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?Last Days of the 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty 6

A quick glance at the 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty engine options reveals three potent power plants. The factory offers a 5.4L V8, a 6.8L V10, and a 6.4L turbo-diesel V8. For performance enthusiasts, the 6.8L V10 continues to provide exhilarating performance. Regardless of the success of this lineup, the selection within the truck series is about to change.

The 3-valve SOHC V10 was originally introduced in 2005. Initially, power output was rated at 310 hp and 425 lbs.-ft. torque. Over the last five years, continuous factory improvements increased maximum output to 362 hp and 457 lbs.-ft. torque. The original aluminum head design used three valves per cylinder that were actuated by a single overhead camshaft. Because of the success of the unique head design, current models continue using the same configuration.

According to factory representatives, production of the V10 power plant will be phased out later this year. The 6.2L Boss V8 will replace the legendary V10. The 6.2L Boss should produce approximately 500 hp. Perhaps the substitution is intended to regain dominance over the top-performing power plant available in the GMC 2500HD now rated at 360 hp.

The new 6.2L Boss will also be available in F-150 and F-350 series trucks. Because of the large horsepower increase, industry watchers anticipate record performance gains in all weight classes in 2011. Other 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty engine options will remain unchanged next year. For heavy industrial use and towing, the 3-valve turbo-diesel delivers a stump-pulling 650 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Truck fans across the country regret seeing the V10 vanish. Nevertheless, full factory support is assured through all applicable warranty periods. In addition, the availability of aftermarket parts guarantees continued support for years to come. As always, as one champion disappears into history, a new champion appears to regain dominance.

?Diesel Trucks – What Makes a Good Diesel Truck?

In the automobiles market today, drivers are lavishly spoilt with large variety
of diesel trucks to pick from than what they had previously. All this fierce
competition between manufacturers has led to an important question for the
prospective owners. Which diesel truck should I spend my money on?

To get to the root of this puzzle, one must first asked the foremost question
“what makes a good diesel truck?” Factors like performance, comfortability,
practicality, and economical all comes into play and only the perfect balance
between all these factors will you find the most suitable truck for your

As we all know, the soul of the any vehicles including diesel trucks is the
engine for it power the entire vehicle to move. Thus, it is what you should
consider before anything else. Even though there are a few types of diesel
engines such as the common-rail diesel engines, turbo-diesels or in some cases,
a combination of both, most trucks have the same type of diesel engine under
its hoods which differ only in its cubic capacity. Before choosing the right
engine, you must first decide how much power is adequate and how much is
overpowered or underpowered to give a sluggish driving experience.

Apart from the basic purpose of getting you and your load from destination A to
destination B, diesel trucks nowadays also has increased in its comfortability
with some offering luxuries such as cup holders, armrests, leather seats and a
lot more. But do remember, all these do not comes cheaply and will be added to
the overall cost.

The next important consideration is whether to buy a diesel truck with a single
cab or a double cab. Although this is not a hard decision to be made, one must
realize the pros and cons of having an extra row of seats. Surely it will be
handy when you have passengers to carry but when you don’t, the extra weight will decrease the performance and mileage of the diesel

In terms of practicality, the accessibility and space of the trucks’bed must also be taken into consideration as some trucks do not has sufficient
surface friction to prevent the cargo from moving around during the journey or
the beds suffer from space intrusions from the rear wheels. In addition,
availability of support for canopies must also be thoroughly considered.

In a nutshell, a good diesel truck is one with an engine capable of powering
the vehicle even under the harshest driving condition combined with good fuel
consumption efficiency and providing great comfort at the same time.

?An Insight to the Chevrolet Silverado

The all new 2009 Chevrolet Silverado falls under the category of the large-size pickup trucks. The vehicle will be powered by the latest V8 turbo diesel engine, but its release has been delayed due to the weak financial position of the General Motors. There won’t be too many extra changes in the 2009 Silverado and comes in three different styles like the crew cab style, extended and the regular cab style model. The models shares most of the features from the GMC Sierra.

