New software allows fleet technicians full diesel diagnostics
When it comes to our cars and trucks, we can relate to the consternation we feel when the check engine light comes on but we have no idea why. For newer models it means a trip to the dealership so the mechanic can hook it up to their machine to find out exactly what the trouble is. Generic won’t do for that kind of precise diagnostic testing.
Thanks to some new software, City fleet technicians will no longer have to be at the mercy of the dealership either. They will now be able to perform the same diagnostic work on large diesel public works trucks and fire engines as the dealer. This will provide a savings of at least $1,000 per incident and save valuable time.
In the past, if one of these vehicles broke down, a wrecker would be called for a tow. Then they would wait for about a week for someone to come from the closest location (Orlando) for diagnostics that came with a minimum charge of $1,000.
With the newly purchased Cummins diesel engine diagnostic software package, INSITE, staff can now diagnose the fleet vehicles more quickly and cost effectively. Fleet Services Division Supervisor Danny French gave a shout out to Marcè Musser from the City’s IT department for her assistance in procuring the software.
It will be used on the 12 trucks in the fleet that have Cummins diesel engines including seven of the 13 fire engines and five public works trucks. Those without Cummins engines are being phased out and purchases in the near future will be specified to include Cummins engines.
“If we can learn one system, we will be able to diagnose cheaper and faster,” French said. “Cummins has the best system to meet the low emission standards.”
That’s important because tier 4 emission standards for “highway” diesel engines went into effect in 2015. These vehicles are placed in this category versus non-road engines, which apply to aircraft, marine, heavy equipment, locomotives and some recreational use engines.
To make sure all the diesel engine technicians are properly trained, they will all be attending classes in Tampa to maximize their proficiency in using the software. French noted that even stricter, tier 5 standards are coming and expected to start in the U.S. in the next few years.
The fleet division is responsible for repairing vehicles, preparing/upfitting new vehicles for service and auctioning decommissioned fleet vehicles. They have 15 employees on staff.
From left, supervisor Danny French, with diesel technicians Robbie Glavish, Mike Proctor, Jeff Loveday, Kenny Dehart, Drew Burman and Joey Thomas (acting fleet contracts and purchasing coordinator). Not pictured is Wesley Brunson.