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Old 12-10-2009, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own my first 2006 dodge cummins 5.9 and was informed of a top end set only have 70000 miles should it be done.
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No, I think it is 150,000. But some are having it done sooner.
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Pretty sure my 07 is 100k, but it never hurts to check them early
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sorry...can anyone elaborate?
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i think they are talking about checking valve lash
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sorry...can anyone elaborate?
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By top end you mean head/valve work? Diesel World <- New guy to the
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depends on how it's ran. 100k miles is too long for some, too soon for many.

pulling 15k+ lb loads all the time; run hard, hot, dirty and put away hot and sweaty. I'd check every 25k>50k or sooner if the top end becomes noisy.

hwy boy toy only on pavement back and forth to office, every 150k or when the top end develops some noise.

if there is an extended warranty in effect, then per the warranty maintenance requirements.

any drastic changes (more than 0.005") in adjustment, look for a loose or worn valve seat or damaged valve face.
valve thru piston is not a fun experience but it is expensive.

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depends on how it's ran. 100k miles is too long for some, too soon for many.

pulling 15k+ lb loads all the time; run hard, hot, dirty and put away hot and sweaty. I'd check every 25k>50k or sooner if the top end becomes noisy.

hwy boy toy only on pavement back and forth to office, every 150k or when the top end develops some noise.

if there is an extended warranty in effect, then per the warranty maintenance requirements.

any drastic changes (more than 0.005") in adjustment, look for a loose or worn valve seat or damaged valve face.
valve thru piston is not a fun experience but it is expensive.
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i did mine at about 87k and they were all out but i do alot of towing and it made a world of difference
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just like to say thanks to everyone for there reply.
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SN welcome to the forum.

I pretty much go by the owners manual and mine says no need to check valve lash before 150K miles. Mine has 120K on it now, but I had the injectors replaced under warranty around 40K miles and asked the tech to run the valves (check lash) when he installed the injectors. I'll be doing it myself at 150K for peace of mind.
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I did the valves on my '05 today (@ ~92k miles). The truck has not been used for heavy towing or hauling, but all of the valves were loose (at, or just outside the loose end of spec). So I'd probably err on the side of caution and do them sooner rather than later. It's easy and even if you take your time you can easily do it inside of two hours.

My truck idles a lot quieter now.
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