The extended cabs come with the rear hinged doors that do not independently open the fronts. The regular cab model comes with the 3-passenger capacity while the crew and the extended models provides up to 6-seating capacity. The new Silverado provides two different types of interior designs, luxury inspired and the pure pickup styles. Based on the model and design configuration of the model, it offers 4.3 liter V6 that produces 195 hp, 4.8 liter V8 that produces 295 hp, 5.3L V8 that produces 315 hp, 6.0 liter V8 367 hp and the 6.2L V8 that produce 403 hp. The 5.3 liter V8 versions and all the 6.2 liter V8 engine models come with the capability to run on the E85 ethanol blended fuel.

The rear wheel drive will be standard in all the models. Different types of suspensions will be made available to provide the added comfort. The proposed safety features in the vehicle include traction control system, ABS, curtain side air bags and the anti skid system. Other features expected in the 2009 Silverado are wireless cell phone link, remote engine start and new navigation system.

Here are some sizzling Chevrolet Silverado Pictures released by Chevy in last few weeks.

?Diesel Trucks – The Essence Vs the Image

There’s a lot of confusion among many diesel trucks owners about the true essence of
diesel trucks and its image which drive people to the nearest showrooms to own
one. Although there has been a few reasons why people want to own a diesel
truck such as for their usefulness as transporting vehicle, as a symbol of
pride or engineering enthusiasm or even just as simple as to have a bigger car
to show off, the real reasons always eluded us.

In order for the diesel trucks to be able to carry tons of loads over long
distance journey, a powerful engine will definitely be needed under its hood to
get the job done. Thus, they are usually built with high capacity engines
between 3 to more than 4 litres. A fine example is the Japanese truck, Mazda
B-series which utilizes 2.3 litres of power plant.

However, do not be fooled into believing that bigger engines are always better.
This is because although they can supply more power but it is simply
unnecessary except just to brag about who has the biggest powerhouse under the
hood of their trucks. Take the Dodge Ram, for example, it has a diesel engine
of almost three times larger than that of the Mazda. But sadly, nowadays the
roads are filled with many‘glam’ trucks.

Furthermore, if brute power alone can sell, then there’s no denying the American muscle truck series will absolutely sell like hot
cakes. However, you will notice this is not the case with the Ford F-350 and
other trucks in its class. Not only do these huge machines struggle to get 15
miles with a gallon but they lose to the older and not so fancy conventional
pickup truck which can easily do more than twenty. Talk about fuel consumption

If you think the fuel consumption efficiency for these bulky and brutal trucks
was bad, wait until you heard about how eco-friendly they can – not be. It is a
well known fact that the fuel consumption efficiency measurement can provide us
roughly on how much pollution the car emitted out into the environment. Now, if
the average diesel trucks aren’t already naturally best buddies with Mother Nature, what do you make out of
these bigger meaner trucks?

Apart from that, the price issue also come into the equation. If a conventional
diesel truck, which are usually single cabs running on average 3 litre engine,
that only cost around $20,000 is sufficient to get the job done nicely, why
would anyone in their right mind (show off, don’t bother to read this) want to buy a ‘Mega Cab’ 6.7 litres engine Dodge Ram at a cost of a whopping $45, 000?

Of course, there are cases where sometimes the owners are not to be blamed as
the automobile markets vary from area to area. The unavailability of
conventional and simple truck in certain areas may force the owners to get one
which is slightly more‘bling’ and costly.

In conclusion, what we need is diesel trucks that are true to their essence
which we can rely on getting from point A to point B while on the other hand,
what we want are those gigantic monstrous machines which meant for nothing more
than showing off. If you do not fit into the latter group, then would you
consider being kinder to your bank savings and the environment?

?Is it Worth it to Buy a Diesel Car Or Truck?

When people think of diesel engines what they usually think of is a loud semi rumbling by, emitting foul-smelling, thick, black exhaust. So why is diesel fuel now being called a clean alternative to gas? Simply put, the diesel fuel of today is much different than the diesel fuel of yesterday. Because of new clean-diesel technology — the introduction of ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel — diesel is now as clean as gasoline. Because of the low-sulfur diesel fuel, cars powered by diesel can now employ the use of catalytic converters, filters and other exhaust treatments, stripping diesel of foul-smelling pollutants. What makes diesel engines better for the environment than gasoline powered engines is the better mileage provided by diesel. Diesel engines are on average roughly 30% more efficient than gas engines, which means if you own a diesel powered car or truck you burn 30% less fuel. Given the marked difference in mileage, buying a car or light truck powered by diesel as opposed to gasoline seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, there are other considerations that make the decision much more complex; specifically, the cost of diesel-powered vehicles, the difference in the fuel cost of diesel versus gasoline, and the availability of diesel powered cars and light trucks.

