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Another One of those Days
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:12:30 PM »
  Another in long string  :( :(  My F550 sat for a few days in Grandma's barnyard while we were gone.  Last week we moved it around a bit while putting sideboard extensions on to haul more wood and we made some short trips yesterday and this morning.  I was on my way to pick up the boys from school and deliver a small load of wood when I smelled something burning.  I thought I'd passed someone burning trash.  Then the truck quit.  I coasted to the shoulder and smoke rolled out from under the hood.  I got it opened and the top of the engine was on fire.  I couldn't swat it out with my coat and was just about to call 911 and let it burn when I remembered the two 24oz Monsters behind the seat.  One put the fire out.  I drank the other. 
  From the looks of the charred remains it appears that red squirrels stuffed the area between the heads with grass, chewed up paper towel and a few black walnuts.  I don't think it hurt anything other than the wiring which is toast, pun intended, and maybe some sensors.  I don't know what all that stuff does.  The heat was centered and didn't get the valve covers.  I've got a mechanic coming out in the AM to take a look at it.  To add insult to injury when I called my insurance company for a tow I was informed that I didn't have towing on this truck  :o >:( >:(  I'll get that straightened out tomorrow  >:(  The tow bill was 200 bucks even  :( :( :(  I thought I had full coverage on it and I'm going to check that also.
  We spent several days building nice racks for the truck to haul five face cords to take the pressure off the Dodge Cummins which has a failing tranny so until I get one of them fixed I'm done with firewood with a 100 face cords on order.  We'll concentrate on timber production for a while and killing red squirrels.  I don't know if it was heat from the turbo that started the fire or a short from squirrel chewed wires.  It doesn't matter now.  The damage is done. 
  It's the only piece of equipment I've got without a fire extinguisher.  I've thought about getting one for it too.  Guess I will now.  A Monster probably wouldn't work a second time.
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014, 09:19:46 PM »
That sucks. Hopefully it's just a couple of wiring harnesses and you can get it up and running. I was driving truck this summer chopping and smelled something burning on the $400k chopper. The parking brake had caught fire. I was able to put it out with my water jug.  :o
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014, 10:06:04 PM »
Ouch. At least you got it out before she was crispy. A friend of ours resorted to water bottles and peeing on his 518, with his employee to get it extinguished. You should put one of those"M" monster decals on the hood when you get it fixed.  :D

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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014, 11:49:06 PM »
While they're both down, take the engine out of the 550 and put it in the back of the Dodge. Now take the Cummins out of the Dodge and put it under the hood of the Ford.
Then you'll have a truck you can depend on.  ;)

I've always claimed the fact that a Cummins is a 500,000 mile engine. I just can't figure out why they would put it in a Dodge.  ???
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 12:10:44 AM »
Sorry for your trouble, that really stinks.  I always thought getting a few of those little fire extinguishers  for some of my equipment. That's a good reminder.
Hope your getting it gone again soon.
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 05:48:13 AM »
if you go to    ford parts .com...........you can look at the parts break down and the price. the glow plug relay is in the valley of the motor if the critters chewed on those wires and not the harness to the injectors. it may not be to bad. the injector wires go through the valve cover gasket

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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 10:06:14 AM »
None of it sounds like much fun. If its got tires (or tracks) its going to eventually give you trouble.

My only question: What is a "monster"?
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2014, 10:09:45 AM »
 If you get the small extinguisher's make sure they have the metal heads as the plastic one are for indoors only.
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2014, 10:45:56 AM »
If you get the small extinguisher's make sure they have the metal heads as the plastic one are for indoors only.

For use indoors or just for storage indoors ??  Would like to hear more about the two heads. Break when they freeze, or what?
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2014, 11:57:13 AM »
  Monster Energy Drinks.  http://www.monsterenergy.com/  I used a Zero Ultra as an extinguisher   
  The good news is, great news actually, my insurance will cover it under the comprehensive portion of my policy with a 100 dollar deductible.  Whew!!!!  The mechanic is coming out shortly and the adjuster will call me within 24 hours.
  I thought I had full coverage but after being told I didn't have towing I was more than a little concerned.  Towing isn't available on commercial vehicles through Farm Bureau unless it's a vehicle use only for personal transportation and then it only covers 50 dollars of the tow.
  I'm still losing production but at least it's not going to cost me bunch of $$$$$$$ to get it fixed.
  I can't complain about my Dodge at all.  I was warned about their auto trannys but this one has 251,000 on the original tranny. 
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2014, 07:38:49 PM »
Beenthere, the plastic one are for indoors only,as they will freeze and break. Was told this by the company that maintains my extinguisher's on my equipment and in my pickup. Ins. reg's you know  :( .
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2014, 06:18:07 PM »
And today the Dodge's drivers side wheel bearing that was replaced a year ago failed.  Oh well  ::) ::)
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2014, 08:03:03 PM »
I'll have wood orders waiting too. Sorry about your luck. And those dodges will eat wheel bearings like candy. Sold my third one a year ago. Good trucks though

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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2014, 08:58:55 PM »
They are spendy bearings, too >:( What was exactly was the problem with the old style bearing that they needed to go to the unitized sealed bearing?
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2014, 09:03:32 PM »
its not just dodges that eat wheel bearings them gms love them to :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2014, 01:15:33 AM »
Everything is going to sealed hubs these days.  I guess they are faster to bolt on while going down the assembly line. 
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2014, 05:18:20 AM »
My ford f150 has plastic/metal wheel bearings? Glad your truck is going to get fixed. Fire extinguisher saved our f450 wood delivery truck. Hope your up and running soon!
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2014, 08:04:43 AM »
I had a farmer call me because his barn cleaner was trip ping the breaker. When I got there he said its more than that my hay mow fan is smoking too.

What happened is the mice had chewed through a bunch of wires and my fire extinguisher saved a barn full of jersey cows. When we got it put out and the water hose running on the embers; the look on his face said he wanted to vomit.

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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2014, 08:19:08 AM »
The first set of bearings I replaced at 90,000 miles.  That set lasted August of 2013 and well over 200,000.  One of those just failed.  I've had good luck with them until yesterday  :)  I know others who seem to replace them all the time.
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Re: Another One of those Days
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2014, 09:50:34 AM »
Our log truck lit on fire.  That battery cables rubbed through on the hydraulic hoses and let the hydraulic oil.  My brother was driving it, went through one fire extinguisher and did not go out,  the house where it died brought out water and he finally got it out by disconnecting the batteries.  Almost list the truck that day. 


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