Hello, so glad I found this forum and found out that top expert on my van is only and hour away! Dodge 2005 3500 170 extended, 220k miles, paid $3300 in Florida over a year ago, then after a few months over $6000 to replace the injectors, injector cover (had burned oil coating it) and cover gasket. Another over $2000 to fix shifter,"computer card" or something like that, and AC/fan, fixing diesel fume leaks, and maybe something else I can't remember, and now the fan under the dashboard is making a racket so I can't run the AC. We used a diesel mechanic in Tampa who had some experience with this type van judging from vans occasionally seen in the lot, but not enough. He was fixing the van one code at a time, and somehow a code told him to replace one injector, after which another code told him to replace the rest of the injectors. The van started blowing white smoke while we waited for the other injectors to arrive from across the world somewhere. There were 8 codes in all, which apparently only showed up one at a time. Now we're in NC and the local diesel mechanic (Valley Truck) told us that we need to go to Greenville (SC) for repairs. Yay! Aside from the loose fan, I'm still getting a smoking-oil smell when I push the engine too hard. My husband also liked my van so much (before the biggest repairs) that he got his own rusty 2006 2500 170 extended, 215k miles, for $4000, which is now sounding, according to my husband, like there's a loose belt or chain deep in the engine compartment and he's afraid to drive it. Hopefully it will make the drive to Greenville. I notice that it's also giving that smoking-oil smell when he pushes the engine too hard, but it's not as bad as mine. Yikes, will I need to replace the injectors again right away? I did use it to tow an overloaded UHaul trailer from FL to the NC mountains and only downshifted on the worse inclines. Pushing the engine over 2500 RPMs seems to result in the burning smell.
Any thoughts/advice would be very welcomed. Is there a thread like this on proper van driving techniques?