2010 international prostar problems

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Dark_Majesty_06, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. zx9blazer

    zx9blazer Bobtail Member

    Mar 9, 2012
    oh and my radio lost link with rear radio, they fixed that and gave me the instuctions in case it happen again
  2. free spirited1

    free spirited1 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Hi..Does anyone know where the fuse is at the ontrols the radio receiver in the sleeper for my 2011 International ProStar Plus..I fiddle with my radio when kicking back in my sleeper..n if I change the channells/bands on it to fast it will flash on the display of the receiver (on the radio receiver n the sleeper that link cant connect)..when im at our main terminal for pm etc..I put that on the list..they replace the fuse and it works normal until I get channell surfing lol on it and it will blow...i havent been able to ask the mechanic directly...was told by our tractor shop it must be one of the fuses in the main fuse panel which is located on the pasenger side dash area...but there all 5 amp fuses and I looked and no blown fuses...lol..Iwe have sirius satellite radio and I also play the guitar (yep I take that wit me in my truck to..lol).anyways..anybody know where that fuse is.I been wondering if its located in teh receive itself but seems the face on it isnt to user friendly for me to investigate..anyways..anyone know??..send me a message..thanks..JJ
  3. Heavyd

    Heavyd Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    If the bunk control is showing "NOLINK", here is what needs to be done,


    • Sleeper Radio Control (08RJG) Displays "No Link"
    • No radio control from Sleeper

    1. Verify radio is powering up and can be controlled by the knobs and switches on the front of the radio. If not, troubleshoot power to radio or replace radio if necessary.
    2. Verify radio cab be controlled by switches in steering wheel. If not, troubleshoot steering wheel switch inputs to radio.
    3. Verify sleeper radio control is powering up. If not, troubleshoot power circuits to the unit, replace sleeper radio control if power and grounds are good and unit will not power up.
    4. Try to force sleeper radio control to "sync" with radio.
      • Turn key to off position.
      • With radio on, pull fuse F2-E, Radio, for a few seconds, then reinstall the fuse.
      • With radio off, disconnect sleeper radio control , leave loose for a couple seconds, reconnect and turn on radio with sleeper radio control .
      • This should force the sleeper radio control to sync with the radio. If not, check integrity of data link.

    A common problem with the bunk control to main radio is an extra jumper at the bunk control wire harness. The bunk control and main radio communicate back and forth by a datalink. Any modern day datalink needs terminating resistors at each end of the harness to help the data flow properly along the wires. The main radio has one built into it and bunk control has a little jumper harness plugged into it between itself and the main harness back to the radio. When the trucks are made they had a jumper installed in the harness and the control also came with a jumper plugged into it so when they connected all together there are now TWO jumpers plugged in back to back. With two jumpers instead of one the resistance actually goes down between the datalink wires and communication can get corrupted resulting in no link. The jumper is about 3 inches long. It has yellow, green, orange and black wires, (I think). There is only supposed to be one, not two! This plugs right in between the bunk control and main harness. You can pull off the main panel cover, and then radio control is held with 4 screws I think.
  4. biggare1980

    biggare1980 Medium Load Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Springfield, Ohio
    Sounds like a kink in the fuel crossover hose, these trucks were notorious for that. Might want to suggest that if it happens again.
  5. Spokester

    Spokester Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Oakville, WA
    Well, I'm driving a 2011 Prostar Premium, 207,995k on the odometer. I've put almost 30k on it, and so far, so good. No breakdowns, and other than a few minor bothersome things, it's been great. Drives better than the T700 I drove before this, more comfortable in the seat, and less jittery. I hear of many in the company brokedown in their Petes (we do have a lot of them), and so far I'm glad I don't have one of those. Turns tighter, too. My avg. mpg is between 7.8 and 8.4. Oh, it's got the ISX 450 in it with a 13spd. Thinking of maybe buying this truck from the company, seems to be a winner... What I've noticed is that all brands of trucks have their issues. Go to the forum and hear all about how many problems XXXXXX truck has. Anyone know of any truck brands with no problems?

    On a side note, I sat in a Kenworth W800 Studio Sleeper the other day. Man, that thing would NOT be fun to drive after the T700 and now the Prostar. Uncomfortable not-very-adjustable steering wheel, terrible visiblilty, no head room in the cockpit, and probably 1/2 the fuel efficiency of this Prostar. You long-nose drivers can have 'em!
  6. DrtyDiesel

    DrtyDiesel Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    Drivers of long nose or "hood" trucks are a special breed. Sort of like bull haulers. Driving a hood is a completely different animal than say a prostar.

    If i had the option to drive a pro star again and got 8mpg and would net $1200/week

    And then the option to drive a 379exhd that got 5mpg and would net $700/week

    Id choose the Pete for two reasons.
    1: Class
    2: history

    But everyone is different I suppose.

  7. Sako3006

    Sako3006 Bobtail Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    So, what exactly is a Kenworth W800? You might want to check your KW truck models there new driver. Also, you came up with quite a few conclusions about a truck that you didn't even turn the key in, but merely sat in the cab. I'm sorry to say, but that's not how real driver's evaluate a truck. Maybe in school they say go sit in that truck and tell me if you like it or not. That Kenworth W9 with the studio sleeper is one of the finest and most desirable trucks on the road today and has been for many years now.
    DrtyDiesel Thanks this.
  8. Spokester

    Spokester Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Oakville, WA
    My bad on mixing up the model; but yes, there is a KW W800. I may be a new driver, but I'm a 3rd generation trucker, so I've been around them all my life. Not saying the W900 isn't a fine truck, or even desirable by some (it does look cool)... But I'll tell you what, driving position, seat comfort, and visibility are something readily apparent without driving the thing. I've driven a T700, so I know KWs are good trucks. But, it's not for me. Not only the fact that I would pay many THOUSANDS of $$$ more per year to operate it, but it's not comfortable compared to this Prostar; and I can't stand up from the driver's seat... The T700 was pretty good, but still not as good as this. And when it comes to a place I'll be spending most of my time, I'm not sorry to say that my comfort trumps styling. That being said, I'm seriously looking at the Lonestar; the features I've come to appreciate, with some pretty cool styling...:biggrin_255:
  9. never late always behind

    never late always behind Light Load Member

    May 23, 2012
    No there is no w800 there is a t800 sloped hood model. And no aero trucks aren't always more fuel efficient than traditional trucks. I was leased to a company that ran t2000s, t660s, and w900ls the w900ls got the same mileage as the t2000s and t660s. I run a Western Star 4900ex big hood and consistently get 7.1 to 7.2 mpg. The biggest factor in fuel mileage is whose right foot is on the throttle pedal. As far visibility and manuverability even with a 270" wheelbase I can put my Star anywhere you can your Prostar. Not because the truck but because of experience which there is no substitute for. Trust me once you drive a big hood and get use to it you won't care for a slope hood and set back axle truck any more. As far as the comfort factor goes I started in single bunk spring ride cabovers when I got my first hood with a coffin sleeper it was heaven. Any truck today though is far more confortable.
    DrtyDiesel Thanks this.
  10. dpfndefbad

    dpfndefbad Bobtail Member

    Oct 31, 2012
    I agree although i think a pete 379/389 or a star ex or a freightliner classic are more comfortable to drive than a kw t800 or w900 but the w9 looks sweet.
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