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My problems with my 2017 Ecodiesel started while I was towing my 4k lb travel trailer and lost power about 20 minutes into my trip, on level ground, going 55 mph. I got an error message that said "Service Electronic Throttle Control", CEL turned on, and a whole bunch of white smoke came out from under the hood. I had 33k miles on the odometer. Truck went to the shop. They called and said I needed a new turbo. After they replaced the turbo they called back and said there was more trouble, EGR valve was sticking open which blew a small hole in the intake manifold. They replaced all defective parts under warranty and I got my truck back after two weeks.

After a few weeks of being a grocery getter, I towed my trailer from Modesto, CA to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. While coming home, pulling over a pass, I noticed my engine temp getting a little high, about 3/4 of gauge, I turned off the AC and temp immediately came down, (like, too fast immediately, almost instant). I pulled over at the next gas station and noticed my coolant reservoir was empty, also noticed my oil level was about a half an inch above the max line on the dip stick. Added distilled water, drove home and made an appointment to have oil changed. Before I took the truck to the shop, I took an oil sample and sent it off to an oil lab. Told the service writer about coolant loss and high oil level and asked them to investigate. They pressure checked the coolant system and told me everything was honky-dory, they changed oil and topped off fluids.

After a week, I noticed the coolant reservoir was nearly empty again, I took the truck back to the shop, talked to service manager, and said it was not honky-dory. I got my oil analysis back and it said I had coolant contamination in my oil, potassium and silicon contaminants were critically high indicating coolant contamination. I gave oil analysis report to service manager as well. They called after a few days and said FCA Engineering ordered a wet/dry compression check and they found two cylinders to have low compression. They called back two more days later (yesterday), and told me FCA Engineering told them to replace the engine. He said he had to order parts and that was the last I've heard at this point.

Next Tuesday, the truck will have gone over 30 days total in the shop, and it's currently at three attempts to fix. I'm wondering if I should go with the replaced engine or start Lemon Law attempt and try to upgrade to 3/4 ton with a Cummins. I'm kinda on the fence though. I would also like to drive this truck until it's paid off, enjoy some more 30 mpg for a few years and then trade it in for a Cummins.

I've read a lot of horror stories about engine replacements and multiple engine replacements, but nothing very recent.

My question is this. Anybody get an engine replacement and happy with their truck? Anybody getting 100k+ out of an engine replacement?
 

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It sounds like the oil cooler failed and contaminated the engine with coolant. There have been many engine replacements reported and I haven't seen many issues after the replacement. I does seem exceptionally long before the engine replacement was apprved.
 

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I believe if it was an oil cooler failure the OP would have noticed oil in his coolant tank when adding the distilled water to his low tank , 2nd when the dealership performed the compression test 2 cylinders low on compression = Blown Head-gasket...
 

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I believe if it was an oil cooler failure the OP would have noticed oil in his coolant tank when adding the distilled water to his low tank , 2nd when the dealership performed the compression test 2 cylinders low on compression = Blown Head-gasket...
That makes more sense.
 

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To answer your question, Vern here replaced his engine after around 280,000 miles. The new engine is now about another 300,000 miles and still running.

Back in late 2014 and early 2015 there were often talk here of people having an engine replaced. Granted maybe two or three actually had two replacements and then we heard nothing about them. The rest with those replacements may have now had 3-5 years of satisfied usage. How many miles would some of them have?

Only the shadow knows as there are many over 100K and lots over 200K miles today.
 

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Thanks, Captainmal. Good to hear.

No oil in the reservoir. I was looking for it, this truck has the prettiest coolant I've ever seen...

I was thinking head gasket too, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear they were replacing the engine. Makes me think there's more going on.

This truck really does suit my needs, and I would love to get 100k+ out of it. My next truck will most likely be a Cummins, but I'd like to put that off for a few years and squirrel around with my near 30 mpg.

