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    by Published on 02-01-2015 03:34 PM

    TDR Issue 87 print copies are in the mail! US addresses should expect delivery within the next 7 - 10 days. International addresses should allow 2 - 4 weeks for delivery. TDR subscribers will receive a link via email to access the digital version of the Turbo Diesel Register within the next 4 - 7 days.

    The new soft-touch cover and photo are clear and crisp. This will change the habits of many who mark notes on the cover with a black Sharpie. The solution? A silver Sharpie! In this issue, my silver Sharpie was busy. Take a look at:

    • Page 27 – Automatic Transmission Heat
    • Page 20 – Hard Start Condition
    • Page 70 – Turn Off the Seat Chime
    • Page 10 – Air Cleaner and Cold Air Intake

    What silver markings will be found on the outside cover of your magazine?

    Other excellent articles to check out in TDR Issue 87:

    • Exceptionally pleasant memories recounted in our “10 Back” review of Issue 47.
    • TDR Writer, Doug Leno, give us an update on a front suspension project on his 2004 Turbo Diesel truck in “Member 2 Member.”
    • Gordon Nathan’s review of the 2014 EcoDiesel.
    • Entertainment and insights from the professional writers, Barnes, Whale and Cameron.
    • More fix-it ideas from Anderson, Dalgleish, Redmond, and Langan.

    As always, thank you for your support of the Turbo Diesel Register.

    Robert Patton, Editor
    by Published on 11-24-2014 01:37 PM

    Hello all from the Turbo Diesel Register. The following is a press release from Ram. This is big news for the Ram brand as well as our TDR Members with the 1500 EcoDiesel. The news is especially significant in that the Ram, in the market since 2009, beat the new-for-2015 Ford and the new-for-2014 Chevy. Wow!

    Enjoy reading about the Motor Trend test.

    Robert Patton
    Editor, Turbo Diesel Register



    The editors of Motor Trend today named the Ram 1500 the winner of their 2015 half-ton truck shootout.

    Three contenders were put through a broad array of testing designed to evaluate the core uses of a truck owner. In addition to the 2015 Ram 1500, the judges examined America’s other two top-selling full-size trucks: the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2015 Ford F150.

    To determine a winner, the Motor Trend judges took the three competitors on a 260-mile drive through eastern California and western Arizona. Each truck’s performance was measured in a number of exercises, including:

    1. Standard testing (without load): 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip
    2. Limit handling (without load): closed-course cornering, braking and acceleration
    3. Tow testing with 7,000 pound trailer
    4. Payload testing with 1,000 pounds
    5. Fuel economy testing

    After the data was collected, judges convened to determine which truck would be the victor of Motor Trend’s half-ton shootout. The winner is chosen by directly comparing empirical results and drive impressions of each truck.

    With the votes cast, the Ram 1500 surfaced as the winner of Motor Trend’s 2015 half-ton pickup shootout. The judges were particularly impressed with the performance of the Ram 1500’s EcoDiesel V-6 engine as well as its eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, a combination that boasts best-in-class 28 mpg fuel economy.

    “This is a strong third-party testimonial of Ram’s place in the market and contributes to the justification of long hours and hard work to deliver the best trucks available,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand. “Just five years after becoming its own brand Ram Truck has nearly doubled its market share and earned best-in-class titles in fuel economy, torque, payload and towing.

    "The half-ton segment is a severely competitive environment and winning Motor Trend’s half-ton shootout validates that we have the top truck in the segment," added Hegbloom.

    Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing proved V-6 turbo nor V-8 gas-powered engines can match the EcoDiesel’s efficiency. Judges observed fuel economy of 22 mpg during 1,000-pound loaded testing over 260 miles. Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing last year returned frugal stats: 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 with a 3.92 rear axle and an even more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4x2 with a 3.55 rear axle.

    "Our comparison of the latest half-ton pickup trucks was as exhaustive as it was comprehensive, because this segment is so important and so competitive. We evaluated every aspect of these trucks we could and debated long and hard over their merits,” said Scott Evans, Associate Editor — Motor Trend Magazine. “In the end, the Ram EcoDiesel's excellent ride quality both loaded and empty, torquey engine, smooth and intelligent transmission, ease in towing, comfortable and refined interior, and best-in-test fuel economy proved the winning combination."

