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  • E-One problems: Copied from Firefighters Forum

    [I have this in Firefighters Forum as well]

    Hi all. We run all E-ones. We seem to have a tremendous amount of problems with them. Our Admin. is starting to audit this at our request to see if it is an E-one thing or if we should expect this with any manufacturer. As for our Dept., we run 7 stations, 8 companies. 7000+ calls a year. Here's a run down of some of the things we've experienced:

    New quint: Turbo shelled. Got that fixed, drive shaft fell out and knocked a hole in the transmission. All within a few weeks of being in service.

    New engine: Multiple electrical issues. Transmission switches to neutral while driving for no reason. Have to shut off and restart to get going again. AC problems. All within a few weeks of going in service.

    1998 Quint: Multiple problems over the years. Caught on fire in the station the other day.

    1996 quint: Has had 5 transmissions. Currently occasionally won't go in gear and have to restart to go

    2002 engine: Had pump fail on a couple different fires due to electrical problems. Multiple other electrical issues.

    1999 quint: Electrical short in the dash driving down the road a few years back filled with smoke.

    On all our rigs: Multiple electrical problems, AC problems, frequent break downs. Various broken springs.

    Several of our rigs short when it rains, sirens turn on by themselves, etc.

    We have an E-one dealer and service center in our City, which has led to the switch to these. Just curious what other Dept.'s experience with these and if it's just E-one. We sure seem to have a ton of problems. Thanks.
    FTM-PTB-RFB
    IACOJ

  • #2
    Local dealer or not, I'd buy something else next time. It may the local dealer mechanics causing the problems.

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    • #3
      So far i see 5 things wrong with the above trucks. The engine,trasmission, pump are not made/manfactured by e-one. To me, these things are not e-one's fault.

      New quint: Turbo shelled. Got that fixed, drive shaft fell out and knocked a hole in the transmission. All within a few weeks of being in service.

      ---Not e-one's fault. Trasmission/engine maker.

      New engine: Multiple electrical issues. Transmission switches to neutral while driving for no reason. Have to shut off and restart to get going again. AC problems. All within a few weeks of going in service.

      --- Possibly E-One with wiring, also could be Transmission/engine maker


      1998 Quint: Multiple problems over the years. Caught on fire in the station the other day

      --- E-One wiring.

      1996 quint: Has had 5 transmissions. Currently occasionally won't go in gear and have to restart to go

      --- Transmission maker


      1999 quint: Electrical short in the dash driving down the road a few years back filled with smoke.

      --E-One wiring


      Several of our rigs short when it rains, sirens turn on by themselves, etc.

      -- Possibly not grounded correctly.

      Does your company for prevented maintaince? i know you company is busy, but in a long run, you may not see some problems.

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      • #4
        There are a couple of things to look at and some questions
        First the transmissions going to neutral while driving down the road
        These new of trucks should be electronic transmissions
        The battery connections MUST be clean you will find some small wires about 10gage both positive and negative they Must be clean
        Next on some of the trucks of that era there was a dedicated battery for the engine and trans if so make sure it is good
        If this is not the case than watch the voltage trans could go to neutral in lo voltage condition
        If all this checks out Next
        Monitor does this happen out of nowhere or possibly when there is a radio transmission
        Possibly a new radio or cell phone
        What I am getting at is Radio Interferance I have seen this over the years
        Look to see if the cable going from the transmission to the computer control is a Shielded cable
        The computor control is either under the captians seat or in front under dash

        Rig that continually burns up transmissions
        I do not have the information but I know there is a list out there of approved list of motor oils for heavy duty use in the Allison transmissions
        This does work First time I tried I said no way I contacted local allison dealer they changed to motor iol problems went away

        Next
        Electrical issues could be anything
        But I would look at grounds this seems to be the cause of many issues especialy in emergency vehicles and the extreme use

        Next
        Drive line where did this fail as drivelines don't just fall out

        Other issues could be anything
        I hope I have shead some light on the subjects and have helped
        I do not wish to bad mouth any one
        But I have seen these issues over the years they are more common than thought and not builder specific
        Thanks
        Ray

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        • #5
          used too

          We had some E-Ones for a while and had several issues with wiring,A/C etc. These were brand new and front line and became reserves to the older units because of unreliability. Spent many hours re-doing all sorts of things to make them work. Apparently not much has changed but that being what it is nobody who builds is perfect by any means. As far as things not being E-ones fault I figure they are because they did the installation work and if it was not done correctly to the OEM specs then E-One takes the blame. Before total judgement is passed I would want to know engine make, trans make, etc. Any outside devices such as retarders etc. Is E-One still using ground switching to activate electrical? Things like driveline angles, supports(center bearings) etc. are important. Is the electrical in a place that is subject to road contamination or from water at fire scenes etc. I have seen ff's spill things onto areas subject to liquid damage or take a garden hose to wash out the interior so make sure it isn't human error attributable to the department. RFREY1 also offer sound advice. Were these units custom spec'd or off the shelf?

