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Old 03-10-2014, 10:13 AM
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Default "Service required" whilst in Belize... urgent?

We are driving our truck (2008 Ram 3500 with the 6.7l, no mods) through central America (with a truck camper on top) and are on the border between Belize and Guatemala. The "service required see dealer now" message just came on.

We are heading north to the US in 2 months after about 3,500 more miles of driving.
I would prefer a Dodge dealer in the US to handle the new filter and cleaning. Not sure even if the parts can be found down here, and shipping from the US is costly and takes a long time to get here (customs here can take a while).

Can this wait normally speaking for a while, or should I take "see dealer now" litterally and try to find help down here?

The truck is driving fine. Two error codes show when I turn the key 3x, but no warning or check engine lights are illuminated.
Error codes are P0513 and P0480; neither seem to be related to the "service required" message on the EVIC.

Any advice?
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:59 PM
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Just spoke to the dealer who saus that it's the message that comes on every xxx miles. As long as that is the only message showing on the overhead, he doesnt think its bad. As the dpf fills up, it should start showing 70% full (etc).
Other than cleaning (he quoted $525 for new filter and cleaning), he recommends driving for 30-40 minutes with exhaust brake on and rpm between 2000-2500.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:35 PM
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If you have 67,500 miles on it the warning is for the ccv filter. You can ignore it till you get a chance to change it yourself. There are instructions on the forum here for canceling the message somewhere. When I bought my truck it was 4000 miles beyond the change mileage. Geno's garage had the filter and kit for cleaning the egr system for around $100 at that time.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:41 PM
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If you are going to be down there for awhile you could just change the filter and do the egr cleaning when time permits. The filter is on top of the engine under the plastic cover.
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