OK, let's get something rolling for October. Thank you, ACoyle, for the idea. Let's see which TDR Member can "rack up" enough points to win a Mag-Hytec tranny pan *AND* differential cover. Here is how it will work:
1. Create a post on this thread by simply replying with your name. Give yourself 5 points for simply getting involved.
2. Post a picture of your odometer. Give yourself 2 points for each 10,000 miles.
3. Post your truck's information - make/model/year. Give yourself 1 point for each year of age on your truck. If you have a 2010 truck, you get 1 point. If you have a 2009 truck, you get 2 points. 2008 trucks get 3 points, etc.
3. Post *helpful* threads on the site during October. Give yourself a point for every helpful post you make. NOTE: Posts must be meaningful, not LOL or the like. (You can keep up with this by searching for your posts since October 1, 2010).
4. On November 1, count your score and post your result. We will verify the top 3 points values.
* 1st Place - highest point value - free Mag Hytec Transmission Pan *AND* Differential Cover. (Note: If you already have Mag Hytec pans, you can trade this credit in at Geno's Garage).
* 2nd Place - Second highest point value - free filter kit from Geno's Garage.
* 3rd Place - Free renewal to the Turbo Diesl Register.
OK, you've got to work a bit to win this one, but you have to admit the prize it worth it! Post your entries and start keeping your score.
First Generation Brakes on a Dana 70 with Dual Rear Wheels • Transmission Flex Plate • Fuel Shut Off Wire • Battery Charging System • Injection Pump Leak • Cold Start Engine Miss and Smoke • Cummins into 1986 Ram? • Broken Camshaft
12-Valve Engines Fuel Heater • Fuel Lift Pump Gasket • Rebuild or Replace the Fuel Filter Canister? • Lift Pump Push Rod • Pump Timing with the Cylinder Head Removed • Front Crankshaft Seal and Service Sleeve • Installing a G56 Replacement Transmission • Replace Serpentine Belt Tensioner • Check Your Brake Lines • NV4500 Five-Speed Problems • AFC Boost Line • Best Value in Compound Turbochargers • Timing for the P7100 Pump • Are Aftermarket Intercoolers Worth the Cost? • Should I Install 60 Pound Valve Springs? • Lubricant for NV4500 Five-Speed Transmission • Holset H2E Turbo on a 12-Valve Engine? Timing for Good Fuel Mileage?
24-Valve Engines More Intermittent Torque Converter Locking/Unlocking • Remove the Transfer Case • Transfer Case Rear Seal Leak • Crankshaft Position Sensor • NV4500 Output Shaft Leaking • Normal Injector Life • Cleaning the Intercooler • Cylinder Head Removal • Poor Turbo Spoolup • High Lube Temperature in NV5600
5.9 HP CR Wastegate Solenoid • Remove the Oil Pan • Cooling System Maintenance • RPM is Slow to Return to Idle • Turbo V-Band Clamp • Exhaust Manifold • Fuel Leak Near Injectors • Turbo Recommendations for Towing with Modified Engine • HX40 Turbo for Towing? • Clutch for G56 Transmission
6.7 HP CR Ramp Up Idle • Turbo Replacement • Fuel/Water Drain Seal • Engine Oil Level
Fourth Generation Owner's Report • Transmission Temperature Gauge • Mega Cab Behind Rear Seat Storage • Disable Seat Belt Alert • U-CONNECT iPod • Factory Brake Controller • Week Long Recap of the 2010 HD Truck • Fuel Filter Change • No Remote Start
Technical Topics Bringing It Together (Emissions Controls) • Sidebar: Your Cummins Engine the Catalytic Trap • The Auto Cat Versus the Diesel Cat
Four Whaling It's All Hype and BS (Pickup Hype and Comparison Test) • Another Kind of Hype and BS - Event Data Recorders
Have Ram, Will Travel Intercoolers, A Few Afterthoughts • First Generation Adventures: Power Steering Hoses and Differential Covers • NV4500 Tail Housing • Third Generation Injectors, Again • Installing the 98-Gallon Cross-Bed Transfer Flow Auxiliary Fuel Tank
TDRV Batteries • Industry Status • Trailer Axle Spacing • Fifth-Wheel Trailer Tow Wire Harness
From the Shop Floor KDP-Killer Dowel Pin • 12-Valve Fuel Heater Saga ('89-'99 Model Years) • U-Joint Replacement • Transmission Noise Filter ('94-'02) • 2003 Turbo Diesel - Low Power, Could it be Asthma? • Missing High Idle Control for 2005/2006/2007 Turbo Diesels (Manual Transmissions)
Thanks to the success of the Texas Diesel Nationals partnership with the Make A Wish Foundation, the NHRDA has joined forces with the Indiana Chapter of Make A Wish to host six kids and their families as VIPs at the June 5 FASS Diesel Nationals.
