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Old 01-20-2020
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Default Story time, diesel caterpillar dozer problem.

Hi Folks,
Randy asked for stories, I may be late to the party on this one.
I was lucky, had 3 uncles in Idaho that were Motörhead’s, learned a lot from them!
One of them had a call out to a ranch. Dozer would not start, others could not get it going. Boss wanted Ruben to look at it.
So loaded up the tools and off he went.
Started with checking fuel, battery, bleed the injectors, checked the air filter.
Could not find anything wrong.
The engine would crank, no start.
Checked everything again, nothing wrong.
Been there several hours.
Just sat there looking at the dozer.
Then he thought of something, what about that 90% bent tube for the intake.
So he pulled it off. Birds nest in the bend, blocking the flow completely.
Cleaned it out, engine ran fine.
Bruce Junes
Anchorage, Alaska
1987 35 FCSB “SOLD”
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I think he meant vintage bird stories...
Flee from the wrath to come!!!

Good Ole Bird - 1980 FC35 250T


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Thats a good story,because it could happen to a classic bird.
email me at randy@randydupree.com only.

Randy Dupree
2000 LXI 43
Port St Joe Fl.

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Bruce great story.

I am not a professional mechanic, but have been working on diesels for a lot of years. There are two items I always tell people to check, air, and fuel. These two are critical to diesels. Most problems I have seen when diesels do not start are related to this, if it is not a mechanical issue.

Also, even with electronic controls, these two items are needed, and are not consider as much as they should.

Alan P. & Frances A. DeFreitas
Kensington, New Hampshire
Lady Wilson
1989 SP36
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That's good advice, diesel or gas. Most of the time on gas, it's the tailpipe, backing into a snowbank or someone putting a potato in it
Steve Gureasko
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