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RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

FYI, the sticker on the door jamb is as useless as tits on a bull if you replaced your stock tires/rims with ones that have a lower rating. It also goes out the door if replaced any suspension components with a lift. Case in point, my nephew replaced his stock rims and tires on his 3500 with 35x12.5x20 BFG T/A KO2's which has a max rating of 3,195 lbs. The 6,390 lb combined rating of the new tires had a lower rating than his stock axle rating of 7,000 lbs which effectively lowered his GAWR making the number on the door sticker worthless. It actually put him below the rear GAWR of my 2500 which is 6,500 lbs.
ShinerBock 07/21/21 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

From what I understand going over the speed limit legally requires the use of emergency lights except in specific instances. Those instances require the police to have a judge approved warrant with the time and route on it. Nobody, including police, should be expected to break the law intentionally. If the law is unreasonable the law should be fixed, not ignored. Loose enforcement of the law leads to subjective and selective enforcement that is too often corrupt or can give the appearance of being corrupt. More than ever we need police to avoid the appearance of being corrupt. Just think how much violence could have been avoided in the past year if police had watched their appearance more closely. I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and remember when their police department sought certification about 35 years ago. The first thing that they had to do was give up all official policies that were illegal. Can you imagine what would happen to a company that had policies that required illegal behavior? And think about how it undermines the very authority that the police represent. I am strongly in favor of law and order. But it should be reasonable and clear and it must apply to EVERYONE equally. And that includes judges, other police and especially lawmakers. Actually, since those people are the ones responsible for the laws they may deserve an extra dose of enforcement instead of the total immunity that many are privileged with now. I understand that being a law officer is a tough job and that many work too many hours. Some of that needs to corrected but keeping a clean image would take away a lot of the disrespect that they suffer from now. I am not aware of a federal law stating that lights and sirens must be used. I know that Texas law does allow police officers and other first responders to exceed the speed limit without lights if..... "Speed Restrictions Sec. 545.365. Speed Limit Exception for Emergencies; Municipal Regulation (a) The regulation of the speed of a vehicle under this subchapter does not apply to: (1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a call; (2) a police patrol; or (3) a physician or ambulance responding to an emergency call. (b) A municipality by ordinance may regulate the speed of: (1) an ambulance; (2) an emergency medical services vehicle; or (3) an authorized vehicle operated by a blood or tissue bank." As stated, a police patrol is exempt from these laws. Other state's laws may be different as well as local city/county laws. I know most people assume they lights are required, but as with many other things like people assuming that you can get ticketed for going over the manufacturers GVWR, it is just an assumption, not reality. As I said before, it is not black and white as many assume it is. There are many state and local laws that allow them to speed without lights in certain situations and areas so technically they are not breaking the law when used in this manner. Having these laws apply to a regular citizen that does not do the same type of work is just asinine.
ShinerBock 07/19/21 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

I understand every cop can justify breaking the traffic laws to do his job better, but where do you draw the line? If a salesman runs a few over, maybe he can make a extra demo today. What is his limit? If I crowd the traffic lights, maybe I can dump 6 loads today instead of 5. Should I get a pass for that red? Something that is overlooked is while your drunk, me or my salesman also face civil penalty for our actions. Our insurance will pay to the limit, then it is on us to pay. Until laws change, the cop has no money on the table. This is why it isn't just black and white. There are many grey areas where one person's opinion will say that they shouldn't and another's says it is warranted. I feel that one can't just say that no cop should go over the speed limit without their lights, period. These people are either very ignorant to the situations of what an officer faces day in and day out. That is like me telling someone else how to do their job even though I do not fully understand all aspects of their job. Then you have to ask who should be in charge of drawing that line and what politics, knowledge, and/or biases are driving their perception. Many people here said they should not do it period, but most do not have much knowledge about the job. It is a slippery slope and there are I feel many more important things that should be addressed first because they are bigger problems than a cop doing 10 over. Now keep in mind that I agree that there are bad cops that do break the law because they feel that they can. However, these types of officers are generally hated by the other cops as well because it gives them a bad name. It is extremely hard to get rid of these types of officers in large metro areas with unions. While the unions do a go job at protecting good cops, their rules and regulations that the departments have to follow also protect a percentage of bad cops. So it is one of those cases that in order to have the good, then you have to understand that it will also come with a percentage of bad as with most things. Expecting 100% good is just an unrealistic expectation.
ShinerBock 07/19/21 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

