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Old 04-17-2011, 06:48 AM
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truth or urban legend?

i was talking to my buddies dad yesterday, whom is a semi driver of 40+ years.
he mentioned to me that my truck doesn't smoke much for being straight piped. He then went on to tell me he pours a bottle of ATF (auto tranny fluid) in each diesel tank and claims it will smoke more and lubricate the top end of your engine...

he's been doing forever and gets over a million miles a year on his truck.

so..... truth or fiction??


edit: he also mentions it could also be the winter fuel

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Old 04-17-2011, 06:52 AM
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I have never heard of this being done I have heard u can run our trucks on straight atf
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:52 AM
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I know guys who put ATF in their dump trucks, older trucks without all the emissions stuff. I run stanadyne performance formula in my '04, I'd probably stay away from the ATF in a truck as new as yours.
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There is no way he drives over a million milers per year. Not possible. Can't answer your ATF question.
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To drive 1 million miles a year, the truck would have to average 114mph for the year. :roll:
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There is no way he drives over a million milers per year. Not possible. Can't answer your ATF question.
he has 2 other drivers. the truck runs 24 hours a day only stopping to fuel up or oil changes, then the new driver gets in and away she goes .
im just going by what he said, i have no knowledge in that area
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:22 AM
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I add a qt of trans fluid ever so often with a fill up, maybe once or twice every 2 months. B4 my fuel bowl delete, when I changed fuel filters, I'd drain the diesesl and fill the fuel bowl with 1/2 qt of trnas fluid. The low sulfer fuel does not have the lube chariteristics as the older fuel did.

Being a 2011, with the emissions junk,I probaly wouldnt add the trans fluid. I'd hope that the engineers would have the fuel lubrication specs in mind, with their designs of new parts and stricter emissions standards.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:27 AM
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he has 2 other drivers. the truck runs 24 hours a day only stopping to fuel up or oil changes, then the new driver gets in and away she goes .
im just going by what he said, i have no knowledge in that area
Even with teams it's not possible. I use to drive OTR and I would run 100k per year, sometimes a little less. Even with teams there is still gonna be some down time plus your loading and unloading time. I'm not trying to your thread so sorry for that. Just putting my in on the mileage.
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I add a qt of trans fluid ever so often with a fill up, maybe once or twice every 2 months. B4 my fuel bowl delete, when I changed fuel filters, I'd drain the diesesl and fill the fuel bowl with 1/2 qt of trnas fluid. The low sulfer fuel does not have the lube chariteristics as the older fuel did.

Being a 2011, with the emissions junk,I probaly wouldnt add the trans fluid. I'd hope that the engineers would have the fuel lubrication specs in mind, with their designs of new parts and stricter emissions standards.
i got rid of most of the emissions crap , erg delete, cat delete, muffler delete, DPF and DEF delete
i just wanna know how to get more smoke, Dirty tune?
also i want a loping tune

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Even with teams it's not possible. I use to drive OTR and I would run 100k per year, sometimes a little less. Even with teams there is still gonna be some down time plus your loading and unloading time. I'm not trying to your thread so sorry for that. Just putting my in on the mileage.
no worries , good info . im gonna bug him next time i see him, bastard snake oil salesman
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Maybe he was using poetic licence...a small literary liberty taken...a wee bit of blarny to add a sheen to the story.

So instead of ATF, why not use additives specifically designed to do what the ATF is intended to do. Plus, you only add a small amount.

Yup, I'm thinking the engineers took into account the use of low sulfphur fuel.
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