Goodbye DEF System! 

So Josh at Fisher’s Shop (the same guy who fixed our glow plug) just took out the Diesel Exhaust Fluid system in the truck last night. No more buying DEF fluid, no more limiting us to 55mph, no more warning lights, plus we will get a whole lot better fuel mileage towing, and it has a lot more power. You can actually hear the turbo now. It’s a little smellier and a tiny bit louder (it was super quiet before).  We just drove about an hour down to Cincinnati and back and the mileage is up to 17.5mpg!

The only real down side is that Josh keeps 3 blue heelers at the shop. I loved on them last time I was there with the glow plug thing and they were super friendly…  So, Allen and I pull in on the bike today to pick up the truck and I say “aw here come the puppies!” as they are running across the lot to greet us. Then one grabs on to my ankle and tries to rip it off my leg!!! While the bike was still moving!!! First time I’ve ever been bitten by a dog in my life!  OUCH!  Allen says it was worth it because he’s happy with the truck.  What a sweet boyfriend I have…

The dreaded “check engine” light…


Since we’ve gotten the truck, a little over a year ago, the “check engine” light has been on and off constantly.  The DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) light has been an issue also, but we finally got that fixed when there was a recall about a month ago in Louisiana.  We drove up to Ohio with no obnoxious warning lights and then the other day… BAM! Here’s the “check engine”.  I stopped at Advance Auto Parts yesterday to have them test it and it came across as code: P0677. Which is the cylinder 7 circuit, that has to do something with a glow plug. From my understanding, diesels have glow plugs instead of spark plugs.  And since we have 8 cylinders, we have 8 glow plugs.  I watched a video on YouTube about how to change these little guys, but it looks a bit too out of our non-mechanical league to attempt ourselves.  So I’m waiting on a call from the Duramax diesel expert in Xenia, Ohio so he can fix it.  Fingers crossed that’s all it is!

UPDATE:  After a half hour drive through scenic Xenia, I arrived at the shop.  Josh at Fisher’s Shop replaced glow plug number 7 and I was on my way… Lucky us!