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Old 07-24-2007, 02:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 4x4 with a 53 BLOCK!!!

I bought this truck, with out even looking, how stuiped. I bought it at a sale, so in stuck with it. It is a 2000 sport, with 212000 KM (canada) and there is nothing wrong with it. What should i do. I looked and its a 53 so should i just sell it and move on, or do these things last? what KM's do they ussually go at, liek start to crack and leak?

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Old 07-24-2007, 02:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a 1999 with a 53 Block. I sold it at 106,000 Miles. Not sure how many KM's for you, haha. I never had any problems with it. I only sold it because I hated the automatic transmission. Never had a single engine problem.
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is my understanding that the cracks generally open when you are towing under extreme conditions. I think many daily drivers have lived a full life and never shown signs of leaking.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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All hype on the 53 blocks.. I really wish someone could put together a list of actual seen cracked 53 blocks vs the actuall number made... i bet it would be so mynute that all of this might just die down...

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Old 07-24-2007, 08:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I read up a lot on the "53" blocks... (thought my truck had one but it turned out to be a "55".) I could not get any hard numbers on the 53 but I think the percentage of failures is still low. Even if the failure rate was (hypothetically) twice that of "other" series blocks... the numbers would still be small... that's from a manufacturer's perspective... if we own one that fails, it's 100%!
But a crack is not necessarily the end of the block since they are repairable.
Within the 53 blocks, there are some with a casting mark which identifies a more crack prone casting. I'd certainly scope it out before dumping an otherwise good truck.
I agree that many of these trucks with the 53 blocks live out their lives without problems. Do a search...
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Cummins 53 block

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CAn anyone tell me what serial numbers, etc are prown to cracking?
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Old 07-25-2007, 06:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i am at 288,000 km's with a 53 block......with a few extra HP

no problems so far,.....i don't think i would worry about if i were you, from what i have seen and read only about 5-10 % of them crack


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From the reading that I've done, you can't tell by serial number but there is a rough area on the casting that they seem to have... visible from underneath. The best explantion I have is that the castings are not as think in that area (internally) and it is not the power out of the motor but rather uneven heating & cooling. Letting the CTD warm up normally & gradually is the recommendation. This is just good practice anyway.

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I have actually seen a 53 block that was cracked, and when i say cracked i mean CRACKED...BAD. But i actually have a 98.5 with a 53 block. 140000 miles, with a little bit more fuel run to it and no problems so far...
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Gus from farmboys 53 cracked I have video of it
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I have a 53 as well and no cracks at 95K miles. But I don't pull the guts out of it either. It's pretty much just a road truck
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