Watch the next installment of “whats Inside” and see the complexities of a 2008 Ford 6.4 Powerstroke injection pump.
Have you ever looked inside your steel fuel tanks? You probably don’t want to.
Many models of pickup trucks have steel fuel tanks that are not internally lined with anti corrosion material. This means nothing if the truck is constantly being driven, but if it gets parked for any more than a month moisture will condense on the inside of the tanks and corrode. The rust becomes loose and falls to the bottom when filling with fuel. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to fill your fuel tanks to the brim before parking the truck for extended periods of time. A full tank of fuel will ensure there wont be any air gap from the fuel level line to the top of the tank. This little piece of advice will save your tanks, injectors, pumps, fuel filters and wallet.
This happens so often we always advise removing and inspecting fuel tanks when debris is found in the fuel filters or a high or low pressure fuel pump goes down. There cant be anything worse than repairing a problem and immediately contaminating new expensive fuel system components.
Have you experienced this concern before?
Most modern technicians will use many different tools and techniques to diagnose and repair various symptoms on a daily basis. Since most repair facilities take in more than one type of vehicle, it is important to be flexible. One tool stands out to be the most flexible, the internet.
Using the internet for advice can at times be fickle. Not all of the information you find is applicable! Forums and threads can be misleading.
Certain things can be quick and easy to find like DTCs, fluid capacities, cylinder identification, component location, part numbers, prices, diagrams, and fuse locations.
How useful is the internet to your daily routine?
Its hard to believe that a Southbend Dual Disc Clutch would fail and damage a G56 transmission. These transmissions have been known to fracture the case while pulling a sled or lots of weight. There is even a steel brace available to strengthen this known weak spot. However, there is no product available to keep this from occurring.
While investigating a grinding noise on a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 a customer was concerned with, the technician found a couple of very interesting things that prompted us to dig further and remove the transmission assembly. What we found was nothing short of apocalyptic. The understanding we have accepted for the failure, was that the center section of the dual disc assembly seperated the locating lobes and the pieces from that damaged the transmission case and engine-to-transmission adapter. What do you think? We will try to have this case repaired by an aluminum welder, but there are no guarantees in life.
Don Harbaugh – STL Diesel
I knew it would hurt
Anticipation grew in my heart
I had heard of people actually bleeding from it
Dangerous it would be,
With many risks involved.
But I didn’t care
This is what I get, listening to my friends
Every job has its difficulties, and auto/diesel repair is riddled with them. One way to offset this dark element of employment is to commence practical joking. Many technicians prefer not to disturb their cohorts while working, but there are moments of the day that aren’t filled with diagnostic or repairs. This time can be used constructively, or not. Here are ten things I have seen in a shop environment that would be considered the most common and relatively SAFE ways to stir things up.
- Grease under tool box or car door handles.
- Reorganization of tools in others tool boxes.
- Throw a charged capacitor to an unsuspecting operator.
- Actuating a car horn at inopportune moments.
- Blowing up a coolant or oil jug under someones tool box using shop air.
- Closing a hood on some one in a compromising position.
- Pulling strategic fuses in a vehicle to exhibit acute symptoms.
- Covertly drop a tailgate on a truck backing up.
- Long zip ties attached to driveshaft.
- Use a rack to lift a large tool box high off the ground.
These next ones should NOT be performed by anyone, but have been documented as “Impractical Jokes”
- Brake clean torch
- Air bag discharge
- Acetylene contained in a bag or balloon. (cant say how it works, or how to do it)
- Use silicone to adhere tires to the ground.
- Baby oil in washer solvent tank.
- Detaching an automatic transmission’s linkage.
- Open cans of tuna under a cars seat.
- Disconnect inner door handle linkage on vehicle.
- Remove schrader valves from tires or fuel system.
- Baby powder in air vents.
It should be assumed that retaliation would be acceptable if you perform any of these against your peers. Be warned that payback is a Bi#ch.
Do you have any practical jokes, if so please comment.
Owners Jeff White, Don Harbaugh, and Darrell Miller were interviewed by Dustin Holland a reporter from Parts and People Magazine near the middle of July 2016. The article he authored about the birth, growth and development of STL Diesel exposes our inate ability to passionatly perform repairs and market our brand in a grass roots type of way. Dustin Holland, the author of the article did a great job describing the achievements, goals and ambitions of our entire team. His inspiration for this article was the vast amount of STL Diesel T-shirts, Hoodies, Hats and Decals that he and others have spotted all over the ST Louis area and beyond. When talking about this topic he asked a very interesting and frequently asked question. “Is STL Diesel a company or a club? The answer is Yes to both questions.