Fairfield, Calif.-based Chipman Relocations dispatcher Tina Pastore (you may recall her “Driver’s Night Before Christmas” from the 2012 season) says the situation for some owner-operators running with the company, a United Van Lines agent, has gotten tough given the equipment decisions the California Air Resources Board forced on some of them in recent times. Pastore says the situation is “awful,” in her words, for operators now running 2007-09-emissions-spec engines. Following a trade that often came with a monthly note to the tune of up to $2,000, she says, “almost every one of them has had a breakdown that has cost the driver over $5,000, and they still have breakdowns after that huge repair.”
Every breakdown, she adds, “is due to the PM filter,” or diesel particulate filter.
With many 2007-09 engines now out of warranty, the operator is stuck with the repair bill, too, of course. If you’ve recently made the move to a truck with a DPF system, take the time to read up on good DPF maintenance procedures. Follow the links throughout this post for more.
If you’ve been through a round or two of ash cleaning yourself, what intervals have you found are necessary?
Loaded up for Cali
Speaking of relocation, I had to grab a shot of this F350, loaded up with the contents of a neighbor’s house here in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday. The family set out off down I-40 bound for Denver this morning, ultimately for Northern California, where they’re relocating. I don’t imagine you’ll miss it if you happen to come across it on the road. Tell ’em I give ’em my best if you see them, or a friendly pull a horn if you pass them should do the trick.