Idle Chatter: Hot Rod Farmer

Idle Chatter: Hot Rod Farmer

Imparting knowledge about all aspects of equipment that is employed in modern production agriculture.

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April 17, 2024 59 mins
It is very appealing and, in some instances, smart business to buy a relatively new, low- mileage vehicle in lieu of a brand new one. This week Ray goes over some things for you to consider. Who would have thought the little old lady from Pasadena did what she did!
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Eradicating intermittent electrical problems.      
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Air conditioning has become a necessity in modern farm equipment. It is not only important for a productive day, but it can also be extremely expensive to repair. This week Ray shares some simple tips to avoid a major failure.
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April 12, 2024 1 min
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In this episode I discuss the task of engine oil beyond the obvious, and the importance of piston ring design and sealing. I messed up at the end and hit the stop button instead of the exit music! That is the reason for the abrupt close.
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April 9, 2024 54 secs
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Your engine wants fuel and not air mixed with it!  
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A listener from Utah is confused by the sudden increase in copper in the engine oil test from his CAT powered generator set.
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Wanting to take a break this week from a technical talk, Ray shares with his listeners a little about how life brought him to this point. He opens his heart to you, his cherished audience. 
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Electrolysis and cavitation erosion!      
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You buy a new car or truck to avoid problems not to create them. In this episode, the Hot Rod Farmer provides some practical guidance to protect your financial investment when things go drastically wrong.
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Controlling engine idle speed used to be nothing more than a throttle stop screw… but that has all changed! Follow along as Ray provides a timeline from the simple and effective throttle stop screw to drive-by-wire motors, that accomplish the same function.
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Understanding  NVH and why it is important to your farm.    
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Small engines can cause big problems if they do not start and run. Many falsely blame the problem on the carburetor or gasoline when it rooted in carbon deposits.
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Regardless of if it is a vehicle or a washing machine or anything in between, the quality of what is made today has taken a turn for the worse, being on the verge of junk. In this op ed formatted episode, Ray provides his thoughts on what is happening in most factories around the world. Take heed, it is not for the fainthearted.
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Carbon deposits on injectors and intake valves are choking your engine.  
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If something is automatically controlled by a microprocessor, usually the work is done by an electronic driver. 
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March 15, 2024 1 min
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When diagnosing an electronic control unit often a flow chart is what you follow, but there is more to the story than that. The protocols that need to be seen by the ECU to set a trouble code are the key to an effective diagnostic. A flow chart does not reveal the protocols and can lead you astray.
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