I have a 94 FWD Cummins turbo diesel with a little over 280,000 miles.
It started out as my personal vehicle, then became a company truck for
a business that I own, and it has come back to me in it's old age.
It runs pretty well
But it occasionally blows oil - apparently out of a breather in the
engine compartment which - among other things - makes a mess under the
I took it to the dealer a little over a year ago. Whoever they had
look at it didn't even roll it into the shop. He opened the hood,
looked at the engine, looked at the mileage and proclaimed the engine
toast. They would be happy to sell me a replacement engine for 12
grand or so.
Since the vehicle books out at maybe half of that, I declined. Since
then, I've used it around town, and to haul water and do odd chores.
Because I like the dammed thing, I would like to fix it up (it needs a
fair amount of cosmetic work - and the paint is history) But the
condition of the engine is a problem.
How long should these engines be expected to last? given fairly
regular oil changes and maintenance? It runs ok, but seems to be
pumping out oil. Somehow I expected the diesel to last longer, but I
may have been expecting too much.
Are there other things besides rings or whatever that could be
pressurizing the crankcase? A heavy equipment mechanic I know
suggested that the catalytic converter might be clogged.
Suggestions, observations are appreciated. Thanks a lot,
950 LC8 Adventure
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