Watch the next installment of “whats Inside” and see the complexities of a 2008 Ford 6.4 Powerstroke injection pump.
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?
How did you achieve your 300,000+ mile merit badge? You may have driven conservatively and maintained your truck regularly, or maybe you didn’t. We see many 300k + mile vehicles and they have either been taken care of, or completely neglected. What kind of high mileage truck do you own?
We would like YOUR input on this topic if you love your mature vehicle.
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 wonder why we get so excited about Dyno events and Truck and Tractor Pulls? We did a little research and found that it has been a staple Pride and Power competition for over a hundred years. Even the sled we pull down the dusty track has its roots in the late 1800’s.
Thanks to the Spanish and early settlers, we had an abundance of animals that were bred in order for this sport to evolve. The native horses of the North American continent were long extinct before modern civilization took up residence.
After European horses were bred larger and larger, farmers would compare horses pulling heavy loads over a set distance. They would use things such as loaded hay carts, wagons, flat boards or skids would have a horse hitched to it. Today, fixed weights on sleds are dragged for a set distance and weight is added in successive rounds.
It wasn’t until 1929 that motorized vehicles were put to use in the first events at Vaughansville, MO. Although the sport was then recognized, it did not become popular until the ’50s and ’60s.
The growing popularity of the sport caused the creation of the new 4×4 division in 1976, which captured a larger fan base. Today the 4-wheel drive division is one of the most popular with the success of passenger and light duty trucks. Now more and more counties and groups are organizing these events, growing the sport further into history.
The Truck and Tractor Pulls are on Saturday. Hope this article adds to your enthusiasm.
Snow removal is a very lucrative business when mother nature allows for it. A garden variety day for a snow removal technician is nothing short of brutal on driver and truck a like. We are going to focus on the truck in this story.
A plow truck begins its life as a general daily driver pickup in a light duty environment. After some years, mileage, dents and dings her job title changes a bit. She may be hauling heaping piles of gravel in the bed, or pulling heavy equipment trailers to job sites. Either way the later part of this trucks life gets harder. If this is sounding familiar to your habits, don’t worry it is the natural way of things.
The year dangles into the fall and meteorologists, almanacs, or wholly worms infer a harsh winter. Snow removal season is upon us in a blink of an eye, and you need to be ready for the first snow, a plow and salt spreader becomes part of this truck.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Life of a Plow Truck, and Part 3: Death of a Plow Truck
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.