Help with 1st time diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by djlawncare, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. djlawncare

    djlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I traded my F250 for a 2001 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9turbo cummins with a 100k miles and this is my first so any advice on care and maintenace and what to be alert for problems thank you
  2. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,584

    that year is common for dropping auto trannies..
  3. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,159

    yepp, we have one with 200,000 miles on her, but 5 tranies.. besides that they are great trucks
  4. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,584

    DAM! everybody I know thats got a quote on getting one was anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 maybe even more and that was just a guess before even pulling the truck in the shop..
  5. mikec_j

    mikec_j LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I have a 94 3500 5.9 turbo dump body with 165000 on it I plow with it every winter and the guy I bought it from overloaded it every chance he got... it has been through 3 trannies that I know of that being said diesels swim in oil change it every 3k, dont forget the preheating (wait to start light ),diesel fuel is dirty so change your fuel filter 2 times a year, since diesel fuel has parafin in it when it gets cold ( in to the 30's) make sure you use a fuel treatment or it will "freeze" not really but the parafin solidifies (think bacon grease a couple hours after breakfast) find a good mechanic they do get expensive to work on when turbos go bad or injectors go bad. They are made for pulling but not real quick of the line. Just some thoughts......
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The first thing is trade the Dodge in on a Ford :laugh:

    The best thing to do is change all the fluids and filters even if the dealer or who ever said they have been changed.
  7. WalkerMike98

    WalkerMike98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Fuel pressure guage. Go to the cumminsforum and register. You can find anything you want or dont want to know.
  8. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 991

    Flush your tranny regularly. I got a 5.9 with 230,000 mi working on its third tranny it was put in at 140000 and i bought it shortly after that i have changed the fluid every year just like i do my other trucks that i pull alot with although this one only sees a trailer once or twice a week. This tranny has stayed good so far and still shifts firm.
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    You do not need to change the oil every 3k, that is a big waste of money. Every 6-7k is fine. Diesel wont Gel up til low low temperatures in like single digits, so youre also wrong there.

    Diesels are super easy to maintain, and actually not real expensive to maintain either, unlike some will say. Wait to start light isnt a big deal. On normal summer spring or fall days, you only need to wait in the morning, the rest of the day just flip it over.

    The Cummins is a great engine. (Im glad you spelled it right) It will last you a long time if you take care of it, and when youre ready for a speedster, by golly Its not hard with those years!
  10. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    yea dont ask Cummins questions on get a lot or people who think they know what they are talking about...but dont

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