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  1. SDman


    I think just about everybody in the diesel engine business still uses EGR as part of their emissions package..with FPT being the exception. They always bragged they had 7-8 different patents here in the US as well as in other countries; don't know if that is the reason why most other companies still use EGR or not. Like I've said before on here, most US engine companies believed in a "death before DEF" philosophy in the late 2000s, while their European counterparts had been using DEF for several years before that. Look at Navistar...their unwillingness to move towards DEF just about broke the company....and put them completely out of the diesel engine business to boot. I don't believe there is any diesel engine out there being made today that can trace its lineage back to IH/Navistar anymore. Who would have ever thought that would happen? DEF has definitely had its own growing pains..I'll be the first to say that. I've pretty much had to deal with it on a daily basis since CNH went to it in 2011...and I'm still learning. Probably the biggest problems with the system as a whole has been software issues that they are, in some cases, still working on. The Europeans learned that our extreme cold winters caused a lot of problems with both the DEF system as a whole(since DEF freezes at 12 degrees F) as well as engine operation in cold temperatures under light loads. DEF systems don't like extended running time with light loads, either. As far as EGR is concerned, an engine is no different than a human being....if you are going to feed it its own waste, its never going to be healthy for either one. Imagine if somebody invented a new 6-cylinder diesel engine....that used the exhaust from 4 of the cylinders to feed air into the intake of the other 2 cylinders for them to use. Sounds silly, doesn't it? If you look at it again, I've just described Deere's approach towards emissions by using EGR. 30-40% of their intake air just came out of the engine as exhaust. As far as the problems that truck engines from 2005-2010 had...they didn't show up right away, either. But once they did, it wasn't good. Hate say it, but Deere has had several emission engines go down in this area. The 9Rs with the 13.5L engines that have had recurring head gasket failures, the 8Rs have had problems with pistons/rings, EGR coolers, DPFs getting plugged; and they both have the variable-speed fan drive sheave setup that can be very expensive to work on...and seem like they need worked on with regularity. As far as Tier V, didn't the Europeans go to that January 1st this year? We were told in Racine last month that the Europeans went to a different standard than what the USA has right now. Just makes things worse for all the manufacturers since now they have 3 different emissions specs. to deal with worldwide....Europe(Tier V or whatever they call their specs), North America and other areas of the world are still at Tier4B emissions, while 3rd World countries are still at Tier 2 emissions the last I knew. As far as storage/shelf life of DEF, if its properly stored, it has a shelf life of up to 3 years. Needs to be kept out of sunlight and kept at room temperature for that to be achievable. Really no different than shelf life of diesel fuel or gasoline. I had a guy that had some DEF he had stored in his shop for 2 seasons(at least, according to him); he was worried about it being "out of date". He brought me a sample that I tested with my DEF quality tester. It showed 32% urea concentration, like it should be. He said it looked just as good as some new stuff he had just bought. I told him to go ahead and use his old DEF as I didn't see any reason he couldn't use it. He used it with no problems.
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    IH 1026 Hydro Registry

    Mr. Long, I have a 1026 for your registry. Serial# 9649 resides in Highmore, SD in my front yard. Hours unknown as somebody installed a tach from a gear drive for some reason. No gold demo, no cab, wedgelock wheels(where those unusual on a 1026?), 3pt. hitch. If you want more info, let me know.
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    Mxm 130 gauge cluster blowing fuse

