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    How many of you have to fix stuff when it comes back from a repair shop.
    We try to fix most of our trucks ourselves but every once in a while I have other stuff going on ( code for get lazy) and send something to a shop.
    Then I remember why I try and do most things at home.
    Currently sent a truck in for a leaky head. Truck ran fine when I took it in. Shop billed for 20 hours which is probably low so happy there. They did charge 2-4 times what I can buy parts for elsewhere.
    Now the worst part. When they sent the truck out they didn't do the intake gaskets correctly. When I brought it back the mechanic knew what was wrong before he looked at it. He told the head Fred that they were not done correctly before he even heard the symptoms. The intake tubes were also put together so they had gaps. There is a piece of paper/ flat material of some kind sticking out where the head gasket is also.
    They get right on it and send it back out again. I had a load on so I just took the truck. They worked on one of the intake gaskets but nothing else as it turned out.
    I asked about getting it fixed and was told it was an old truck so that was the problem. Go home and change fuel filters and see what happens is the final answer.
    Of course that didn't help did redo the intake so it didn't leak. There was dirt and gravel in the tubes.
    Back to the shop and I am told they are busy and if they had time they would get to it.
    In their defense it is a big shop that should have 10 or 12 guys working. The shop foreman was the ONLY one there.
    The boy took one into the shop for an emissions issue and they did a complete brake job but nothing on the emissions issue....
    Last edited by iadave; 01-08-2020, 09:02 PM.

  • #2
    Dave , Maybe the Brakes were smoking and stinky when stepped on . Sounds like an emission problem to me !!

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    • #3
      Good point, Dan!
      Are you still having good luck with your truck?
      I guess I shouldn't whine.. I am lucky I don't have to deal with this kind of stuff much.

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      • #4
        Dave , so far been fairly happy with the Volvo . Rides and drives like a dream . LOVE the I-shift auto Trans so far . It makes driving relaxing . Have had a few minor emission issues but nothing serious , just irritating . Right now have truck and trailer in getting annual DOT inspection . I like having someone else put there eyes on it so I don't overlook something . I do know i have an issue with the reefer trailer and thats supposed to be taken care of , I Hope .

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        • #5
          Good luck on getting it taken care of. Glad you only have small emissions problems.
          I think my boy just broke $20,000 trying to get his 2012 emissions straightened out. It still has a check engine light from time to time...
          FYI I saw a truck several years newer with 200,000 les miles sell for $20,000.

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          • #6
            Oh Dang IADave . I think before I spent that kind of jing It might be time to delete that engine . I have thought of having mine deleted but as I said so far no big expense just annoying at times when having to sit for an hour to do a forced parked regen .
            The thing I do worry about doing a engine delete is , if we get a new administration they may be MORE for emission enforcement , and some states do enforce it a lot more . And , if you have to take it to your dealer you will probably be in deep doo doo . The DEF and emission issue seem to be the top complaint and issue with new trucks . Personally I think a lot of politicians with stock in emission companies and emission related companies that are donating to politicians are why this unreliable system is being shoved down our throats .

            Shop guy called tonight , He is almost done welding on my trailer and said a couple wheel seals were starting to look bad . I said fix them .
            My shop guy just got a new diagnostic computer and he can now do the newer engines , including Volvo and Pac Car . Hopefully I won't have to take it to the high priced dealer for a long time .

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            • #7
              We found that some things have to go to Freightliner or the engine builder. Perhaps our local just doesn't have the high dollar stuff.

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              • #8
                IADave , has anyone you know of ever had an emission check on the road other than in the state of Cal. ?

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                • #9
                  Well a friend of a friends cousins neighbor got it really bad at the Des Moines coop!
                  Actually I have talked to several guys who run California with the older stuff and no problems yet. One may be running deleted.
                  There are several local Mom and Pop shops that will not a deleted truck in the building.
                  I know of a couple that are deleted and they owners are happy and have no trouble.
                  Just an FYI that is kind of humorous, but not.
                  Still having emissions trouble. The driver says the oil pressure drops from time to time.
                  So yesterday we pulled the oil pan and replaced the pickup tube an o rings. He could have just replaced the o rings but we were there.
                  Any way we are told that could cause the emissions to not work properly. All that over a .02 O ring!
                  Last edited by iadave; 01-12-2020, 12:55 PM.

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