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2019, Emissions, Truck Show -

We attended the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville and wow, what a show it was this year. With over 1,000,000 Sq.-Ft. of show space, it was a challenge to see everything there. Since I’m the new guy, this was my first time there and I was overwhelmed. There was almost too much to see, from the major truck and powertrain manufacturers in the North Wing, to the hundreds of expertly modified and restored trucks in the show n’ shine, it was a lot to take in. With over 18,000 owner-operators in attendance, we were quite busy talking with our...

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2019, Catalyst, DD15, Detroit, Emissions, Rebuild -

What is a blown-up engine?  Many times, we get phone calls from owner-operators and they say, “I blew up my engine.”  After a few questions we find out that they scored a liner, blew a hole through a piston, or blew a head gasket.  The term blew up my engine is a harsh term and immediately we think that you broke a connecting rod and now have a large hole in the side of your engine.  Always try to be a little more specific and say exactly what happened to your engine, it will allow us to better help you....

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Cruise Control, Driving -

The trucking industry says that the truck driver is responsible for about 33% of a rig’s fuel mileage. I disagree – I think the driver is responsible for about 66% of the fuel mileage! Now, let me explain why I feel that way. As many of you know, we at Pittsburgh Power have been specializing in building high-performance diesel engines for 42 years, and the emphasis has always been on the performance, longevity and, for many years now, fuel mileage. We have many “performance” parts that equate to fuel mileage if properly driven. You can have us install these specialty...

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2019, Cruise Control, Cummins ISX, Damper -

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIESELS Be careful squeezing the nickel when it comes to preventative maintenance on the truck that makes your living possible and supplies your family with a car, food, and a roof over their heads.  What is the most important item in your life? This torsional damper which we removed from an ISX has 680,000 miles on it. The silicone fluid has been hard for quite some time negating the purpose of the damper, to remove torsional vibrations. The following is a list of what fails when the torsional damper has outlived its useful life: broken crankshafts, broken camshafts,...

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