“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…

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 stock for your Cummins engine – Block Heaters for ’89-’98, 5.9L and ’94-’15, 5.9L & 6.7L trucks and Block Heater Cables for ’89-’15, 5.9L & 6.7L Cummins as…

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 Cummins HPCR Engines – Previous Magazine Discussions & Aftermarket Processes

Hartridge Injector Tester

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Previous Magazine Discussions & Aftermarket Processes Over the years, diesel fuel injectors have had to deal with increasing system fuel pressures to improve atomization of the fuel for decreased exhaust emissions. Corresponding to the increases in pressures and emissions regulations, the injectors have been built to ever tightening specifications, including tighter clearances (millionths of an inch). The older 12-valve engines and the early 24-valve engines (up to 2002 model year) used…

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.

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly [ 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…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Frequently Asked Questions

Bosch HPCR Fuel Injector

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Frequently Asked Questions Rail Pressure versus Fuel Mileage Q: In Issue 63, page 82, writer Joe Donnelly did an article about the 2003 and newer ECMs and reprogramming them using a “Smarty” by MADS Electronics. In that article we are told that added rail pressure does not give mileage gains and is “problematic to injector and injection system durability.” Then on page 110 there was a “Product Showcase” article where we are led to believe that increasing fuel pressure will increase mpg…

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…

What is the Best Gauge?

Before you purchase a gauge or gauges to put in the gauge pod, there are several items you’ll want to consider: Who makes the best gauge? For the best price, how about a gauge “package”? How do you install gauges? If you would like the answers to these questions please continue. Okay, let’s get right to the answers: BEST GAUGE? We’ve included a PDF file to read the complete story from the TDR magazine, Issue 74, January 2012. TDR74-10Back The short answer from their product testing: “Would you believe I…