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#35 of 85 Fuel smell in drivers compartment
Dec 23, 2007 (12:40 pm)
I have a 2006 2500 used for commercial purposes with 23k miles. Hve been noticing a fuel smell in the drivers compartment. Anyone else had this problem or know the cause. I am tired of taking to the dealer, even though it is still in warranty. It takes them three days to determine what the problem is. So far, they have wanted to replace the main wiring harness, said the gromet came loose at the firewall. I would not let them. I was also charged $235.00 +- or oil change & fuel filter. They put too much oil in & the light came on. They drained a quart (according to the service writer) but would not give me a refund. When I talked to the svc mgr I learned that they have not been using Mobil 1, even though they had led me to believe this. I called the Fleet Sales Manager & asked what the problems are & why should I buy another truck from him. He passed me to the svc mgr.
#36 of 85 Re: Fuel smell in drivers compartment [ddailey]
Dec 24, 2007 (12:30 pm)
You don't even need a fuel filter until 30K...
But that has not kept the dealerships from coming up with a schedule that includes a fuel filter at every 10K oild change... and charging WAY too much for one.
This time of year the diesel tends to have more kerosene, and more smell... however, you should have very little of this anyway. You could have a small fuel leak, and should check all hoses, connections, filter, etc. for oily/dirty stains and especially for fresh fuel leaking (double check around the top of the fuel filter that they changed. Other possibilities would be certainly supect as warranty work: (injector, glow plug, or fuel rail leak).
Also, if you use the Aux. Heater this time of year (when it tends to be cold), then you need to remember that it does have bit of smell especially until it gets up to speed... In extreme cases you will see some white smoke from the drivers side wheel well. The smell from the Aux. Heater is much less if you use it every month for 10 minutes as mentioned in the owner's manual.
A few bugs in the batter (dealers/reps) and this is one bad streak for Dodge with a vehicle that is known worldwide for quality and longevity.
Please fill out the dealership review on this website for your location. We need the input.
#37 of 85 rotors
Jan 01, 2008 (1:32 pm)
I have the original front brake pads and rotors on my 06 sprinter. I have 28k on them. I had a dealer check my brakes and he told me I have about 2k left on the front pads and about 5k left on the rears. The front rotors have never been cut and the pads still have life and have not gone metal to metal, however, the dealer tells me I need new front rotors! I have never heard of this before. Is it possible to need new front rotors even if they have never been cut or the pads have never worn down to metal to metal? The dealer further states that if I choose not to replace the rotors but only the pads, that he can't guarantee that the brakes would not pulse and that they probably would not have the expected life. Am I being scammed. I hear the dealers get more training on scams then they do on vehicle maintenance!
#38 of 85 Re: Who was the idiot that bailed out Chrysler [spp]
Jan 08, 2008 (11:35 am)
my experiences with my 2005 sprinter van 2500 have been decidedly different from yours, and i imagine my experiences more closely duplicate the thousands of other satisfited sprinter owners who have kept this van in high demand around the world. it seems to me you got one of the 'lemons' in the group, as well as having to deal with support staff at your dealership who probably took on the sprinter franchise as a lark.
my sprinter has 30000 miles; i haven't had any serious problems. the only problem i can think of right now was a dash warning light that woudln't go out and the dealer (sam lehman's in peoria il) took care of it right away. this dealership has treated me very well and i can truly sing their praises. i'm going back thu for the 30000 mile service. soon after that, it will be off warranty but i may still take it there for service. i'd also like to add that i get around 26-30 mpg on all-day interstate travel (admitedly, at 55 mph) and around 23-26 mpg on town stop-n-go travel.
i'm sorry you've had such bad luck. and i'm hoping i won't have any bad luck in the future with this vehicle, but right now, i'm pretty happy with it.
#39 of 85 Glow plugs,glow plug module
Jan 11, 2008 (4:55 pm)
158 HiTop,dual sliders 1set of passenger seats added. I recently had a problem losing power and engine would shut-off with an engine light. It would fire right back up but shut off again soon after. Went to dealer I bought from, repaired a trans leak (they say, I never saw fluid on pavement), and replaced fuel filter.When they drove it ,another engine light. Now it's a glow plug and a glow plug module. Truck has 73k, 2005 model. It's under warranty until July 2008. Is this covered? Are injectors covered? I read in another post not to use biodiesel because factory fuel filters are cellulose and will melt and clog. Anyone experience this? Is there a different brand filter (i.e. NAPA, Fram) that will not do this? Anyone remove the oil filter cover? In an odd place and difficult to remove/replace. Any ideas greatly appreciated. I try to bypass the Stealership as much as possible... Joe
#40 of 85 Re: Glow plugs,glow plug module [codenamecuckoo]
Jan 14, 2008 (10:15 am)
Transleak, probably an "O" ring on a sensor, not a major leak, more driving under pressure, doesn't continue to leak much.
