Unless they blow a spark plug out of the head. I don't really understand
what's going on to make it do that.
I haven't driven one since '00 or maybe 99, and there was enough turbo
lag that spinning them accidentally wasn't much of a risk.
The FIRST car I ever drove, at 14 (around the block) was a 69 or 70
Hurst Olds. My mom's car was being worked on, and they gave it to us as
a loner for a week. My dad told me to move it out of the driveway and
park it along the curb, but I went around the block in it and then down
to the end of the street and back to the house. I wanted that car really
bad. When I was 16, my dad was very sick, so I didn't nag him about a
car, but after he died, I found car after car I wanted, including my
idiot cousin's 70 Roadrunner, that appeared to be better than showroom
new at three years old. He was getting married, so he sold it. Without
telling me it was going up for sale, even though he knew how badly I
wanted it. One morning, this kid I went to school with comes into the
parking lot, and I had a bad feeling. I asked him if he bought it from a
little guy on so and so street, and he did. It had 15K on it, and was
I had saved enough money to buy anything I really wanted, but my mom had
to sign the papers and she kept waiting too long, and they kept getting
snatched up. I finally ordered a new 74 Roadrunner and I really wish I
would have kept it. I stupidly traded it in on a 77 Dodge Power Wagon,
the biggest POS ever built. Funny thing is, as much of a bastard as it
was, I miss it too! I see one like it on Ebay once in a while and almost
bought one about 6 months ago. I could have swung it. It probably needed
a trans, but the engine looked ok and it had zero rust. I kick myself
for not buying it, just as a "toy".
A friend of mine put about 1500 bucks into his Late 90's 318 Ram to get
about 1.5 MPG, and a little more power for it. It's still a slug.
That was a problem that was corrected in the 03-04 truck. As I understand it
the added more threads to the head
Nothing wrong with haveing a few toy's. As long as you remember they are
only toy's and nothing more. I know a number of people that will buy a toy
and become so anal about it that it ceases to be fun for them. Probably
'cause they couldn't afford it or bought to high.
Some people just dump money into it without thinking about what the want to
accomplish. Falling for the latest and greatest mod. Or the best marketing
job or bs performance claim. K$N come to mind here.
Yup, they would be ugly. Looks like ya gotta go with the r&p change. Have
It must have been a very weak thread to pop on a non turbo/SC engine.
But having seen the dreaded Pinto pointy bolts facing the fuel tank
setup myself, nothing Ford does should shock me much.
Yep, I had a friend who bought a 71 Cutlass and threw shovel loads of
$$$ into what was at best an only semi desirable car. Finally he got rid
of it when offered a more than sane price by someone who had an
Normally I would agree. Before my my Ram, my 2000- Dak suddenly
dropped from 18 to 12 highway. When I inquired about it here, I got
falmmed because "It's a damn truck! What did you expect!" I expect
that something was wrong, which there was. My Ram is doing the same
thing now, 19 to 13 on the highway. I know less bout diesels, this
being my first one. I'm learning tho.
The trip computer matched the hand calculation within half a gal/mile
consistantly. I check it at every fill-up. I thought it might be bad
fuel around here at first, but when I travel to Denver for Reserve
Duty, I get the same milage from different gas stations.
It stays around 13 on average. Sometimes down to 12, sometimes up to
14. All highway driving. I wouldn't think the fuel filter would be
clogged by 40k miles, but DC supprises me sometimes. Regular
maintenance. Found an AFE High flow air filter when I thought to
check that. Swapped it for a new paper one. No effect in milage.
I don't feel any loss in power, and the truck still doesn't break
speed or downshift when taking Colorado mountain passes.
Fuel filter is the next thing I would think to check. I'm at 53k
miles on the engine now. I'll need to break out the service book and
see if there is a maintenance I missed somewhere.
It had 30K when I bought it back in December. Looked at the Maint
Schedule this morning. Calls for a change at 48k; Passed that milage
up last month. Up to 53k now.
If 48k is too long, how often would you recommend changing that
Jay (aka Twix)
Has this mileage drop just happened, was it gradual, or has it been going on
since you bought the truck? If the latter get hold of the previous owner and
talk to him, ask what was done to the truck re modifications
I change mine at 15K at the most. To some that may be short but between shit
fuel and lift pump issues I don't want to find myself on the side of the
road in the middle of a snow storm.
Roy I put in the new fuel filter and Milage rose to 15MPG for the
first 3 tanks. Two tanks later and I'm down to 11MPG. Anything else
you can think of to check before I take it to Chet the mini-moron
Dodge tech? I think it may be running a little rich. There is a
heavy diesel odor in the air when idling. Much more so than my
father's or my friends.
You changed the fuel filter and jumped up to 15mpg. I'd change the filter
again and see what ya get. You may have a bunch of crap in the tank. What
did the filter look like? Regards the smell of diesel, have you changed the
air filter? Tighten all the clamps at inter cooler and turbo.
Filter was blacker than me climbing out of a ship's bilge (looking
racially incorrect:-P). I'll pull it again and take a look tomorrow.
Air filter has 5k on it, didn't look too bad. I've never played with
the intercooler and turbo. Any tricks or pitfalls I need to be aware
of or watch out for?
I never got around to pulling the filter again... working too many
hours. I checked the turbo and intercooler connections while waitin
on a buddy at work. They're tight. I did notice some red flaking
around the top of the engine block. Radiator fluid. It looks as if
there is a seal leaking. I'm guessing that if it's leaking out of the
block, it could be leaking in causing the problem.
In regards to the dak, the problem was a clogged fuel filter (in the
tank) and damaged pump as a result of a malicious act. Someone dumped
a few gallons worth of gravel down the fill pipe with about a dozen
It took a jeep mechanic to think to check the tank for
"contamination." According do Dodge dealers, nothing wrong on the
computer. I asked a Jeep dealer to check fuel pressure at the rail on
the engine block with a mechanical gauge because 5 Dodge dealers
refused to do it. Sure enough, pressure was low.
Not to get into a pissin' contest with you but the word "sluggish" imo
hardly describes the off the line performance of the 05 Cummins 610. I have
one with 4:10's and it accelerates as well as a gas truck, to the point that
being overly aggressive at times will spin the tires. Further on wet roads
it is a pia with the factory tires, the wife has complained about the wheel
spin in the wet.
Were you talking about the earlier Cummins powered trucks, I'd sorta agree
with you. But with this one, I'm in no hurry to go for a fueling box or
larger turbo or exhaust. Not that down the road I won't mess with it, but
out of the box there is no real need, again imo.
Anyway enjoy your hemi!
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uhh...common sense here bud. any truck will spin the tires on a wet
road. it doesnt take a dragster of a truck to do that!
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