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Compression Testing JASPER’s Complete Diesel Engine

In our continuing effort to provide customers with the perfect product, Jasper Engines & Transmissions has improved the testing process on all of our Complete diesel format engines.

Depending on the application, a JASPER Complete diesel engine includes all major castings, valve train, oil pump, oil pan and pickup tube.  “Each Complete engine is spin tested to verify oil pressure and water is run through the unit to check for fluid leaks,” says Eric Brittain, JASPER Diesel Division Group Leader.

As the Complete engine is spin tested, a compression probe is inserted into the glow plug hole of each individual cylinder (Figure 1).  “The compression reading of that cylinder is recorded through computerized data acquisition,” said Brittain.  “The program will alert the operator of any potential issues with low compression, or too great of a variation between cylinders.”

“On a diesel engine, the biggest issues are immediate start-up failures such as an oil leak, a misfire or a rough-running condition,” added Brittain.  “By performing this test JASPER can pinpoint, and correct, potential issues.  When this process is finished, we know JASPER has provided the best product for the customer at the best price.”

For more information on the remanufactured diesel engines of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 1-800-827-7455.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What automaker offers the Wolfsburg Edition? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What is the “type number” for a four-door Porsche Panamera? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 970 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mel R. Gilroy, CA

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle Mystery Pic2 Friddle: What is the “type number” for a four-door Porsche Panamera? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What is the name of the automotive component pictured above? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 4WD Actuator Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Installs New Dyno for Product Development/Authentic Drivetrain Division Use

New Dynomometer                         In a never-ending pursuit of the perfect product, Jasper Engines & Transmissions has installed a computerized dynamometer to help in the development of new products, and for use with the Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrain Division. The Land and Sea Dynomite, 2000 horsepower, water brake dynamometer provides accurate horsepower and torque readings, gives JASPER the ability to customize testing situations, and allows JASPER’s Product Development group to conduct long-term engine testing. “We will use this Dyno for 50-hour engine durability testing, on all new products, before they are released,” said Brad Boeglin, JASPER Product Development Team Leader.  “With the use of OEM computers, we’ll put an engine we are developing under various RPM and load conditions to simulate real-world driving and wear situations.  This will give JASPER further insight into long term failures, and allow us to correct them before a product is released.” The new dyno will also allow Product Development teams to test different engine parts and tolerances, away from production areas and learn how those changes will affect an engine.  “Engine parts stress differently under load conditions,” said Boeglin.  “Using specialized tooling, we can now put these engines under loads, test, and create tighter tolerances which, in turn, will increase the life of the engine.” Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrains will use the new dynamometer to test their customer’s engines as an added service to the custom remanufacturing package. “For an additional charge, customers can have their engine dynamometer tested. A printout of torque and horsepower readings will be sent with the engine,” says Boeglin. “Customers like that service as it allows complete testing of the engine with the customer's fuel and ignition systems.” For more information on the remanufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 1-800-827-7455.

A Smart Investment for Your Tax Returns

What are your plans for this year’s tax refund? How about spending it on one of your largest investments, your vehicle. That’s right! If you’ve been holding off on a major vehicle repair, now may be a favorable time to invest that tax refund on a one-time purchase for that much needed drivetrain component. I know this sounds like an advertisement, but it does makes sense. As we rebound from the recent economic downturn, I think most of us would like to get ahead in respects to our own financial situations. By making an investment and repairing that parked vehicle ,with a JASPER product, you’ll be able to save and build that nest egg by not having the hassle of monthly new car payments and inflated insurance premiums. We all like to treat our families and ourselves to nice things, maybe a vacation, the latest flat-screen TV, or just a simple dinner and a movie. My wife may disagree but, I am not a tightwad. I do enjoy making certain purchases, but I’m also conscience of things I can do to better secure our financial future. A couple of years ago, our minivan’s transmission was slipping horribly. To me, buying the JASPER replacement made sense, not just because I work the company, but because of the piece-of-mind and long-term savings. I can still remember the evening that I picked it up after the installation, it may seem silly but I felt like I was driving a new vehicle off of the lot. I think everyone should experience what I felt that evening, confidence in a product with a great warranty and the reassurance of making a great investment. Just something to think about when you get that refund from Uncle Sam.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle Mystery Pic2                       Friddle: What is the name of the automotive component pictured above? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What automotive part is responsible for blending air and fuel for an internal combustion engine? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Intake Manifold Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Tom A.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What automotive part is responsible for blending air and fuel for an internal combustion engine? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: The Dodge Caliber in the predecessor to what "reinvented" compact four-door sedan? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Dart Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mike O.

Ready, Set, Hunt...

2013 Easter Egg Hunt This past Saturday, JASPER hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of JASPER Associates. Approximately 100 children were present for this year's event. In a matter of only 13 minutes 1,100 plastic, candy-filled, eggs were gathered from the front lawn of the Jasper facility. The lucky youngsters who stumbled upon the uniquely identified, dotted, eggs were entitled to a trip to the prize table. The Easter Bunny and, just for fun, Bubbles the Clown were on hand to emcee the event. We even had a break in the weather, a little sunshine for the morning event.

JASPER Announced “Do It Right” Winners for 2012

In December 2012, six JASPER Associates were recognized by company Chairman/CEO, Doug Bawel, as winners of the annual ‘Do It Right’ Award. Throughout the year, supervisors or fellow Associates can nominate Associates for a ‘Do It Right’ Award. An Associate may be nominated for any form of outstanding service to JASPER, its Associates or customers. A total of 57 Associates were nominated for their services in 2012. At the end of the year, management reviews all the nominations and presents awards to the most outstanding nominees. The number of awards may vary from year to year, depending upon the number of deserving nominees. The winners for 2012 are: Eric Howell/Delivery Driver, Columbia Branch   Eric helped a woman stranded along the side of the road because her car ran out of gas. Eric stopped to give the woman assistance. He gave her cash out of his own pocket and helped her to a gas station. She was very grateful that JASPER employs such kind-hearted people that they take the time to help someone in need. Craig Leuck/Transmission Division Manager, Jasper Facility  On his way back from a conference in Chicago, Craig noticed a car pulled over in the ditch and noticed that the guy working on it wore a JASPER uniform. Though he was close to home, and talked about getting back in time to tuck his daughter in bed, Craig turned the van around to help his fellow Associate. Matt Williams/Maintenance and Casey Foye/Transmission Division, Crawford Facility  A fellow Associate shared with Matt and Casey that her only vehicle for transportation to work was not running and she was not able to pay to get the car fixed. Matt and Casey got a trailer, picked up the Associate’s car, subsequently fixed the car and also paid for the parts. Thanks for putting the needs of others first. Cathy Hayes/Gas Engine Division, Willow Springs Facility  Cathy was responsible for correcting a machining issue on five gas engines. We thank Cathy for her attention to detail and maintaining JASPER’s high quality standards. Chad Taylor/Maintenance, Crawford Facility  Using his Financial Peace University certification, Chad volunteered his own time to help a peer Associate through tough personal times by showing them life improving changes.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: The Dodge Caliber in the predecessor to what "reinvented" compact four-door sedan? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which state used the slogan "The Crossroads of America" on its license plates?? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Indiana Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: David R.