July 24

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel – Water Pump Replacement

Auto Repair, Dodge Trucks

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Wednesday’s featured repair is water pump replacement on a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel, brought to us by a client from Kerrisdale, Vancouver.

Dodge Ram 3500
2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with Cummins 6.7 L Diesel

As I’ve written previously I am a big fan of the Dodge Cummins diesel pickup trucks. Replacing the water pump on this truck is another reason to love these trucks because it is such a simple service.

So much on the Cummins Diesel is great: they are very reliable, and best of all, simple to service (most of the time). If you look at this Cummins 6.7 Liter engine and compare it to a Cummins engine for a Kenworth truck they look the same, the main difference is size. Bigger Cummins industrial engines also look similar but are still larger. The company has put a lot of thought into the simplicity and serviceability of their engines. This pays off big time for the Dodge Truck owner who will experience far lower repair bills than Ford or GM diesel owners.

Our client brought this 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel truck to us with intermittent no heat in the cab and the temperature gauge going high. He had also needed to add coolant to the engine. A cooling system pressure test found the water pump leaking. Replacement was quite straight forward, and a cooling system flush was done to ensure a good concentration of clean, fresh antifreeze.

If you are looking to buy a diesel pickup truck I would strongly recommend the Dodge Cummins diesel models based on their excellent design and reliability.

For more about Dodge Ram Trucks click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Ram

For more about Cummins Diesels click here http://www.cumminsdieselspecs.com/

Dodge Ram 3500
Old water pump from our featured Cummins Diesel Dodge Truck. You’ve got to love the simplicity: only 2 bolts mount the pump and it’s easy to access on the engine.

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Bernie Pawlik

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