Magazine / High Performance Diesel Engines

  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Leroy Pershing
    February 2024
    Years ago, when the Big Cam Cummins engine was in 74% of all trucks sold in North America, we at Pittsburgh Power developed 42 items to improve the power, longevity, and fuel mileage of this wonderful engine. We really knew this engine well and still...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson, Leroy Pershing, and Jordan Greathouse
    January 2024
    Did I hear someone say a Volvo with a Volvo engine never breaks down? Well, guess what? We have a Volvo powered by Volvo in our shop for vibration issues. Our team of electrical engineers installed our vibration-analyzing equipment on the truck while...
  • Converting Analog to Digital – How ECM’s Read Sensors

    Leroy Pershing
    December 2023
    A common question about trucks equipped with the Detroit series 60 engine is why their mechanical boost gauge doesn’t match their electronic boost gauge. Or why does my mechanical boost gauge read 40 psi of boost, but my electronic gauge only reads...
  • Twisted Pair Wiring

    Leroy Pershing
    November 2023
    It goes without saying that trucks have increased in complexity over the years. We went from engines with a handful of wires to what manufacturers call "systems," not engines. Two main complaints I hear with new trucks are the aftertreatment and all ...
  • Vibration Analysis

    Leroy Pershing
    October 2023
    A 2002 Peterbilt 379 day cab was brought to us with a vibration complaint. This 379 has a Caterpillar C12 engine 13-speed Eaton transmission and is operated at a local landscape company. The customer stated they can feel the vibration in all gears an...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson, Peter Sharp, Leroy Pershing
    September 2023
    I always wondered why Kenworth never made the cab of their great trucks about 6" longer so taller people would have room for their legs. Recently I had the opportunity to meet Mike McWilliams from Bakersfield, Ca. He is now 56 years old, and in his y...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson and Jeff Wyn
    August 2023
    In the dynamic world of the diesel truck industry, knowledge and experience are the lifeblood of progress and innovation. Recognizing the invaluable insights possessed by its passionate customers and media subscribers, Pittsburgh Power has taken a un...
  • DPFs & Max Mileage

    Steve Shurina, Jordan Greathouse
    July 2023
    During my initial experience with DPF cleaning, I encountered some filters that had a pinkish tint. Various factors could contribute to this occurrence. However, I discovered that the most common reason was the use of a product called Max Mileage. In...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson & Leroy Pershing
    June 2023
    Vibrations can be the death of your truck and wear out your body 2 hours faster per day.  Torsional Dampers are many times referred to as Harmonic Balancers; that is NOT the correct term, it’s a Torsional Damper.  This damper is a critical part o...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson, Leroy Pershing
    May 2023
    Fuel Mileage, most calls I get about poor fuel mileage result from a truck that is not set up correctly and requires 18 to 22 pounds of turbo boost to pull the load on level terrain. There are many causes of high turbo boost on the level. Driving too...
  • The Importance Of Aftertreatment

    Jordan Greathouse
    March 2023
    Heavy-duty trucks play a vital role in our everyday lives. These trucks are designed to carry large payloads and travel long distances, making them an essential component of the transportation sector. However, these trucks also significantly impact t...
  • What's Fuel Catalyst?

    Jordan Greathouse
    March 2023
    Max Mileage fuel-borne catalyst is a type of chemical additive that is added to diesel fuel to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The purpose of these catalysts is to improve combustion and reduce friction within the engine, resulting in i...
  • Winter Fronts And S60 Stutter Issues

    Leroy Pershing
    February 2023
    Now that winter has arrived, we receive occasional calls about whether or not a winter front should be installed. You sometimes see them on trucks when driving down the highway. It makes people think that they are not doing all they can for their tru...
  • See The Difference!

    Jordan Greathouse; Chris Kyle
    January 2023
    Since opening up the doors to our DPF Alternatives facility, we have restored hundreds of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst Filters (DOC) to up to 99% of their OEM specification. This is done using a combination of air-kn...
  • The Addiction of Movement

    Bruce Mallinson
    December 2022
    The Art of The Ride, The Thrill of the Throttle,  The Love of Movement,   The Thrill of Acceleration while going uphill ! I know my mind can work in strange ways; however, this is what I feel especially after being at a motorcycle rally and riding ...
  • High Performance Diesel Engines

    Bruce Mallinson
    November 2022
    Why can transmission and differential oils stay clean for 250,000 miles or longer and not the engine oil?  What makes engine oil dirty is the combustion of fuel with oxygen.  There are two items that wear out the engine, not counting driver abuse.�...
  • BeeSeen

    Tom Chupp, Leroy Pershing, Jordan Greathouse
    October 2022
    Fellow drivers, do you have a problem with taillights covering up with snow and ice? Me too until now. My name is Tom Chupp. I invented a light Patent #10099658 and started the company BeeSeen Technology. How many hours have you spent waiting for wre...
  • Out With the Old

    Jordan Greathouse
    September 2022
    If you have been listening to The Power Hour - With Kevin Rutherford of late, you will have heard talk of our chassis dyno getting ready to have a bit of a facelift. Well, the time has come, and the old girl is about to be bigger and better than ever...
  • Reaching out

    Jordan Greathouse and Bruce Mallinson
    August 2022
    Here at Pittsburgh Power, we endeavor to impart useful and accurate information to our customers, be they loyal long-time customers or drivers just starting to hear about us. We have covered pretty much all facets of the diesel industry, be it Engine...
  • The Little Space Can Make A Big Difference

    Jordan Greathouse & Bruce Mallinso
    July 2022
    Some customers will come to us and ask, “why do I need a new intake manifold on my ISX? Isn’t stock good enough?” The short answer is, yes, the stock intake manifold is perfectly adequate… If you’re looking for stock performance! At Pittsbu...