Buying a used semi, Mechanics in Newark NJ area to inspect?

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  1. Atlanticus trucking

    Atlanticus trucking Light Load Member

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    im in the processing of buying a used Volvo from Arrow Truck Sales. It’s a 2015 Volvo 730 with 396k miles for 50k. I’m looking to get the truck inspected by a mechanic to see if they notice anything. Ive read a few times that it should be dynoed so it would be great if they have the equipment to do so.

    Any recommendations? Thanks
     
  2. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Get the dyno done with blow by test for sure. Oil analysis on engine trans and rears. ECM dump. Look at ecm and odometer mileage matching and also idle %. High idle time is death to an emissions motor,
     
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  3. Atlanticus trucking

    Atlanticus trucking Light Load Member

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    I’m not familiar with an oil analysis. Is there a long waiting time for results? Thanks
     
  4. buddyd157

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    if you are not familiar with an oil analysis, then i suggest you put off buying that truck, and learn some more facts.

    that statement from you makes me wonder what esle about being an o/o you don;t know.
     
  5. Atlanticus trucking

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    I already have a list of to dos with oil sample as one of them. The other things I have are a dyno, compression check, idle injector test, blowby test, air cooler leak test, as well as a full ECM dump.

    What else what you recommend? Or do you not recommend one of the mentioned for whatever reason? Also do you know how long an oil analysis takes?

    I’m not an owner operator. I’m an owner with drivers. I may lack experience / knowledge. But that’s what this forum / the internet is for.
     
  6. buddyd157

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    good luck
     
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  7. Atlanticus trucking

    Atlanticus trucking Light Load Member

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    Thanks for your great advice. Real contribution to the thread.
     
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    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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  10. Eddiec

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    Suggest you get a rigdig report, along with having a mechanic go over the truck. Take the truck to see if it will pass a DOT inspection as well. Usually $50 to $100 at a T/A or Speedco. Compared to dropping $50K, it is a small price to pay to see if it is even legal to be on the highway.
     
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