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Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 03-23-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 1,875
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: Oil Analysis? high copper content.

Keep sampling to trend the analysis reports. A TBN of 9.67 looks good as far as I'm concerned, there's still plenty of acid neutralizing left in the oil. If the TBN dropped to 2, then it would be a...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 03-21-2004
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: oil change cost

The cost of do-it-yourself using readily available over-the-counter heavy duty diesel oils should be around $20; a good quality oil filter such as a Fleetguard Stratapore will cost $8-$9. The Cummins...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 03-19-2004
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: mixing veggie oil w/diesel

I think you're safe with up to a 20% mixture of bio-diesel in your fuel, without any fuel system modifications.

You can modify the stuff without heating, by mixing the veg oil in a glass blender...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 03-17-2004
Replies: 42
Views: 960
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: what have people been paying$$$

As I understand it, there's gross invoice and net invoice. The dealer will always show you the gross invoice when negotiating. The net invoice on the new Ram trucks should be 18-27% below MSRP,...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 03-02-2004
Replies: 23
Views: 2,245
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: Approved oil filters for Cummins diesel

Directly from the amsoil corporate website regarding service life of the SDF filter: "In diesel-fueled light trucks, including vans, change the filter at 7,000-mile or six-month intervals."

The...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 03-02-2004
Replies: 23
Views: 2,245
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: Approved oil filters for Cummins diesel

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Herb:
[QB] [QUOTE] (Champion Industries makes the GM, AC filters and the Motorcraft Filter.)
Aftermarket Motorcraft filters are manufactured by Purolator. Both of which...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 03-02-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 611
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: valvoline premium blue oil

FYI on the NOACK volatility test. A sample of oil is placed in a container and weighed, then heated, and held at 482F for ONE HOUR, with a slight vacuum to remove vapor. Then re-weighed to show the...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 03-01-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 611
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: valvoline premium blue oil

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Herb:
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Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 03-01-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 611
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: valvoline premium blue oil

Your Cummins could easily go 8,000 miles on ANY current heavy duty diesel oil that's available, using the Stratapore filter.

The Valvoline is slightly more expensive than other popular brands, and...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 02-20-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: auto vs manual trans

IMO, the automatic transmissions on Dodge diesels are the weakest link. History has shown, autos originally designed for gas engines, are slush boxes when coupled to diesels.

The biggest seller...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen 24 VALVE DRIVETRAIN 02-19-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 586
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: LucasOil, Redline Trans Oil?

As far as I'm concerned, Redline MT-90 is the best, cost-effective alternative fluid for the NV4500 over the OEM Syntorq. I tried Amsoil in mine first, wasn't happy, then switched to the Redline, and...
Forum: Technical Info: 1st Generation 02-02-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: NV4500

OK, I guess we cannot blame the precious, expensive lubricating elixir this transmission calls for.

According to this (http://dodgeram.org/tech/transmission/nv4500_spec.htm) there are actually...
Forum: Technical Info: 1st Generation 02-01-2004
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: NV4500

Just a question on the fluid you were using in these transmissions. The OEM Castrol Syntorq LT, or something else?
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen 24 VALVE DRIVETRAIN 01-27-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: engine stats

Mine with the manual transmission is 235hp/460ft. lbs. I know the auto's for the same year had lower ratings.
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-26-2004
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: block heater question.

Is your truck parked in a garage at home? I know the grid heaters sense the air temperature rather than engine temp to cycle. Can't explain the issue with the block heater, it could be...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-20-2004
Replies: 17
Views: 516
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: optima batterys??

Deep cycle batteries are good if you have alot of aftermarket electrical accessories installed. They do, however, take much longer to recharge once drained than a regular battery does and may not...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-18-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 2,030
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: 10w30

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Ray,IN:
There is a cloud of misconception concerning "synthetic" oil. This well...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen 24 VALVE DRIVETRAIN 01-17-2004
Replies: 3
oil
Views: 385
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: oil

CG-4 is an older API spec. CH and now CI are current, and supercede the older specs, and would be fine in cg-4 applcations.

Mobil Delvac 1, 5w-40 is a true PAO/ester based synthetic oil. Others...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-16-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: clicking seabelts

Sounds like a failing seatbelt control timer module (SCTM), which is located under the front seat. This device electronically locks the seatbelts via solenoids, but was problematic and later model...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen 24 VALVE DRIVETRAIN 01-13-2004
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: 6 speed problems

I think Timbob is on to something, I've read posts on other sites where guys are having problems with that short shift kit on the six speed. I'll bet that's your trouble.
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 01-12-2004
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: V-PLOWS FOR NEW RAM

Even on my '98 a snowplow is a no, no. But it's on mine and has all the tags that it was professionally installed(I bought the truck used). A lot of people run snowplows on CTD Rams and recommend...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 01-06-2004
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: Conventional Oil & By-pass filter?

When used with by-pass filtration, Chevron Delo 400 usually shows wear numbers that rival full synthetics. There may be old posts here in the forums that show that. Of the conventional petroleum...
Forum: Archive: Technical Info: 3rd Generation 01-03-2004
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: Mixing dino with synthetic

Rotella T 15W-40 API CI-4 has a viscosity of 15.1 cSt @ 100C. Rotella 5W-40 synthetic API CI-4 has a viscosity of 13.6 cSt @ 100C. So the synthetic is actually thinner at operating temperature, but...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-02-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 2,030
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: 10w30

It'll be fine year 'round. It's a 40 grade oil @ 212F, yet flows like a 5 grade @ 0F. Another virtue of synthetics, wide multi-grade viscosity ranges. If the Valvoline is a true synthetic, and not a...
Forum: Technical Info: 2nd Gen NON-DRIVETRAIN 01-02-2004
Replies: 20
Views: 2,030
Posted By Ken Bittorf
Re: 10w30

I have only found 10W-30 diesel oil at a fleet store locally, and I believe it was packaged by Citgo.
10W-30 diesel oils seem to be almost non-exsistant on store shelves.
Rotella does make a 5W-40...
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