cost of DEF

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by kwb, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. bigred81

    bigred81 Medium Load Member

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    I think it was a Volvo, but I'm not sure, not famaliar with the driver but was in the office when the shop called!
     
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  3. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    As I said, I can't speak for other makes. I thought it jumped the gun derating mine, but I only went about 500 miles on the last segment, and get 1400 or more on the first. I didn't let it happen again, I'll put a little in if it gets to the last segment from now on.

    I have heard it costs more than 1800 from other makes, but in reading the engine and truck manuals, it explained the process, it would be difficult to physically run out of fluid, although problems do happen with anything mechanical. Always blame the driver or operator when something happens.

    I never liked the old Volvos I drove, and I'm not seeing one where I am driving now in my future, old new or otherwise.

    I heard more like 10 k for running an ISX out of DEF, but the thing is 'heard', I don't really know. Not having DEF worked out really well for International trucks and John Deere farm implements, actually cost them dearly in sales rank and reputation. I wouldn't have been surprised if some of the high cost horror stories for allowing them to run out had originated from OEMs who didn't use DEF, but yours is the 1st actual story where a figure was mentioned.
     
  4. snowwy

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    ONE POINT THREE CENTS PER MILE.

    i top off every fill up. cuz you just never know when the pump isn't going to work. which seems to be an all too common occurence.
     
  5. russtrucker

    russtrucker Road Train Member

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    Make scr delete if you don't to drive to California.
     
  6. Oscar the KW

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    When you run out of DEF what is it that gets damaged that makes things so expensive to repair?
     
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  7. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

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    Are you speaking from experience? lol Sorry, that's not funny.
     
  8. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

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    You know, I've never heard an answer to that question. Perhaps something with the DPF/DOC but the core motor shouldn't up and die because an emissions control peripheral bit the dust.
     
  9. ShortBusKid

    ShortBusKid Heavy Load Member

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    It runs about 1.5 cents per mile on my truck. ALWAYS buy bulk, do not use the jugs. I bought a jug to keep in the side box for a "just in case" situation. Running out of DEF will not damage anything but it will de-rate the motor and leave you sitting. I believe the EPA requires the engine manufacturers to force the computer to de-rate the engine if you're out of DEF so you can't be one of those big bad polluters. if you put diesel or something else in the DEF tank then that may be another story.
     
  10. bigred81

    bigred81 Medium Load Member

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    I didn't run it out, but got the word after another driver did.
     
  11. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    Are you shure the driver did not put another liquid in the DEF tank thus screwing up the system?
     
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