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Old 01-03-2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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First Diesel Truck...teach me!

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?
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:07 PM   #2
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I'm not being a smartie here but I'd give that owner's manual a complete reading; and the maintenance guide.
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X2. There are lots of opinions.I would ask for 5 minutes of the diesel mechanics time at your servicing dealer. Worth it in my case, she/he knows what you bought and things to look out for.
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When I got my first diesel I had repeat over and over that when I fueled up that "Green Handle is Diesel".
Learn about the DEF - How to drain fuel filter - Exhaust Brake - and the fact you won't stop grinning when you towing.
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When I got my first diesel I had repeat over and over that when I fueled up that "Green Handle is Diesel".

That will burn you if you think that's a true standard for diesel. I've seen green as gas and many other colors as diesel. Just pay close attention to what says diesel. And better yet don't fill the def tank with diesel or the diesel tank with def. That can get some people too.
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Congrats on your purchase. The diesel is a different animal, I am also still learning. Talk with your service mechanic, read the book then read it again. Try to wipe the smile off your face when you are hauling or just driving. They are an expensive investment but worth every penny. Makes no difference who the manufacturer, they all are beasts, they love a load...
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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.
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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.

Yes I heard chebbies are under the hood. Heard there a real pain to. But if the op said he bought a dodge then it's right there next to the fuel filler spout. Congrats on the new truck!
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That will burn you if you think that's a true standard for diesel. I've seen green as gas and many other colors as diesel. Just pay close attention to what says diesel. And better yet don't fill the def tank with diesel or the diesel tank with def. That can get some people too.
This is about the best advise you can get!

It gets real expensive when anything gets mixed up on a diesel trucks tanks.....like 5 digit expensive!


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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.
Op bought a dodge, so he and other dodge and ford owners don't have the oops protection gm owners do.
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Pay attention to the sulfur and bio content of the fuel you use. Not all brands ( stations) are equal. Read manual and determine the limits and stick to them.
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