First Gen Dodge Cummins and the Killer Dowel Pin
As you well know the killer dowel pin has been the demise of many First Gen Dodge Cummins engines. Basically, vibrations from the engine knock that mean little bugger loose and the pin falls into your engine and causes havoc. 1998 vehicles and older, up to as new as 2002, have been found to be defective.
What happens if the killer dowel comes loose?
The pin, if it becomes loose, can fall through everything and not cause any damage, if this happens count yourself as being very lucky! More times than not, the pin falls into the engine and hits the timing gears. If this happens you are in pretty good shape, you will have a huge oil spill to clean up but you still got off easy, this is the most common problem associated with the killer dowel pin. Worst case scenario the pin gets stuck between the timing gears. The cam will break and valves are going to smack the pistons and your engine is pretty much done for.
What can I do to prevent this?
OC Diesel Carries a Killer dowel Pin Kit from BD Diesel. This kit gives you everything needed to replace the pin with a more permanent solution before it becomes a real problem. We suggest bringing your truck in and having this installed before its too late. In addition to the killer dowel pin kit, we carry tons of additional parts and products for your first gen Dodge Cummins at OC Diesel. First Gen Dodge Cummins 5.9L 89-93 Diesel Performance Parts
Give us a call at 714-848-2170 M-F from 8-5 PST – We will answer your questions regarding the Killer dowel Pin Kit. Ask about Free Shipping!
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