    I'm going to point you at a different direction....and I'll explain why. Behind the access cover/panel that is on the post that the cab door fastens to(commonly referred to as the "B" pillar), you will find some wires that are not connected to anything....they were used in European applications for an air brake pressure gauge IIRC. One of those wires(the green one IIRC) uses the same fuse as the dash (fuse #9). Those wires were just open in the harness if they are not used, not even taped up IIRC. Take a look at those wires to see if they are close to the cab frame and rubbing on the frame intermittently.
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    If you deal with CNH products, you'll hardly have any use for 2 1/2 gallon jugs unless you're dealing with a small Maxxum/Puma tractor or smaller. Steiger DEF tanks are 50 gallons or so, combines are that size as well...and you will get 2-3 days out of a tank of DEF before you have to fill it. We sell many 330 gallon totes here. Deere knocks CNH for using so much DEF, but if you look at the inside of one of their(or anybody else that uses a lot of EGR for diesel emissions) engines, you will wonder why they even use an air filter. The inside of those engines look dirtier than the outside of the engine because of all that EGR crap in their engines. Our engines look as clean in the intake manifold with 3-4000 hours on them as they did new. Look at all the truck diesel engine companies that tried running all that EGR 10 years ago or so and see why nobody wants those trucks/engines in the used market today. None of those engines have a good reputation anymore because of that. If you look at any newer diesel engine technology, nobody brags that they are using more EGR nowadays, they are bragging about using SCR technology. As far as DEF deletes go, I just got to deal with one of them as well. By the time the delete was installed, that tractor wouldn't move anymore. The idiots that wrote the delete tune must not realize that CNH has all their EPA registration in the tractor computer....NOT the engine computer. By the time the delete "expert" got done, all the memory/calibration information for the transmission was gone out of the tractor computer. I was afraid I was going to have to buy a new tractor computer ($3500 or so), but I was able to recover it, program it, and calibrate it, and get it going again. For the $$$ the guy spent on the delete, he could have bought a lot of DEF. This was on a machine that had over 4000 hours with no previous DEF problems.
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    I think eventually it would. This was on a Tier4b Steiger....they have a sensor in the tank that samples the DEF 3 times/minute to verify its purity(32.5% DEF plus or minus 5% is an acceptable range). This clump was right next to that sensor...would just let the engine idle because it was out of range. Also the system would not build pressure since the pickup tube is right next to it as well. I'm sure this next spring I'll have a few more like this as harsh as this winter has been. Rather common anymore.
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    Yup; kind of an expensive way to get urea. That's after you drain the DEF tank on the Steiger, remove it from the machine, chisel that crap in the tank to get it to break up so you can get it out of the tank; then flush the tank out to get all the junk out of it, then install it back on the machine, fill with fresh Def. There's a reason why CNH recommends draining the DEF tank on their units if they are going to sit outside in extreme cold conditions for an extended length of time.. Now you see why.
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    $20,000 screw up. Had more than one guy do that. Here’s what happens to DEF if you leave the tank full in a machine that sits outside during a long, hard winter. The DEF crystallizes/separates during repeated freeze/thaw cycles.
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    2001 MX180 shifting problems

    I'll give you a few thoughts on this. First off, does it make any difference if you use the clutch pedal with the shuttle lever, or not? Also, has the clutch pedal been calibrated when the transmission was calibrated? If it doesn't make any difference as far as the clutch pedal is concerned, then your problem may be the master clutch solenoid/valve area or could possibly warped clutch plates in the Master Clutch assy. itself. From there, you might want to hook up a 500 psi gauge at the test port for the Master Clutch. This port is located under the RH side of the cab at the top of the transmission in the area of the hydraulic pump drive area(there may be a port at the park brake area at the bottom of the transmission for testing park brake pressure...don't hook up here). Once you have the gauge hooked up, watch the Master Clutch pressure as you move the clutch pedal up/down; the M/C pressure should go up/down smoothly as you raise/lower the clutch pedal. If it doesn't, more than likely the M/C solenoid or valve has a problem; if it does, but the clutch is still jerky no matter what else you try, then the clutch plates in the M/C may be warped. Hope this gives a little direction on this. Good luck!!
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    Maxxum 140 hydraulics

    Both the service manual and technical support say that the return side of a remote valve on these tractors will work OK for a low pressure/motor return port. However, if your Deere dealer is going to be that way about having a motor return port, there is one more place you can use. If you look at my second picture....just to the LH side of the bracket that holds the third link handle for the 3pt. hitch you will see there is a Allen/hex plug fitting; you can use that for a hydraulic return as well. The fitting size is M27 x 1.5 so it might be a little hard to come up with some plumbing, but it is an option for you.
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    IH pickup on new TV show...

