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ZOP and Pozz......After driving to the MIL's house, I started the truck twice. The first time, it spit, sputtered, smoked and eventually stalled. The second time around, it started out running rough, but, eventually, it smoothed out and idled normally. As the engine began to idle smoothly, the dash message changed to the following text (verbatim): Exhaust Filter Full - Power Reduced see dealer.
As the engine seemed to be running fairly well, I took the truck for a short test drive, but never really tried to run it on a large road (at speed). I guess I had second thoughts about risking anything, so I decided to turn around and head back to the MIL's house. In the meantime, we had ordered another flatbed tow ... so now the truck is back in our driveway where, at least, we have asphalt and a small garage to work out of.
After reading everyone's posts, I've decided that the next step is to pull the codes from the truck's OSB-II port ... so tomorrow I will begin hunting for a way to either borrow or purchase a suitable reader. Once I have said code(s), I will post them here and ask for more advice.
In the meantime, I'm presently convinced that there is no warranty coverage for our exhaust issues. In short, I have carefully examined the Mopar Added Care Plus (7 year - 70,000 mile) warranty we purchased with the truck and, unfortunately, have found zero evidence that anything in the exhaust system itself will be covered. In fact, the only thing in the emission system that is still covered is the catalytic converter -- and that's actually covered by the EPA-mandated emissions warranty (not the extended warranty). If, on the other hand, the turbocharger needs to be repaired or replaced -- that should be covered by the extended warranty.
By the way, when I spoke to Mopar Customer Care today, the rep laughed when I told her that the dealership had thrown the phrase "bumper to bumper" around when I initially purchased the truck and, in fact, told me that "I hear that one a lot." In closing, and according to Mopar Customer Care, there is no such thing as a true bumper to bumper warranty.
So if anyone has any thoughts to offer on how one can begin the delete process -- without involving the stealership -- I'd be very grateful to read anything I can on the subject. I'd also like to ask if going to the dealership is the only way to restore the ECM and get the truck out of any kind of "limp mode" condition?
I'll get back to the thread with another update after I figure out how to get those codes. Thanks again for your time.
'98.5 B&W RAM 2500 24v 4x4 SLT Laramie, Quad Cab, SB, 47RE w/ 48RE internals, FASS, Reman Bosch VP44, Aftermarket 1" O.D. Fuel Pickup, RV275s; 2012 Black & Gold Cummins Mega Cab Ram Longhorn 2500 4x4 with RamBox System and custom wheels.