written by: Kaycee LaBonte
Tech Tip Tuesday with Kaycee (@mechanic_chick)
We are excited to team up with one of Kaycee Labonte on a new project this Summer, Tech Tip Tuesday! Kaycee is a diesel mechanic, working various types of diesels, but especially six liters!
What is an ICP sensor?
Injection Control Pressure Sensor
What does the ICP censor do?
Basically, it does what it’s called! It tells the Electronic Control Module (better known as the ECM) to tell the Injection Pressure Regulator valve to increase or decrease pressure.
How would you know your ICP sensor has gone bad?
When this sensor goes bad it can cause your truck to not start, instantly sending any six liter driver into a case of the worries. But chances are, you were probably experiencing some “symptoms” before hand, like rough idling, surging, and stalling are a just few signs that your ICP has gone bad.
Have questions for Kaycee? Leave them below, and maybe she’ll cover them next week!
Written by: Nikki Day
Events in the motor sport industries are always fun, full of activities, competitions, vendors and more. Some events happen more than one time a year, some hold qualifying events which then lead up to a main event. As spectators, or even competitors, we tend to over look or take for granted what all goes into planning an event like Shied Diesel Extravaganza (held every August in Terre Hautte, Indiana), Diesels in Dark Corners (put on every November in White Plains, Georgia by Liberty Truck and Tractor Pull), and so forth. We also never get to see the faces of the hardworking individuals that do so much work behind the scenes, from social media, budgeting, to keeping track of distance and track times, to cleaning the headsets used for communication of the track officials. Someone does these things, someone puts a lot of time and effort into making sure an event goes as close to planned as possible!
Nikki Day, one of our Diesel Doll Bloggers, reached out to Michelle Talaski, with Ultimate Callout Challenge, about doing a feature on her and her role with this well known event in the diesel industry! Talaski does a phenomenal job with all of her tasks that play a part in the UCC team. Nikki asked Talaski what it was like to be a female in this industry, and her answer at first fell to the back burner. With a couple of reasons for that, one being when you read through Talaski’s interview, you’ll see her passion for her job, her gratefulness of experiences she has gained working with various companies, you’ll see she has a job she seems to love. A job she has been called, from God to do; God leads you where He wants you, where He needs you to be. As importantly, to us (we love this answer she gave), it is because she never saw herself at different advantage because of her gender, or disadvantage for that matter! Talaski tells us that she created opportunities for herself and built relationships!
I never saw myself at a different advantage. I created opportunities for myself and built relationships!
What is the Ultimate Callout Challenge? The Ultimate Callout Challenge, or UCC, as you’ll see it talked about often in this article and around social media, is an event held once a year, bringing together some of the nastiest and best competitors in North America! How are these competitors ‘the best’? Most of these competitors have to qualify for this event, in one way or another! The competitors will come prepared to compete in three events, drag racing, dyno, and sled pulling. These three events are spread out over the course of three days, at the end of the three days, their scores are tallied up, to calculate who will be the UCC Champion!
Now, let us tell you more about Michelle Talaski, UCC team member!
So, you see this cute girl. She’s standing on the fence at the county fair watching the truck pulls. You see her cheering on all the good passes and you see her react to every truck that ends up having carnage. This girl sounds too good to be true right? A girl who enjoys not just going to the truck pulls, but actually watches the pulls and seems to understand what’s going on? Oh, but wait, it gets better. You start talking to her and come to find out she has her own truck that she pulled earlier in the day, and even took 1st place. This has to be a dream right? You my friend have just found yourself a true life, diesel loving lady. Think you can handle dating this diesel girl? Well, there are a few things you need to know before you do…
Here are 10 Things to Know Before Dating a Diesel Loving Girl!
1. First things first, we may look like normal girls, but we’re a special breed of woman. We not only take pride in ourselves, but also in our truck.
2. We know what torque and horsepower is, so don’t try to lie to us about your dyno sheet, we know what those numbers mean.
3. We know the difference between regular, ratcheting, torque, and allen wrenches. If you ask us for a tool, we will know which one to get you.
4. If you are driving around stupid and blowing black smoke at everyone, we will not think it’s cute. We know you’re being an idiot, knock that stuff off man.
5. We will gladly accept truck parts for any given holiday, Valentine’s Day included.
7. Smelling like a diesel shop is the best cologne you can wear. As long as it’s not burnt transmission fluid, that smell stays in your nose for days.
8. We love the rush from truck pulling and drag racing and we are addicted to it.
9. We will love you, you will have to compete with our truck, to be the first love.
10. We are constantly fighting to break stereotypes for ourselves in the diesel performance world. Everything from “truck sluts” to “Daddy paid for your truck”. If you’re going to date one of us you’ll have to prepare yourself for an independent, crazy, passionate woman who is always ready to get her hands dirty and prove herself to be just as good, if not better, than anyone in the industry.
So, still think you can handle dating a diesel loving girl?!
Written By: Kate Wiegartz
Published: March 28, 2016