Do you need a buy-it-now reason to purchase a new Turbo Diesel truck? If so, here it is. Courtesy of Automotive News (December 2, 2013). The title, "Buy by January 1." The highlights:
Tax breaks in the form of accelerated depreciation for vehicles over 6,000 pounds will end December 31, 2013. Quoting from Automotive News, "The tax breaks, part of federal stimulus legislation spurred by the recession, dramatically front load the depreciation schedules for many large assets, particularly for vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds, such as heavy-duty trucks.
"The deduction under Section 179 of the federal tax code applies to businesses that buy or lease $2 million or less worth of equipment in 2013.
"Most vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds that are used for business are eligible for 100 percent of the depreciation. But any vehicle used for commercial purposes can quality for some benefits."
TDR Members, Issue 82 was mailed on November 4, 2013. Domestic deliveries should arrive by November 15, 2013. International deliveries should arrive by November 28, 2013.
Included with this issue you will find the 2014 TDR Calendar. We offer our sincere appreciation to each of you who submitted a photograph for consideration this year. As always, the competition was tough. We had a very difficult time limiting our selection to thirty-three pictures. We hope this calendar finds a place of honor in your home, office or garage for 2014.
As you might expect, this issue contains an emphasis on the new 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks as well as our “first impression” drive of the new 1500 Turbo Diesel with its 3.0-liter VM Motori engine. Also included in this issue is our annual Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) recap.
Other articles of interest:
- Cracked dash removal and installation on a Second Generation truck. - News about Cummins 5.0-liter V8 diesel. - News about VM Motari. - A Fourth Generation truck accessory recap. - Writer, Joe Donnelly’s purchase criterion in his quest for a 2013 truck. - Writer, Andy Redmond diagnoses a “tappy” noise. - The usual best-of collection from the TDR’s website. - And a recap of this summer’s TDR tour of the CMEP facility in Columbus, Indiana. - Much more . . . .
We hope you enjoy this issue of the Turbo Diesel Register. And as always, I sincerely appreciate your continued support of the Turbo Diesel Register.
Robert Patton Editor
Note: We'd also like to thank every TDR Member who participated in this year's community service project sponsored by Geno's Garage. A total of 1,174 EVOLUTION t-shirts were sold. Geno's Garage staff presented a check in the amount of $9,747.50 to the Richard B. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home last week. The money is being used to add an automatic door opener (similar to those in retail establishments) to allow veterans in wheelchairs to access gardens on the property. And for fun, we hear they will be adding a few video games as well.
(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC said on Friday it is recalling 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks, mainly in the United States, to check for a chassis defect that could cause loss of steering.
The automaker, a unit of Italy's Fiat SpA, said steering tie rods may have been misaligned during assembly or service and could fracture on an estimated 453,500 of those trucks. The tie-rod assemblies will be replaced at no charge, beginning in January.
Three groups of trucks are being recalled. The largest recall covers an estimated 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2003-2008, of which an estimated 116,000 may have defective tie rods.
The two smaller groups include 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups from model years 2008-2012 and Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs from 2008, as well as 43,500 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs from 2008 to 2012.
Chrysler said it is aware of six accidents and two injuries on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2008-2012, and one additional accident with no injuries on the other models.
Replacement parts for the Ram 4500 and 5500 models may not be available until late 2014, Chrysler said. Dealers in the meantime will inspect those vehicles and realign the steering components if necessary, it said.