Vehicle Cost: Because diesel engines need to be modified to meet EPA standards to burn fuel more cleanly you can expect to pay a premium for diesel powered vehicles compared to similar gas powered vehicles while also sacrificing horespower. Based on data from Edmunds.com as of July 1, 2010 you will pay a sizable amount more for a diesel than a gas-powered vehicle. The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is the most reasonably priced diesel on the road today with an MSRP of $22,830. This is over $600 more expensive than the gas-powered 2010 VW Jetta, and you are sacrificing horsepower, but you will get on average 8 more miles per gallon. If you are on the market for a diesel SUV, the 2010 Audi Q7 diesel will cost you $4,000 more than its gas counterpart, and has 55 less horsepower. You can expect to average 4.5 more miles per gallon with the diesel version.

Clearly, you will pay more for diesels, but diesel engines will last much longer than gas engines. For those planning on unloading the car or truck in 3 to 5 years this means that diesels depreciate more slowly, so you can sell the vehicle for more. For those that plan on holding onto their diesel until it dies this means reduced maintenance costs and a longer life expectancy as it is not unheard of for diesel engines to last for 250,000 miles or more.

Fuel Cost: Because of the better fuel efficiency diesel engines provide you will save money on fuel, but if you are considering a diesel because of its fuel efficiency you will need to factor in the cost of diesel fuel as opposed to the cost of gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), diesel fuel prices are roughly $0.20 per gallon more expensive than gasoline. Part of the difference in price is due to the fact that diesel fuel is taxed at a rate about 25 percent higher than gasoline. Federal taxes account for 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel but only 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline. The higher price for diesel fuel partially offsets the cost savings you will have from the better mileage. If the prices of gas and diesel fuel were the same you would pay $400 more per year for gas for an Audi A3 driven 12,000 miles, but because of the fuel price difference the diesel fuel savings amount to only $300 per year.

Another consideration related to fuel cost is the proximity of the nearest diesel pump. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, fewer than half of the local gas stations in the United States also offer diesel fuel. This means potentially having to drive an additional mile or two to fill up your tank, which in turn will offset some of the fuel efficiency savings.

Vehicle Availability: According to practicalenvironmentalist.com there are a limited number of 2011 diesel models available. For car shoppers with budgets of less than $20,000 they will have to wait at least another year before a vehicle in their price range becomes available. In addition, families craving a diesel minivan will also have to wait until 2012 and beyond. The reason there are not more models available is that it is expensive to upgrade a standard diesel engine so that it meets US “”clean diesel”” standards. The most popular models available are the Audi A3, the Audi Q7, the BMW 335d, the BMW X5 xDrive 35d, Dodge Ram 2500, Dodge Ram 3500, Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ford F-350 Super Duty, Ford F-250 Super Duty, GMC Sierra 2500 HD, GMC Sierra 3500 HD, Mercedes-Benz ML350, Mercedes-Benz GL350, Mercedes-Benz R350, the VolkswagenTouareg TDI, the Jetta TDI, The Jetta SportWagen TDI, and the Volkswagen Golf.

Until the cost of developing diesel engines that comply with the EPA’s clean diesel standards comes down and the government removes the tax disadvantages on purchases of diesel fuel, car and light truck manufacturers will not produce diesels on the same level as gas-powered vehicles. But for those people that want a reliable car that will last 10+ years diesels are a great alternative to gas or hybrids because of their lower maintenance costs and longer life expectancies.

?Diesel Trucks – As High Performance Vehicles

In the olden days, diesel trucks were used to carry large heavy load between
two destinations but all that has changed with recent years. Trucks nowadays no
longer remained just a basic utility vehicle, it has grown to be so much more.

Even though diesel trucks are improving in its other areas such as
comfortability and sporting a fancier outlook, the main evolution of the diesel
truck is in its performance sector. It has grown so tremendously until a point
where some diesel trucks have been known as high performance vehicles.

