hood which will eliminate any DEF/diesel mix up.
Wait till you get the surprise DEF low warning on the dash. You will probably be towing. Try to find a place to pull over. Get your DEF and your funnel. Open the hood it is really hot under there. Put the funnel in the little fill spout and start filling. You will know when it's full. It will puke out the fill spout. The Ram trucks have a DEF gauge on the dash.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:02 PM   #53
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Wait till you get the surprise DEF low warning on the dash. You will probably be towing. Try to find a place to pull over. Get your DEF and your funnel. Open the hood it is really hot under there. Put the funnel in the little fill spout and start filling. You will know when it's full. It will puke out the fill spout. The Ram trucks have a DEF gauge on the dash.
We do too, or at least my gmc does. I had a pic of it on my phone, but i guess i deleted it. Mine is still showing "ok" with 3400 miles on it!
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My certified diesel mechanic advised me to only buy fuel at high usage stations, replace all filters when changing oil, to clean up in the fuel filter housing before putting new filter in, and to use a good cetain booster/cleaner ever other full up.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:49 PM   #55
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I have ordered a 2016 Ram 3500 SRW. I have never owned a diesel truck/car before, so looking to those with a lot more experience...what do I need to know and how best to take care of it?
You are getting 2016 Ram 3500 a great truck I have 2014 Ram 3500 DRW mega cab short bed My second Ram first was a 98.5 3500 DRW drove it for 17 years with no major problems. But in 2014 TX wreck totaled it so got the new one Unless you are pulling a super heavy trailer the stock truck is more than enough power, and if you have the right gear and tranny you don't need any addons. The one place you will learn the most about your Ram truck is TDR
http://www.turbodieselregister.com This is the place to learn all things Ram truck Cummins Diesel you can look at the form post all you want. But for $35 best you will spend You will get a really nice magazine quarterly and you can post any and all questions you may have and you will get the answered I've never been made to feel foolish there for being new. There are a lot of people on this site that do a lot of the work on their trucks themselves.
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Wait till you get the surprise DEF low warning on the dash. You will probably be towing. Try to find a place to pull over. Get your DEF and your funnel. Open the hood it is really hot under there. Put the funnel in the little fill spout and start filling. You will know when it's full. It will puke out the fill spout. The Ram trucks have a DEF gauge on the dash.
Oh, it's not that bad. I wait for the low DEF warning to show on the DIC, get a 2.5 gallon jug of Blue Def at Wally World, open the hood, set the container up there and pour it in. It's really a non event. If you don't try to overfill the Def tank, there's no mess.
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when you fill it up, don't say Regular... always say fuel or diesel.
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:20 PM   #58
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when you fill it up, don't say Regular... always say fuel or diesel.

I do one step further.
We have full service around here.
None of that " pre pay" crap.

I get out, and even though, they know me, and know what my truck takes, I say " fill diesel".

I then watch them pull the correct nozzle, push the diesel button.
Then I walk inside.

Society needs to take some more responsibility for our own actions.

It's not the gas guys fault, it's not the colour of the handle.

There's only one person responsible for our actions... Us....


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Old 01-04-2016, 05:23 PM   #59
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Great points... I made the mistake of pulling to the diesel pump but saying fill it regular with my daughters truck when we got it... lol That's why I mentioned it.


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I do one step further.
We have full service around here.
None of that " pre pay" crap.

I get out, and even though, they know me, and know what my truck takes, I say " fill diesel".

I then watch them pull the correct nozzle, push the diesel button.
Then I walk inside.

Society needs to take some more responsibility for our own actions.

It's not the gas guys fault, it's not the colour of the handle.

There's only one person responsible for our actions... Us....


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NEVER pump gasoline into the fuel tank of a diesel-powered vehicle. As already mentioned, the "green handle" is NOT always diesel. Check CAREFULLY before the nozzle is put into the fill pipe! If the diesel is not your "daily driver", do not let it sit for extended periods (months) with biodiesel blend in the fuel tank if it can be at all avoided.
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