    Did anybody else see the IH pickup on CBS’s show called “The World’s Best” the other night? Looked to be a 74-75 with a gold/white tutone paint job. Looked pretty nice. Surprised to see an IH pickup in the spotlight on a show like that.
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    Where used part locator?

    I didn’t know if the “public” version of NGPC would let you look up “where used”, but the dealer version does. That’s how I found out that the IH decal used on the 51/61/7150 combines is the same part # of the decal used on the side of the 1460s. As far as looking up part availablility at your dealer....the answer is no due to the request of the dealer network. That’s all I’ll say about that here. I think both Deere and CNH’s parts lookup systems were designed by the same company....Snap-On Business Solutions which is a division of Snap-On tools. Think Chrysler also uses that system.
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    67 Belvedere 440 6 pak

    Never liked the looks of the 67s myself...too “boxy looking” like the Chevelles of that vintage. Liked the looks of the 68s on up that had more curves to the body. A good friend of mine has restored Mopar muscle cars pretty much his entire life. When his wife passed away a few years ago his friends made sure that most of his cars made it to the funeral. She was just as crazy into Mopar muscle cars as he was and could talk trash as good as any Chevy/Ford lover.
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    2020 Magnums??

    +1. For the last 20 years or so in my area its just been a steady shift away from big Magnums/MFD tractors in favor of 4wds/Quadtracs. Hate to say it, but a big Magnum is just not a big seller in my area anymore...really hasn't been since the MX Magnums came out in the late 1990s to tell you the truth. Anything bigger than a 16-row corn planter can have the "tail wagging the dog" effect on even the bigger Magnums anymore when you've got big bulk hoppers and fertilizer tanks on all these planters anymore...especially in wet ground conditions. Today's big air seeders will even make the biggest 4wds out there beg for mercy in some conditions. And then throw in today's big 1500-2000 bushel grain carts in for good effect. Its all more than what even the biggest MFDs can handle safely anymore. Clay, your comment reinforces my desire to work on Steigers anymore much more than Magnums. Lots more room around a Steiger to work on.
  14. And just to think....according to Ken Updike's IH Tractors 1955-1984 book, IH could have had the STS drivetrain ready to go when the 86 series were introduced in 1976; instead, marketing thought that they should have just used the new "Control Center" cab for the 86 series and then introduced the STS with the 50 series in 1981 like IH did. If that's the case, then the STS transmission is probably almost a 45-year old design anymore....that is still being built today, and will still be used on the new series of tractors coming out shortly. One drivetrain...that has worked for 3 different companies(IH, CaseIH, CNH), in 2 different colors of paint(red and blue), for nearly 50 years at the rate they are going. Pretty good lifespan for a drivetrain that IH never got to reap a lot of benefits for all its investment in the design to begin with. Sadly....
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    Maxxum 140 hydraulics

    Unless your machine has a power beyond with a return port(would be a separate valve to the RH side of the valve stack with 2 big couplers and one small coupler), you would have to put the return hose from the fan circuit back into the other side of the remote valve you are using for the fan circuit. As far as the case drain, a couple years ago we made a coupling that plugged into that port with a regular ISO tip and ended up with a flat-face female coupler so you could use the existing flat-face fitting on the planter. The guy had one planter that he wanted to be able to use back and forth between a big chassis Magnum and a Puma without changing tips. IIRC, we used the female flat-face coupler from a Steiger that we were able to couple to a regular ISO male tip with a couple fittings in between. Also, it seems like years ago I remember a guy that came up with a coupler that more or less screwed directly into the back of the tractor at that banjo fitting on the end of the line shown. IIRC, that port is some odd British thread size, but the guy came up with something somewhere that was able to fit in there.