Normally, in order to get the truck carrying huge loads to move on all terrains
would required around 3 litres of cubic capacity engine but as these trucks
grew bigger in size and much heavier, a larger engine would be needed as well
to cope with the increased burden. Hence, today, the cutting point for a diesel
truck engine is 5 litres and anything else above 6 litres is unnecessary.

In the predecessor of diesel trucks, it is unheard of they need turbochargers
but in today trucks, it is not just an optional item anymore, it is a
necessity. Almost all trucks nowadays have a turbocharger under its belly to
boost its performance giving it that extra vroom to challenge any rough driving

Besides the turbocharger alone, additional enhancements such as higher grade
air filters and intake modules as well as advanced intercooler system are also
installed. And if these are not enough, power-freaks can also opt for
common-rail diesel engine instead of the regular diesel.

The main aim of the design of a diesel truck is to be able to handle and
virtually conquer all rough terrains at high speed without trouble. While
previously, this record belong to the SUVs and roadsters class of vehicles,
today it seems like there’s a new kid in the neighbourhood who want a slice of this pie. Everyone,
welcome the diesel truck to the club!

Not forgetting in its comfortability department, diesel trucks nowadays have
the look and feel similar to a normal car’s interior so as to reassure the driver of the truck’s capabilities and performance.

To sum it up, the new diesel truck has evolved beyond any expectations until it
can outrun any sports sedan any day. With such a big leap in performance, the
new diesel truck truly offers a marvellous driving experience for those with
need for speed.

?An Insight to the Chevrolet Silverado

The all new 2009 Chevrolet Silverado falls under the category of the large-size pickup trucks. The vehicle will be powered by the latest V8 turbo diesel engine, but its release has been delayed due to the weak financial position of the General Motors. There won’t be too many extra changes in the 2009 Silverado and comes in three different styles like the crew cab style, extended and the regular cab style model. The models shares most of the features from the GMC Sierra.

The extended cabs come with the rear hinged doors that do not independently open the fronts. The regular cab model comes with the 3-passenger capacity while the crew and the extended models provides up to 6-seating capacity. The new Silverado provides two different types of interior designs, luxury inspired and the pure pickup styles. Based on the model and design configuration of the model, it offers 4.3 liter V6 that produces 195 hp, 4.8 liter V8 that produces 295 hp, 5.3L V8 that produces 315 hp, 6.0 liter V8 367 hp and the 6.2L V8 that produce 403 hp. The 5.3 liter V8 versions and all the 6.2 liter V8 engine models come with the capability to run on the E85 ethanol blended fuel.

The rear wheel drive will be standard in all the models. Different types of suspensions will be made available to provide the added comfort. The proposed safety features in the vehicle include traction control system, ABS, curtain side air bags and the anti skid system. Other features expected in the 2009 Silverado are wireless cell phone link, remote engine start and new navigation system.

Here are some sizzling Chevrolet Silverado Pictures released by Chevy in last few weeks.

?Diesel Trucks – What Makes a Good Diesel Truck?

In today’s market of automobiles, there are a wide variety of diesel trucks to choose
from. Users are now spoilt for choices which are significantly more than what
there used to be not too long ago. This is simply because of competition
between manufacturers and it stirs a certain question in the minds of
prospective buyers. Which is the better diesel truck?
Basically, the more important question that needs to be asked to begin with is
“what makes a good diesel truck?” Before this question can be answered, factors
like performance, comfort, practicality and economy must be taken into account.
Only then can you get a better idea on which truck is better.
The soul of a diesel truck, if it has any in the first place, is of course its
diesel engine. However, diesel engines have come a long way and there are now
common-rail diesel engines, turbo-diesels and combinations of both. Generally,
most trucks offer the same type of diesel engines nowadays which mainly differ
in cubic capacity. Of course, this affects the overall performance of the car
but you must always consider how much is too sluggish, how much is sufficient,
and how much is just more than anybody’s need.
Many diesel trucks stay true to being trucks by being basic vehicles which get
you and your load from point A to B. However, as more people are buying diesel
trucks, more options are available even in the comfort department. Some offer
creature comforts like cup holders and armrests while some have seats made of
leather. However, these additions will add to the truck’s overall cost and you must decide if you really need them.
An important choice to make when buying diesel trucks is whether to get a
single cab or a double cab. It should not prove a tough one but you must
realize that although an extra row of seats is useful whenever passengers need
to be carried, the extra weight of it can affect the truck’s performance and mileage when not used.
The accessibility and space of the truck’s bed is also an important aspect of practicality to be considered despite it
being the same in almost every truck. Some do not offer enough surface friction
which causes the cargo to move around easily when the truck is moving while
some beds suffer space intrusions from the rear wheels. For those who intend to
fix canopies, they should also research which particular model supports one and
which of them do not.
On a whole, a good diesel truck is one with a sufficiently good engine which
gets the car going under all conditions and also practical in all aspects as
that is what trucks are for. Normal car plus points like good fuel efficiency
and comfortable cabins also help in making a diesel truck a good one.

