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Old 06-10-2019, 02:57 PM   #15
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Congratulations! I hope the rest goes well, 'cause it ain't over till it's over.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:05 PM   #16
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Let me see if this works Very happy for you guys!

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Old 06-10-2019, 08:18 PM   #18
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^^ These are *awesome*!

But Rowie is correct - this fat lady ain't sung yet. I'll believe it when I test everything out, and actually make it down the road.
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^^ These are *awesome*!

But Rowie is correct - this fat lady ain't sung yet. I'll believe it when I test everything out, and actually make it down the road.
HAVING a new engine to install is half the battle! Congrats!

I have to ask... do you have your engine oil lab-analysed at oil change intervals?
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:28 AM   #20
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HAVING a new engine to install is half the battle! Congrats!

I have to ask... do you have your engine oil lab-analysed at oil change intervals?
No and I've never heard of that. I'll ask about it.

And I'm going to PM you on that point also, because there are a few things that I can't say publicly on this engine issue.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:39 AM   #21
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Engine oil analysis is a sample of your used engine oil going to a lab and they analyze and report on wear metals, contaminants and iirc fuel in oil also.

A good way to get data on engine health might be a good thing. Iíve had several done on my Cummins.

Example https://www.genosgarage.com/product/cc2525/oil-filters
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No and I've never heard of that. I'll ask about it.

And I'm going to PM you on that point also, because there are a few things that I can't say publicly on this engine issue.
I just had this one done at my oil change on my "new-to-me" '04 Interstate just to get a base line. Unfortunately, I don't know when last the oil was changed nor do I know what oil was used. Those are important in a chemical analysis because the lab knows what additives each oil has when they report.

But the over-all rating was good. I'll sample it again in another 5k miles.
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Million Mile Sprinter is strongly in favor of this oil testing regime mentioned here.

Crap, I wish I had known earlier. Why did this not come up on the forums before now?! I've been here for almost five flippin' years, people!

On our new engine, we will be doing it religiously. It's 20-ish more bucks. Well worth it, if it yields any useful info of any kind.
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Million Mile Sprinter is strongly in favor of this oil testing regime mentioned here.

Crap, I wish I had known earlier. Why did this not come up on the forums before now?! I've been here for almost five flippin' years, people!

On our new engine, we will be doing it religiously. It's 20-ish more bucks. Well worth it, if it yields any useful info of any kind.
Probably because most on this forum are not that deep into their Sprinters. It has been discussed regularly on the Sprinter-Source forum. Here is one of the latest threads:

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=73716

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.... It has been discussed regularly on the Sprinter-Source forum. ....
That thread is in the NCV3 section, which I never read. I've never seen it in the T1N section. I don't religiously keep up with that forum, but I'm probably there at least once every week or two, on average.
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Million Mile Sprinter is strongly in favor of this oil testing regime mentioned here.

Crap, I wish I had known earlier. Why did this not come up on the forums before now?! I've been here for almost five flippin' years, people!

On our new engine, we will be doing it religiously. It's 20-ish more bucks. Well worth it, if it yields any useful info of any kind.
There used to be a forum......the sprinter forum. Might still exist.
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Probably because most on this forum are not that deep into their Sprinters. It has been discussed regularly on the Sprinter-Source forum. Here is one of the latest threads:

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=73716

Good luck with your new engine.
Yes that is the forum!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:34 AM   #28
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... A proper pattern should show the flower pattern in the piston bowl only. With the flower pattern outside of the bowl shows that the injector timing was too advanced / or early.... And this is how a diesel engine died and the warranty was denied.
Back to this issue for an additional comment - of the 3 mechanics who have weighed in on this thing, the one who is actually replacing the engine told me that if it had been a bad injector, I would have heard it. It would have been an unmistakable sound.

My ears are on that thing constantly, and I heard nothing at all unusual (and I have Joel Sell's almost-daily Instagram posts to inform me what a proper-sounding T1N is like). Obviously, you can hear the engine in post #1 in this thread (with the video of it shaking), and there is no unusual undertone or pinging-type sound there. But of course, by the time that video was shot, compression was already lost on #1, so maybe it would not be still audible, if it had been there (which it wasn't).

The other two mechanics did not declare the flower pattern to represent anything diagnostic in and of itself.

FWIW. It's the usual thing - mechanics, like doctors, don't always agree on the diagnosis. They agree on the observations, just not what they signify.
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