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Turbo and emmisions problems

I have an 08 Ram 2500 6.7L diesel with 21,000 miles. I have had the truck in the shop several times due to engine light coming on. First time at about 5,000 miles the exhaust system and turbo needed cleaning. At 12,000 miles the turbo was replaced. Now at 21,000 miles I just got the truck out of the shop again for exhast system and turbo cleaning. I use only ULSD. I have heard of many other people having the same problems. Obviously Dodge has a flawed design and have not stepped up to the plate with a permanent fix. Do you know of any fixes for this problem?

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  • obxbeachbums Apr 18, 2009

    The dealer is currently cleaning the exhuast system and has replaced the turbo under warranty. They are not fixing the problem permanently just temporarily getting the check engine light to stay off for a while. Each time I took the truck to the dealer was due to the check engine light. I am also experiencing poor fuel milage. The truck had great fuel milage when I got it (around 18-20mpg highway) and now I am only getting about 12-14mpg highway.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    this isn't under warranty?

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I've done quite a few of these cleaning procedures with relative success. Occassionally one comes back and needs it again and next week I'll be replacing my first turbo. Most people are far too lazy to go through the entire procedure. It should take a whole day. Also, the pcm software NEEDS to be at the latest update level. Some things you can do are avoid unneccessary idling, use your exhaust brake (if equipped), and don't drive it like a girl scout. It's a 400 hp turbo diesel built to do WORK, not cruise to church on Sunday. If you don't work with it enough to utilize the power you should throw 6 or 800 pounds of cinder blocks in the back and head out to some good hills or mountains every couple of weeks. Short trips are also bad for it. Atleast once a week, I'd take it on a 20 mile or longer ride at continuous speeds no less than 55 mph. It's an awesome truck and could relocate the pentagon if the need arises. It was built to work. It wants to work. Try not to waste that on soccer practice.

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