?Increasing Your Diesel Fuel Mileage

As the prices at the fuel pumps soar out of control past US $4.00 per gallon small diesel truck owners are looking for ways to improve fuel economy.

Besides the standard tire pressure, air cleaner, oil change basics one of the most effective ways to really get another mile to 1 ½ per gallon increase, is through the use of an aftermarket engine computer programmer. These programmers and “”chips”” can really result in a 10% increase in fuel economy. These programmers have multiple settings you can choose to create:

(a) more economy

(b) enhance towing ability

(c) add maximum horsepower up to 125 – 200 extra ponies.

When choosing the economy mode most will add an extra 40 hp by adjusting timing, fuel delivery and transmission shift points. The truck will be more responsive and generally drive better than stock while delivering better fuel mileage.

I have almost without exception seen increases in fuel mileage with this mode selected. I have had customers tell me of 3 to 4 more miles per gallon but I would view this as an exception and not the norm. Changing to an aftermarket air cleaner or full intake system also seems to help.When selecting the Tow mode hp goes up to around 60m, big gains in torque happen to get your load going. Transmission shift points are also changed to facilitate better towing. The torque gain will keep the transmission from banging down out of overdrive less frequently at highway speeds when climbing small grades. It pulls much harder in this mode. *When towing do not expect to see any big gains in fuel mileage.

Step up to the plate and select “”Performance”” or “”Extreme”” and you have just turned your truck into a street racer. 125+hp is BIG. Can you really tell…absolutely! After you burn the rear tires off you may want to detune it.

This setting is not for daily driving and can cause problems. You will need to install an air intake system and move up to 4 or 5 inch exhaust from the turbo to the tailpipe to avoid turbo temps that can damage engine parts.

Most diesel trucks from 1999 to 2007 are good candidates for these programmers.

(Ford 2003 1/2 & 2004 6.0 should only use the economy setting)

(Chevy, Dodge & Ford 2008 new generation engines…wait awhile)

?Diesel Trucks – The Essence Vs the Image

While diesel trucks are touted for their usefulness, some adopt them as a
symbol of pride, some for engineering enthusiasm and some simply to show off.
This creates a barrier between the true essence of diesel trucks and the image
of which is driving people to showrooms to get their own today.
Diesel trucks generally carry heavy loads and for them to do their jobs well,
they are normally fitted with engines of which capacities range from 3 to over
4 liters. Some Japanese trucks such as the Mazda B-series trucks even rely on
2.3 liter power plants sufficiently.
However, roads these days are filled with ‘glam’trucks. An example of this is the Dodge Ram which has a diesel engine almost
three times larger than that of the Mazda. Although bigger engines mean more
power usually, it is simply unnecessary and is a fine example of purely showing
Trucks like this, the Ford F-350 and a certain few more sell on brute power and
the image it provides which is that of American muscle. These huge machines
normally struggle to get 15 miles to the gallon while the conventional pickup
truck as well as the older and not so fancy ones would do more than twenty
The measure of fuel efficiency normally gives us a rough idea on a car’s emissions. This also applies to the diesel trucks being discussed and while
average diesel trucks aren’t naturally good friends with Mother Nature, the ones that are bulky and brutal
are even bigger enemies.
There is also the price issue. A conventional barebones diesel truck which is
good enough to do the job would just cost $20000 more or less. These are
normally single cabs which run on 3 liter engines on average and are what true
diesel trucks have always been. As a point of comparison, a “Mega Cab” Dodge
Ram which has 6.7liters of engine under the hood costs around a whopping
The automobile markets which vary from area to area also affect the balance of
trucks that are useful and conventional with the bold, powerful and costly
trucks. Depending on the market, some just looking for a simple truck to do the
job are forced to buy one with slightly more‘bling’ due to what the market has and doesn’t have.
All in all, the diesel trucks which are true to their essence are what we
really need and those towering and monstrous machines are what we really want.
Well, some of us I guess. If what you want really conquers what you need, at
least you’re paying money for your satisfaction.
If that is not the case, maybe you would try to consider being kinder to your
bank account and the environment.

