preventive maint. on Dodge with diesel

Hey Group
I have wanted a Dodge with a diesel engine for a long time and finally bought one. It is 96 model 2500 with 125000 miles on it. The history that
I know is it has always been serviced regularlly, and had the transmission rebuilt around 80000.
What preventive maint. should I do? What should be the life of things like the inj. pump and injectors?
Thanks Charles
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Put a fuel pressure gauge on it.
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He could, but it's not something I'd much worry about. That's a 12V engine with a P7100 inline pump, which has external lubrication (engine oil).... so even if the lift pump crapped out, it wouldn't damage the injection pump (heck, I don't think much short of a tactical nuclear device could hurt a P-pump).
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Your right it is a 12V. My bad.
Roy
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when driving around town driving, especially during the summer, make sure and turn the overdrive off. letting the thing shift back and forth into od at low speeds will increase the transmission temperature due to lower fluid flow. this increases heat and heat is the real killer of automatic transmissions. it will also prevent lugging the motor which adds problems also.
i learned this from a fleet mechanic after i had him put a tranny in my gas burner at 215k miles. i thought i had done well until he told me one of the companies he services has 5 dodge diesels of which none had ever needed a tranny. two of the trucks had over 300k and one had over 400k. he had a label on the dashboard of each truck reminding the drivers to lock out the od at low speeds.
this same mechanic serviced dodge trucks for another company in which the owner refused to comply with his instructions because he thought it would cost them fuel mileage. he said that fleet got trannys about every 100k on average.
i have done this with my 2001 2500 diesel and thus far it has 170k without any trouble out of the transmission. i have checked the around town fuel mileage both ways. it averages about the same.
i have 75k on the replacement transmission on my gas burner without any signs of wear. both trucks do double service as local delivery and both occassionally haul equipment on trailers. i have four dodge trucks with an average of over 200k per truck and only one tranny replacement.
next thing. your truck was designed for fuel with a higher sulphur content. you need to add some lubrication to your fuel. i use a 50/50 mixture of marvel mystery oil and powerservice diesel treatment with cetane boost. about 16 ounces with each fillup will help kep your pump working for a long healty life.
final piece of advice. get ready for a truck that will last near about forever. have fun and enjoy the rattle, rattle of the big diesel. michael
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