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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I took the plunge and bought a Duramax. This is my first diesel so I am sure I will have a few simpleton questions soon. I bought a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD with 146k miles from an older gentleman who kept it garaged and maintained by the local diesel mechanic. He took care of it because I have never seen such a clean truck/car for its age. He added a 35 gal aux fuel tank to the bed and an electric fuel pump. He used it to tow from FL to IN and that is about it. I got it because I need to something toy tow some toys around (the Belair is not mine BTW). It is serving as my daily until I can get another vehicle out to me in the spring. I know gas engines... diesels, not so much. I just spent 20 mins looking at a drip from the oil drain plug and the breather tube on the front passenger side. Reading through the forum, that's normal (I guess). I just have to get used to it.

I might as well ask: Any good tips for me? It seems people are split on whether daily driving a diesel is a good thing.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 09:25 PM
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Welcome to the club! You can get a updated drain plug from Chevy that has a gasket built in for around $5 bucks, that fixed my drain plug drip. Sitting is bad, using and maintaining is good. Doesn't mean you have to drive it everyday, but I make sure my truck goes for a good drive at least once a weak. Change the fuel filter if you don't know how old it is. Change all the fluids for the matter if you don't have a record of them being changed from that local diesel mechanic.

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That's a great looking truck! And super low mileage too, you got a good one!
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Welcome! Looks like a nice truck. I replaced my drain plug with a Fumoto valve about 8 years ago, makes oil changes and taking samples easier and so far, it has never leaked.
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Since this is your first diesel you may be interested in this thread:

https://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/m...ew-owners.html

I agree with the Fumoto drain valve.............Get the one with the 3/8" nipple so you can slip a hose on it to the drain pan, No more splashing oil issues. and no drips. It takes a bit longer to drain your oil but that gives you time to change the filter and lube the front end.
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