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Check Engine Light/Power Loss

2006 Dodge Ram 3500, Cummins 5.9L, no modifications, 84K miles. Today was driving and check engine light came on as I was rounding a corner. Made the turn and the engine started running rough/loss of power. I was just a few blocks from home and limped home. Started engine a few times after that but still kept doing it. Could barely drive up my moderately sloped driveway.

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Cycle your key off to the on position 3 times and write down any codes that appear in the odometer display and post them here.

Check your fuel filter/replace it if it has been a while.

Check your lift pump to make sure it flows and is flowing to spec.

Any odd smoke when starting?

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The Stealership just called and reported and recommended the following:
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The number five injector is bad. They want to replace it at a cost of over $850 installed. They also recommended flushing all the injectors ($350) and replacing the fuel filter ($70). I told them to go ahead and replace the injector and fuel filter. When I asked about using an injector cleaner in my fuel tank, they discounted that as being non-effective compared to their method (cutting the fuel line, sucking in cleaner from the line, etc.). Anyone know about the effectiveness of using injector cleaners in fuel tank? Effectiveness? Brand?
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The fuel filter is a $15 part and is a quick and easy install. Look up in the forum fuel filter replacement to see how to replacee it if you are interested in saving money.

If I were you I would throw in some heavy doses of diesel kleen and then load the truck up heavy and take it up and down some big hills to really get the egts up and try to burn off any carbon. I wouldn't really pay for the dealership to run cleaner I don't trust them and know too manyh horror stories.

Try and find a good diesel mechanic in your area too and avoid the dealership like the plague.

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