04-28-2011 12:28 PM
I have a C-7 (KAL55907) Manufactured in Greenville in 08.2004. On recent trip it suddenly lost power and noticable change in sound (tone & volume). Limped it to exit. Had it towed to CAT authorized service center(Valley Freightliner, Pacific, WA). No computer trouble codes found. Which goes along with what I saw on instrumentation and gauges when it occurred. Cylinder cut out revealed #5 & #6 weak. Pulled rail looking for signs of metal for indications of HEUI pump failure. None found. Replacing injectors for #5 and #6. Is this "normal"? Will CAT reimburse me for expense to replace/repair? What caused the failure? I have read that an "experimental" type injector was used during this time frame. Can anyone verify this? What type and where did they come from injector would fail after 54k miles? I am a maintenance fanatic especially when it comes to filters so I am assuming it was either a mechanical or an electronic failure in the injector(s).
04-28-2011 07:02 PM
Not sure about the failure mode of your certain situation. Ask the dealer to give you a service report and such.
As for your costs- review your warranty statement if applicable to see what it covers. Its possible you may have some of your charges recovered. The dealer should again be able to answer this question as well.
Hope that helps.
04-29-2011 08:50 AM
If the failure was electrical then it would show up in the computer as a fault code. It was most likly a mechanical failure. Either on the oil side of the fuel side. If it can not produce enough fuel pressure to have the correct valve opening pressure and that will effect spray pattern and timing. Looking at it you will not see a failure unless it split a tip, then you would definitly know you had a problem if that happened.
04-29-2011 12:56 PM
Thanks Cat_tech. That is pretty much what I summized. I am hoping it was mechanical on the poppet valve side and not my HEUI pump starting to go which checked out okay. Gave me a good opportunity to have top end work done. I think I was told only one or two valves were "slightly" out of adjustment. FYI. Even with this I am still a tried and true believer in the CAT engine so that should be testimonial to how satisfied I am with the product.