This is a great example of the diesel community coming together to help others. These kids will be shown a great time and given the opportunity to forget the struggles they have to battle day-to-day for just a while. Drivers are being asked to bring extra photographs and to spend time with each child and his or her family. Small gestures like this make a significant impact in the lives of others.
The TDR wants to thank FASS, the NHRDA, and the racers at the June 5 event for taking the time to make a difference in others' lives.
Member2Member Center Crossmember Removal, 1994 to 2002 Ram Pickup • A Tale of Three Advertisers • Back to the Basics - What Makes More Power • Third Generation Power Window Diagnosis and Door Panel Removal
10 Back Issue 28, May/June/July 2000
First Generation New Fuel and Brake Lines • Low Vacuum Warning Switch • Bench Test Starter Question • Flex Plate Problem • Power Window Motor Brushes • Intercooler Boots • Transmission Band Adjustment • Preventive Maintenance
12-Valve Engines Transmission Temperature Gauge Question • Dead Batteries • Engine Miss, Simple Fix • Transmission Shifting Problem • Brake Problem • Fuel Delivery Problem • Fuel Leak • Adding Used Engine Oil or Automatic Transmission Fluid to Diesel Fuel • Injectors and 160HP Pump Modifications • Horsepower Increases for a '97 Engine • Maximum Horsepower for Stock Lift Pump • Differences Between 2WD and 4WD NV4500 Five-speed Transmissions • Changing Pinion Bearings and Seal on Dana 60
24-Valve Engines Belt to Bypass the Air Conditioner Compressor? • Adjusting Emergency Brake with Rear Discs • Replacement In-Tank Fuel Pump Relay Tip • Accelerator Pedal Problem • Leaking Fuel Filter • Fuel Pressure • Cam Sensor, Crankshaft Sensor, or Both? • Loss of Power • Changing Injectors • Turbocharger Problem
5.9 HP CR Fuel Control Actuator •Tool for Replacing the Fuel Control Actuator • Engine Related Ticking Sound • Fuel Lift Pump Location • No Overdrive When Cold, Check Engine Light • High Idle Fix • Front Crankshaft Seal • High Coolant Temperature/No Heat in the Cab • Modification Procedure for Mileage • Front Axle Universal Joints • Installing a '06 Engine in a '03 Truck • Should I Rebuild the NV5600? • Blown Turbocharger
6.7 HP CR Engine Warmup Procedure • Frequent Oil Change Intervals • First Catalyst Full Message • Engine Idling/Oil Change Interval • Clutch Source • 68RFE Fluid Flow in Park and Neutral • TSB Releases
Fourth Generation Ask The Engineer (A Question and Answer Session with Dodge and Cummins)
Technical Topics The Search for Power, Economy and Driveability with the '03-'07 5.9-Liter Engine
TDReview New Again: Machine Polishing for Mortals
Four Whaling The Competition is Catching Up...
Have Ram, Will Travel Another Diesel in the Family • Differential Pinion Nut • Clutches, Dual Mass Flywheels, and the G56 Six-Speed Transmission • Intercooler Designs • My Updated Preferences and Transfer Flow Fuel Tanks
Reprinted from Automotive News, Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2010 (page 12):
To the Editor:
I read with great interest the news of Daimler, Renault and Nissan forming a partnership of "equal representation" among the three companies ("Zetsche to keep Renault pact 'on Earth,' avoid Chrysler replay," autonews.com, April 8).
Dieter Zetsche announced that he has learned from the failed Daimler Chrysler merger and that this one will focus on "cost savings and car development projects rather than control."
Funny, I thought those were the stated objectives of our infamous marriage "of equals."
I have been waiting 12 years for someone at Daimler to admit that Daimler's quest for absolute control was a primary factor in the failure of DaimlerChrysler. That fact was only too obvious to the many people who worked at the company and tried to make it a success.
I hope this new venture will work where others have failed.
All I can say to Dieter Zetsche is good luck. And to Carlos Ghosn: Watch your back.
Tom Stallkamp Industrial Partner Ripplewood Holdings LLC Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The writer was the last president of Chrysler Corp. and first president of DaimlerChrysler. He left the company in 1999 in a disagreement on the direction of the merger.