?American Car Manufacturers Are Either Blind, Stupid, Or Too Stubborn To Change!

They remind me of the big dumb jock from high school…he was good for something at one point in time…but now that a few years have passed…what good is he?

Recently Edmunds.com published a story about the top 10 most efficient 4-door cars available. They ranked the cars based on EPA fuel economy numbers. And would you guess that not one car from an American manufacturer made the list!

With gas prices on the never-ending rise…it’s clear that foreign automakers have their finger on the pulse of the car buying world.

Do American car companies just not care about what consumers want?

We do know that there are domestic hybrids out there…such as: the Ford Escape, Saturn Vue, and Chevy Silverado. But these are not cars at all! They are SUV’s and Trucks. It seems that American car makers have decided to take aim at areas outside the hybrid car market.

So the Japanese have such a stranglehold on the hybrid car market, and the big American manufacturers won’t even give it a try. Actually Saturn does have Aura and that’s about it!! But now there is hope on the horizon…

The Chevy Malibu Hybrid is coming out late this year. Horary for all you Bow Tie fans out there. But wait….just how good is the Malibu Hybrid…well according to the EPA; 27 MPG is the average you can expect to get out of this car. That is absolutely hilarious….my Nissan Sentra which is 8 years old, tops that number by 3 MPG and I don’t even practice gas saving driving.

But what about Ford all the Blue Oval fans out there shout? Nope…sorry…Ford doesn’t make a hybrid car. But the Escape hybrid SUV gets 32 MPG which is still better than the Malibu hybrid.

So 9 out of the 10 most fuel efficient sedans come from Japanese auto makers. The tenth comes from Kia. Kia……a company that is tiny compared to the big American Automakers. The future does not look good for domestic vehicles.

Of course the reigning champions are still there…the Civic hybrid, the Prius hybrid, and the Camry hybrid are all on the list. The interesting thing is that 6 of the 10 most fuel efficient 4 door cars are not hybrids at all. They are small gasoline powered cars such as the Corolla.

Fuel Efficient Sedans…Not A Domestic Insight!

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?Diesel Truck Rod and Main Bearings

I would like to talk about when you truckers should replace those rod and main bearings to make your Diesel motor last forever. Unlimited miles!

Rod and main bearings used to get replaced from around 200,000 to 3 or 400,000 miles. The diesel engine bearings and the oil we run now a days makes them last much longer. But I have been finding that a lot of or I should say most truck drivers are avoiding changing them and taking a chance that they will make it to the next overhaul. But the time in between these is also changing to record numbers.

When to change them tho is the question since every diesel motor is different and is always changing.

Here we go I am going to give you a few and see if yours falls into one of them.

Detroit diesel 60 series 6 to 800,000 miles depending if hauling rock to over the road. I have seen them spin on out anywhere between 800,000 to mil 200,000 miles I have seen overhauls last to mil 6 or 8 before needing liner o rings and usually just gets overhauled since there but I would not of been scared to just use knowledge and little cleanup time and just re seal the motor if it would have had good bearings because everything else was very reusable.

If it was mine I would have saved a few thousand and took the chance it wasn’t using oil so why change it. I have done head gaskets and not changed the Cyls’s and their still running daily With hundreds of thousands of miles more on them. The pistons hardly ever wear any at all. I have done it to a few tight truckers diesel engine and it worked great.

Cat engines are about the same mileage. The bigger the cat the longer you can go. Cat is a rpm motor to create power. The smaller the diesel engine the harder it cranks and the smaller the bearing. If your running a C 13 or smaller change them before 800,000 or else! Most motor replacements have been cat smaller engines from spinning a bearing. 8 hours labor and $200 in parts is one hell of allot cheaper than $ 10,000 Eng plus core charges in the thousands plus labor and a few bugs to work out. The bigger cats I have seen bearings out of them up to mil 400,000 and they were shot but the cat cyl’s just don’t make it they wear out from the outside and pit through and or liner o rings blow out and put coolant in the oil.

