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Raften

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Posted: 04/02/09 06:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the reasons I was asking all the questions, besides getting some education, is that the guy across the street has a DM and I have been nagging him to change his filter and not have someone do it for him. Most problems I hear of from people who are on the road seem to lead back to fuel and fuel filters. Diesels need to flow a lot of fuel and a clogged filter mucks up the show. Just me but I think everyone who drives a diesel should carry a extra and if possiable be able to change it themself.

The guy across the street wants me to show him and your answers will help. I think I'll forget cracking a line to bleed, he would have a heart attack. You don't have to fill the filter, you can just keep bumping the key till it purges the air, on a Cummins at least.


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Posted: 04/02/09 06:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing the photos and story. Great attitude in spite of it all. Good job [emoticon]


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Posted: 04/02/09 07:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad to hear you are OK... hadn't heard from you in a while... was wonderin' what's up.

Your rig would have looked (ahem) "cute" next to Big Daddy!


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Posted: 04/02/09 08:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Raften wrote:

One of the reasons I was asking all the questions, besides getting some education, is that the guy across the street has a DM and I have been nagging him to change his filter and not have someone do it for him. Most problems I hear of from people who are on the road seem to lead back to fuel and fuel filters. Diesels need to flow a lot of fuel and a clogged filter mucks up the show. Just me but I think everyone who drives a diesel should carry a extra and if possiable be able to change it themself.

The guy across the street wants me to show him and your answers will help. I think I'll forget cracking a line to bleed, he would have a heart attack. You don't have to fill the filter, you can just keep bumping the key till it purges the air, on a Cummins at least.


I was going to snag a couple of pictures when I got home but stopped for dinner and it's dark out....I'll get some this weekend and update the thread. I defintiely plan on adding a spare filter to my parts list...and I was always thinking about setting up a pre-filter like I have read some others doing. It would also be nice to have two filters setup to where if one was clogged you could flip the switch and re-route through the other filter too. Perhaps doing both (a pre-filter and after that a split) would be cool.

In any case, on mine, it was certainly easy to make the switch - very easy access on the Kodiak - you just have to make sure and bleed the air out right.

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Posted: 04/02/09 08:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

d3500ram wrote:

Glad to hear you are OK... hadn't heard from you in a while... was wonderin' what's up.

Your rig would have looked (ahem) "cute" next to Big Daddy!


Touche' Frank, touche'. You got me back! [emoticon] It's all relative I guess. I've been really busy at work, and hadn't had much time to post and we've been out three straight weekends...but not skiing. My physical therapist told me I shouldn't ski anymore this winter to not keep inflaming my knee. So I've been taking it easy and, you know, dirt biking instead (how I damaged it both times! [emoticon] )

Keep in touch, I'm sure there is an Indy 500 coming up - perhaps a gumbo to go with.

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Never leave a man behind!....and you didn't, left a lump in my throat watching you get pulled out. Not sure that you would get the air out through that bottom drain, that is more likely to check for water. Having large Marine diesels that I have to take care of, we do bleed by cracking the fuel line going to an injector, or we have a bleed off valve that we put a quick connect to, which is what I do, becouse the pressure we are putting through our lines to our injectors is real high and resealing can muck it up and cause leaks, I would ask the dealer that helped you out how they do it. What do you attribute it too, bad fuel, or old fuel with growth? I had mine done when I did all fluids after purchasing mine. Cool pictures and that is one sweet looking rig!


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Posted: 04/02/09 08:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for for the great pictures,the good thing is at least he had an honest dealership diagnose the problem and not rip you off.
its pictures like that that motivated me to start saving my pennies for my own rig, so today I ordered torklifts for my truck. and that is the beginning of my truck camper odyssey.I know it's just the halfton but I know I'll be able to find a camper that fits. speaking of honesty,camping world is insane,stopped by to see about having happy jacks installed,this is their quoted prices,parts 544,installation of heppyjacks $297, wiring $178,lance priority electrical plug,49.95 needless to say thanks a lot cash and just to set my truck off for a camper.I did not like the idea of bumper buttons.so searched on the Internet,found eBay Co. torklifts delivered to my door,front and back
$370 don't mean hijack your thread I'm just caught up in the excitement of starting the process.and it's all the beautiful pictures of the West i see that wants me to get up a small truck camper. I have a travel trailer but I cannot see dragging it all the way out West.
PS I've enjoyed reading all your trip reports,


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You should visit www.thedieselplace.com. Chevy Duramax only site that is very informative. People have written up a whole range of "How To's" when it comes to maintenance and common problems with the Duramax. I keep a binder with us when we go camping that has directions on how to fix the common problems like the Injector harness, fuel filter replacement and so on. Check it out very informative. I hate when i make a simple mistake that costs me money. Glad you made it out of there safe and no damage.


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Posted: 04/02/09 09:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey btg, I always knew you were my kind of guy. Not only do you ride bikes, oh yeah, but manage to turn a bad situation into an adventure worth reading about. And if I ever need to camp with a guy that brings lots of firewood, I'll give you a buzz!

Great post!





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Posted: 04/02/09 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The truck goes to Tierra del Fuego and back. Not a problem.

You go next door almost, and this happens. [emoticon]

Oh well, seems like things turned out fine after all, and you had a grand adventure in the process.

I changed my Duramax filter every 7500 miles when I owned my 2003. Yep, know manual says 15,000, but with all the talk here and other sites at the time concerning fuel/injector issues, I decided to err on the side of less problems.

Great photos, and an interesting posting.

Thanks!


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