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Old 03-03-2016, 06:48 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by Spanky1 View Post
I do have to say the remote start sucks. You can't hit the button to stop and grab a coffee. You have to shut the truck off and then remote start it again after you get out. That's a lot of wear and tear on a diesel when it's really cold out. The U Connect thru the phone to start it also takes forever and many times doesn't work. I am seriously thinking of going aftermarket on both. Never had an issue with my Smartstart on my previous truck.
The option in your case is to leave the key fob in the ignition and lock it from the outside with the removable traditional key.

Also, Dodge doesn't recommend idling for any long periods of time so not sure which is the lesser of two evils in your case. 😝

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Old 03-03-2016, 05:59 PM   #72
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Well this was fun. but we have made a big decision. I talked with 3 different mechanics who have worked on my truck. I have done everything to my present truck that is a common problem to a 6.0 with 110k except for head gaskets and head bolts. They all agree that my towing circumstances do not increase the chances that my truck is stressing out the heads.

We are going to drive it until it busts, then look for another vehicle. It may be tomorrow or 5 years. Either way my truck is worth more to me than it is worth as a trade or sale so we will keep it!

Thanks for all the input from others and I feel I am more knowledgeable about Dodge Rams and maybe one day I will own one.

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Old 03-03-2016, 06:21 PM   #73
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Unless your chipped and towing fairly heavy, head gaskets and stretched head bolts are unlikely. We have 2 6.0s at work that pull heavy constantly, and neither one have ever had the head gaskets or bolts changed. One has 430000 miles and the other has 270000. They are stockers other than EGR deletes.

Common problems for us were injectors, FICM, ICP sensor, IPR sensor, and they've both had a turbo a piece and water pump. Most all of that was after 200k. They've held up fairly well for the abuse they've been through.

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