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ULSD Diesel Engine Failures
After the truck was gone over at the dealership I was told that the entire engine would need to be replaced. There had been a major failure in the fuel injection system that had bent the crankshaft and caused other significant damage. The Dodge factory rep authorized the replacement of a new engine since the truck was under warranty. Interestingly, within two weeks there were one other Dodge diesels in this same dealership that also were having new engines replaced by Dodge (or most likely Cummins). Also, the owner of this dealership owns the Ford dealership down the street and I was told that there was a Ford diesel with the same type of damage.
The dealer service manager told me that the new ULSD was the source of these problems but that there was nothing that Dodge or the other manufacturers could do other then 'suck it up' and replace the engines. He said that they can not fight the Federal Government and the real losers were guys that had engines that were out of warranty. (I believe that this was the case with the Ford truck at their Ford store.)
I discussed this with the Dodge rep and he basically said the same thing but in a much more politically correct manner. They both said that there is not a specific set of circumstances but that they were all of the sudden having a high rash of diesel engine failures that just happen to coincide with the availability of ULSD.
So when the oil companies, US Government and truck magazines tell you that there are absolutely no engine problems with ULSD -- don't believe it. Although the Feds and the oil companies have done everything they can to minimize the potential problems (new fuel lubricants, etc) there are no some problems.
I pick-up my truck this Saturday and am hoping that it runs as good as before.