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Old 01-23-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hello Diesel Truck owners....

I am planning on a trip to Alaska this summer and it looks like I will be on the road for about 15,000 miles. That is a long time for a diesel truck to go between oil changes. Also, I own a 2002 GMC duramax diesel which has 11 grease fittings. It has been my experience within the states that most facilities that do oil/lube service are poorly educated on the aspect of lube jobs. Even the Chevy/GMC dealers do a poor job, missing fittings.

What do you do when in Canada and/or Alaska and it is time for a oil/lube service? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx, Uncle Bill
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:55 AM   #2
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I would think that despite, as you say, even they may not catch everything, your best bet will be to take it to a GM dealer and likely pay a little more.

Incidentally, I had a strange experience with our 2008 Duramax last Fall when the truck suddenly went into "limp mode" when towing at 65mph+.

Speed suddenly dropped to maybe 5mph - a bit scary since I was in the fast lane on an interstate at the time!

The dash message said "engine power reduced" then "change fuel filter." Fuel filter life monitor dropped to zero but had been 53% earlier the same day. I suspected maybe I had gotten a bad load of fuel from a small gas station where we filled up earlier in the day.

We managed to creep along five miles to a town with GM dealer. They changed the filter but said the fuel looked ok so they didn't drain it.

They couldn't explain what had happened and if the filter was really bad or not - said it could have been a computer glitch. Anyway we made it home without further problem.

Hoping I don't experience that again, but now I carry a spare fuel filter and necessary tools as well as an OBD II code reader / resetter. This is just in case it happens again in a more remote location, I could maybe deal with it myself - or at east have the filter on hand if we need to deal with a corner garage.

There are Youtube videos showing how the change the filter and re-prime the system. Doesn't look that difficult so I think I could do it on the side of the highway if I had todo so.

Hopefully I won't have to!

Brian & Connie Mitchell

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Old 01-24-2014, 05:25 AM   #3
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Agreed. I think the single most important thing to be prepared for is being able to change the fuel filter, on the side of the road of need be.

I always carry an extra with me.
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