Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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40 HDT • DECEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com test drive are running the engine and happy with it, Cat people said. Since Navistar dropped its MaxxForce 15 program, there's been nothing bigger available, but Cat says there soon will be an announcement on a 15-liter engine. In the mean- time, the 430-hp CT13 in this truck was very responsive and worked well with the autotranny in propelling us on road and trail. In spite of the simple unchromed nose, one thing still decidedly deluxe is the big aluminum cab. Like most of the truck, it comes from the International PayStar 5000, but Cat people point out how they influ- enced the cab design: ● large gauges, with a unique single-face speedometer and tachometer in the center of the panel ahead of the driver; ● big buttons and knobs that upgrades to see if I could make the torque converter slip or the drive- train shudder. Several times I let the truck roll downgrade, forward while in Reverse and backward while in Drive, then hit the gas, and it quickly stopped and easily started upward. There was no hint of the bogging I have sometimes felt during initial startup with otherwise excellent Al- lison full automatics in competitor trucks. The one-and-only engine available in Cat Trucks is the 12.4-liter CT13, called N13 by Navistar, which builds the engines (and the entire trucks, to Cat's specifications). The CT13 has five ratings, from 365 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,550 lb-ft, all governed at 2,100 rpm. This displacement and these outputs are enough for most vocational jobs, and even off-road loggers and Michigan train operators The aluminum cab sports cowl- mounted mirrors that give steady views to the rear, but limit door swing. The blue-capped exhaust fluid reser- voir next to the fuel tank feeds urea- injection gear on the other side. INCREASE UPTIME AND DECREASE MAINTENANCE COSTS. The Prestone Command ® line of heavy duty antifreeze, additives and testing products deliver the technology and innovation feets can trust. Protects your engine from extreme on-road conditions and corrosion while increasing uptime with the proven reliability of Prestone. Prestone Antifreeze/Coolant has protected vehicle cooling systems since 1927. PRESTONE PRODUCTS CORPORATION, 1900 West Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045, ©2014 Prestone Products Corporation www.PrestoneCommand.com • (888) 282-8960 • Email: OrdersPrestoneCommand@Prestone.Com WITH THE COMPLETE SOLUTION TAKE COMMAND I N T h t e P r w h P r P R E S w w W I T H T H E K E Circle 247 on Reader Action Card

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