Ok....with the exception of the intake plenum leak and
one water pump making noise....I have experienced my
first outright failure of a component. This just happened
to be my fan clutch. I had been reading about the
Flex-A-Lite fan setup and it states an increase in economy
and power. Well, I experienced what happens first....
The clutch locked up on Friday night and it felt like I was
pulling a loaded twin axle dump trailer. 2500 4x4 QC gasser
btw. Anyway, it seemed as though I could almost see the
fuel needle moving as I drove to my destination and then
back home. Ok...it's about11:30 on a Friday night...what are
my options? Drive it as it is until I get a replacement...let it
sit til I get a replacement....or remove the damn thing and
drive it til I get a replacement. I opted for the last since it's
failry here now. So...one bolt and out it came. First thing
I noticed was how much more quiet the motor seemed.
Then I noticed the obvious increase in power to the wheels.
Then I noticed I got zero detonation as I did before (running
the Superchip reprogram)...then I realized that slight vibration
I had before was gone too. Then the best...my average
miles per gallon increased from 10.5 in town...up to 12 in town.
Can this be true? Still checking each tank to verify but if it is
indeed an increase, I'd like you all to know about it and to ask
why in the heck isn't Dodge doing this from the factory? We
all know they have the worst MPG rating in the known universe
for trucks so why not do a little good with one little change?
I'll post more results as they hopefully continue.
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