Hey everyone, just traded in my 2002 Dodge 1500 4x4 (5.9 gas) on a
brand new 2006 2500 4x4 Reg Cab SLT with the other 5.9:) It was
sitting on the dealers lot since March of 2006 so I was able to get a
good deal on it. (Seems like regular cabs are not popular here in
Southern California...) My kids are all moved out so it's just the
wife and I and usually just me so a Reg Cab is perfect for us. It had
45 miles on the odometer. I'll be towing a travel trailer (20ft) with
it all over the Western USA when not daily drivering it back and forth
to work. BTW, it is averaging 16 mpg for my 20 mile each way commute,
so it's already doing way better than my old gas 4x4.
Anyway, back to the reason for the post. Do I have to worry about any
of the fluids, seals or anything else on this truck since it has been
mostly just sitting for over a year on the dealers lot? For example,
the tires had some checking on them from sitting in the sun all that
time. I have not noticed any leaks or seeping yet but it still only
has 240 miles on her.
I'm also wondering about any non-typical to a gass engine guy
maintenance. I already noticed that the 2500 actually has a few zerk
fittings I'll have to grease once in a while, didn't have any of those
on the 2002 1500!
Any suggestions or concerns for me to keep an eye out for are
FWIW I've owned 3 other Dodge trucks over the years and never had a
single issue with any of them. But this is my first diesel, so... I
have been hearing great things about the Cummins for years though:)
First thing I'd do is change the engine oil (but I'd do that after a few
hundred miles on a new vehicle anyway), grease anything greasable (which, in
your case, is only the outer tie rod ends, and I believe the CV joint on the
Maintenance is pretty straight-forward.... basic fluid changes when called
for in the service manual. The only thing new for you is going to be the
fuel filter - should get changed every 10-15K, depending on fuel quality.
Also, for the first couple of months, drain the water separator at least
once a week, until you get a feel for how much (if any) water you get from
your fuel (again, varies based on quality of the supply). The little yellow
lever at the base of the fuel filter canister (driver's side of the engine,
low and near the firewall) will drain the fuel/water down the clear plastic
hose. Another tip: get a 3/8" double-ended hose barb (sold as a hose
repair kit), and a length of 3/8" hose (clear vinyl tubing will do fine),
and extend that factory hose. I have mine tucked up under my front bumper -
this way, I simply reach under the bumper, pull the tube out, and can drain
the fuel into a can. Otherwise, you get diesel spilling all over your front
I recommend only Fleetguard oil and fuel filters, as does Cummins. Buy them
a few at a time at http://www.genosgarage.com - good prices, and they always
have them in stock.
Use a good quality 15W40 diesel-rated oil - several popular brands are Shell
Rotella-T, Chevron Delo 400, Mobil Delvac 1300, or Valvoline Premium Blue.
One's just as good as the other, though many (including myself) find an
unpleasant odor after an oil change with Rotella that lasts about a week or
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