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  • I have a question for you guys - I am a truck guy and don't like the idea of having to buy a car at all, but..... I now have to drive 65km (40 miles) to work - one way. I don't really fancy the depreciation or gas on my new C$40K V8 truck and so I…
  • In simple terms the a/c is driven by a gas motor. Any setting that involves the compressor running (a/c and window defrost) will require the engine to rev higher to power the compressor. With heat to your feet the compressor is off and the engine …
  • Forgive me if I oversimplify this. The ECM is bascially a small computer that controls various elements of your engine's operation. The Technical Service Bulletin that was issued authorizes the dealer to upgrade the software in the computer to cor…
  • From the top: Tonneau covers make about a 9% reduction in drag - I have posted the scientific study a few times in various topics. As previously noted the affect of drag in city driving is reduced. 11 mph is lousy - I have a 2000 Club 4.7 and hav…
  • My club cab still hasn't grown - it's still a club, not a Quad ;-) Home at last!!
  • Why does my brand new 4.7 V8 keep stalling? Blame it on the computers. The 4.7 has a very complicated Engine Management System controlled by computers. These computers are programmed to try and minimize emissions and maximize fuel economy - and t…
  • In response to a request: What is a K&N filter and how can it help me? K&N is a company that makes air filters. They are wll known for two things - an ability to make filters that allow more air into the engine, and filters that don't nee…
  • What's the difference? Well, the full time system is computer controlled - essentially the computer is constantly monitoring the wheels for slippage and will divert power as needed to try and provide additional traction. By contrast the part time …
  • Limited Slip Differential, or LSD is designed to offer greater traction in slippery conditions. It operates by restricting the amount that one rear wheel can slip compared to the other. LSD works equally on 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicles.…
  • Dodge Dakota is available with two rear end ratios - 3.55 and 3.92. The number relates to the number of turns that the driveshaft makes compared to the number of turns that the rear axle makes. In turn the number of revolutions per minute made by …
  • This section is going to be a little different from the rest of the topics. Once built it shouldn't be an active topic - more of a reference site. Whilst there will be occasional submissions let's keep the discussions to the other topics and use t…
  • I have no intention of getting into a slanging match. My reputation with individual members here is probably well established as, with one notable exception, I have been a frequent poster to Edmunds for a considerable amount of time. People will b…
  • Well, I could if I really had to - but read through the various topics in the truck forums comparing different brands - the topic comes up often enough, and I have posted plenty of things there in the past. As for the 4.7 - it is a 'new' tranny, an…
  • Those who know me probably saw this coming, but..... I must disagree 100% with some of this stuff. Dodge has a horrendous reputation for automatic trannies. Whilst Dodge automatics may not be the best in the business there is one over riding reas…
  • Well just to be awkward - I usually put in 5 1/2 - and I don't spill THAT much. You are right in that 6 puts it over the top, but that said I don't think that it is that big a deal. When the vehicles come from the factory they have 6 quarts, and a…
  • Alternatively you can buy a reprogramming unit which will allow you to change the tire sizes as well as a few other tweaks that you may want to make. Just make sure you know what you are doing. Most units are well under $100 I believe.
  • Full time 4wd vs. part time - do you really want me to go through it all again? I think it has been pretty much beaten to death, and I think I put something in the FAQs, but if there is demand for a refresh then let me know.
  • Well funny this should come up - I have had some long journeys stuck in traffic lately, hot weather a/c on etc and I have never seen the need le edge past vertical (marked as a 100 here in Canada, sounds like its 210 in US - 100 = 212) Ontarioguy1 …
  • The speed rating of tires is the maximum safe speed. Don't ever exceed it for any length of time. The tire is not designed to deal with the heat build up. Some people will tell you that it really doesn't matter, it does, I have seen what happens …
  • Amazed that you like the Pirellis so much Zonk - I have them on my XJ-S and absolutely loathe them. My personal favorite compromise brand is BF Goodrich - I haven't yet found anything I couldn't do off road in them, and I like the road performance.…
  • I was asked by a number of people to be an informal co-host of this group along with themacguy (Jack). I haven't spoken to him about this issue, but am sure he will post in due course - he probably has his head up an oil well right now. This owner…
  • I know you were only joking - it's cold up here, but my sens of humour (or humor) hasn't quite frozen. Just preempting anyone who may not have been quite so flippant in their response.
  • But a cya anyway. I know that I have been less than thorough in my contributions here recently - damn work, but I do take my responsibilities with the club seriously. I would urge everyone on this forum not to provide information on how to prevent…
  • Are you asking how to stop mileage being recorded? Do I really need to address that?
  • I have posted a link a couple of times to a scientific study that was carried out in a windtunnel using (I think) a Ram extended cab. If I can find the link I will post again. They showed that a tonneau reduced wind resistance by about 8%, droppin…
  • If anyone wants information there is a topic in the Pickup category - #2235. References are made there to other Edmunds topics - in the long time that I have been here there are frequent references - usually in the topics that compare various manua…
  • Kind of ironic that I should post here first given that my knowledge of html is only slightly greater than my knowledge of Martian life expectancy. However, pictures on the web can be posted by embedding html code in your post. To post a picture y…
  • Definitely 4. Bloody typical - Canada gets ripped off again!!
  • Geez I seem to be getting a lot wrong lately (!!) Pretty sure mine only has 4 - I'll check.
  • The hairdryer method is for transfers. I haven't tried it, but I am guessing that the plastic badges are stuck on. This will therefore require a more careful lifting method, combined with some kind of solvent that will remove the glue. I am sure …
  • towcrazy, personally I would go for the distance, but that is because I am frequently where there is nothing else around, whether that be rural roads or no road. If there is traffic around fairly often then you obviously won't be able to get the fu…
  • That's the one. My recall notice specifically states "Campaign #889". I guess campaign sounds better than recall!
  • Well, about 2 weeks after getting my truck fixed for the Canadian emissions recall, I get another letter from DC. This time more of you can expect to get letters. Whilst the letter is addressed to 'DaimlerChrysler Canada Vehicle Owner' the problem…
  • High rpm, high load for reasonable distance. In practice it means running the truck at 4500+ revs in 3rd or (maybe) 4th for 4 or 5 miles, or kicking the automatic into 2 from drive for the same distance. Gets the engine's juices flowing and cleans…
  • Best way I have found to clean fuel injectors, and carbon in various other locations, is an Italian tune up - it works wonders on my XJ-S and should work on most things. Combine it with a tank of the 'superclean' style gasolines and you should be f…
  • Not sure that I would go synthetic at 200 miles. Two reasons - why change oil after 200 miles? And why risk it? To make sure that the engine has really settled in I would wait until a 'normal' oil change - say 3000 miles. I know that some perform…
  • You don't want to know how many logins Edmunds tells me I have had by now, and I have yet to be asked a silly question. If you don't know the answer it's not silly.
  • You can't prove a thing - I am innocent until caught.
  • What tire pressure are you running? When the truck comes from the factory the rear tires are inflated for a full load, if you are running empty then you should lower the pressure in the rear tires (to around 34psi from memory). Try that and see if…
  • Well thanks to all of you who hung in for this owners' group. My name is Andy Jordan I live in rural southern Ontario My truck is a 2000 4x4 Patriot Blue Club Cab 4.7 SLT+ with the 5sp and the 3.92 rear end. I have the tire and handling, limited…