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Old 07-03-2014, 07:51 AM   #99
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Some of us prefer a functional interior over an auto motive interior. After all, it is a truck to some of us, not a car with a bed. Jim
Right on! Some of us buy a truck because we like trucks....they should look like a truck, sound like a truck, and be able to carry a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood without hanging it over the tail gate....these are men's trucks, not boys trucks!

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Old 07-03-2014, 02:45 PM   #100
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I have a 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie CC 4x4 with the Cumminus that I bought specifically for towing. It exceeds in every respect, my expectations. I've put just about 8,000 miles on it, virtually all towing -- and it has been fantastic. Up hills no issue -- 840 pounds of torque means NO sweat, down hills -- the exhaust braking really supplants the use of TV/trailer brakes much of the time. Oh, and unless I'm doing mountains, I've averaged 14.1 MPG. I would do a commercial for Ram on this truck.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:47 AM   #101
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Who does your service?
I just spent $2300 for front end and 3 fluids changes.


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Old 07-04-2014, 11:05 AM   #102
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With a brand new truck the only service I've had has been oil and filter change. Since I'm heading off for a really long haul, I just had the fuel filter changed as well. Oh, and so far the dealer does the oil/filter changes gratis.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:50 AM   #103
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I just spent $2300 for front end and 3 fluids changes.


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I do almost all my own routine service, oil filter, lube etc.. On the 99 I had an independent shop replace the injection pump at 458 K.
On that truck I also drilled and installed grease fittings on the ball joints and I have never replaced a front end part.

I am afraid the dealer will be harder to avoid on the 13 due to the increased complexity and the need for specialized computer equipment above and beyond the aftermarket code readers. At least I can still do my own basic maintenance.
The $100.00 plus for a service manual /cd and a subscription to the Turbo Diesel Register can be 2 of the best investments you can make.

For whatever its worth, we are at the Birthday Bash right now. The last tank of fuel was about half and half towing and solo and turned in 17.5 mpg hand calculated. Pretty impressive for something of that size and weight
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:05 PM   #104
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while the cummins engine is a great one for pulling i think the short comings are the dodge trucks interior.. cracked dash, electrical problem, fron tend issues especially on 4x4 and get some oversize tires and lift the truck wow the front end will almost shake off..

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You must have seen somrthing different than I have. At 577 K I do not have a cracked dash and have no electrical problems. I will admit to some cracking of the vinyl on the sides of the cloth drivers seat but I not only have sat there for all those miles but have slept a good many nights there while delivering RV's.
Since my 99 is 2wd I can't speak to 4x4 problems and I have never gone with oversize tires or lifts ( and personally never would)
I know of these trucks that have gone 2 million miles.
To me the weak area was the air conditioning which has required more service than it should..
I was happy enough with the 99 that I kept when I bought the 13.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:07 PM   #105
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filters

Yeah, I made sure that I can change that fuel filter where ever I am at, in light or dark and I always carry two spare. I have never needed them, you can generally tell where you can buy diesel.
Don't want to get a load of water.
No cracked dash here in 9years. Just busted through the 31k miles on it. I think its just getting broke in

I think the maintenance is easier on this diesel than the gas truck I had. It was a pain to change spark plugs. I can't live without the rattle, rattle, rattle now.
To each his own, I'm just thankful for what I have.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:05 PM   #106
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It's been a while, but I've got a couple questions.

I finally got the front end recall done last week and the dealer "found" some other issues to be addressed.

1. Brake job, front end: $179.99
(Son and I did that last night: $38)
2. Front pinion seal: $300ish
(Oreilly part:$12? Don't remember)
3. Passenger u-joint: $400 ish
(Oreilly part: $15 ish)
4. Front hubs and bearings :$1100
(Oreilly parts: $360 - $560)
(Summit racing: $360 -3 yr warranty)
(Factorymopar.com: $400ish)

I asked the guy about the front end needing overhauled with the truck only having 100,300 miles on it. He didn't blink an eye and said "that's about normal". I have a feeling he's full of it, saw it had 100,000 miles and decided it was time for him to get some more money.

Anyone run into this? I'm pretty sure me and the son armed with a Haynes manual, YouTube and a six pack can tackle this IF the hubs really need replacing. Suggestions or advice?


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Old 09-15-2014, 12:19 PM   #107
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I had my front end done somewhere in the 80's k miles. Lower ball joints were the motivating part that got the job started though. While apart I had the uppers done of course and the axel "U" joints as well. The "U" joints appeared good and were not making any noise but upon removal they were on the verge of failure. Caught them at the right time though. I went with factory parts. I found so much controversy over the aftermarket parts I couldn't wade through all the crap so went factory. Had it done by a friend and it was $1200 labor plus parts. So that's the ballpark you're in. My truck is a Ram 3500 so those front ends can be a bear to take apart if they want to be.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:40 PM   #108
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The sealed front hub/bearing can easily need replacing at 100k. Your maintenance schedule calls for checking them the first time at 35k, if I remember correctly. If you do some looking on the Dodge discussion sites that is why some people, including me have gone to the free wheeling front hub conversion. If has real taper roller wheel bearings and with the free wheeling front hubs it reduces the wear and tear on the rest of the front axle components.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:41 PM   #109
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Does it make me a bad person because I take a certain amount of pride in having a truck and trailer combo that cost me less than 2/3 of what many paid for their tow vehicle alone?


I guess that's two of us.....I used to call it common sense, but maybe it's because there's too much money casing too little common sense today....

For whatever it's worth.

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Old 09-15-2014, 06:32 PM   #111
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I think we could be friends Larry..

Me thinks that can be arranged!

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The sealed front hub/bearing can easily need replacing at 100k. Your maintenance schedule calls for checking them the first time at 35k, if I remember correctly. If you do some looking on the Dodge discussion sites that is why some people, including me have gone to the free wheeling front hub conversion. If has real taper roller wheel bearings and with the free wheeling front hubs it reduces the wear and tear on the rest of the front axle components.
I have read that some have had success lubing the front hub bearings through the hole where the ABS sensor mounts. Have not enough miles to worry about it yet on my RAM. I am bothered by the overall lack of lube fittings on the newer vehicles.

The free wheeling hubs would be nice but they seem to be extremely expensive. I am not sure I could justify it unless the price drops in the future
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