I have a 97 dodge 3/4 ton HD with a 6 cylinder 5.9 liter 12 valve diesel.
According to Chrysler it puts out 235 hp. I pull a 7,000lb 5th wheel with
no problem. The manual says that the truck has a towing capacity of about
11,500lbs. I'm considering a larger 5th wheel but I'm concerned about the
horsepower of the truck versus the weight of a larger trailer. I've talked
to the local dodge dealer about how to increase the HP but they are not very
forthcoming with information.
Can someone give me some idea's about how to increase the trucks power.
It doesn't. Dodge never offered a Cummins engine with the power ratings you
claim. Find the CPL tag on the driver's side of the timing case on the front
of the engine. It will tell you the torque and hp ratings as well as the
Uhhh.. you're sure you actually have a diesel under your hood, right? :)
Your VIN should be:
1 or 3 - built in either US of Mexico
B - Dodge
7 - Truck
K - between 8 and 9 thousand lbs. GVW (yours is 8,800lbs)
C or F - 2WD or 4WD
2 - 2500
3 or 6 - club cab or regular cab
C - 6cyl. diesel
? - check digit, doesn't mean anything (to you, anyway)
V - 97 model year
G or J - Mexico or St. Louis assembly plant
The last six digits are your serial number
Yep, it's a diesel, assembled in Mexico. My serial number starts with VM
and where you show a "C" for 6cylinder diesel, mine is a D.
I'm in Canada. Maybe there's a difference for this market????
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