How Do I Change My Dodge Ram Shock Absorbers?

SHOCK ABSORBER REPLACEMENT/BILSTEIN SHOCKS by Jim Anderson At a technical seminar hosted by Geno’s Garage and presented by Bilstein sales manager Scott MacDonald, I became aware of certain signs indicating that after 60,000 miles in a 2006 two wheel drive Dodge Ram 3500 dually, the shock absorbers should be replaced. Over the course of the seminar, Scott educated us about the construction and features of the different types of shock absorbers commonly found on the market. We learned that original equipment shocks typically do not last much longer than a…

“No Mess” Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change

“No Mess” Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change Avoid a diesel fuel bath when changing the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel filter with this handy fuel filter change tool. In the one year we’ve had our ’15 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel here at Geno’s Garage, we’ve had to change the fuel filter twice. The first time: no drain from the pesky yellow drain valve and a diesel fuel bath and fuel spill on the garage floor when tightly installed filter housing was removed with a strap wrench. The second time: no drain…

RAM Cummins Exhaust Education – We Visit MBRP

MBRP Exhaust Headquarters

When was the last time you tried to call someone at (choose a business—banks are notoriously bad)? Talk about a run-around. Recently it took me forever to “reach out to my personal relationship manager” at the “Bankopoly.” On the other side of the ledger, have you called one of the many small businesses that make products for your Turbo Diesel truck? Were you surprised at how they had a knowledgeable person answer the phone? Small business is the engine that drives our economy. We’ve found it refreshing to learn about…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Removal and Replacement

Specialty tools for HPCR injector replacement.

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Injector Removal and Replacement Tools: You will need a few specialty tools to make the injector replacement easier. The aluminum plate at the top keeps the exhaust rockers in order and assembled. Under it at the left is a 15/16” socket cut down to 1” total length, with a connector tube nut in it. To the right of the nut is an orange painted tube that facilitates pressing the new injector…

Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission

Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission

Originally printed in TDR Issue 64 (pg 85-89) Have Ram, Will Travel REBUILDING THE NV5600 SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSION Back in 2001, most of our Ram Turbo Diesels with manual transmissions had five-speeds, either the Getrag used on First Generation trucks, or the New Venture NV4500 that was used on Second Generation trucks (1994-up). Only a few (24-valve High Output) Turbo Diesels had the six-speed New Venture NV5600. In Issue 30, pages 36-37, we discussed lubricants, wear issues, and the fully splined mainshaft upgrade to prevent 5th gear from sliding out of…