I have no problems with a cop doing 10 over without his lights on. There are a lot of times where they need to get somewhere in a hurry, but it does not constitute the use of emergency lights. Many people just assume that they only do it because they can, when in fact there are many instances where it is needed. A friend of mine who was a Sheriff assigned to graveyard shift DUI had to this all the time. It is a lot harder to see if someone is swerving and drunk looking from the side of the road so he had to catch people while he was driving. He would come up to a batch of cars and check their driving. If they were not swerving or acting erratically then he would speed up(many times over the speed limit to catch up) and go to the next batch of cars. He got many drunk drivers off the road doing this versus those who waited on the side of the road just checking radar. He also did this when he caught a DUI suspect and they resisted a breathalyzer. Case in point was one accident wear a drunk driver killed four members of a family of five. Only the young daughter remained alive and in critical condition. The drunk driver refused a breathalyzer so my friend had to get a warrant for his blood to be drawn at the nearest hospital. Every second counts and the longer you wait the lower his blood alcohol level gets. It is imperative that he got there fast as possible so the @$$hole does not get off from killing a family, but it does not constitute emergency lights. Then there is my dad who was a police officer for over 30 years before he retired several years ago. When he was a sergeant, he had to stay readily available to his officers when they needed him which were anywhere between 3-9 officers on a shift. When he got a call where one of his deputies needed his assistance, then he had to rush over there so they can get their problem solved and move on to the next task. Many times he got multiple calls from different deputies. He would use his lights when it was a true emergency, but many times the call did not warrant emergency lights yet he still needed to get their ASAP. Being short handed as he was, the longer the deputies were on a call, the less deputies he had available if an emergency did pop up. So no, I don't care if they go over the speed limit without their lights because I know there are many instances that warrant it. These are just a few off the top of my head.
ShinerBock 07/19/21 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

One has to ask why Cummins/Holset can't fix this problem. This problem has been going on since the 6.7 was introduced. They did come out with an updated actuator, but heat is the major culprit here. Back in 2007 when they came out with the 6.7L, it actually met the 2010+ emissions while the DMAX and PSD only met 2007. They did this so they did not have to spend money engineering the engine again to meet another round of emissions regulations. However, this caused a lot of issues with carbon build-up in EGR valves and the turbo because these systems were basically doing what the EGR and SCR do today. This also caused a lot of heat which burns up the Cummins electronic actuator. The reason why they went with an electronic unit was that they needed to meet the aforementioned 2010+ emissions without an SCR and they needed better control of the air pulling through the EGR and heavy use of the EGR created more soot. Ford and GM did not use a fully electronic actuator until recently. GM with the L5P and Ford with the 2021 PSD so time will tell if they too have the same issues once the trucks get more miles on them. Ford also had turbo/heat issues with the 2011-2014 trucks, but it was not related to the VG actuator.
ShinerBock 07/06/21 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

Did the dealer say their actuator was a reman? Or is that supposition? Seems strange dealer would be putting reman parts in, but who knows. If it come with a warranty, it maybe the best option on all accounts. This stuff is so frustrating I’m sure. Cummins has reman. We sell it all of the time and the part numbers generally end in RX. They also have new parts but have a core attached to them with parts numbers ending in NX. The reason for a new part having a core is either because they don't want that part to get into the market so others can make reman versions or they plan to make reman versions later on once there are enough of them out.
ShinerBock 07/06/21 06:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

Sadly, it's usually the turbo's actuator that causes that sort of thing. Yep, and that is the reason I replaced mine with a fixed geometry turbo. Turbo and high flow pulse manifold only cost $1600 and I did it in one weekend. SweetLou, the dealer might tell you that you have to replace the whole turbo, but you can just replace the actuator and have it calibrated. OE is about the only way to go on the actuator. If you replace both then I would go with an aftermarket turbo like the BD Screamer or Calibrated Power Solutions Stealth turbo. They have slightly larger blade profiles and larger housings that have benefits like lower EGT's even if you don't tune your engine for the added potential. They will cost a few hundred dollars more than a new OE turbo. It is odd that you did not see a check engine light because a faulty actuator will generally throw one. That is the reason why I thought it might have been fuel since there was no CEL mentioned.
ShinerBock 07/01/21 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Your fuel may meet the standard, you don't know. I have yet to see any diesel pumps that show the cetane rating anywhere. Using additives because your fuel "may" not meet standards? Nuts! Bigfoot "may" exist but probably not. ShinerBock-From your own cut and paste article. "Cummins® engines are designed, developed, rated, and built to operate on commercially available diesel fuel as listed in Table 1: Cummins Inc. Required Diesel Fuel Specifications; therefore, it is not our policy to recommend fuel additives.therefore, it is not our policy to recommend fuel additives. In certain situations, when available fuels are of poor quality or problems exist which are peculiar to certain operations, additives can be used. However, Cummins Inc. recommends consultation with the fuel supplier or Cummins Inc. Service Engineering Department prior to the use of fuel additives. Actually, most states publish their random fuel sampling data and provide it free. Below is an example report from 2014 for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 2014 Summer Fuel field Study As you can see in the report, there are several samples and regions below Texas's 48 cetane and other requirements. I have seen the same kind of reports from others states when I worked at Cummins showing samples that were even below the federal 40 cetane and other requirements. So yes, the data is there if you look and there are many places under Cummins' minimum requirements. Therefore additives may be needed to bring the fuel up to spec as stated by Cummins. Also, you should read the whole service bulletin (and paragraph you just quoted) instead of cherry-picking data for your own predetermined beliefs. Just because it is not their general policy not to recommend additives without consulting a fuel supplier or a Cummins engineer first(which is lawyer-speak to cover themselves), does not mean they don't recommend them in certain situations as stated in the additives section of that service bulletin. Plus this recommendation changed in 2017 with..... LINK Again, I KNOW they work because I was a part of the fuel/additive testing when I worked for Cummins. What diesel engine manufacturer and technical research did you do to come up with your theory that they don't?
ShinerBock 06/30/21 03:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Finally was able to find a PDF version of this service bulletin from my Quickserve. Many times I can see these service bulletins on my Cummins Quickserve login, but I cannot post them on forums because I have no means of making them web viewable Here is what Cummins says on the matter... Fuels for Cummins Engines Note that they say this right before they list the minimum fuel requirements. "This section presents the Cummins Inc. required fuel specifications. Fuels meeting national and international specifications can be used if they observe the specifications listed in Table 1: Cummins Inc. Required Diesel Fuel Specifications. Cummins® engines will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting all the properties listed in Table 1; however, fuels meeting only the required specifications will not give the same level of performance, efficiency, reliability, or maintenance costs as premium fuels " Looking at the table, the minimum cetane for temps above 32F is 42 and 45 below 32F. The federal standard that most states use(besides Texas and California) has a minimum cetane rating of 40. So in these other states, you may even be using fuel that doesn't meet Cummins' minimum fuel quality and therefore additional additives may be needed to bring that fuel up to these standards. They clearly state that a greater cetane rating will improve performance and efficiency. They also discuss carbon buildup and what it does to the engine. Here is what they say regarding additives. "Cummins® engines are designed, developed, rated, and built to operate on commercially available diesel fuel as listed in Table 1: Cummins Inc. Required Diesel Fuel Specifications; therefore, it is not our policy to recommend fuel additives. In certain situations, when available fuels are of poor quality or problems exist which are peculiar to certain operations, additives can be used. However, Cummins Inc. recommends consultation with the fuel supplier or Cummins Inc. Service Engineering Department prior to the use of fuel additives. Among the situations where additives can prove useful are the following: 1. A cetane improver additive can be used with low cetane fuels. 2. A pour point depressant or flow improver additive can help with high pour point fuels. 3. A wax crystal modifier can help with fuels with high cold filter plugging points (CFPP). 4. An anti-icer can help prevent ice formation in wet fuel during cold weather. 5. An anti-oxidant or storage stability additive can help with fuel system deposits and poor storage stability. 6. A lubricity enhancer can be used to increase the lubricity of fuels so that they meet the specifications in Table 1: Cummins Inc. Required Diesel Fuel Specifications. 7. A biocide or fungicide can help when fuels are prone to contamination with bacteria or fungus. Although other additives can provide some performance benefits, Cummins Filtration™ Kathon FP 1.5 Microbicide (quart - CC2661 and gallon - CC2663) is the only product approved by Cummins Inc. to treat fuels with biological contamination problems. 8. Cummins Filtration™ Turbo Diesel All Season Fuel Additive (pint - CC2588) can be used with low cetane fuels to boost cetane values. Although other additives are available that will boost the cetane number, Cummins Filtration™ Turbo Diesel All Season Fuel Additive is the only diesel fuel additive approved by Cummins Inc. for cetane number improvement. 9. Cummins Filtration™ Asphaltene Conditioner Base (pint - CC2598, quart - CC2597, 5 gallons - CC2549, and 55 gallons - CC2550) and Asphaltene Conditioner Concentrate (2.5 gallons - CC2596, Bulk - CC2559) or Cummins Filtration™ Turbo Diesel All Season Fuel Additive (pint - CC2588), can be used to clean carbon deposits from injectors and improve lubricity in fuels that fall below the recommended lubricity specification in Table 1: Cummins Inc. Required Diesel Fuel Specifications. Although other additives can provide some performance benefits, Cummins Filtration™ Asphaltene Conditioner, and Turbo Diesel All Season Fuel Additive are the only diesel fuel additives approved by Cummins Inc. for use with fuels that do not meet the lubricity specification in Table 1... " BTW, this service bulletin was updated in 2017, but nothing changed in regards to what is quoted.
ShinerBock 06/30/21 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Not me, but I've never used that kind of stuff on anything. It's always just seemed like a waste of money. There are no owners manuals that make any mention of using additives of any kind. The only time an additive may be helpful is in extremely cold climates to prevent fuel gelling. People who use additive use them because the BELIEVE it is helpful. As long as the do not cause damage I guess there is no harm in wasting those $$. I use additives sometimes and I don't BELEIVE they work, I KNOW. I seen the effects of proper additives an a lower quality fuel has on an engine with my own eyes when I worked at Cummins and from research done by a friend who works at SWR. If additives do not work, then why do top fuel brands add additives to their fuel? No name brands general add the least possible to meet regulations. So where did you work or what research have you seen/done to know they don't work?
ShinerBock 06/29/21 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

I've been running probably over 90% ExxonMobil diesel efficient diesel in my truck for a few years now. I believe it keeps your injectors cleaner and emission system cleaner than any other diesel on the market. Diesel Efficient 1 Diesel Efficient 2 Diesel Efficient 3 This fuel was validated at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Texas. Ironically my car does not like this fuel. Not sure why because it is a good fuel, but my car has a noticeable vibration at idle every time I put this stuff in it. My truck doesn't care as much about fuel, but the CP4.1 and piezo injectors in my car are finicky as hell about fuel. Probably because it is tuned to run on 50 cetane fuel. I have a few friends that work at SWR. One tests fuels and chemicals and the other does military projects and research that he can't talk about. My wife was going to work there as a chemist, but became a pharmaceutical scientist instead since it paid a lot more with better benefits.
ShinerBock 06/29/21 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

The clattering could be a number of things. It could be as small as having lower quality fuel to your HPFP being out of wack as ScottG stated. Cetane ratings in fuel do affect the sound of the engine. You could throw a bottle of cetane booster or another additive with cetane booster in it to see if the noise goes away. If it does then it is likely the fuel and I would try getting it somewhere else next time. If not, then you know you have another issue.
ShinerBock 06/29/21 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

I run some Diesel Kleen through my Cummins from time to time... when I get bored. It is good to do from time to time. I can tell when carbon has built up on my injectors because their min/max calibration is getting further out which I see with my Cummins software. Basically, the injector is adjusting the fuel rate because of the build-up. I would wager that I would probably be able to tell on the dyno as well, however, it would likely be very slight unless it was really bad. Without this software, it is really hard to tell unless you meticulously track calculated fuel economy records and drive the same roads every day to be able to see the difference. Another way you can tell is vibrations, but this is really hard to tell in the Cummins unless it gets really bad. In my diesel car, you can easily feel even the slightest vibration. I find it quite odd that people will spend all this money on synthetic oil when it is not needed for their application yet chastise others that spend less money to keep their fuel system and cylinders/injectors clean so their engine runs at optimum efficiency/performance. It makes no sense especially when the fuel system and injectors will likely fail long before you will see any added wear from using conventional oil. Not sure if it is ignorance or arrogance.
ShinerBock 06/29/21 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

How many injector non additive failures are there? I am on the TurboDiesel Register and i have never heard of one. Now poor filtration does cause failures. Some additives may help but they certainly are not needed. AMZ/OIL sells Cetane Boost and Fuel conditioner. Anyone on here knows I am an AMZ/OIL fan but I don't use those products. Not saying they don't do a good job but for the money spent and return on the dollar not worth it IMHO. You are not understanding my question. I am not questioning whether you think that you need additives. That is your opinion which you are entitled to have. My question was asking why you brought up filters and what they have to do with additives? As far as I know, filters and additives do two different things to the fuel so I was a bit puzzled as to why they were brought up as a reason not to need/use additives.
ShinerBock 06/28/21 09:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Bottom line is filtration or lack of it caused many third gen injector issues, it had nothing to do with additives or not. I see no reason to use additives plane and simple. Is that clear enough. I don't think you understand what filters and additives do. While both improve the quality of fuel, they do it in different ways that aren't linked to each other. Filters improve fuel quality by keeping contaminants like dirt, water, and air from going to your engine. Additives improve how the fuel combusts, add lubricity, and have detergents to clean carbon from the combustion process. There are some water emulsifier/demulsifier additives that either contain or separate water from/in the fuel, but they still do not filter it out. So you see they do two different things and someone saying that they don't need additives because of their filters is just as silly as saying they don't need filters because of their additives. Hence the reason why I questioned why you brought up filters in a discussion about additives since they don't do the same thing. Now if you would have said that you don't need additional additives on top of what the fuel supplier adds because you ensure that you always get top-quality fuel with a cetane rating for optimal engine efficiency/performance and has carbon removal detergents with enough lubricity. Then I can see that as a valid reason for saying that you do not need to use additives.
ShinerBock 06/28/21 06:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Since 2013 Cummins/RAM have a great filtering system that will help keep the fuel system in good health. Filters have nothing to do with carbon build-up on injectors from the combustion process or the added soot production from lower cetane fuel. Filters only remove contaminants/water in the fuel. Additives alter how the fuel combusts and the deposits it leaves behind after it combusts. Additives may also add additional lubrication which may or may not be needed based on the quality and type of fuel you are using. In fact, after doing a quick Google search, your favorite lubricant maker has a short blog article sort of explaining what I have been saying. There is more to it than this, but the basics are there. And as they point out, most refiners only go by federal or state minimum requirements. There is no incentive for them to do more than that. AMZOIL-What Is Diesel Cetane and Why Does It Matter? Understood, just saying the filtration has made it unusual for injectors to need to be replaced from poor filtration. Based on that I see no need for fuel conditioner for the injectors. I don't think lubrication plays kindly with the downstream emissions these days. How do the filters remove carbon buildup from the combustion process? :h I give! Never said that. You said "filtration has made it unusual for injectors to need to be replaced from poor filtration. Based on that I see no need for fuel conditioner for the injectors." so how do filters effect excess carbon from the combustion process from using a lower quality fuel or fuel with the minimum cetane rating that is lower than what your engine was optimized to run on? Filters do nothing for this, only additives do.
ShinerBock 06/27/21 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Since 2013 Cummins/RAM have a great filtering system that will help keep the fuel system in good health. Filters have nothing to do with carbon build-up on injectors from the combustion process or the added soot production from lower cetane fuel. Filters only remove contaminants/water in the fuel. Additives alter how the fuel combusts and the deposits it leaves behind after it combusts. Additives may also add additional lubrication which may or may not be needed based on the quality and type of fuel you are using. In fact, after doing a quick Google search, your favorite lubricant maker has a short blog article sort of explaining what I have been saying. There is more to it than this, but the basics are there. And as they point out, most refiners only go by federal or state minimum requirements. There is no incentive for them to do more than that. AMZOIL-What Is Diesel Cetane and Why Does It Matter? Understood, just saying the filtration has made it unusual for injectors to need to be replaced from poor filtration. Based on that I see no need for fuel conditioner for the injectors. I don't think lubrication plays kindly with the downstream emissions these days. How do the filters remove carbon buildup from the combustion process? :h
ShinerBock 06/26/21 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Since 2013 Cummins/RAM have a great filtering system that will help keep the fuel system in good health. Filters have nothing to do with carbon build-up on injectors from the combustion process or the added soot production from lower cetane fuel. Filters only remove contaminants/water in the fuel. Additives alter how the fuel combusts and the deposits it leaves behind after it combusts. Additives may also add additional lubrication which may or may not be needed based on the quality and type of fuel you are using. In fact, after doing a quick Google search, your favorite lubricant maker has a short blog article sort of explaining what I have been saying. There is more to it than this, but the basics are there. And as they point out, most refiners only go by federal or state minimum requirements. There is no incentive for them to do more than that. AMZOIL-What Is Diesel Cetane and Why Does It Matter?
ShinerBock 06/25/21 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

So you are talking mileage ,and some are talking the health of the motor. So claims on both sides . I guess I was lucky on the health side not using an additive, and sacrificed mileage ,I guess . Never used it to see if there was a change in the mileage on the 7.3 nor this 6.7 Cummins . Additives can effect the health of your engine too. Although most talk about the fuel pump, but I am referring to buildup on your injectors. If you are using a top tier fuel then you likely don't have to worry about since it already has these additives in it. Keeping your injectors clean aides in both mileage and health. I know on my BMW diesel that uses piezo injectors, they are more sensitive to build-up versus my Cummins with electronic solenoid injectors. Being that it is a small 2 liter diesel, you can really tell in when the injectors have build-up because I will feel a noticeable drop in power and see it in my fuel mileage records. My Cummins truck on the other hand, I can probably run the worst fuel possible for months and still not feel a difference. Part is this might be due to the fact that my diesel car is designed to run on 50 cetane while my truck is fine with 40.
ShinerBock 06/24/21 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Most of the diesel additives today are to help with the emissions system. They may help the EGR and DSP with less soot generation, but not the SCR. Additives may increase NOx which causes the SCR to work even harder to lower the output. It also has an adverse effect on the catalyst. Although some new additive blends may actually reduce NOx.
ShinerBock 06/24/21 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
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