Guys with pre-emission trucks what are your typical breakdowns?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by crocky, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    For guys who are running older pre-emission trucks, with D60's older cats and older Cummins.. What are the things that are most likely to put your truck on the side of the road other than a tire?
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  3. wore out

    wore out Numbered Classic

    Jun 5, 2013
    I run an ol B model. To be honest it’s been so long I don’t remember.
  4. Catmando

    Catmando Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    Thats the good thing about pre-emissios .. you can usually limp it in to fix it ..USUALLY..
    The last time for me I can't even remember..
    (Knock wood )I've always been lucky enough to Jerry rig anything to either get home or to a good shop
    .. I do remember changing a rocker arm once in a feedlot's shop on my 3406b model .. that was years ago
  5. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    That's a loaded question.

    If you buy a 1995 truck and you put the key into it and start it and just start working you're going to be on the side of the road. No matter how pretty it looks.

    When you have an older truck like that you can't think you're just going to buy it and use it. You need to go over that thing from front to back and bulletproof it the best that you can.

    That's what keeps you off the side of the road.
  6. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    Not broke down if its in your driveway. That's called maintenance.
  7. mmk trucking

    mmk trucking Light Load Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    This year just replaced my trans 1.6 mil miles thats it 07 c15
  8. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    I had water pump fail at 1.2 mil, that's the only thing that put me on the side of the road.
    Everything else just regular maintenance. Detroit is probably the cheapest to maintain. Injectors are $300 a piece, turbo $700, air compressor $700, fuel pump $250, water pump I believe $350.
    All those things I changed after 1 mil miles
  9. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Not true, not even a little bit. That's exactly what I did with my truck, never left me on the side of the road for 2.5 years when a fresh new reman injector seized up. I know a dozen people who've done exactly that.
  10. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Medium Load Member

    Apr 25, 2021
    The only things that have put me down were a broken valve stem on a steer tire and a blown transmission in the last five years. I run a mid 90's KW. I've spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on it though and replace lots of things I don't like the looks of or just due to me not liking it's age.

    As Dino mentioned, you really need to be on top of it pretty much daily to have any real faith in it. So many times I've caught electrical wiring, hose, suspension, seals and belt issues before they screwed me. Technically, this could apply to any truck regardless of age but the older they are the more attention they require.

    I should knock on wood because I probably just jinxed myself!
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2021
  11. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

    Jun 28, 2017

    Yeah, I understand that. I've run both new and old. The only time I broke down on the side of the road and needed a wrecker was in a new Cascadia. I was fuel pump problems. I'm just curious about the older trucks because I'm thinking out getting out of my hotshot truck and going back to Semi's and I was thinking of a non e-log truck.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2021
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