Last post on Nov 30, 2008 at 8:08 PM
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Dodge Sprinter, Suspension, Van
#6 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [kenbaker]
Nov 08, 2007 (10:08 am)
Thanks for the info. I have the CRD model. not sure of the gear ratio. I was going to ask the dealer to put 3500 springs on or ask a suspension shop to add a leaf.
i have my tires set at the factory setting. 60 in back and 47or48 in front. i will try raising these to the 60 front and 75 in back.
My low tire pressure light wont go off. I wonder if increasing pressure will help. I have an appointment for 11/14 at the dealer.
the top cylinder lubricant you suggested is not recommended by dodge per the owners manual. you have had good results with it?
#7 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [sprinter2007]
Nov 08, 2007 (11:50 am)
Yes 2007, good results
DIESEL, not Gas...
I have very good results, no hard starts in cold weather, slightly better mileage (with Power Service Diesel, white bottle w/Red & Black lettering in winter). Power Service (Silver/gray, for summer cetane boost.lube). Both are (ASTM I believe) listed to be equal to a 50/50 mix of #1 and #2 diesel, so I don't see them as a threat to the Dodge (or Mercedes) claim not to need diesel additives. Both have their proprietary Slick Diesel additive for lubrication.
RedLine's similar product is highly recommended even by MB Sprinter owners in countries that get them directly from Mercedes instead of second-hand from Dodge/Freightliner.
I am most concerned with our extremely variable fall/winter/spring weather in Oklahoma. We can be hot/humid/cold/dry/wet/etc. on just about any day after October and until April. I have lived here almost all my life, I have seen 87F in the afternoon and 17F before midnight on the same day... so condensation, emulsified water, and clumping parafins in diesel can be a real challenge here.
Though not required, some of us feel that the extra lubricant is good insurance for versions designed for regular diesel and now run on low sulphur diesel... Anecdotal, but consistent, experience of people using the products that test (Power Service, Red Line, Amsoil, etc.) for wear and other appropriate tests is that they can increase pump life and (sometimes) improve Cetane rating or even mileage.
At best, I maybe get a single digit improvement in mileage... as in 21 MPG instead of 20 MPG.
Not related, but similar... In my book it says to do one Transmission filter and Trans Fulid change at 80K Miles (and never change it again)... now the service sheet from Dodge recommends the Trans Fluid change on a (shorter) schedule that includes the life of trans, not just one time. This information was easy to find in posts on the Internet well before Dodge changed their tune!
CRD? not familar... maybe you mean CDI (Common-rail Direct Injected)?
Is this what you mean?
#8 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [kenbaker]
Nov 08, 2007 (12:25 pm)
The back door has "crd" written on it.
any info on the low tire light.
#9 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [sprinter2007]
Nov 09, 2007 (12:06 pm)
no experience with this feature on any vehicle make/model.
suggest to join Sprinter_Forum (on another site)
#10 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [kenbaker]
Nov 09, 2007 (7:27 pm)
The higher air pressure you recomended made the ride better and made my low air pressure light go off. thanks for the suggestion.
please explain the upper engine lubricant you mentioned earlier. you told me a few types, i want to make sure i get the right one for this time of year.
#11 of 12 Re: dodge sprinter rear suspension [sprinter2007]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:42 am)
Easily available in my area is Power Service Diesel Fuel Additive (white bottle, red and black lettering).
Look at Power Service website for details, and recomendations on type for the time of year (temp range) you are in.
#12 of 12 Improve suspension -ride
Nov 30, 2008 (8:08 pm)
I am building a mini motorhome/camper on a 2003-140-2500 Sprinter. We love
the van and its performance but wife suffers of a chronic Sciatic nerve condition
and we find the ride very bumpy and harsh. Are the passenger vans also this
hard?, do they have different rear and front springs? Please can someone suggest what I can do to improve the ride?. The van weight is 4600 pounds
unloaded and when I finish placing all the camper gear possibly will weight
5500 pounds, the tires are 16 inch rated E and inflated to 70lb. I plan
to install lighter tires inflated at 40lb. I would like to change the springs if possibly. This van has one single leaf springs in front and rear. I believe the passenger vans have two thin leafs. Please advise. I am new to the forum. You can respond to: tadeo1_usyahoo.com Thanks.