Look Inside a Diesel Engine
Articles & Education
by Hot Shot's Secret staff
When I started working with Ford in 2005 I came at a prime time when the 7.3L Powerstroke was still coming in for warranty work and the problematic 6.0L was just getting started. I was with Ford all the way through to the current 6.7L Scorpion engine. Each version of the Powerstroke through the years has had their fair share of problems. This was multiplied as the fuel injection system tolerances and injection process became much more precise in order to meet strict new emission standards.
For starters, most auto insurance policy applies to all drivers in your house: spouse, partner, roommates and relatives; people who might regularly borrow your truck. Say your buddy takes your truck and gets in an accident. Your liability insurance would pay to repair the other vehicle and any medical bills, up to your policy limits. The incident goes down as a liability claim against you and will, in most cases, cause your rate to go up. If your friend doesn’t have auto insurance then you might have to sue them for what your policy won’t cover, and the person your friend hit could come after you as well. Now you have a crashed truck and need to decide how you’ll pay to repair or replace it. Parking tickets and red light cameras will go to the owner of the vehicle and you’d have to ask them to pay for it.
Starting off on an easy one: let’s talk tires. Over inflated tires wear suspension components, don’t have maximum traction and wear quickly. Under inflated tires hurt MPG, require longer stopping distances from the brakes and also wear faster than properly inflated tires. Keep tires properly inflated and rotate them every time you get the oil changed. Proper rotation will keep you buying tires in a full set, rather than in pairs which can be discontinued over time as well as the fast that two pairs of tires bought at different times will have different tread depth than each other.
- Stay on your dispatcher’s good side: Dispatchers control where and when you transport, being polite and patient with them will directly affect your miles and time, which is what goes into your paycheck. You wouldn’t be rude to your paycheck; would you? Get them to count on you, and you’ll count more miles.
Do: Stop for a quick nap. Whether you sneak in a quick twenty minute snooze before hitting the road or pull over for an hour to count sheep, quick naps can give you enough rest to power through the next few hours.
1) Plan on getting stuck: If you are going with some buddies and other trucks bring along a heavy duty tow strap, preferably with nylon loops, not hooks; although hooks will work in a bind. Be careful when towing to not wrap it around a suspension arm, axle or bumper. If going alone bring a winch rated for 1.5 times your trucks weight.
When you think of a fuel treatment from Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Extreme probably comes to mind first. Diesel Extreme provides the deepest clean of the fuel system an additive can provide. It’s so concentrated in fact, that it’s recommended you only use it twice a year, or every 6 months. So what do you use in-between to combat Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel and inconsistencies in diesel fuel? At Hot Shot’s Secret we saw the problem and used it to create Everyday Diesel Treatment or EDT. EDT is designed to be used each time you fill your tank.
We’ve all seen (or have caused); thick, black smoke come from the exhaust of a diesel. It’s some guy’s favorite part of owning a diesel in fact. Let’s talk about the different colors of exhaust smoke, their causes and solutions.
In November of 2015, our Marketing team sent out a survey to Diesel Truck owners who drive their diesel on a daily basis. The surveyed diesel owners had previously purchased and used Hot Shot’s Secret additives on their equipment. They were asked if the product performed so well that they would recommend it to their diesel driving friends. 94% of respondents stated that they would recommend Hot Shot’s Secret products to a friend who own a diesel.
Ever since the EPA mandated that all highway diesel fuel vehicles must use Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel (ULSF) there have been problems. Diesel engines need to be lubricated on the fuel side, from the fuel tank to the injectors. ULSF is very dry, it does not provide the lubrication High Sulfur Fuel used to provide. Many Fleet Managers will tell you that an additive must be used with ULSF if you want your truck to be performing like it was designed to. Another common issue caused by ULSF is corrosion. All the metal parts touched by ULSF will eventually corrode, this is caused by the aggressive chemicals put into the ULSF.