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Old 12-12-2007, 06:38 PM
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Best Strategies-Preventative Maint for Diesels ?

Hello all

Figured I would Start a new subject for benefit of all ---
Lets talk best preventative maintenance procedures beyond what is in the Diesel Owners Manual -- lets face it the Dealers don't want any vehicle to run without failures --- the mass majority of their profit margin comes from Maint and out of warranty repairs

So I will start by recommending the following items be implemented / installed --- please add to list per your experiences

-Follow Owners manual recommendations
-Perform regular Engine Oil & Trans Oil Analysis - Gain report
-Install External Coolant Filtration system
-Installing Evans NPG+ coolant fluid
-Install External Transmission Filtration System
-Change out rear differential to a Mag-Hytec with new Synthetic 70W140 per owners Manual
-Turbo Saver that is adjustable to cool turbo before engine
final shutdown
-Stay stock --- don't ADD any performance chip

-Requesting all to advise of any other suggestions to help the Diesel 6.0 go the distance

John from Colfax NC
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You had me until you said, "Stay stock".
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Best Strategies - Preventative Maintenance for Diesels ?

This is GREAT Info ----

Many thanks first & Foremost for your inputs

Plus is one of the primary reasons / benefit of any Forum
-To hear the input / experiences from both extremes
-Then each individual can determine what they decide to do
-PLEASE keep the inputs coming in from your personal experiences )
-Once collectively we have a complete list this thread can be viewed by all and referenced to in future questions
-I personally believe in the basic maintenance --- but being this is my first Diesel ( I am proceeding with extreme caution ) I figured lets spend the money I could have spent on an extended warranty plan ( Money wasted in my view point ) and put that same money / dollars into preventative maintenance measures.
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Exhaust woulnd't hurt. Might only extend turbo life. Pretty sure I'd skip your step of external trans filter, we already have one stock. A coolant filter is good idea. I'm looking at one myself. Rear diff cover is not a bad idea if you TOW a lot. for a stock truck that just drives.... no need. that axle is HUGE to begin with. If you want to do something other than the magtec, and save some money... Get a diff cover from an '08 SD from Ford or used. I think they are like under $100. Aluminum, and finned! and are a STOCK/update part.
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-Bypass coolant filter
-Trans Temp Gauge for those of you that to or haul, why guess?
-pyrometer to monitor exhaust temp
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Old 12-15-2007, 04:18 PM
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Best Strategies-Preventative Maint for Diesels

Great suggestions to date )

Have a couple more to ADD to the list as follows:
-Check Spare Tire Pressure at least every 3 months or so
-Check all 4 tire pressure on regular basis
-Check battery at each Oil Change
-Check Transfer change oil level at each oil change
-Inspect Belt assembly each oil change and replace as required
-Check Radiator Hoses each oil change and replace as required
-Definitely agree with earlier statement of Fuel additive -- with the Ultra low diesel fuels they have a much lower lubrication properties than the older Diesel fuel.
-Also definitely agree it is money well spent conducting Oil Analysis on Engine Oil PLUS Transmission oil --- this is a small preventative measure dollar expense considering how much dollars we have invested into the Diesel Vehicle --- Blackstone.com

Lets keep the ideas / comments / suggestions going --- please ADD

Thanks in advance --- John from Colfax NC
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