We test all of our used trucks by going full speed ahead. And by full speed ahead, we mean full speed in place. How is that possible? Well, we use a custom-made piece of equipment called a Dynamometer from Taylor Dynamometer. With a truck running on the Dyno (as it’s known for short), stats like power, torque, rail speed, and engine temperatures are revealed. This data allows us to run a diagnosis that will keep our trucks, and more importantly our drivers, safe on the long road ahead.
The Dyno, ready to roll
A Dyno is the custom made piece of equipment we use to test our trucks at Warner Truck Centers. To get a rough idea of what the Dyno does, imagine a treadmill large enough to fit the chassis of a truck that spins with the wheels as they turn. The Dyno wasn’t built to provide trucks with their morning cardio, but to help us whip them into shape. The barrels that the wheels sit on can spin freely or provide resistance to mimic climbs, wind, or rougher roads. They can decrease resistance to mimic descents. These variations allow for a variety of engine conditions to be tested, thereby exposing any and all issues they truck may be hiding. Every used truck that drives through our doors is tested on our Dyno, something that is pretty unique to Warner Truck Centers. This way, we can guarantee the quality of the truck before you set out on the open road.
The Dyno we are using at Warner Truck Centers is a custom made TD-24 Chassis Dynamometer and we have been using it since it was installed in 2012. With a weight capacity of 30,000 pounds per axle and an awesome 1,110 horsepower at 35 mph, it is an impressive machine to say the least. In fact, the maximum speed the Dyno can reach is 90 mph! But it’s more than just raw mechanical power. All that horsepower has to be slowed down too, and that is where the water brake comes in. The water brake provides resistance to the engine of the Dyno and helps slow down the system without straining it. And then there is the digital side to all of this: the Dyno provides detailed, complex data readouts that tell our specially trained technicians exactly what is wrong and where in the truck so we can fix it.
The data center allows us to get an accurate diagnosis and fix it
A prime example of the type of testing we do mimics a local trucking legend. All drivers in the West know of the infamous Parley’s Canyon; on a snowy day, a ride up or down I-80 near Salt Lake City can be a trucker’s worst nightmare. The last thing you want when you are depending on your truck to run in tip top shape is a mechanical problem or failure. Fortunately, our Dyno can simulate the conditions that make this ride so dangerous and therefore diagnose the problem before it becomes a real danger to the driver and those are it.
This kind of equipment isn’t found in just any truck or manufacturing shop. It’s heavy duty, loud, hot and complex and requires dedicated professionals to keep it running. Most important of all, those professionals have to find and fix the issues the Dyno finds. It’s a time and labor intensive process, but ultimately it allows us to better serve you with a superior product we can take pride in. In fact, every single used truck we sell goes through a rigorous testing session on the Dyno to ensure its quality and performance. It’s just one more reason to love Warner Truck Centers. We go the extra mile so you can too.