Most of the trucks being recalled - an estimated 968,000 - are in the United States. Another 157,000 are in Canada, 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 outside North America.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert; editing by Matthew Lewis)
Each year we continue to be honored to receive the number of photographs we do for use in the TDR Annual Calendar. This year, as in years past, it was extremely difficult to select just twelve photographs for the calendar. To all of you who sent in photographs, we offer you our sincere appreciation you for both your time and your work. We enjoyed receiving each and every entry. Congratulations to those TDR Members whose photographs were featured in this year's calendar:
- January - Provided by Cummins, Inc. - February - Mikel Flinn - March - Ozymandias Steiner - April - Ashley Gyman - May - Randall Benton - June - Adam Boggess - July - Eugene Story - August - Robert Benedict - September - Randy Erickson - October - Lars Wells - November - Austin Carlson - December - Jason Wyglendowski - Front Cover - Wayne Shollenberger, Spin Shaffer, Bill Benson, Nick Spotlock, David Cummings, Andy Keller, Mark Yeary, Robin Feys, Kevin Venema - Rear Cover - Peter Hoshyla, Mark Pasternak, Bryan Pavel, David Peach, Jason Murray, Steve Linde, Ron Knoch, Henry Martin, Randall Williams, Tyler Purdy, Rick Guzik and David Ryder
Download your copy of the 2014 TDR Calendar. Or purchase additional color copies at the Turbo Diesel Register.
Now get those cameras back out and start working on your entries for next year!
Don't be discouraged if your your photograph was not chosen for this year's calendar. Many of your photographs will be used throughout 2014 in the TDR magazine. Be on the lookout.
October 31, 2013, Louisville, Ky. - The Ram Truck brand celebrated the passion ignited around its “Year of the Farmer” initiative by presenting Clay Sapp, 2012-2013 National FFA President, with a $1 million donation at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 30.
Ram Truck brand declared 2013 the “Year of the Farmer” during the Super Bowl last February, when its much-talked-about television spot, “Farmer,” kicked off a yearlong initiative to bring national attention to the significance of the American farmer. Ram pledged to donate up to $1 million to FFA for views of the “Farmer” video on the Ram Truck brand website. The brand reached the 10-million-view milestone, equating to the $1 million donation, in less than a week.
“To date, ‘Farmer’ has been viewed online more than 22 million times, underscoring America’s interest in and support for the important role farmers play in our country,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It is a pleasure to present the check to FFA and to be among thousands of dedicated FFA members who convey the spirit of what we at Ram Trucks value most of all – courage, dignity, integrity and example-setting through hard work.”
Bigland presented the donation to Sapp alongside country music artist and former FFA member Easton Corbin, who has worked with the Ram Truck brand throughout 2013 to promote the “Year of the Farmer.” Corbin is visiting FFA members in 12 cities across the United States from October to February, providing private concerts and furthering the notion that FFA plays an important role in reducing hunger issues in America.
“It is so wonderful to see our country rise up and show support for those who work hard every day to provide vital resources to the nation,” said Sapp. “The response we’ve received from Ram’s ‘Year of the Farmer’ has been overwhelming, reinforcing the pride we have in our work and what it means to be a farmer.”
The “Farmer” video was inspired by the stirring “So God Made a Farmer” oration delivered by legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey in 1978, and since used as a national anthem in grassroots videos created by farm families. To honor American farmers, the Ram Truck brand aspired to create greater awareness, support and appreciation for farming families, communities and providers. The Ram Truck brand commissioned 10 noted photographers to document American farm life, yielding a beautiful and comprehensive catalog of farming images. Many of these artful and compelling stills provide the visual mosaic for “Farmer,” while Harvey’s passionate oration provides the narration.
Ram Truck brand also presented a first copy of its “The Farmer in All of Us,” a coffee table book to be published by National Geographic. It is a beautiful and comprehensive collection of original agriculture, farming and family farm photography, including many of the images commissioned for the “Farmer” video. Proceeds from the book will go toward the FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” program, which donates traditional FFA blue corduroy jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own one. The jackets are an important symbol of the hard work and dedication to farming by these young people.
An exclusive, limited number of “The Farmer in All of Us” books will be available for order in the coming weeks.
