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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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Sometimes I wonder what's the use. Last October up north by Avery Idaho in the 31' all new in the engine room, heard something sounded like bearing noise, thought it might be PS pump, did much checking nothing, haven't heard a peep since. Maybe some transmission noise, the Allison makes some odd noises when cold occasionally.
Yesterday on a day trip on the way home, big time belt squealing, pulled over, wondering wt*, luckily there was convenient pull over lane, climbed under and started feeling, water pump belts hot, idler all discolored, d$$m. Gave my spare to Panhead Guy this spring, never got around to rebuilding his core, eBay don't have any.
Anyhow called a neighbor, half hour he's there, I got the idler on the ground cooling off. @ home in the shop pulley was pretty frozen, drilled a hole in the cup plug and started with the PB Blaster douche, started to turn, lotsa nasty black stuff running out, went to a bit of STP, got better, then screwed grease zerk into the cup plug hole and filled it up with the grease gun.
Loaded up the toad pickup, bus sitting there undisturbed, it's about 3 1/2 hours later, screwed everything back together, left the w/p belts a little slack, hooked up the toad and made it back with no problems. One more thing I got to keep in the side compartment.
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One never knows what is gonna fail next .

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Keep up the good fight Mike
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Miss my WI shop bad @ times like this, however one of the neighbors, 81 yo still working as a truck/HD machine mechanic a few days a week, has a little garden shed for a shop, Harbor Freight press, w/some heat got the shaft separated from the bearings, SKF bearings from the Cat house, blew up good. I'll go searching for Timkens tomorrow. Will see if the local Cat house has some 'old' Cat yellow paint.
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On an on-ramp I-80 yesterday morning in Nebraska, would not start. Ended up replacing the starter. Noticed a TA truck stop on the opposite side of the exit. Their road tech replaced with one they had on the shelf. Stressful, but minimal disruption.
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With RVs it is not if something will break or fail. It is when and where it will fail. Good job getting it home as quickly as you did.
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This idler is on my list. Is there a long term solution to it? You mentioned pumping it full of grease. Possible to add a grease fitting to it and making it a serviceable item?
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Jeff,
there is two sealed bearings, when they start to go bad , they seem to wobble and also take out the spindle, Cat parts were about $100. probably more now plus a press is required. We carry spare parts or a rebuilt pulley
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Found a couple rubber seal units in town, 80 bucks, 14,000 rpm limit, decided to give SKF another try, for a back up unit. Charley @ my WI shop is rebuilding the one that was in Guys bus, spindle was junk, had a good one available, going together with Timken. I'll install that unit when it arrives next week and keep the other in spare inventory. Bums my trip, wrecked two brand new Gates Fleetrunners.
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Timken for the win,for sure.
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