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Old 10-09-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Question New to Diesel and have Maintenance Questions

I just purchased a new 2011 Silverado with a Duramax 6.6 Turbo diesel in it. I am towing a Jay Flight G2, 31RKS TT and the one time I have pulled it this fall (into storage) it pulled like a dream compared to my gaser. WHAT is required for maintenance??? I know about the oil, but then someone said something about a water seperator, and exhaust fluid?? Can some of you "diesel veterans" help me out with some good advise? I will ask the dealer, however, I think they will start seeing dollar signs if I do.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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Best bet might be to check the Chevy owners which you can probably get online if you don;t have one. I know that Fords need a water treatment, don't know about the GM'S. Larry
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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oop's thats owners "manual"
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Yuup, your service chart in the owners manual is your best source of information.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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My Ford requires the Urea aka DEF Fluid as part of emissions compliance. I am pretty sure Chevy doesn't require it in their trucks. You can tell by oopening up the fuel filler door and if the there are 2 fill spots, 1 will be black for the diesel and the other will be green for the DEF fluid. Just change the oil as required and replace the fuel filter almost as often, I change mine approx. 7500 - 8500 miles for the fuel filter as you never know what you'll get in the fuel. Also, 99.9% of all gas stations will put anti gel in the diesel tanks already for this part of the country. (North) There are other anti gelling solutions you can put into your fuel tank as well. That is depending on how cold it gets in your area.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #6
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Chevy/GMC does use the DEF in their newer trucks. It is a tank under the hood. That is where my friends's is on his truck. Dodge doesn't require it currently, however, I was told from the Dodge dealer that the Feds are going to mandate DEF in all light duty diesel engines, starting in 2013. My truck is a 04.5, so it will run without the DEF.

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #7
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What keeps Def from freezing in the great white north? In Minnesota we can get to -20 to -40 below F.
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What keeps Def from freezing in the great white north? In Minnesota we can get to -20 to -40 below F.
NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! When it freezes and trys to cycle for regen mode everything kind of slows down. It will keep trying to regen until it gets the DEF. Eventually it will thaw and cycle.
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Darn EPA with all their new requirments. All it does is reduce mpg, making us buy more fuel and burn more fuel. This is also why the new dodges dont come with the 5.9L anymore.
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Here is where you learn and ask questions about Chevy diesels..
http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/

Biggest thing most need to learn about driving a diesel is to let it idle for 2 min before shutting off.. this allows the turbo to cool off and then the lubricating oil will not "coke" on the turbo shaft and cause a failure..
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