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Old 10-02-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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We are very diligent about routine maintenance on our Interstate, most of which is done reliably at our local Peterbilt.

They look everything over thoroughly, and troubleshoot anything showing wear and tear, allowing for precious few on-the-road surprises for us.

We have been on a longer-than-usual trip these past few months, and have not had the Peterbilt once-over since last spring.

Two days ago in PA we suddenly began experiencing what I would call sluggish acceleration, barely crawling up hills. We called Brown-Daub Chrysler Jeep Ram in Bath, PA and came in there this morning. At 140,000 miles, we didn't know what to expect in terms of diagnosis.

The turbo inter-cooler and another hose are cracked, the result of normal wear and tear, and the oxygen sensor is also bad.

The big surprise was that a good-sized filter located under the hood, which cleans the cabin air, was completely clogged. We didn't know this was there and, as far as we know, no one has ever looked at it and it has never been changed. It was disgusting.

The oxygen sensor will be in tomorrow am, so service consultant Bill Hamby offered us a spot on their lot for the night. Very nice folks here, and very pet friendly.

Everything will be switched out tomorrow am and we will be on our way. Will provide s few more specifics then.


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Old 10-02-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Maggie,

Nice to hear good news about a service facility.
It can be tough though...you rarely see folks who don't have a problem.

Those "cabin filters" are routinely overlooked, , it was a 12/12 maintenance item at the Chevy Store.

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Old 10-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #3
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Well, the cabin filter speaks to the need to have our rig serviced at a Dodge dealership at least once in awhile.

We love our home Peterbilt guys, but this is something they missed.


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Old 10-02-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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I forgot to mention that our service guy here said that, at 140,000 well-maintained miles, our diesel engine is just getting warmed up.

He said they see these with 500-600,000 miles all the time, and last week had one in with over 800,000 miles who was hoping to make it to 1,000,000.

Amazing.


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Old 10-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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I forgot to mention that our service guy here said that, at 140,000 well-maintained miles, our diesel engine is just getting warmed up.

He said they see these with 500-600,000 miles all the time, and last week had one in with over 800,000 miles who was hoping to make it to 1,000,000.

Amazing.

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Darn. And my warranty expires at only 100,000 miles Good to know that the chassis, at least, will last beyond the warranty
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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Back on the road. These folks at Brown-Daub were wonderful, and included lots of dog lovers with treats for Miss Lily.

The worn out resonator and intercooler hoses were replaced, along with the faulty oxygen sensor which was delivered from their supplier in NY shortly after 8am today. We were in the service bay by 8:30.

They also did a safety inspection and replaced some burnt out bulbs. We've been on the road awhile.


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It sounds like you have found some Sprinter angels. FWIW, from what I've read over on the Yahoo Sprinter forum, what you experienced is not uncommon for the 5 cylinder model. They even talk about a replacement part that's been redesigned to help prevent this problem from occurring.

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Thanks!

There was apparently a design flaw having to do with the turbo resonator, which we had replaced with a redesigned part (at no cost) at a dealership in Knoxville, TN, some years ago. That may be what you are speaking of.

These hoses were normal wear and tear issues, we were told.

We were happy to find these folks, and will also make a point of having someone familiar with Sprinters look at our rig periodically.


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They also gave us a 10% senior citizen discount.



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Maggie, you and Doug definitely need to come to the next Alumalina at Lake Wateree....think it'll be March. We missed you two! Barry
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They also gave us a 10% senior citizen discount.

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Maggie,

You sure you want to brag about that one?

Not sure what your expertise is on the powertrain, I think a lot of diesel owners carry a spare fuel filter, it can happen almost any time, especially buying fuel from never been there before stations. Clogged filters usually show up as reduced power.

Not sure how other Interstate owners think about this but on many diesel pick up trucks with owners that are in tune with the engine lots of folks add a set of gages or gage combo that allows them to monitor the exhaust gas temperature EGT and turbo boost gage. Its not so much that specific numbers are targeted but its an easy way to detect a problem sometimes. EGT way too high or low for the speed and load and the boost gage could have shown the leak as lower than normal boost pressure. The gages are pretty simple installations in many cases, not sure of course on your chassis, but for example I added a combo gage to my VW Beetle diesel sits on the dash and shows me what my typical numbers are.

The cracked hoses could/should show up as LOW BOOST and a whistle under acceleration.

Good luck Doug and Maggie.

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Gary,

Thanks for the info and no, being over 62 just isn't an issue for us. You can't do anything about getting older, we're just glad we are....as opposed to the alternative.

We had just had a full service job in mid-August, and new filters at that time. We have no reason to doubt that the hoses were cracked, and we are no longer having any problems.

Glad you are using your DO. We made apple crisp in ours with friends a couple of weeks ago. Yum! Such a delicious fall treat.

See you at Alumalina in March!


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Not sure how other Interstate owners think about this but on many diesel pick up trucks with owners that are in tune with the engine lots of folks add a set of gages or gage combo that allows them to monitor the exhaust gas temperature EGT and turbo boost gage. Its not so much that specific numbers are targeted but its an easy way to detect a problem sometimes.
A helpful hint to anyone who is thinking of adding engine gauges… Ignore up and down on the dial, and rotate the gauge so that the needle points straight up under normal operating conditions. Then if it points left or right, you know something is wrong without having to think about it. A trick I picked up from my dad, who was a bomber crew chief. On big multi-engine planes, it was common for all gauges in the flight engineer's compartment to be aligned so that all gauges pointed up when everything was copacetic, because that made it easier to detect problems quickly when one pointed in a different direction.
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