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          • #6
            Haven't had any problems with the doors?

            That must only be around here...
            Do it because you love it, not because you love being seen doing it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lvwrench
              Were these units custom spec'd or off the shelf?
              Why should that matter? Are you implying that it's excusable for a stock truck to be a POS because it cost less? I don't buy that. These guys are making firetrucks that are expected to be dependable and reliable PERIOD. To suggest that it's acceptable or excusable for any manufacturer to cut corners or put out junk simply because it's built on a commercial chassis or it's a program truck doesn't fly.

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              • #8
                We have 15 2001-2006 E-One front lines engines in service right now. The engine I'm on is a 2001 and has had problems with the A/C and multiplex. The A/C was due to a bad ground ( since that has been fixed there have been no problems other than than a line got clogged and caused it to go bad). The multi-plex system however has been another problem. Since we've had it, we gone through 6 "mother boards", and numerous trips to the shop. Part of the problem is/was that the cab leaked above the driver and got that "mother board" wet. Then there is one mounted in the pump compartment that got wet everytime it rained, since then we had a diamond plate box installed to cover it things have gotten better. Although we can no longer use the shore plug-in, everytime we drove the truck in the rain, it tried to eject the plug, although it was never pluggud-in. We had to have the shoreline/ auto eject disconnected. Now E-one says that Class 1 has revamped there multi-plex systems, only time will tell. I do know that only one of the other trucks had the same problem with the Auto-eject, it to now has a box covering its motherboard in the pump compartment

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                • #9
                  1996 quint: Has had 5 transmissions. Currently occasionally won't go in gear and have to restart to go

                  --- Transmission maker
                  I wouldn't be so quick to jump to that conclusion. A good possibility is poor engineering on E-One's part. If the engineers didnt take into consideration load and GVW ratings when approving a drivetrain for this apparatus, it could be a big problem. We have run into the same problem with Sutphen. We've gone through 2 Detroit diesels and 2 allison transmissions. The truck was engineered very poorly, and the drivetrain isn't sufficient for the set-up, hence the failures.

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                  • #10
                    You know it's funny- every time we're chaffing about our trucks... the chiefs blame us because we're not maintaining them. How pray tell they expect us to deal with the gizmology is beyond me... but I definitely feel your pain.

                    But, this isn't to say our E-One (Superior... same thing) from 2002 hasn't put in its share of hours. Nothing compared to 7000 calls a year... it's just a small town pump. Maybe that's why we haven't been having the load of problems you guys have.

                    We've got a couple of their crash trucks at my industrial hall and I have to admit there are times I sort of scratch my head and wonder who in hell designed the cockpits. Considering these vehicles normally operate with only one operator...

                    With that being said, the support I've had from the guys in Florida has been really good... which would seem to be a good thing because by the sounds of it we're going to need it!

                    All of the above mentioned problems- including the doors- have been an issue at one time or another. The doors have been especially frustrating. The double latch will just pop off on its own and electrical... well, our northern climates have never been terribly friendly to anything electronic. (Especially voting!)

                    Anyways, we're working with a Pierce engine at our industrial hall- but I can't say it's been any charm to work with either.

                    I guess as they say in so many halls- better the devil you know... because each has its supporters and its detractors.

                    Best of luck in your search.
                    Ian "Eno" McLeod
                    Senior Firefighter /EMT-A, A Shift
                    HESD / OFD
                    "To me, the charm of an encyclopedia is that it knows and I needn't."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Eno821302
                      All of the above mentioned problems- including the doors- have been an issue at one time or another. The doors have been especially frustrating.
                      Amen to that!!
                      Do it because you love it, not because you love being seen doing it.

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                      • #12
                        So, what about those E-One doors. Especially on their top-of-the-line cab doors.

                        What do you guys think of them?
                        What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?

                        Apparatus Operator
                        Salem Fire Department
                        IAFF Local 314

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                        • #13
                          Doors

                          We have a 1987 Hurricane with door problems too, do they make an updated design that we change out so the guys dont fall outta truck?

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                          • #14
                            Can someone fill me in on door problems? We have had E-One's since 1991 and don't have any door problems. What are you guys running into?
                            "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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                            • #15
                              I think we have 3 E-Ones. I have never heard of a door problem. Ours range from 1990 to 1998
                              This space for rent

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