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Old 08-21-2016, 12:05 PM   #43
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We don't need an Airstream either! You buy what you want. If we were all smart we would be towing sobs with minivans. I don't understand your point. And diesel here is the same price as premium.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:39 PM   #44
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I got hooked on a Cummins from driving a 1997 3500 12V 5 speed that we owned at work. That old clattering beast would push you back in the seat in top cog going uphill when you said giddy up. Bought it later and my Son ran it from 07 to 15.

Then I bought my new 2005 2500 5.9L 6 speed and I owned nothing heavy to tow. 6 years later the AS appeared.

I was hooked on that engine powertrain combo, just had to have it.

Nothing but filters and fluids in 180K.

Spark plug free since '05 and my daily driver is, hold on to your keyboard a 2000 VW beetle 1.9L diesel 5 speed. And about an hour ago just finished replacing the timing belt, normal scheduled maintenance.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:57 PM   #45
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I pull with a 10 year old Dodge diesel. I think if buying new any of them will do a great job. I would buy the diesel again if I was going to do a lot of pulling.
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Mines an 06 Cummins. Really like it.
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I don't understand your point.
I was very clear n my point about gas versus diesel.

I DO own a diesel truck and a gas truck.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:19 PM   #48
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I like my 07 dodge with a 6.7 cumalong and 6 speed auto, 105,000 miles, just oil changes....been good..
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I was very clear n my point about gas versus diesel.

I DO own a diesel truck and a gas truck.
Evidently I misread.
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Hi, my Lincoln tow vehicle [gas engine] has been spark plug free too. Sixteen years old and over 125,000 miles with no spark plug changes.
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Hi, my Lincoln tow vehicle [gas engine] has been spark plug free too. Sixteen years old and over 125,000 miles with no spark plug changes.
Don't worry if it's a 5.4 it well be a very expensive spark plug change. Start knocking on wood now.
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Don't worry if it's a 5.4 it will be a very expensive spark plug change. Start knocking on wood now.

Hi, I always knock on wood [and my head] and yes it is a 5.4 L but not your ordinary 5.4 L. Mine is four cam 32 valve model. Expensive yes and I won't have it done until it miss-fires. At this point, what do I have to lose?
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Is that the engine that has very special spark plug R&R procedures and IIRC plug breakage?
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I don't know that the 5.4 spark plug change is all that difficult once you know what to do.
However, I would probably still leave it up to a dealer or a shop familiar with the process.
I think the deal is carbon buildup on the threads inside the head.
If you don;t try to just remove the plugs, but loosen, tighten, loosen, tighten repeatedly to dislodge the carbon on the threads without breaking out a chunk of the aluminum head...
If you do damage the threads, new threads can be tapped into the head and an insert is available at the auto parts store to get you going.
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Saw a magazine article on the topic, IIRC.
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