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Re: I love my duramax !!
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2021, 11:39:17 AM »
My '01 Duramax not only does not require DEF, but it doesn't even have an EGR system.  

Maybe I should feel guilty about the extra pollution, but at 18.8 mpg, at least it's spread out farther.

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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2021, 12:01:06 PM »
@Tom King I wouldn't feel guilty about it at all.  Although I have no problem with my Ford 6.7 with DEF, I would prefer it without.  EPA does things like require diesel with ultra low sulphur, but where does that extracted sulphur go?  It's somewhere and its likely still being burned somewhere and still polluting the atmosphere.  They pretend they're helping the atmosphere, but its just being deferred.  As far as DEF goes, you've probably heard the phrase "DEF, saving the atmosphere one 2.5 gallon plastic jug at a time".
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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2021, 02:02:22 PM »
If it was about saving the atmosphere they wood require manufactures to build the most efficient engine possible even if with some pollutants. That spread over every aspect of industry wood reduce pollutants to a greater extent then less efficient engines that spread fewer pollutants, as they burn more fuel to produce the same amount of used energy

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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2021, 02:39:11 PM »
What kind of problems are you having with DEF? Of course my 05 Cummins doesn't have it but I am curious, it seems simple enough.
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« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2021, 02:57:35 PM »
Sawguy, I've done several water pumps on 5.9 Cummins and I thought the hardest part of the job was draining and refilling the coolant 🤷🏽‍♂️
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« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2021, 03:41:55 PM »
If anyone here needs to work on a Duramax, I have accumulated a lot of specialized tools.  I even have the puller, and installer for a front main seal.   

And yes, the water pump is a pretty big job, but not really That bad.  I have always kept a spare water pump in the Git Home kit for every truck I've ever owned.  When I bought the Duramax dually, I kept one in the tool box.  I didn't need it for 20 years, but it wouldn't have been a side of the road job anyway.

I've also replaced every moving part in the steering assembly.

My first alternator stopped charging at 115,000 miles.  I was on the way home when I noticed it wasn't charging, by the gauge on the dash.  I stopped at NAPA, without turning off the engine, and bought one. I put it in the shop, and sure enough, it wouldn't start, so I put the charger on the batteries, and changed the alternator the next morning.

Last truck payment made was Nov. 2000.   I like to make one payment, and see how long one will last.  So far, haven't spent much more than one payment on a new one, every other year, or three, for the past several years.

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« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2021, 08:56:49 AM »
Ordered a 2022 Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax in it last week. Finally time to get a diesel. Around here they say "you have to really hate your money if you want a new truck" I guess I hate money, truck costs more than my house! Now the wait begins.....

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« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2021, 09:05:07 AM »
Ordered a 2022 Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax in it last week. Finally time to get a diesel. Around here they say "you have to really hate your money if you want a new truck" I guess I hate money, truck costs more than my house! Now the wait begins.....
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« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2021, 12:12:17 AM »
What kind of problems are you having with DEF? Of course my 05 Cummins doesn't have it but I am curious, it seems simple enough.
11 duramax bought used in 13 with 35k. 1st def pump at 45k, next at 60k 3rd at 75k needed another at 95k 5 year 100k warranty was out and was cheaper to delete. If memory serves pump replacement was around $2800. I was looking at new trucks and now wonder if the new ones are better now, forgot all about the pump failures.

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Re: I love my duramax !!
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2021, 07:19:04 AM »
Back to the question of what kind of problems DEF systems can have - I've had my entire emissions system replaced at 82k miles on my 15 RAM 2500 Cummins. It's been an expensive nightmare. DEF pump, injector, sensors, EGR, etc. all had to be replaced (some of which was already replaced ~30k miles ago!). Truck was in the shop for two months and cost me thousands. Emissions warranty just ran out prior to all these failures. Truck went into 'limp mode' due to DEF issues at ~30k miles, 50k miles and most recently 80k miles. 

Tried to delete system, but can't get the DPF delete tuner in the US anymore and EPA has cracked down. Was told that if caught with modified emissions, you get $2500+ fine on the spot as well.

I've heard that Ford and GM all have troubles with DEF systems as well, particularly the earlier models made shortly after the EPA mandated all this crap. Not sure any of the manufacturers have addressed the reliability issues with these complicated, troublesome diesel emissions systems yet - if anyone has insight I'd be interested in hearing about it.


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