    The Ram’s optional air suspension system also contributed to the win, as it delivered a compliant ride and commendable handling no matter the terrain. In terms of design, the Ram 1500 impressed with its style, packaging, and interior ergonomics. The variety of the lineup was another compelling factor. Whether outfitted as a basic workhorse or optioned up to a near-luxury hauler, the Ram 1500 provides all of the capability needed in a truck.

    More on the story found here:
    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...let_silverado/

    About Ram Truck Brand
    Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

    Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

    In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

    Moving into the 2015 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the two most sought-after titles, fuel economy and towing capacity:

    • Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel - 28 mpg with Ram 1500
    • Best-in-class towing capability - 30,000 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Best-in-class torque – 865 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 equipped with Cummins engine


    Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
    by Published on 11-05-2014 12:10 PM

    Issue 86 is Online Now - Available to all TDR Members - Print Copies are in the Mail

    Check out our latest digital version of the Turbo Diesel Register while you wait for your print copy to arrive in your mailbox.

    What’s inside?

    • After missing three issues, Andy Redmond’s “From The Shop Floor is back.” Check out the latest from Andy on page 136.

    • And eighteen years later, James Langan is back with his quarterly feature column, “Still Plays With Trucks.” What’s James’ excuse for the long absence? You can read for yourself starting on page 118.

    • A detailed discussion on the lube oil required for the 1500 EcoDiesel. Note that even though the article is about the special oil required for the EcoDiesel, we are mindful that 99% of our audience owns a Cummins-powered Ram truck. We challenge you not to skip John Martin’s lube oil expose as we will tie the research on the EcoDiesel oil to oil for the Cummins engine in our next issue (page 68).

    • Ram Technical Service Bulletin summaries for 2014 (page 58).

    • A brief look at the changes for the Ram 2015 HD trucks (page 42).

    • A review of two comparison tests where Ram wins (page 50).


    Additionally, TDR Members will receive a copy of the 2015 TDR Calendar with this mailing. We want to thank everyone who submitted photographs for our consideration. This year's entries were the best ever. Unfortunately, we cannot use every photograph submitted. We hope you enjoy this year's assortment of trucks.



    We hope you enjoy Issue 86 of the Turbo Diesel Register. And as always, thank you for your support of the Turbo Diesel Register.

    Robert Patton
    Editor
    Turbo Diesel Register
    by Published on 11-05-2014 06:00 AM


    November 6, 2014 , San Antonio - Green Car Journal has named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, America’s most fuel efficient pickup its 2015 Green Truck of the Year™. The announcement was made today at the 46th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

    Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional touchstones that define what makes a great pickup, such as functionality, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from five finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.

    “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is an incredible success for Ram Truck and part of the brand’s long term strategy to design and engineer the best trucks you can buy with fuel economy and capability top of mind,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand. “We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our efficiency leadership in the truck market.”

    The EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 earned a 28-mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup. It also exceeds the EPA highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup. The previous half-ton fuel efficiency record was set by the Ram 1500 with the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine at 25 mpg highway. The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the EPA’s current highway fuel-economy rankings.

    “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel exemplifies what a ‘green’ truck should be,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “It’s a heavy-hitter that pulls off exceptional fuel economy with its impressive EcoDiesel engine and array of efficiency features like active grill shutters and aero suspension. Pickup buyers get the best of all worlds with the beefy torque and environmental performance offered by this full-size and stylish pickup.”

    Ram 1500—the most recognizable pickup on the road—delivers best-in-class fuel economy with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems and first-in-segment technologies: TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension. The Ram 1500 delivers an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, unsurpassed torque and a surplus of towing capability.