Cummins engines are the hardest on bearings they are more of a stoker diesel motor. Low end torque! This beats the bearings out but this is one of my most favorite motors to work on to make last for ever! Esp N14! N14 requires bearings every 500,000 you can go longer but the bearings look horrible and lots of brass showing. I have found the motors with this interval seem to last for ever and this is a motor that was designed like much larger motors that were make to fix one or 2 cyl’s at a time and last forever. Only reason to ever replace a block and crank is if you have a big hole in the block and it is almost imposable to do this unless you have very unusual special circumstances. L10 , M11, ISM 6 to 800,000 this motor will spin out of pushed to far. I have seen them with allot more miles but I have seen the larger percentage of these diesel engines not make it! ISX 1 mill This motor has been very good even tho its not my favorite and have had lots of complaints on HP Idling ect ect it seems to be a very low maintenance motor. ERG seems to be its only downfall. That’s a never ending expense!

Mercedes diesel this motor reminds me allot of smaller Cat diesels in the bearing department. Not many make it to mil without changing the bearings. It has very small bearings in it compared to others.

If you follow these guidelines for changing your rod and main bearings your diesel motor may out last you!

Ask trucker diesel doc.

?Hydrogen Generators – They Save Money on Gas and Diesel Fuel, But Are They Safe?

That’s an important question! We all want to save money on our gas or diesel bills, but no one wants to take a big risk while trying to convert a car to run on a hydrogen generator!

So just what are the facts about hydrogen generators, hydrogen fuel cells, HHO, hydrogen as fuel, etc. – and your safety?  

First of all, keep in mind that there are a lot of terms floating around the internet that all mean the same thing: hydrogen converter, HHO, Brown’s gas, hydrogen as fuel, hydrogen oxygen converters, hydrogen generators, hydrogen fuel cell, etc.   

All those terms refer to the same idea, which is that you can run your engine on water, and save an enormous amount of money on your fuel bills.  

But, the question remains. Are hydrogen generator systems safe to use?  

Relax — adding a hydrogen generator to your vehicle’s gas or diesel engine is completely safe – as long as you carefully follow established steps for converting your car or truck to run hydrogen-enriched gas or diesel fuel.  

You may have heard or read some of the “”internet myths”” that are being passed around — hydrogen is highly explosive, dangerous to store, is used in nuclear bombs, etc.   

You don’t need to worry about any of that!

The above statements are true, but they are not at all relevant to the idea of running your engine on water by using a hydrogen generator to run your car on water.  

First of all – compressed hydrogen is explosive. But you will not be using pressurized hydrogen in your hydrogen converter. You will only be using free floating hydrogen molecules that are created only when your engine is ready to use them. No pressurized hydrogen – no danger!  

Second, pressurized hydrogen can be dangerous to store – picture huge tanks with complicated pressure valves, etc. Again – you won’t be using pressurized hydrogen stored in heavy, awkward tanks. You will only be using non-pressurized hydrogen molecules, which will be safely stored in an ordinary glass jar.  

Third – yes, hydrogen was part of World War II atomic bombs – but that was based on nuclear fission, meaning splitting up hydrogen atoms. Hydrogen generators that run gas or diesel engines on water do not involve nuclear science at all.   

Only whole “”un-split”” and non-pressurized hydrogen molecules are involved in building a hydrogen generator to run your car on water. 

You can run your engine on  the same perfectly safe hydrogen molecules that are part of the air you breathe and the water you drink every day.  

So don’t let the nay-sayers and drama queens scare you away from saving a lot of your hard-earned money by adding a hydrogen generator to your gas or diesel engine.  

Hydrogen generators are safe, easy to build and install, and can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on your fuel bills – starting right now.  