5.9 HP CR Engine Radiator Fan • HVAC Blower Motor • Hidden Heater Hoses • Number Four Injector Line • Low Growl Increases with Speed/Tool Tip • Cruise Control • G56 Parts At Drain
Plug • South Bend Clutch Aftermath... • CEL Tells Me Crank Position Sensor
6.7 HP CR Transmission Shifting Problem • First Oil Change Question • Transmission Shudder in Reverse
Fourth Generation 350 Versus 385 HP/Miles Per Gallon Difference? • 2013 Towing Prep • Do I Need the Aisin? • EGR • 2013 Gearing • Fuel Overfill Splash • DEF and DPF Questions • Exhaust Gas Temperature Gauge
Blowin' In The Wind What is VM Motori? • Nissan Gets a Cummins Diesel
Technical Topics What is New For 2014?
TDResource 2013 TSBs • Recalls Issued in 2013
Your Story Fourth Generation Recap - What Have I Learned With My 4G • Lesson Learned The Hard Way - Or - How Empty Is Empty • Second-Guessing The Editor
Ready To Travel A Journey Through Time Down the Grand Staircase in Southern Utah
Four Whaling Cummins in the News • Diesel Versus V-6? • The $50 Blunder • RAM 1500 - First Impressions
Idle Clatter Gassy Business • Poor Running • Engine Swaps • Second Generation Brakes • The Case For Exhaust Brakes • Looking Back 10 Years • "Old Wive's Tales"
Ranch Dressing Last Issue Recap • Industry Happenings • Battery Charging
Have Ram, Will Travel Overview of 2013 HD Features - Part Two
Back In The Saddle Engo 9000 Winch • Pacbrake • DDP Dyno Days
Backfire 12-Valve Articles • Backfire the Cummins Ad Director • Oil Change Interval - Watch the Special Symbols
Chapter News CMEP Tour and Presentations • RAMs Gather at Columbus for TDR Meet
TDRV Tire Pressure Monitors • Front Hitch on a 3500 • Truck Bed Topper • Factory Installed Tow Package • More Gooseneck Hitch • 2006 Versus 2013 Fifth-Wheel Towing Comparison • Dexter Nev-R-Lube Wheel Bearings • Wireless Remote Backup Camera
10 Back Issue 40 Review - The New 2003 Turbo Diesel Engine • Braking Systems in Plain English
Member2Member Third Generation Clearance Lights
First Generation 13 Years in a '92 First Gen • Fast Idle • Replacement Flex Plate • Throttle Return Springs • Headlight Relay Kit • Engine Oil Fill Tube Leak
12-Valve Engines No Start • Head Gasket Leak • Transmission to Transfer Case ATF Leak • Water In Fuel Light
24-Valve Engines Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor • Back To The Basics - Engine Will Not Start • Leaking Fuel Filter Canister • Rear Axle Pinion Seal • P7100 Injection Pump Modifications • Lift Pump Runs With Key Off
5.9 HP CR Range Position Sensor/Neutral Safety Switch Backup Switch • Crankcase Vent Filter • No Fuel Pressure • Puff of White Smoke • Intermittent No Start • Limited Slip Differential • I Solved the "Check Gauges" Problem
6.7 HP CR Special Tools for EGR Service • Serpentine Belt • Transmission Service Problem • No Fourth Gear and Code P0734 • Spin-On Transmission Filter
Fourth Generation Remove the Integrated Brake Controller • U-Connect Disconnects • Auto-Start Horn Chirp • Driving/Towing Questions • Lubricating the Front Driveshaft Carden Joint Tip • No Overdrive When Cold
Cummins' Column Cummins Online Newsletter • Paper vs. Gauze Filters • The 1952 Cummins Diesel at the Indianapolis 500 • TSBs
Blowin' In The Wind RAM 1500 Diesel • B-Series Engine Celebrates 30 Years of Production • GM's Small Diesel - Price Premium $3000 • Towing Standards • Towing Standards - Part Two, Why Do We Care? More Confusion • Emissions, Again - Letter To The Editor • Impressions of the Jeep 3.0-Liter Diesel
10 Back Issue 39 Review - The Eight P's of Diesel Power • Mixing Gasoline with Diesel • Gale Banks: A History of Performance
Member2Member Third Generation Steering Box Upgrade • Third Generation HVAC Blend Door Repair
