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Old 04-17-2019, 03:16 PM   #61
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Not as bad as mine- it was over 9 grand.
For what???
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:26 PM   #62
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For what???
Timing cover. It carries the coolant and in 03 and 04 DT466E's the coolant can eat through the timing cover and its a PITA to fix.
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:45 PM   #63
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Timing cover. It carries the coolant and in 03 and 04 DT466E's the coolant can eat through the timing cover and its a PITA to fix.
Oh wow. I guess every good engine has it Achilles heel especially around that time in MD/HD diesel development
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:56 PM   #64
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Oh wow. I guess every good engine has it Achilles heel especially around that time in MD/HD diesel development
They're the same as 98-02's... Just the quality control at IC started to suffer in 03 and 04 and never rebounded. That's why you get a Cummins engine in a new IC. They couldn't build reliable engines that would meet emissions. Their "fix" for the timing cover was to put "stop leak" in the coolant. That's lame shadetree stuff, IMO.
My wife and I have gotten to know the regional service manager for the local Navistar centers and he told us to avoid anything 04 and newer for sure. Said they do whole engine replacements ALL day and night over there. They're open 24 hours and they can barely keep up repairing these modern engines.

I used to steer people toward Navistar engines. Had to learn firsthand that brand loyalty is a wasted effort. They built some great engines, but they do have some very real weaknesses. I'd own another one, but it would have to be a mechanical engine or at the very latest an 01 or 02.

Now I've got a Cat and I love it.

FWIW 04 is THE worst year for the timing cover issue.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:11 PM   #65
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This weekend was some really hateful work.

Removed the old floor(which was a brutal task it made grinding out the seat bases look easy), removed the passenger heater, drained about 2 gallons of coolant, looped the lines, pulled probably 200 rusted nails.

Then my electrictian friend and I removed the stop signs, a driver data logger, speed limiter and alarm, the flashers and some excess wiring.

I then fixed a bunch of rust on the floor, rust converter'd the floor and then painted it

It's been a long weekend, I am ready for bed. Installing the new floor tomorrow night.20190505_201935.jpg20190505_210157.jpg
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:20 PM   #66
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Well you have the hard fun part out of the way. It gets easier from here.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:23 PM   #67
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Well you have the hard fun part out of the way. It gets easier from here.
I sure hope so. Like I said, absolutely hateful. I'd grind seats out 3x again before pulling another floor
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:43 PM   #68
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you’re cookin’! looks great. That floor demo is back breaking for sure. In a weekend you did what took us a couple months.
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you’re cookin’! looks great. That floor demo is back breaking for sure. In a weekend you did what took us a couple months.
Get off work Friday.
Friday work: 8PM-3:30AM
Saturday: 10Am-12p 2hr dentist break. Work until 6:30. 1.5 hour errand run. Work until 1:45Am
Sunday: start at 12P work until 5, 2 hour break work until 11:30 tonight

I'm taking the bus on its first outing in 10 days!! It had to be done
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