Don’t miss the Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel on the SPEED Channel’s Truck U this Sunday, October 31, at noon EDT. In this Cummins-packed episode, hosts Bruno Massel and Matt Steele fill you in on the 2011 Ram Chassis Cab, and give you an extraordinary look at the legendary durability of the Cummins Turbo Diesel, including a feature on a Cummins-powered Dodge Ram with 896,000 miles that’s still running strong! As you know, care and maintenance play a big role in that kind of longevity, and Massel and Steele will show you how to properly maintain your engine, and will provide you with tips and advice that can help you get the most out of your Cummins Turbo Diesel.
This episode of Truck U on the SPEED Channel premieres Sunday, October 31, at 12 p.m. EDT. If you aren’t able to catch it then, replay dates will be Wednesday, November 3, at 3:30 p.m. EDT; Friday, November 5, at 10 a.m. EDT; Sunday, December 12, at 8:30 a.m. EST; Wednesday, December 15, at 3:30 p.m. EST; and Friday, December 17, at 10:00 a.m. EST. Please check listings in your area for exact times, as the SPEED Channel may change air dates or times due to live events.
The Seventeenth Annual May Madness will be held on April 25-May 1, 2011, in Pahrump, Nevada. Other brands of diesel trucks will be welcome in addition to Cummins powered Dodges. We plan to hold most events at Saitta-Trudeau Dodge, at the nearby Pahrump Nugget (the host hotel), and at Preferred RV (the host RV Park). We plan to have new artwork for the T-shirts from the artist who has done several TDR magazine covers.
The rally will again include the vendors’ Hall of Gottahavits, technical talks, dyno, and drag racing. There will be a Show-n-Shine Truck contest, and a Ram Rodeo with a Ram roundup for all attendees. At the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, we expect to give away more than $10,000 in prizes on a random-drawing basis, so each attendee has a chance to win something of value.
Diesel Specialists of Las Vegas and BD Power will hold a Dyno Day with their high inertia, wide roller Dynojet, for attendees of May Madness 2011. Pre-registraton for the Dyno Day is being made so Diesel Specialists and BD Power can plan their event. Include $30 with your May Madness registration and the dyno pre-registration information and funds will be forwarded to them. BD will give the first forty who pre-register a $30 gift certificate (at the Dyno Day event) good for any BD manufactured product at BD directly; this certificate may also be redeemed at Diesel Specialists for $50 on the Dyno Day, a bonus of $20 from them. A basic lunch is included, which can be upgraded for additional cost by the attendee. That means you get two dyno pulls worth $60, plus lunch, plus a $30-50 gift certificate for your $30! After the first 40 entrants, others will pay the regular $60 for their dyno runs. Got it? Sign-up now! We will not be monitoring torque, but it can be calculated easily from the horsepower curve.
Attendees should plan and conduct their own “tours” of Pahrump and Vegas Valley attractions! Brochures will be available when you register. Among the notable places to visit are the Pahrump winery, the China Ranch date farm, and Death Valley. Some of these tours will require admission fees, to be paid by the participants. Each participant will pay for individual activities. That way you pay for what you want to attend, not for what you don’t want.
The Pahrump Nugget (866-751-6500; www.pahrumpnugget.com) is the host hotel and has recently been re-modeled. It is conveniently located in the center of Pahrump and close to Saitta-Trudeau Dodge. The banquet, Vendors’ Hall of Gottahavits, and Vendors’ Friday/Saturday Seminar series will be held at the Nugget. Hotel rate will be about $70 ($80 weekend). You must reserve your room and specify the dates early, as the number of rooms is limited. If you don’t show up Sunday night, and haven’t specified YOUR dates, the reservation will be cancelled by the hotel, because we have blocked the rooms for Sunday through Saturday nights.
The host RV Park is Preferred RV Resort (800-445-7840; www.preferredrv.com). This RV Park is across the side street from the Pahrump Nugget. They are once again giving us the special rate of $15.49 including tax. Be sure to tell them you are with “May Madness.” They have both back-in and pull-through spaces, graveled. Their clubhouse holds 130 people and will be the site for the seminars up through Thursday. Other options include the Best Western Hotel and RV Park (775-727-5100), and Saddle West Hotel/Casino/RV Park (800-433-3987, www.saddlewest), both in Pahrump.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to register for May Madness 2011 early so you and we can plan for a better rally. We need a good idea of how many will participate because we have to guarantee numbers for the hotel, banquet, etc. Note that the registration cost is much lower if you are an “early bird.” Our planning and reservation processes have to begin a year before the rally.
If you need vendor space or special accommodations, contact Joe Donnelly for arrangements: (505) 858-1966 or Donnellyj@msn.com
Be part of the biggest Dyno event in North America in your own back yard. BD Diesel Performance, celebrating 38 years in business, is having their 15th annual Fall Dyno Days, the grand daddy of the Diesel Dyno Days in North America, on Saturday October 23, 2010.
The Dyno will roll at 9:00 a..m. so come early to get your running number as they limit the day to only 60 truck dyno runs. Breakfast and lunch are available by donation to their local Lions club. There will also be awards for best built and looking trucks and BD factory specialists on hand to talk to about your truck.
When: Saturday October 23, 2010 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Where: 33723 King Road; Abbotsford BC, Canada
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.