“got diesel?” has been gracing Geno’s Garage t-shirts for more years than they can count now (since before their first Holiday Project in 2003). They sell a t-shirt here and there, mostly for fun. But come the holidays, Geno’s Garage sells them for a purpose. Well, they did sell them for a purpose. They can no longer produce their ever-popular t-shirts unless they agree to print a competitor’s names under the logo. Say what?
In August, 2006, the folks at a competing company went to the trouble and expense of registering “got diesel?” as their trademark. Geno's Garage staff could not come up with a reason for their decision to do that. Now they know why. They have been given notice to either:
a. Stop marketing their “got diesel?” t-shirts, or b. Start printing “Registered Trademark of Dieselsite” on the shirts they do manufacture and sell.
After much consideration, Geno's Garage has decided to retire their "got diesel?" t-shirts rather than promote a competitor.
So, it is time to put your creative pens to work. Post your best new t-shirt idea by June 15, 2010. Geno's Garage will pick a winner by June 30 and get those new t-shirts into production.
Winner gets 10 of the new t-shirts, a $250 gift certificate to Geno’s Garage and Geno’s Garage will renew your subscription to the Turbo Diesel Register for three years. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Rules? None. Just keep the entries clean and original.
Member2Member Third Generation Seat Belt Chime (Revisited) • Second Generation Dash Cover
10 Back Issue 27, February/March/April 2000
First Generation Injection Pump Fuel Leak • Erratic Fuel Gauge • Smoke From the Steering Column • Crankshaft Sensor • Fuel Tank Fittings • No Wastegate Prescriptions For Power
12-Valve Engines Oil Pan Drain Plug and Dually Valve Stem Extension Advice • Placing the Cylinder Head Back on the Block • Engine Suddenly Dies and the Starter Doesn't Work • Remove Rollover Valve/Valve Job • P7100 Fuel injection Pump Starting Problem • How to Fix Incorrectly Machined Fire Ring Grooves • Turbo Interchange?
24-Valve Engines Ball Joint Replacement Tip • Enviroguard Installation • Filter Minder Questions • Transfer Case Pops Out of Gear While Towing • 47RE Transmission Line Disconnect • Fuel Suction Line at Tank • Replacing the Cam and Crankshaft Sensor • Expensive Driveshaft • Engine Oil Leak • Lift Pump Power Loss • Injection Pump Drive Gear • Killer Dowel Pin in a 2001?
5.9 HP CR Automatic Transmission Leak • Injector Connector Tubes • Clean Injector Barrel • NV271 Transfer Case Drain and Fill Plug Torque • Hard Starting Problem • Leaking Transmission Cooler Hose • Intermittent APPS Trouble Code • Engine Oil Leak • Remanufactured versus New Injectors • Bleeding the Hydraulic Clutch System
6.7 HP CR What is the Latest on Performance for the 6.7-Liter Engine? • Power Steering and Hyrdroboost Hiss Noise • Aisin ATF Source • Stuck EGR Valve • Latest Engine Control Module Flash/Calibration • On the Road with Diagnostic Trouble Code P0471
Technical Topics Emissions Legislation in California
TDReview The New 2010 Ram HD Trucks • The Editor's Report/Basic Specs
Have Ram, Will Travel 2009 SEMA Show • Performance Clutches • Replacing the Differential Pinion Seal • Four-Wheel Drive Hub Replacement • Status and Rebuild; My NV5600
TDRV Better Fuel Mileage While Towing? • Best Towing Speeds • Trailer Wiring Ground Problem • Improving Brake and Tail Light Visibility • Trailer Breakaway Brake System
Valentine's Day is upon you guys and gals. And based on the responses you posted to the, "And then the fight began . . ." contest, you are just full of advice to ensure a great relationship with your wife (husband), etc. Here is your chance to give a bit of advice and perhaps win a FASS Titanium System for your own personal Valentine's Day gift.
Well, one Geno's Garage staff member (who will remain nameless) just went and got engaged! Can you believe it? Come to think of it, another Geno's Garage staff member is engaged and a third one just got married. Must be in the water?
So, post your very best advice to these guys (yep, they are all three guys). And that simple gesture will get you registed in the FASS for FREE February Contest.
If you can't come up with any advice, just post your name, but put your flame suit on if you can't come up with anything.
Just think, the guys at Geno's get some advice for keeping their significant others' happy, and you get a Valentine's gift of a free, top-of-the-line FASS Titanium fuel system.
Just to get you motivated, cruise on over to the FASS website and take a look at those fuel pumps: