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Old 10-16-2020, 09:38 AM   #1
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I just purchased a 2005 Ram 2500 diesel. The vehicle has approximately 300k, roughly how long could this engine go? I'm not familiar with diesel motors. It does have a few upgrades, also I only use full synthetic oil. Any advice and or tips are welcomed and appreciated.

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Old 10-16-2020, 07:48 PM   #3
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Welcome, HTC is abbreviation for hemi truck club... so we don't have a diesel section per say.. but there are a few of us who also own diesels. I have a 07 2500 5.9 with a G56 trans that currently has 365,000. I bought it with 325,000 four years ago. I've replaced brakes, wheel bearings, clutch, U joints, AC system. It was a commercial truck and ran hard without alot of maintenance. The engine and trans are most likely original and runs good with a tuner. I'm comfortable it is reliable and would drive it anywhere.
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Welcome to HTC! It’s a cummins say no more but with that being said maint is key and a little bit of luck you could see over 500k easy! The trans will likely go before that but the engine is the big one. Main thing is don’t idle a lot and it’s needs to see boost to keep rings in good order so 1/2 throttle driving is good and some good towing sometimes
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Sweet thank you all for the info!! I do tow my camper with it and it's 34ft so it gets a little work. The ram as a 5 in straight exhaust, she's LOUD, but Sounds GRRRREAT!!!! I don't think this should effect the life expectancy of the motor, but I don't know. Thank you all for the tips and advice, I greatly appreciate it!!
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:39 PM   #7
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This is not a criticism but an observation. I don't use synthetic oil in my diesels because I change the oil frequently usually every 6 months. I don't put many miles on anything but just hate pulling the dip stick and seeing dirty oil... and of course the diesel by nature darkens its oil very quickly.. so anyway I use a detergent 15-40 in both my 12v and 24v..
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Do you feel you benefit from using conventional oil vs not using synthetic oil? I'm curious, as I use synthetic oil and i change my oil every 8k miles. Idk if I should change it more often or or not? Thank you for your input!
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I would recommend you frequently check your oil and when you think it is dirty look at your mileage. I think you will find the mileage to be alot shorter than 8000 miles. And changing the oil more frequently diminishes the advantage of synthetic. Don't forget we are talking about 13 quarts.
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5,000 regardless of oil used is what I tell people. Diesel oil gets so nasty very quick it’s hard to tell how dirty it actually is.
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