Glow plugs/control probably on emmissions/engine warranty, but must ask dealer.
Injectors are as far as I know...
Fuel Filter (price to replace?) how many times have you done it?
Biodiesel approved up to about 5 or even 10-15 percent bio source, but only if approved/tested quality, like ASTM. Cellulose not likely to melt, clog yes, but only if the previous petroleum diesel was very dirty (biodiesel cleans remarkably well, and lubricates very well too). Clogging of fuel filters in diesel operation (clean fuels assumed) is from very COLD fuel with adequate amounts of parafins (summer fuel used at winter temps) and/or emulsions (hot/cold/hot/cold condenses moisture which mixes with the oils and emulsifies (hard to filter/pump) and easy to freeze).
Some filters for the Sprinter are available that are known as "fleece", but you will have to go searching, I don't have a source at this time.
There are people running Sprinters on B85 and even B100 (B = bio, number =percentage of). A few are also reporting running as converted to use SVO (straight Vegetable Oil, most reclaimed, VERY HIGHLY filtered).
Oil filter cap/holder very easy to remove on US Sprinters up to 2006 (5 cyl. Diesels), actually very unlikely to spill/drip on engine. The housing drains into the block. I use the nesting set of filter wrenches (7-in-one) and a regular 3/8" extension/ratchet... Remove after draining most of the oil, or the flow out the bottom is a torrent... wow, can shoot out over the side of the catch pan.
In putting the cap/filter back in, be patient, use the new o-rings, only tighten to touch down... plus very little torque... this seals by o-rings in a sleeve, not by pressure on a gasket/flat surface.
Easiest oil changes I have ever had (except for using 9.5 quarts of oil...)
#41 of 85 2002 Dodge Sprinter central locking system
Jan 29, 2008 (1:26 pm)
I have an 02 dodge sprinter. The alarm doesnt work. The light on the central locking system blinks that the passenger side doors are not closed properly. They are closed, however the sliding door is tricky to close it needs some persuasion. Any suggestions on how I can trouble shoot this my self.
#42 of 85 Re: Fuel smell in drivers compartment [ddailey]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:20 am)
I had the same problem on my 2006 Sprinter, the second day I owned it. There was a fuel leak at the front of the engine where the 8mm fuel supply/return hoses are clamped to the injection pump. The dealer was unable to find the leak, so I made the repair myself with the proper clamp. That was at San Jose Capital Expressway Dodge. They are really useless, and even the management doesn't want to take responsibility or keep the customer happy. They neglected to respond to my letter of complaint. The unfortunate thing about the US is that auto mechanics don't have the training or understanding of how to properly fix a car. They are trained on Detroit farm equipment, and when they come across a foreign car, they are unable to apply what they learned in training.
This is why such wonderful vehicles such as the Sprinter and the VW vanagon have such a bad reputation. I am a former auto mechanic, and after my training I worked with a German master technician. There was so much that I didn't know, even things that now seem so basic. I had to make a paradigm shift in order to
understand these vehicles. I had to unlearn much of my school training.
Good luck with your repair
#43 of 85 Re: 2002 Dodge Sprinter central locking system [joshedy]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:23 am)
I had a problem with a misaligned sliding door on my 06.
The dealership was unable to align the door. Their solution was to slam the door harder. If you carefully look at the mechanism and with the help of an assistant adjust the sliding door and the strikers, then at least the slider will work fine. Then you can make your diagnosis of the electrical problem knowing that it is not a door
alignment problem causing the door switch to think the door is open.
#44 of 85 Re: 2002 Dodge Sprinter central locking system [joshedy]
Feb 26, 2008 (12:11 pm)
Clean and lube all of the contacts for all of the doors that have them, especially the sliding and rear doors as they rely on the contacts for the elcetronics that "see" whether or not they door latches are actually set for lock mode.
The central locking module (aka the central locking timer) is also a common point of failure.