First Generation Throttle Linkage Ball Sockets • Axle Gear Ratio Change • Front Suspension • No Power Steering
12-Valve Engines Intake Grid Heater • Smoke From Under the Hood • Engine Stumbled and Died • NV4500 Output Shaft Seal • Fuel Pressure Gauge • Fuel Pressure Gauge • Fuel Leak at Quick Disconnect Fitting
24-Valve Engines Transmission Trouble • Clutch Engages Differently Than Normal • Intermittent Dash Gauges • In Tank Fuel Lift Pump • Clutch Noise • Transmission Governor Solenoid and Pressure Transducer • Boost Fault Code, Reduced Power • Heater Core Replacement
5.9 HP CR Squeaking Sound at Transmission • Injectors • Oil Smell in the Cab • Bo Backup Lights • Transmission Leak • Replacement FCA Connector Pigtail and Screws • Erratic Engine Coolant Temperature • Key Programming in the WCM • Injector Replacement • 48RE Shifting Problem • Diagnostic Trouble Codes for 2005 Turbo Diesels
6.7 HP CR Exhaust Brake Question • Lower Radiator Hose • Engine Oil Leak • Water In Fuel Sensor
Blowin' In The Wind The 2013 RAM Debuts at the New York Auto Show
TDResource This Year's Technical Service Bulletins
Idle Clatter New Member Basics • Oil Change • Issue 78 TSB and Warranty • It Quits Pulling • My Truck Became A Boat • Check Fuses First! • Dodge Brake Controller • Changing the Water Pump
Ranch Dressing Thank You TDR Members • What To Buy? • Driverless Trucks • New Truck Update • TDR Driving Etiquette
Have Ram, Will Travel Interesting Products at the 2012 SEMA Show • Let's Talk About SCR and DEF
Back In The Saddle Reflections - Road Trips • Banks Ram-Air • Front Bumper by HERD • Mirrors • Brake Line Upgrades • Dana 70 Update • Want a New Turbo Diesel...But Don't Want to Buy One?
TDRV Lower Truck Bed Height • Max Tow Transmission Shifting • 7-Way Trailer Receptacle in Truck Bed • Fifth-Wheel Pin Box • Truck Camper Battery Questions • Refrigerator Won't Cool in A/C Mode • Fifth-Wheel King Pin Stuck in the Hitch • 2012 RV Industry Observations
From The Shop Floor HVAC Problems/2006-Newer 2006 Mega Cab
Not surprisingly, there have been comments by those unfamiliar with the truck (prospective new/used buyers, Internet, truck shows) that “the Turbo Diesel certainly has its share of problems.” To them, no doubt, the grass looks greener on the other side.
Although some will dwell on the problems, the majority of owners take initiative to solve/correct, anticipate/prepare for a future situation. That’s what the TDR is all about!
Thanks to the TDR membership group and the support from Chrysler and Cummins, we are equipped with answers and solutions, rather than questions and concerns that would exist without a support group. My thanks goes out to the TDR members for being a supportive membership group.
DODGE TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS
With the brief introduction out of the way, this is our review of Dodge Technical Service Bulletins issued in the previous years. For a given calendar year, all Dodge vehicle TSBs are published in book format and are available for purchase in July/August. As a service, we purchase the TSB directory and then search through the book for only those bulletins relating to the Turbo Diesel truck.
In an effort to consolidate the TSBs for the magazine, we use the same index system categories as Chrysler. Below are the index categories.
A note concerning the TSBs and their use: the bulletins are intended to provide dealers with the latest repair information. Often the TSB is vehicle identification number (VIN) specific. VIN data on the Chrysler service network helps the dealer in his service efforts. A TSB is not an implied warranty.
This .pdf download contains the Technical Service Bulletin recaps for model years 1989 - 2012.
This file is slightly larger than 1 meg, and may take several minutes to download.