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    Is this the correct Redline 5w30 to quiet the hemi?

    I coul I could not have articulated it any better, myself. That said, people will interpret intent from our posts as they will. I allude to the allopathic nature of the masses at large, instead of true understanding of what reality is in terms of curing problems. We peons were not going to...
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    Is this the correct Redline 5w30 to quiet the hemi?

    Burla is a very well articulated man.... I'll stipulate to that. My post is for the folks who can know the difference among anecdotal, correlative, and causation proof and is in no way designed to usurp heroic research by members here. When these few dozen folks report that they switched to any...
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    Is this the correct Redline 5w30 to quiet the hemi?

    What are the credentials of these folks on this forum that their collective "wisdom" trumps the manufacturer recommendation such that these are the answers? Anecdotal at very best, these basement lab experiments with oils and "Uber" filters defy those which the factory specify. In a big-picture...
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    When Not to Use Redline Thread

    Does any of this debate really matter? I mean, doesn't the baritone voice of Sam Elliot proclaiming "Guts! Glory! Ram!" trump all else!? ;)
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    Need Your Voices Gents - Is there enough for a class action?

    My next door neighbor is into her 2nd Hemi Ram 1500, and her daughter and son in law have their first. These folks collecitvely have had ZERO problems with either "Hemi Tick" or any other issue. Does that count?
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    Need Your Voices Gents - Is there enough for a class action?

    It is a combination of issues, not merely bolt strength. A case hardened bolt is quite different from a heat treated one, etc. There is also an issue of which gasket to use, (OE in my case) and whether or not the manifold has experienced warpage to the flatness of the mating surface. Years ago...
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    Class Action Lawsuit against California Rip-off Sales Tax?

    I was walking one evening just after dark. I happened upon a bullfrog who told me his name was Jeremiah. We started chatting and we heard a dog barking in the distance. I asked him where he was going and he said he was on the road to Shambala. He was seeking Joy to the world, so he said. At that...
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    Need Your Voices Gents - Is there enough for a class action?

    What I find interesting is why someone with repeat exhaust bolt failures doesn't pursue a different method of fastener retention/ durability. I repaired broken exhaust bolts on a Ram about 5 years ago. I purchased a set of case hardened high strength bolts and put them in.... customer hasn't had...
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    Need Your Voices Gents - Is there enough for a class action?

    All vehicles are depreciating liabilities.... NOT assets!
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    Do you guys think all Gen 3 5.7L Hemi engines are doomed for lifter/cam failure?

    I wonder about "long idle" periods really being the culprit. At this stage of automotive production (over 100 years), I'd like to think that kind of glaring engineering fault would be a thing of the past. Also, I truly wonder what the accurate numbers are.... total production / failed engine...
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    Do you guys think all Gen 3 5.7L Hemi engines are doomed for lifter/cam failure?

    Considering the staggering price of a new rig, regardless of who makes them, I'm disappointed that there ARE so many major engine failures. A friend of mine just recently had this failure on his 2018 Silverado. He called me on the phone in a panic because they were charging him over 6 grand...
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    Uncle Tony SPEAKS on cam and lifter failure in 5.7 hemi

    I'm dealing with lifter failure on a 1999 Tahoe 5.7L "Vortec" engine. I was chatting with one of my GM Engineer cronies the other day about it... and he said what your GMC mechanic did!
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    Should you replace rotors with every break job

    You're absolutely correct! When I was young, slim, and had hair, my Maternal Grandfather had a 1973 Pontiac Grandville. It sported a 455 BB engine and he routinely towed with it. At 100,000 miles, I was ****-sure that his car needed brakes; the car had the originals on it. He indulged me and let...
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    Should you replace rotors with every break job

    There are different philosophies about your question regarding rotor replacement. I'll share with you my little bit of insight, influenced by one of my old customers who is a metallurgy engineer. New rotors are ****** casting. The metallurgy of the rotor hasn't begun to delineate. Over time, the...
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    My next oil change for my 2016 RAM 1500 5.7 HEMI (no oil cooler)

    The calcium based additives have been linked to LSPI (low speed pre ignition) damage and exacerbated sludge/carbon deposits. This has been addressed by the advent of the relatively new API rating of SN+ oil. One benefit of the CVT automatic transmissions found in many vehicles is also a...
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