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Search on all these forums is about as good as boobs on a guy; good for a quick glimpse, but then you really see what's going on and it's completely worthless.
In other words, search is a joke.
So why no warning signs? Or is there any kind of warning? If not, its a major screw up by Dodge considering the potential for engine damage.
If Dodge wasn't bright enough to have any way to know when this is happening, what can we do to protect ourselves if we are in the situation? Who wants to own and drive a truck that at any time can have an injector go bad and destroy the engine - and have no way of knowing its happening?
First off, Dodge didn't design the fuel system, Bosch did. Bosch also designed the system used in the Duramax as well as the system used on the 6.7 Powerstroke, not to mention the system used on VW's and Mercedes, and....see a common thread here?
Don't blame the vehicle manufacturer for the issue. For some reason, the Cummins seems to have far more issues with injectors going bad and eating a piston or two...Duramax trucks largely don't (LB7 sounds like it's still a problem); I've yet to hear of a 6.7 Powerstroke popping pistons, or a VW. Even tuned, I don't think it's an issue really with them. But, something in the Cummins system certainly cause alarm; I've toasted two engines with injectors as the root cause. I'm at the point, hey if it blows, it blows. Build another to support more power. A failure is simply an opportunity to upgrade.
So, how is a manufacturer supposed to monitor injector health on the fly?? Let's see, I believe VW has a new injector design that monitors cylinder pressure, but I bet an injector failure wouldn't show up as a definitive "injector 4 is going bad, replace it". Sounds like a billion-dollar prospect, get on it.