Rash of parts thefts is leaving Freightliner trucks inoperable

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  1. Tarh331_Dad

    Tarh331_Dad Bobtail Member

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    Rash of parts thefts is leaving Freightliner trucks inoperable

    A rash of thefts of semiconductor-loaded powertrain control modules from parked Freightliner and Western Star trucks is turning the tractors into oversize paperweights. Daimler Truck North America is going after the bad guys but has few leads.

    The rip-offs of common powertrain control module 4 units relate to the ongoing shortage of microchips. Harvesting and reprogramming the modules allow them to work in other trucks, Daimler said.

    “The theft of CPC modules is a crime that threatens the livelihood of customers and disrupts our dealers’ operations,” Paul Romanaggi, DTNA chief customer experience officer, said in a press release Monday...

    Rash of parts thefts is leaving Freightliner trucks inoperable
     
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  3. Tarh331_Dad

    Tarh331_Dad Bobtail Member

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    I've read about this sort of thing in the civilian world, where folks with gasoline-powered family cars are having their catalytic converters stolen because of the value of the precious metals in the catalytic converters.

    But is this the first I've heard of commercial big rigs being systematically targetted for their parts.

    These are ugly ugly times we're living in, that's for sure.

    Stay safe.

    And keep your wits about you.
     
  4. 201

    201 Road Train Member

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    Remember stolen catalytic converters? Same thing? So THIS is what it comes to, stealing parts. It's no shock, really, and get used to it. Bootleg parts, like kidneys, have always had a following. I remember MANY a truck tire, rolled out of the back of the trailer. As the world deteriorates, scofflaws will always have a field day.
    Speaking of "micro chip" shortage, if any,, I read, the new Ford Ranger/Bronco has thousands of completed trucks, waiting on a chip, and people, tired of waiting almost a year, are cancelling the orders,,,and the band played on,,:cry:
     
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  5. RunningAces

    RunningAces Heavy Load Member

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    Check ebay. When the DPF quality sensor shortage was at its peak those ####ers were going for $5000 there.
     
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  6. D.Tibbitt

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    Thats about what cpc modules are going on ebay. Only a few people have the equipment to fix them... Theres a guy on youtube that fixes them and he claims its never the actual chip that fails, its the solder from the chip to the board that cracks and loses contact. Rendering the truck inoperable.
     
  7. AModelCat

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    Precisely why my engine is controlled by a metal rod.

    Hell my next car will likely have this device mounted on top of the intake manifold that regulates the air/fuel mix and requires no computer to run. It'll also have an extra pedal on the floor to confuse would-be thieves.
     
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  8. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    "Wait, that's illegal."
     
  9. Brettj3876

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    I leave the fuel shutoff pulled out Lol my anti theft device
     
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    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Don't your engines have P7100's?
     
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  11. AModelCat

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    OK Karen :p
     
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