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Old 01-07-2014, 06:43 PM   #15
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Well, 140,000+ miles and our engine battery has finally given up the ghost.

The way we have traveled seems to have extended its life.

The extraordinarily cold weather here right now seems to have brought about the final demise. On an emergency, need-a-start-from-AAA basis today.

Interstate Battery in Bloomington stayed open late to get the battery installed for us, bless their little hearts. We like and appreciate that kind of customer service.


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Old 01-07-2014, 07:27 PM   #16
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How apropos to put an Interstate battery in an Interstate.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:27 AM   #17
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Cleaning the Interstate last week, I noticed a badly rusted spot near the rubber gasket that surrounds the back door.

When talking with the guy at Peterbilt about some scrapes and other bits of body clean-up needing done, I showed this to him.

He immediately saw that the holes on the gasket point upwards, rather than downwards, providing for less than optimal drainage. As he pressed on the gasket, water pooled out from these tiny holes.

He pulled the press-fit gasket away from its groove, and the extent of the rust could be seen, starting from about 8" above each corner and extending down thru the entire bottom of this area. It is deeply rusted in one spot, the rest pretty mild, but still present.

He suggested I cut the gasket through in the center, allowing the water to drain out, which I have done. He pointed out the gasket that runs around the cargo door, which has the necessary cut at the bottom to allow drainage.

And so, I pulled out the POR15 starter kit that I used last year to clean and de-rust the rusting hitch (which worked beautifully) and have ordered a pint of their silver paint.....that which they recommended as most effective on rusted areas. Have scrubbed entire area down and will treat and paint it next week.

Might check your gaskets, to be sure that they are draining. We are 7 years owning ours, so I suspect this is a fairly recent development for some reason, or we would have noticed rust before now. The little holes may have become clogged with dirt, sand, etc.

I'll take before and after pictures and post next week.


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Old 05-10-2014, 11:43 AM   #18
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POR 15 is great stuff. I learned the hard way that wearing rubber gloves is mandatory when using it cuz if you get it on your hands, you'll wear it 'til it wears off as I couldn't find a solvent to remove it.

Gonna go check my gaskets. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:05 AM   #19
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This is the primary area, cleaned and prepped per POR15 requirements, and awaiting thorough drying before applying their silver paint, which arrived in the mail the other day. It's upside down, per the IPad, but shows it is pretty nasty.

I need to take this black plastic piece off and look underneath there....also clean under it thoroughly .....but don't have the tools.

The velcro stripping you see, part of which has been removed, is for the screen we have that covers the rear and zips up the center.

The rear area has always been primarily Doug's domain, as he did hooking and unhooking, loading from the rear, all that. This may have been developing awhile and he just didn't notice it, not having the social workers eye for dirt that his wife has. Going to give this an hour or so to dry thoroughly, then give it a couple of coats of paint and will post another pic.

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Old 05-18-2014, 01:29 PM   #20
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Nail polish remover takes POR15 off your skin.



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Old 05-18-2014, 07:43 PM   #21
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Nail polish remover takes POR15 off your skin.



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Good to know. I tried lacquer thinner to no avail.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:51 AM   #22
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I had Peterbilt take off the plastic grate-thing, riveted on at the base where the rear doors close, because I wanted to be sure there was no rust developing under there.

There is rust developing under there.....a space a bit crusted with dirt, grime, dog hair and 4 dead stinkbugs. Once cleaned with Marine-Clean, you can see numerous small spots of rust, where moisture imbedded in the crud wore thru the paint.

Have cleaned it, will prep and paint the entire area with silver POR-15.

Ours is 8 years old, and we have had it for 7 years. It has seen well more than the usual travel. This grate-thing has never been removed, so, in retrospect, perhaps should have been an annual part of cleaning and maintaining.

Would probably be good to take a look underneath periodically, and clean it good, to see what if anything is going on where you can't see.


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Old 05-23-2014, 08:09 AM   #23
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And so, I cleaned, pretreated and coated the entire area under the rear grate with silver POR 15. That should stop it.

I had thought the grate attached with the rivets I saw, but found when going to put it back that the little square, peg-type things the guy at Peterbilt had laid out actually are what hold it on.

Looks like they would pop out with a screwdriver. I laid the grate back in place and snapped the little pegs in. Voila! This is something I can, and will, do myself.

Clean is good.

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Also something that is commonly done in race cars. The less you have to think about at 150++ mph the better
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:53 PM   #25
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have been considering getting the scan gage but was afraid it would just scare me. but I might do it anyway, any one using one of these ?
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Old 05-31-2014, 02:31 PM   #26
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Scan Gauge II

I've had my Scan Gauge installed for about 6 months. Lots of discussion over on Sprinter Forum about pros and cons. So far I like it and find it useful. I keep four gauges up on screen. LOD, a measure of engine loading; Fuel Flow; Voltage and Coolant Temperature.

But then I like lots of info on my ride as you can see in this photo -- too many years in an airplane cockpit.
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so what do you do?

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I've had my Scan Gauge installed for about 6 months. Lots of discussion over on Sprinter Forum about pros and cons. So far I like it and find it useful. I keep four gauges up on screen. LOD, a measure of engine loading; Fuel Flow; Voltage and Coolant Temperature.

But then I like lots of info on my ride as you can see in this photo -- too many years in an airplane cockpit.
My fear is that because I really dont know the cause and effect of most of the read outs I would be in a constant state of near panic. But I suppose I should get one and just run with it a while to see what "normal" is then go from there
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I've got one but haven't got around to installing it yet. I want to try to mount it on the underside of the hood over the speedo and tach. Plan to cut a block to match the curvature and use some industrial strength Velcro leftover from my HT 110" screen project.

Some of the guys on the Sprinter forum use it to keep the engine load in the sweet spot by downshifting when necessary.
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