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Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby jp rver on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:03 pm

So I had a little mechanical issue with my old Dodge over the weekend. The alternator had been squeaking just a bit for the last few weeks, and on Friday it decided to really start squealing. It was still charging, but the rear bearing was going out causing a heck of a racket. So I broke down and bought a reman at the local parts store. Very easy replacement by the way as the alternator is on the top in my Dodge. I had the old one off, went to the parts store, and the new one installed in less than one hour from start to finish.

My truck only has 65700 miles, so that's not a lot of miles for an alternator. However I got to thinking, being a 13 year old truck, and assuming my alternator was factory original (I believe it was), it is hard telling how many hours the thing has idled with no miles registering on the odometer. If you think about it, that alternator could have about the same number of revolutions as a newer truck with close to 100,000 miles due to the fact that my old truck has been exposed to 13 winters' worth of cold weather idling compared to the 1 or 2 winters on a new truck.

As a result of these rambling thoughts, I began to think that it would be beneficial to me if auto manufacturers would start installing hour meters and basing things like oil changes, belt replacements etc. on hours rather than miles. I know some trucks have the option of hour meters, I just thought it would be nice to see it on all vehicles. I may even put one on the next new vehicle I buy just for kicks. ;)
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby Benny on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:07 pm

My last 2 trucks have both come with an hour meter ... both were 2005 Chev Silverado's (one 1500 and a 2500HD).
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby skipnchar on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:18 pm

Yep that's the TYPE of thing that makes a big difference about the KIND of miles it has. Mostly highway miles compared to lots of stop and start, driving slow and idling take their toll.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:18 pm

Hour meters are pretty inexpensive and easy to install - just two wires - one to ground, and the other to a switched (with the ignition) 12V power source.

I think that they're handy for knowing the real amount of time on some components, but could possibly cause you some hassle at re-sale time if the buyer is wise to "normal" versus "high" amounts of engine hours versus miles. :)
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby skipnchar on Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:42 pm

LOL I think any prospective buyer would LOVE my hours to miles ratio :D I'd have to get a bonus.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby jp rver on Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:15 pm

PrivatePilot wrote:
I think that they're handy for knowing the real amount of time on some components, but could possibly cause you some hassle at re-sale time if the buyer is wise to "normal" versus "high" amounts of engine hours versus miles. :)


Well it would be as easy to remove as it was to install right? ;)
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:37 pm

You beat me to it jp..... :shock:
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby Frank Henn on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:57 pm

Dodge has had this in their trucks since the 2002 or the new body style. it is in the same place as the odometer. read you owners manual it is in there.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby jp rver on Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:16 pm

Frank Henn wrote:Dodge has had this in their trucks since the 2002 or the new body style. it is in the same place as the odometer. read you owners manual it is in there.


Frank if you are talking to me, that info doesn't do me any good. See, my 1995 has an analog odometer. No hour meter for me.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby Frank Henn on Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:04 pm

No just in general That the new body style dodges have that meter built in. Though on you year it was a dealer installed option I think it was sold for around $60.00 but my memory is not like it was
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby 1tonmegacab on Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:46 pm

ya on our dodges ( not sure the years though) it is a certain turn the key and push button sequence and it will show in the dash the hours

i belong to a great dodge site for those that have dodges it has over a 100 thousand active members and is a world or information

its not another camper site so im not sure if i can post it but here it is and if the mods need to get rid of it you guys can message me or email me at mrtnd@hotmail.com

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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:57 pm

No problem posting the other forum here. Do us a favor and drop our forum over there for any RV'ers in the crowd, though. :-)
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby 1tonmegacab on Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:09 pm

PrivatePilot wrote:No problem posting the other forum here. Do us a favor and drop our forum over there for any RV'ers in the crowd, though. :-)


there is a lot of campers there i will for sure drop it to them


its a done deal i posted in the off topic thread ( anywhere else it would have been moved anyway)
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby campinfan on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:40 pm

My new truck came with both but with the price of gas, I do not let it idle for long.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:50 pm

Super duty's already have hour meters
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby jp rver on Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:35 pm

fla-gypsy wrote:Super duty's already have hour meters


As do Dodge Rams now. I doubt if either had them standard in 1995. I think it would be great if they were on ALL cars, trucks etc.
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Re: Hour meters vs Odometers

Unread postby ParTimCmpr on Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:17 pm

My 2007 2500HD Classic has an hours meter. Interestingly enough, when I looked for the schedule for oil changes I could not find it. Seems they use running hours and sensors to determine when the oil should be changed, and then display a message on the dash. From what I have read, it is supposed to based on various data points, but I have not found much detail. Once the oil is changed, there is a process to reset the system to begin the analysis again.

I did my first change at 3400 miles even though the system did not tell me to change the oil. Most of my miles are towing miles and the truck was almost 9 months old. Not sure whether I will wait for the message or have it changed again at a reasonable interval.

BTW - My truck is not a daily driver so it has to sit patiently and wait for us to take it camping. I cannot afford to take it on joy rides with gas at $3.50/gal.

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