The Dreaded Water-in-Fuel Light

Now. Let’s Get Busy Fixing This Problem. No need to panic. Logically thinking: If your truck is 2013 or newer Turbo Diesel, it has two fuel filters, the chassis mounted and the engine mounted filters. Closest to the fuel tank, the chassis mounted filter’s sensor was (99% certainty) the trigger for the water-in-fuel light (WIF). The repair procedure: Grab that empty, clear, water bottle from your cup holder; crawl underneath the truck; open the fuel drain valve and see what comes out.

A VOLUNTARY “DO NOT DRIVE” RECALL FOR BRAKE FLUID ISSUES?

What has caught the attention of the Turbo Diesel Register and Geno’s Garage staff from this past week’s automotive industry news? A VOLUNTARY DO NOT DRIVE? I DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER Brake Fluid – Background It wasn’t too long ago (Issue 105, pages 112-114) that TDR writer Moses Ludel gave us a three-page how-to on changing the brake fluid. Here is a quote from the introduction of Moses’ article that will help set the stage for this update. “Brake fluid being hygroscopic (it will absorb moisture), there was a guaranteed…

The Case of the $942 Fuel Filter

Digital multimeter

(or How to Change a #5 Injector) Solving the mystery of a vehicle’s mechanical problem can require some lengthy detective work—as demonstrated in this repair that I call “The Case of the $942 Fuel Filter.” The initial complaint by the Ram Turbo Diesel’s owner provided me with scant evidence for solving the problem: “It runs good,” he said, “for a while after I change the fuel filter, but it has low power.” I doubted that the fuel filter was the culprit. But I had little to go on. This would…

The Many Steps to Diesel Success

When I was a small boy I was live baggage on family trips from the Northeast to visit the grandparents a thousand miles away in Indiana. There were no Interstate highways – just the promise of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with its four smooth concrete lanes and many child-pleasing tunnels. The rest of the way was two lanes, small towns, and diners with steamed-up windows. Constantly in the way were highway trucks, only lately powered by weak-but-economical six-cylinder Diesel engines making 160 horsepower. Drivers knew what was next on their routes,…

About 2013-Current Ram Turbo Diesel DEF Systems

2013 Ram Cummmins Emissions Equipment

Background The Turbo Diesel Register editor called me a couple of months ago asking some questions about DEF systems. It seems that the folks at Geno’s Garage had been seeing an increase in phone calls related to the high cost of repairs to their DEF equipped trucks, specifically for the DEF emissions components. After our conversation, I did not give it much more thought and was going to cover another topic in TDR Issue 102. It just so happened that I was going to look at a customer’s car in…

’94-’02 Dodge Ram HVAC Service

Dodge Ram dash strapped up and out of the way.

I’ve been putting off replacing the heater core in Red Ryder (a ’98 Dodge Turbo Diesel) for a lot longer than I should have. I’ve been keeping a car blanket in the cab during the winter for a few years now. It generally takes about 30 miles at highway speed to bring the cab to a comfortable temperature when the outside ambient temperature is in the low-40s. I hadn’t observed coolant leaking in the cab…yet. On the return trip from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in January this year there were some…

Which Dodge Ram Ball Joint Should You Buy?

Dodge Ram Balljoints

After installing a steering system upgrade, I visited a local alignment shop to check the toe-in specifications. Unfortunately, the shop refused to align my truck on account of a loose ball joint. I have known high volume tire stores to do this sort of thing to boost sales, but this diagnosis was no surprise, and it came from a shop that I trusted: After 150,000 miles, I knew it was ball joint replacement time.My analytical nature kicked in, and I decided to do some research before choosing my parts. I…

Dodge/Cummins Oil Filter Buyer’s Guide – Part One: Parts is Parts Right?

LF16035 Stratapore and LF3972 Standard oil filter.

Oil filters? Who cares? Just grab a filter from the auto supply store or Wal-Mart and put it on when you change the oil. That rugged Cummins diesel engine under the hood of your Ram won’t notice the difference right? Maybe so, maybe not. Are you willing to be the service life of your diesel engine on just any oil filter, or do you want the best protection for your engine? Going with the lowest bidder makes sense if all the suppliers sell the same item, like copier paper. But…

Read Dodge/Cummins Oil Filter Buyer’s Guide – Part Two: Oil Filter Comparison

Dodge Cummins oil filter line-up.

In our Part One segment we had TDR writer Arden Kysely evaluate the construction of an oil filter. In doing so, he introduced us to a patented filter media (trade name StrataPore) that is made by Cummins’ subsidiary company, Cummins Filtration. In Part Two of our oil filter discussion TDR writer John Martin gets out the filter cutting tool and does a visual examination of 10 different oil filters. Who offers the most expensive filter? Who offers the least expensive filter? Which filter is the best value? We checked the…