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  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    September 2020
    Many owner-operators ask us about the difference between a damper and balancer, do they need one or both, and what is the purpose? Let’s start with the Torsional Viscous Damper and why you should replace it every half a million miles. Every semi-tr...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    August 2020
    Auxiliary coolant tanks, we have talked about this several times on the radio show. It’s a cooling solution only to be used when a larger radiator is not available.  I invented this system back in the early 1990’s for the Big Cam 4 low flow cool...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    July 2020
    Vibrations can break anything. This is a carrier bearing bracket out of Steve Kron’s 10 miles per gallon DD4 Detroit powered truck.  His rear drive shaft was out of alignment and was causing a vibration. As you can see in the picture, the U-shaped...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    June 2020
    Several years ago, Kevin Rutherford and I were talking about setting money aside for a maintenance account and the amount per mile was 10 cents for pre-emissions trucks.  Then when EGR, DPF, and DEF appeared on the trucks in 2011 and 2012 the amount...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    April 2020
    Below is an email I just received from Leland Johnson, President of Johnson Motor Freight Inc. He’s been running his fleet on Max Mileage Fuel Borne Catalyst. I had a phone conversation with him just two days before and asked how he was able to get...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    April 2020
    Did you ever think the word MAINTAIN would be so important in your life?  Think about everything you must or should maintain during your lifetime. Your body and health may come to mind, after all, if you’re not healthy how can you perform up to yo...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    March 2020
    When you hear Pittsburgh Power what comes to mind? Is it our service shop? Our ECM tunes? Our engine rebuilds? We recently realized we actually have 8 different businesses all wrapped up in one. We are first and foremost a diesel repair shop, but we...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    February 2020
    Here at Pittsburgh Power we believe in new ideas and innovations that help to serve the owner-operator which is why we test new products every year. Generally, these products are designed to make trucks more reliable, more efficient, and more profita...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    January 2020
    There’s some big news coming out of Ontario regarding a crackdown on emissions tampering and deleted trucks. According to the Ontario Trucking Association, Ontario will become the leader in North America for enforcing heavy truck emission rules. St...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    December 2019
    One amazing aspect of the diesel engine business is you never know what is coming through the door, or what the cat dragged in. When you have the attitude, anything is possible. People with trucks and diesel-powered equipment know that you must be r...
  • ​Airplane Stuntman Turned Owner-Operator

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    November 2019
    As we travel through life in this trucking industry, we have the opportunity to meet many very interesting people. The weekend of October 4,5,6 Pittsburgh Power had a booth at the “Made In America” trade show in Indianapolis, In. Unfortunately, ...
  • ​Radiators, Liner Protrusion, and Max Mileage

    Bruce Mallinson
    October 2019
    Do you think all radiators are created equal and built to the same specifications? Please don’t ever think that. Original equipment radiators are built to the minimum requirements because the average grade in the USA is 3 percent. Can you believe...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Andrew Wilson
    September 2019
    Testing products with owner-operators; for 42 years I have found that owner-operators will tell you the truth about how a product performs on their truck. There is no B.S., if the product makes a change, good or bad, they will tell you. Nobody know...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    August 2019
    We have some exciting news for our Max Mileage Fuel Catalyst. We’re now bottling the Catalyst in our shop in Pittsburgh. From now on we should have no trouble keeping up with demand. We can fill 5 bottles at a time and can produce hundreds of bott...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    July 2019
    If you build it right, maintain it, it just might last you a lifetime! 25 years ago, a young man from the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania came into my office and said he wanted to spec out a new Marmon tri-axle logging truck that would carry the ...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Andrew Wilson
    June 2019
    Old School Trucking: this article is about old trucks, old ways of driving, turbo boost gauges and pyrometers, torsional dampers and one new product, Mileage Max Fuel Catalysis.Every day on the telephone I’m amazed at how many owner-operators do NO...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Andrew Wilson and Bruce Mallinson
    May 2019
    I, Andrew Wilson, the marketing guy at Pittsburgh Power attended the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville for the first time and wow, what a show it was this year. With over 1,000,000 Sq.-Ft. of show space, it would be a challenge to see ever...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    April 2019
    Driving for fuel mileage, the trucking industry says that the driver of the truck is responsible for about 33% of the fuel mileage. I disagree, I think the driver is responsible for about 66% of the fuel mileage. Now let me explain why I feel that ...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    March 2019
    Be careful squeezing the nickel when it comes to preventative maintenance on the truck that makes your living possible and supplies your family with a car, food, and a roof over their heads. What is the most important item in your life? This torsion...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson, Andrew Wilson, Ethan Fortuna
    February 2019
    If you’ve listened to our radio show, the Pittsburgh Power Hour on Road Dog Trucking Sirius/XM Ch. 146, you would know how difficult it can be to diagnose a problem over the phone. Recently we had a customer call who’s 2007 Detroit DDEC V equippe...