    About Green Car of the Year®
    The Green Car of the Year award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents 'green car' articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

    About Ram Truck Brand
    Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

    Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

    In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

    Moving into the 2015 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the two most sought-after titles, fuel economy and towing capacity:

    - Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel - 28 mpg with Ram 1500
    - Best-in-class towing capability - 30,000 pounds with Ram 3500

    Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
    by Published on 11-04-2014 02:01 PM
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    Each year we continue to be honored to receive the number of photographs we do for use in the TDR Annual Calendar. Again this year it was extremely difficult to select just a few photographs for the calendar. We had more than one argument over which trucks would be selected and in which month each truck would ...
    by Published on 10-13-2014 02:48 PM

    TDR Members - the folks at Chrysler are good at sending us updates about the Ram truck. Often, the Ram story is mixed with other interesting news, and that is the case with their latest press release. The Jeep brand is also doing very well. So in a world of news that is often not-so-uplifting, here is a positive story from a test with the Texas Auto Writers' Association. Enjoy!

    Robert Patton
    Editor


    Chrysler Group LLC Scoops Up Nine Awards at 24th Annual Texas Truck Rodeo

    • Jeep® Grand Cherokee wins "SUV of Texas" for the fifth consecutive year
    • Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee take consecutive year over year titles — Jeep Brand SUVs victorious in every category entered
    • Ram wins Heavy Duty Truck of Texas for the second consecutive year
    • Ram Power Wagon scores Off-road Truck of Texas award
    • Chrysler Group’s 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine and Uconnect system score top honors

    October 13, 2014, San Antonio, Texas - Jeep® and Ram Truck brands took top awards at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo. More than 60 TAWA members cast their votes after a two-day competition involving on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. While capability is an important element considered by TAWA jurors, the organization also studies design, utility, value and technology with detailed scoring in each category.

    "Once again the Chrysler Group brought an extraordinary product lineup to the Texas Truck Rodeo," said Michael Marrs, TAWA president. "The performance and quality of the Jeep and Ram products at the Rodeo were impressive with powertrain and technology innovations that are tough to beat. The Jeep Grand Cherokee especially continues to outshine the competition by once again winning the SUV of Texas title."

    The Jeep brand won all five categories entered, including the coveted “SUV of Texas”.

    "We are extremely delighted and proud that for the fifth consecutive year, the respected and influential Texas auto writers have named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the SUV of Texas," said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Even more impressive is the fact that Jeep vehicles won every single category in which they were entered, and were recognized for their unmatched 4x4 capability, fuel economy, luxury and overall performance.

    "With Jeep sales up 45 percent so far this year, Texas remains a tremendously important SUV market," Manley added. "Over the past five years, we've proven that winning these TAWA awards increases Jeep showroom traffic and sales."

    A total of 75 pickups, SUVs and crossover vehicles were entered in this year's rodeo. Ram Truck earned a repeating title as the Heavy Duty Truck of Texas.

    “Exactly five years ago Ram Truck became its own brand and we set out to design and engineer the best trucks you can buy with fuel economy and capability top of mind,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Winning back-to-back awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association affirms our direction in the truck market.”

    Chrysler Group vehicles receiving awards at the 24th annual TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo were:

    • SUV of Texas: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • Compact SUV of Texas: 2015 Jeep Cherokee
    • Mid-size SUV of Texas: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • Luxury Mid-size SUV of Texas: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
    • Off-road Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2015 Jeep Wrangler
    • Heavy Duty Truck of Texas: 2015 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty
    • Off-road Truck of Texas: 2015 Ram Power Wagon
    • Best Powertrain: 3.0-liter EcoDiesel (Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500)
    • Best Connectivity: Chrysler Group UConnect (Jeep, Ram, Dodge)


    2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be – receives even more content for the 2015 model year. The Grand Cherokee Summit models receive added features as well as a new Summit California Edition appearance package that further enhances Summit’s premium exterior aesthetics. Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and standard eight-speed transmission. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles.
    Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1. A refined exterior design – complete with available bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL) – provides a premium appearance. Interior luxury is achieved with premium amenities, including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and unique color offerings. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in five trim levels: Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland and Summit.

