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An HPOP hose transports engine from the HPOP to the engine to lubricate things like the engine’s bearings, pistons, and camshaft. HPOP stands for high pressure oil pump and is often used instead of a standard pump for those that want to replace iol in their engine at a faster rate.
A high pressure oil pump hose is specifically designed to accomodate the higher pressure of the engine pump. Using a standard hose with a high pressure oil pump could lead to serious problems, such as a hose rupture. The hoses are connected to both the high pressure oil pump and the engine rails using special fittings that should allow for an easy disconnection in the future.
Each high pressure oil pump has two hoses, one on the driver side and one on the passenger side. The hose on the driver side is connected to the forward fitting on the high pressure oil pump. The passenger side hose is connected to the aft fitting. The other ends of the hoses are then connected to fittings on the cylinder head.
If a person believes their oil pump is operating with less pressure than it should, they could test the connections of the HPOP hose to the fittings. Gently pulling on the HPOP hose will indicate whether the hose is completely connected. The hose shouldn’t come free. If it does, then it hasn’t been installed correctly.
The Dodge Ram truck line was initially introduced in 1981, and is now on it’s fourth generation.
Major engine improvements became standard in 1988, with the old slant-six engine replaced by a new V-6 offering more power. The standard time-honored 318 cubic-inch V-8 was given a fuel-injection upgrade. A turbo-charged Cummings six-cylinder in-line diesel engine featuring direct fuel injection was introduced that year, helping boost Ram sales.
Engine upgrades for 1992-93 2500 and 3500 models included multi-port fuel injection and higher compression cylinder heads. This extra power option was designated Magnum.
In 1994 a sleek new re-design inspired by big rigs was offered, which quickly became popular. In 1998 a new dashboard, dual airbags plus upgraded interior became standard, as was the QuadCab model with small rear doors. Sales reached over 400 thousand in 1999, at about the time that a new eight-liter V-10 engine was offered on the 2500 and higher models for extra towing power.
The all-new third generation Ram 1500 appeared in 2002, with higher models getting the new style a year later. This significant upgrade covered the drivetrain and suspension as well. Sales reached a new record of about 450,000.
A larger Cummins diesel engine became available in 2005, while a new hemi-V8 arrived in 2006 that featured cylinder-deactivating capability for increased fuel economy.
The latest generation became available in 2009, the same year that Ram Trucks became a separate brand. A real Crew Cab model featuring four doors was offered, as well as a heavy-duty 3500. The 1500 got minor exterior upgrades in 2013.
Initially production began at Warren Michigan, where most models have been built up to 2014. The Ram 1500 truck model have also been built at the Saltillo assembly plant in Mexico. Ram 1500 production in Fenton Missouri shut down in 2009.
The popularity of the Dodge Ram truck
Ram trucks are now the only ones available with a manual transmission, since competing makes have gone entirely to automatic transmissions.
Whether you own an older or newer GM Duramax turbo-diesel, you may want to install a fuel injector to replace a tired one. It’s not overly difficult if you have some engine experience. Historically, early Duramax engines were prone to injector failure, requiring frequent replacement.
The Short Version – Steps to Install Fuel Injector on Duramax
As you can see, the preparation and disconnecting phases are critical to successful installation of fuel injectors. Follow the sequence noted and reverse the steps in proper order to ensure a proper installation.
Follow the instructions below to install a HPOP harness upgrade.
Common to both gasoline and diesel engines, the Chevy Duramax uses a valve to drive the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) Cooler system. Along with reducing exhaust gas temperatures by up to 800 degrees, the EGR cooler also improves gas mileage and greatly reduces harmful emissions. The valve is the most important component and eventually clogs, needing replacement. To install or replace your EGR Cooler valve, follow these steps.
Be sure to test your installed EGR Cooler valve by starting your engine. Listen for moving air. If you don’t hear any vacuum-like sounds, you installed the new EGR cooler valve properly. Your EGR Cooler system–and your Duramax diesel–should now conserve fuel help save the environment.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, launched in Europe in 1995, is a light commercial vehicle with various body styles, and over the course of its history, many badges and names as well.
The first generation Sprinter, badged and marketed by Mercedes-Benz, was designed to replace the well known Mercedes-Benz TN, and immediately was voted the 1995 International Van of the year. This vehicle was also sold in Japan under the Mercedes-Benz badge but with the name Transporter T1N.
In 2001 came the launch of the same vehicle in the US, and although it was still known as the Sprinter, it had been re-branded as Freightliner. After 2003 you could get versions assembled and branded by Dodge, who chose the Sprinter as a replacement for the Dodge Ram Van.
2006 saw the debut of the second generation Sprinter, known also as the NCV3 (New Concept Van 3), in Europe and other countries. The American NCV3 arrived in 2007, with slightly differing sizing and options, but was still basically the same as the European second generation vehicle that was voted Van of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine. Production of the NCV3 continues in Europe and Argentina (after a Latin American hiatus in 2011), but Dodge ceased production in 2010. This vehicle was also re-badged, re-engined and sold as the Volkswagen Crafter.
In 2014 a newer version was introduced, essentially the same as the second generation Sprinter, but a more styled look, fuel efficient engines, and several driver assistance technology options such as the Blind Spot Assist and Collision Prevention Assist. With these enhancements, the future for the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter is looking good.