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Old 04-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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Diesel engine.

Just bought my first diesel engine. Got a 2500 duramax and I've never owned a diesel before.

Anything I should know?

Difference in diesel fuels? Don't buy from discount gas stations etc. ?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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New truck or old truck?

Older ones like my 2003 need additives in the fuel to work long term with today's low sulphur diesel. Just buy plain ol #2 diesel at the station.

If you bought a new truck they have all kinds of shit in the system for emissions, can't help you at all there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Ken, I'd like you to meet Power Service..

Power Service, this is Ken..

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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Diesel

First thing is buy clean fuel and keep it clean. Do not put it under heavy load until the engine temperature is near operating range.

I would recommend using a fuel additive to make sure the high pressure fuel pump to make sure the fuel pump is adequately lubricated. I use XPD in my Dodge.

Use a really high quality fuel filter and high quality oil filter. Change the air filter and keep it clean.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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I used to run a tank/month of bio-d thru my PSD to keep things clean. While the exhaust didn't smell like french fries, it didn't smell like diesel either.

Power service is your friend. Stanadyne is better, but more expensive and harder to find. PM Triple. He'll sell you a case. Did for me!

Gloves while fueling. That smell don't come out of your hands very quickly.

Otherwise, its an engine...

Speaking of Triple: he owns/runs one of the best diesel shops around. GREAT guy to know if you've got a diesel. A great guy to know especially if you're driving a Dodge.

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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only use Champion spark plugs.

I think Pep Boys has em on sale this week.

You'll need 7
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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new truck or old truck?

Older ones like my 2003 need additives in the fuel to work long term with today's low sulphur diesel. Just buy plain ol #2 diesel at the station.

If you bought a new truck they have all kinds of shit in the system for emissions, can't help you at all there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #8
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
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Ken, I'd like you to meet Power Service..

Power Service, this is Ken..
lol you cracked me up with this...
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #10
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Anything I should know?
Should have bought a Cummins

Ah, I had to! Congrats, what year is it?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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Never use Champions on a 2013. Ask for NGKs instead

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only use Champion spark plugs.

I think Pep Boys has em on sale this week.

You'll need 7
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:25 PM   #12
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Ken, I'd like you to meet Power Service..

Power Service, this is Ken..

The grey bottle is more betterer...
FPPF supposedly beats 'em all, but I've used grey bottle PS since '99 in 3 trucks and never had a fuel related issue.

www.thedieselpageforums.com is your friend if any issues arise.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #13
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:44 PM   #14
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Just bought my first diesel engine. Got a 2500 duramax and I've never owned a diesel before.

Anything I should know?

Difference in diesel fuels? Don't buy from discount gas stations etc. ?
Use only #1 diesel, the #2 diesel that most stations sell is junky thicker diesel that will ruin your truck. If you can't find #1 diesel near you, just run premium gasoline with power service additive every tank.

Or something like that.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:23 PM   #15
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Use only #1 diesel, the #2 diesel that most stations sell is junky thicker diesel that will ruin your truck. If you can't find #1 diesel near you, just run premium gasoline with power service additive every tank.

Or something like that.
I know it's Ken, but this is Shiny Things, not JM.

Ken,

Two things to be concerned about are the cetane rating and wear scar rating of the fuel. U.S. diesel fuel is notoriously bad in both ratings, so that's why the suggestion of additives.
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