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2006 Ram 2500 Cummins inline 6 diesel -- fuel leak under hood

We were driving on the freeway about 1 1/2 hours, and suddenly smelled a strong solvent-type smell. Then we saw the check engine light had come on. Got off freeway 10 miles later, opened hood and everything in the engine compartment was coated and dripping with diesel fuel. It was all over the side of the truck too. Diesel mechanic came to us, said the injector fuel feed line (I might not be saying this right) had busted. He said they've had this turn up recently in several Dodges with the inline 6 engine, 2006 specifically. He said the part is on back order and it can take a dealer a MONTH to get the replacement tube! We had to leave the truck out of town at that mechanic's and a friend came to get us. If this is a known problem like he says, no one ever warned us about it. Has anyone else had this happen?

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I'm no expert but I had a similar problem. On October 10th, 2009 I smelled the same thing. I own a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins. It has about 150,000 miles. The next day I checked under the hood and found that the #4 injector tube was leaking and providing a fine mist of diesel fuel all over the engine compartment and firewall. The trouble seemed to be from the plastic clamp that is suppose to hold the tube in place. It was very loose and I feel that is the reason for the break/leak. The leak was right at the compression fitting on the tube where it passes through the nut that connects it to the injector. I called around to find the replacement parts and the dealer wanted about $75 for the tube and about $12 for the plastic clamp. I found the Cummins dealer wanted around $21 for the whole assembly and that included the plastic clamp assembly as well. Don't go to the dealer!!! I replaced the injector tube in about 20 minutes because it took about 10 to find my tool box. The repair was easy and everything is back to 100% fine and no leaks. I believe that if I had to replace injector tube # 5 or 6 it would have been a lot bigger deal because they are so far back and under the firewall. Difficult for someone without any more than standard wrenches. The only trouble I had was getting something of the proper height to stand on for good leverage. This one is a do it yourself and save project.
Eric Larson
Redlands, CA

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The leak occurs when the fuel tube bracket (blue spacers) breaks or becomes loose and vibration wears a hole in the fuel tube. This happened to the #4 injector on my 2006 Dodge.















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