Ram Turbo Diesel Cold Weather Tips

Ram Turbo Diesel cold weather tips.

Que up the old 33rpm record player and what did you find? Some Dean Martin from the 1960s and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” (Now try to get the jingle off your mind.) While it has only just dropped below 32 degrees here in Georgia, we know the importance of a diesel engine block heater and block heater cable. Hey, we’ve got ‘em in stock for your Cummins engine – Block Heaters for ’89-’98, 5.9L and ‘98.5-’20, 5.9L & 6.7L trucks and Block Heater Cables for ’89-’20, 5.9L & 6.7L Cummins…

Fuel Injectors for 2003-newer Cummins HPCR Engines

Driver's side of 2003 HPCR Cummins engine.

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly The editor called with the assignment for this issue, “I want an all-encompassing article on fuel injectors for the Dodge Cummins 2003-and-newer engines that use the High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system. Can you do such?” I asked for a little guidance: where to start, what to say. His recommendation, “Think about country music. Haven’t you heard that David Allen Coe song where he sings about the ‘perfect country music song?’ I want you to do the perfect…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Upgrades and Preventing Failures

Six new DDP Stage 1 injectors

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Injector Upgrades and Preventing Failures In Issue 56 (page 96), Scott Dalgleish discussed his results with Dynomite Diesel Performance (DDP) injectors on his Third Generation Turbo Diesel. In his quest for mileage first, and power second, Scott chose a set of Stage 1 fuel injectors. His article described the aforementioned extrude honing manufacturing processes and provided dyno results verifying the horsepower claims of DDP. He reported an increase in fuel mileage…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Inside the Injector

72i16. Disassembled bottom half of HPCR injector.

[ Reman HPCR fuel injectors are available at Geno’s Garage. ] Fuel Injectors For 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Inside the Injector We have looked at the pintle and nozzle with the remarkably tight clearance between them. Here are the components of the HPCR injector, first the bottom half with the nozzle nut, nozzle, pintle, and the main body to the right. Next is a photo of the top half with the armature to the left, check ball and seat in the center, and the solenoid and its nut to…

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

Specialty tools for HPCR injector replacement.

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 into its well in the head. Next is a blue painted…

Well, What Do You Know? The TDR

As a niche supplier of parts for only Dodge/Cummins Turbo Diesel trucks, you can imagine that day-in and day-out we get asked many of the same questions. Often owners will want a reference location for the information that we discuss with them. Our go-to source for the data: the Turbo Diesel Register (TDR). Some will balk at a TDR subscription. That’s okay, we know they just want an answer to the problem of the day. We all acknowledge that the TDR keeps Dodge/Cummins owners up to date on problems and…

Exterior Lighting for Your Dodge Ram

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE…We are hoping that the corny intro caught your attention. Now what can you do to get the 1977 Debbie Boone song off your mind? Learn more about lighting for your Dodge Ram truck at Geno’s Garage. Let’s talk about exterior lights for your Dodge Ram truck. Previously, we offered a line of aftermarket lights. Some of them were stock-looking and some had winky-tinky features. The price was low, and as we found out, so was the quality. We shouldered the cost of warranty problems, but…

The Five Phases of DIY Learning

THE FIVE PHASES OF D.I.Y. LEARNING Most of us have been there. Perhaps by choice, perhaps not. Some take it as reason to never attempt anything of the sort again. Others are spurred on, feeling more confident—or at least lucky. I’m talking about the experience of stumbling through a new mechanical operation, learning by doing. While instructional materials may be involved—shop manuals, web pages, how-to videos, etc.—this particular type of work proceeds without a seasoned mentor. Live assistance of that sort prevents certain key events, such as getting steps out…

Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel Manual Transmission Woes

Over the past years, TDR writer Joe Donnelly has written about the manual gearboxes used in our Dodge Turbo Diesel trucks. We’ve selected five in-depth articles from the TDR for you to read. The articles are in PDF format so you can download them to read at your convenience. Read “Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission” now. Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission Rebuild of My NV5600 An Overview of the G56 Transmission Rebuilding the G56 Transmission Manual Transmission Rebuilds and Upgrades G56 Manual Transmission Woes There are several recurring messages in these articles:…

Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission

Rebuilding the NV5600 Transmission

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 position on the NV4500 five-speed. In Issue 31, pages 23-27, we discussed…