I would just like to feel comfortable hauling my trailer over the big passes without worrying about another white smoke incident.
 

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I would review your states lemon law. Most likely you will do very well under the lemon law and cold get a 2019 Ecodiesel.
I believe most states fall under the 1 year or 18,000 mile rule for claiming a lemon. The notable exception is New Jersey which is 2 years and 24,000 miles. My 2018 eco diesel just failed with 24,489 miles and 14 months on it. So far it’s been a comedy of errors trying to get the engine replaced. The tech that was working on the engine just quit so now the dealership has no one available to install the engine. I’m sitting at three weeks now with no resolution is sight and very limited communication as to what in world even caused the failure.
 

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My first engine pushed a head gasket at 371,000. I think Previous low coolant from EGR leak had taken a toll. Upon tear down bearings were well worn as well. Replacement motor has 217,000 only issue has been dirty fuel. Truck benefits from ECM & TCM tunes for a reliable service experience without the check engine lights guiding you in for dealership friskings for trivial codes.
 

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engine replaced at 23,000 and have 113,000, water pump replaced at 98,000 and egr cooler orings leak to the outside when the night temp cools quickly, aint scared to keep it too 300,000. Have long crank times occasionally and trying to figure it out before taking to dealer. Not tuned yet. Great tow truck for 7500+ lb camper too.
 

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Truck benefits from ECM & TCM tunes for a reliable service experience without the check engine lights guiding you in for dealership friskings for trivial codes.
I would love to tune it. If I had, they would not be replacing my motor right now. If I still have it after the the warranty is up, it will get tuned w/ EGR delete.
 

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Whitrock fwiw I know it takes some front money or credit but if I were you I would get a tuned ECM, TCM flash tool, thermostat, and EGR delete kit. Then have the AEM done. After which swap in the ECM and send the original back to get your core money back. Flash the TCM and install thermostat and EGR block off plates. Now you have a far better running better towing and likely more problem free truck with a longer life expectancy than it currently has.

When you get your $3075 it will more than cover your costs and should be a great investment. Like most investments their is risk. It can still spit a bearing. In which case the tunes plates & thermostat can be carried to the next motor. 350k may go by without a hiccup. Naturally properly maintained. Make sure your ECM tune includes EGR cooler delete & turbo brake and it does not have to be a full delete so the exhaust & rest of the emissions stuff can remain intact.

The long cranking can be a couple things. Might ask member Haul n Grass. Mine was the lift pump. I linked rock auto. They have a factory replacement and an upgrade Spectra unit. I went with the upgrade and it’s been good a long time.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/ram,2014,1500,3.0l+v6+diesel+turbocharged,3307186,fuel+&+air,fuel+pump+&+housing+assembly,10147

Badkoz you can wait on warranty expiration. I didn’t and have never been asked about whether I had a tune. I tuned at 30k and would do it over with a new truck. I would do it again only immediately after purchase if possible. Risks both ways pick your poison.
 

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The EcoDiesel is too annoying to drive in stock form in my opinion. How people make it to 100k miles (included powertrain warranty) with the slowness and lags is beyond me.

I tuned mine at 4300 miles (bought it with 3900 miles on it). The dealers can't detect the GDE Hot Tune accurately, if they ask you about a tune simply deny or say you have no knowledge of one, it's how you bought it.

There is no reason to wait, you are only causing accelerated engine wear by leaving it non-tuned. Now if you plan to trade it shortly after the warranty runs out and don't care about accelerated engine wear from soot then I could see not bothering with the tune however I still find it too annoying to drive because of the slowness/lagging.
 

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Welcome to the forum Badkoz, sorry to read that it's under these circumstances. Your coolant loss issue and oil analysis reports are nearly identical to my problems. No engine replacement but just had my egr cooler replaced under warranty and am monitoring my coolant level. It has dropped slightly. I will be sending in another oil sample after a couple thousand miles and hopefully no contamination.
 
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