Re: Diesel Truck for hunting
I have a 2002 3/4ton 4x4 HO Cummins 6spd manual trans (54,000mi). My dad has a 99 3/4ton cummins w/auto (190K mi or so was 185k when I looked back in Dec.). His has had problems for a while (fuel transfer pump and trans problems (torqueconverter)that is). Now when ya'll speak of fuel pump problems try to be clear on what exactly your speaking of. The 98.5-02 cummins have a fuel transfer pump (which has been know to have problems) When the transfer pump goes out (DON'T CHANGE THE FUEL FILTER) you won't get it started again. As long as you don't get air in the fuel lines, the engine will start and run normaly even when the transfer pump is all but gone. But I does need to be replaced.
The Bosch fuel injector pump is not exactly a piece of junk! It is a sound piece of equipment, and like all pumps that put out high pressures it will eventualy wear out. I know several hot shot drivers running cummins engines that have over 250mi on the original injector pumps, and still going.
DC is very corret about the lack of glow plugs though. Well it's not really lacking in any case. The Cummins engine is a true diesel engine. The only heat it needs is generated during compression. The fuel preheater is for extreme cold weather and to help prevent fuel gelling. As a matter of fact I started mine up in 28degree F temp last Nov. with out allowing the fuel preheat cycle to begin. Just wanted to see if it would. Cranked right up, and I don't mean I cranked on it for 5-10 sec, I mean I touched the key and it was running. Just like I do every morning. Not realy saying anything bad about Ford or Chevy but I know for a fact that neither one of them can do that with out the glow plugs heating up first. Seen and heard them crank and crank then start in the morning when leaving camp.
The tranny problems stem from Chrystler putting a torq-converter that isn't up to the task of handling the torque and Hp the cummins engine has. The trans. itself is a good transmition, fitted with a good torque-converter it will hold up with the Ford 5spd and the Allison. Just go ask the guys who drag race and tractor pull with their cummins/auto. But seeing in how I prersonaly don't like automatics, went with the 6spd manual.
Anyway, it's late i'm tired. And now i'm gone.