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?Diesel Trucks – The Essence Vs the Image

Although most people purchase diesel trucks for their versatility and
heavy-duty capabilities, some choose to buy them because of their
state-of-the-art technology while some use them as a tool to boost their ego.
This has resulted in a contradicting purpose of diesel trucks.
Most diesel trucks are equipped with large capacity motors, that are usually 3
to 4 liters but some Japanese trucks such as the Mitsubishi Storm run
adequately on a 2.5 liter motor.
Some diesel trucks such as the Dodge Ram are fitted with power plants that are
nearly three times larger than the one used in the Mitsubishi, yet most of the
extra power produced is superfluous as some people don’t even carry any loads on their enormous diesel machines. Thus, these people
buy diesel trucks mainly as a medium of showing off.
Despite soaring fuel prices, the Dodge Ram and other American-made trucks are
still in high demand as they portray the image of the American muscle. These
gas-guzzling machines barely get fifteen miles to the gallon while more
practical trucks are capable of getting twenty miles to the gallon.
The gas-guzzling engines of diesel trucks are definitely not very “green”
because of their higher emissions. Why buy such powerful diesel trucks that
release ridiculous amounts of carbon dioxide and other polluting gases when a
conventional pickup could get the job done?
Also, why would you want to pay a preposterous $45000 for a “Mega Cab” Dodge
Ram which has a 6.7 liter power plant while a typical diesel truck with a
single cab and a 3 liter motor costs less then half of the Ram?
The demand of the local community also affects what the car dealership has to
offer. For places like Chicago and New York City, some may be forced to buy the
outrageously large diesel trucks, even though they’re looking for a more conventional and practical pickup as the majority of the
population of New York City and Chicago would prefer trucks that are flashier
and capable to make them get noticed.
Most things in this world are divided into two categories, which are things
that are necessities and things that are luxuries. The same can be said for
diesel trucks as the original, practical diesel trucks can be assigned to the
necessities category while enormous, uneconomical diesel trucks are categorized
under luxuries. If you prefer to splurge on luxuries, then you would be buying
to satisfy your lust.
If not, then why not choose the conventional diesel pickup that would not only
save you loads of cash but would make you a better friend of Mother Nature.

?Alternatives to Diesel Fuel

Biodiesel fuel involves the process of taking various kinds of oil and converting it into an alternative fuel. Biodiesel can be purchased or it can be made. Some countries have already updated their vehicle warranties so that it covers the use of biodiesel fuels. Not all biodiesel fuels are covered however. Rapeseed methyl esters are usually covered but fuels such as soy biodiesel often are not covered. These countries have recognized biodiesel as a legitimate fuel source. In fact, many gas stations have begun to sell biodiesel in countries such as Germany.
Biodiesel is cheaper then it’s diesel fuel counterpart. While it is yet to reach the states, it is expected to hit our shores fairly soon. However, it is believed that biodiesel fuel will cost more then simple diesel fuel in the United States, perhaps to discourage it’s use.
The good news is that biodiesel can be used in any car or truck that uses diesel fuel. Even better news is that biodiesel can be made from scratch. You don’t have to buy out and thus can save a ton of money. There are plenty of great recipes that can be found on the web which will allow people to make quality-grade biodiesel. However, it is important that one finds a legitimate recipe which includes safety precaution.
Creating biodiesel can be dangerous if the directions are not followed properly. In fact, it can even cause death. There have not been many document cases of grave or serious injury but the potential is there for it to take place. Millions of people make biodiesel everyday without any problems.
Biodiesel uses many household ingredients. In fact, a great deal of materials can be found at the grocery store. Ingredients such as lye (drain cleaner) and methanol (stove fuel). As you can see, while at first glance, these ingredients may be intimidating, there is no reason for them to be since many of us use them everyday, we just do not know it.
While diesel fuel has many positive attributes, it is more expensive then regular gasoline. For this reason many individuals are looking for alternative fuel sources. Biodiesel fuel is one of the most popular alternative choices. This is partly because individuals can make it themselves and use cheap ingredients such as vegetable oil. The price for biodiesel processors will differ. It is a good idea to look around online and do some comparison shopping.
To make biodiesel correctly, it is important that a person understands what they are doing. They must find a good recipe and then follow it to the letter. While many of the ingredients are those that are commonly used in households, if a person is not cautious, they can be hurt. There are many great biodiesel plans online.
Machinery is not required if you are going to make it in small batches. However, if a person gets really good at creating biodiesel, they may want to make a profit by selling it to others. In this case, a processor may be needed. Individuals can build their own or purchase one online.

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