    2015 Jeep Cherokee
    There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the 2015 Jeep Cherokee. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, premium on-road manners and superior ride and handling, a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, world-class craftsmanship, leading-edge technology, more than 70 advanced safety and security features and best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds. Powered by a choice of two engines, three innovative 4x4 systems that feature the first use of a fully-automated disconnecting rear axle and Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology that is standard on V-6-powered Cherokee models, the Jeep Cherokee revolutionizes the mid-size SUV segment. The Cherokee delivers leading-edge technology customers will value, world-class craftsmanship and clever features like the available 8.4-inch touch screen media center, the seven-inch full-color instrument cluster display, inventive storage solutions and cargo flexibility not found elsewhere in the segment with the Jeep Cargo Management system. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States: Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and Cherokee Trailhawk, and has a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $22,995 (excluding $995 destination).

    2015 Jeep Wrangler
    The iconic Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – moves into 2015 with updates designed to further enhance the Wrangler ownership experience, including a standard eight-speaker audio system and an improved sound bar, and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a new subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. The new subwoofer has been relocated under the cargo floor for added cargo capacity. A new standard Torx Tool Kit comes with T-30, T-35, T-40 and T-50 torx heads, a ratchet and a storage pouch, making removing the doors, roof and front bumper end caps easier for owners. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock edition carries forward the capability enhancing features of the 2014 Rubicon X package, and adds the nine-speaker Premium Alpine audio system and a new Low Gloss Black grille with High Gloss Black inserts. Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler, the widely popular model that salutes the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles with additional off-road hardware for increased capability, also returns for 2015. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and is one of the few mid-size SUVs that offers a six-speed manual transmission – in addition to its five-speed automatic transmission. Jeep Wrangler has always had a unique variety of colors to choose from, and 2015 is no different. New exterior colors include: Baja Yellow, Copper Brown, Firecracker Red, Sunset Orange and Tank. Anvil, Billet Silver, Black, Bright White and Hydro Blue continue for 2015.

    2015 Ram 1500
    Fuel economy is the No. 1 purchase reason in the half-ton segment. The 2015 Ram 1500 holds the top two spots in fuel economy with winning powertrains: exclusive 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel features 28 miles per gallon (mpg) with 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 9,200 pounds of towing capability. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower owns best-in-class gasoline fuel economy of 25 mpg. Ram 1500 leads innovation with first-in-segment technologies: TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension. Additionally, the Ram 1500 features best-in-class aerodynamics of .360 Cd.

    2014 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty and Ram Power Wagon
    Ram Truck brand offers the most capable heavy-duty pickups in the segment - the 2015 Ram Heavy Duty line features a list of best-in-class titles in the segments number one purchase reason, capability:

    • Towing - 30,000 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Towing - 17,970 pounds with Ram 2500
    • Payload - 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Power - 865 lb.-ft. of torque with 6.7-liter Cummins
    • Power - 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8
    • Capacity - Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 37,600 pounds with Ram 3500
    • Most off-road capable pickup – Ram Power Wagon


    Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks also add new innovation, including a 5-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500. Additionally, Ram is the only truck manufacturer to feature SAE J2807 compliance across light-duty and heavy duty truck segments.

    3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel
    Available in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2015 Ram 1500, the EcoDiesel is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The abundant torque is an enabler for impressive towing capacity while delivering best-in-class fuel economy in both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500. Like the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engines, the EcoDiesel V-6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The EcoDiesel – developed and manufactured by VM Motori (a Chrysler supplier since 1992) – is one of the most advanced diesel engines in the marketplace. Equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction, it is emissions-compliant in all 50 states.

    Uconnect
    Chrysler Group’s Uconnect systems include a range of hands-free communication, entertainment and navigation features. The systems are designed to keep consumers connected, entertained and most importantly – focused on the road. Uconnect’s intuitive user interface is deemed one of the easiest-to-use in the automotive industry.

    Chrysler Group has integrated consumer electronics technologies and features into the dashboard in a familiar manner to help ensure that critical information is shared between the Uconnect systems, the instrument cluster and vehicle audio system– so it is presented to the driver in the moment that they need it. Simplified steering wheel controls, hands-free voice commands and traditional knobs and buttons help drivers manage a range of entertainment, navigation, communication feature and connected services.

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