Federally mandated onboard diagnostics are part of this year’s Hino truck lineup.
SPENCER Nicol, senior manager of strategic product applications for Hino Trucks, said the 2015MY trucks will include numerous On-board Diagnostics (OBD) II improvements:
• The temperature sensor for ambient air has been moved forward and behind the front bumper for a more precise reading. The air dryer location also has moved.
• In the message center on the dash display, a message now appears when a DPR regeneration has been interrupted, reminding the operator that the regeneration needs to be completed as soon as possible. This is requirement by the EPA standard for OBD II.
• The throttle knob will be removed for compliance for OBD II. Throttle control can be done with cruise control features; customization files within the Hino Diagnostic Explorer give anyone the opportunity to access diagnostic capabilities per current EPA; the regulations require that anyone can purchase these communication interface tools.
Nicol listed other 2015MY changes:
• Some tires have been eliminated from Hino’s offering. Tires must comply with the new mileage standards.
• The fuel cooler has been deleted on the 338 model chassis.
• A filter element has been added to the bubble separator on the engine.
• An electric heater has been added to defrost the DEF fluid and lines to -40 C°.
Nicol listed future 2015MY conventional/COE chassis changes: range seat belts will be an available option; optional rear axle ratios on the low-pro 258 model chassis; 180-amp alternators; radios with USBs; bluetooth will be a local option after radio delete is chosen; and the location of the horn has moved in the engine room from the right rear to the front left.
Running changes for the 2015 MY:
• Rear suspension upgrade option for the 268 and 338: 21,000 and 23,000 capacity applications for tankers, refrigeration, and high center-of-gravity applications.
• The suspension dump control is enhanced to maintain dumped height when the key is off. It will not allow the suspension to remain dumped while driving.
• A local control option will allow the truck to back up only while the suspension is dumped or in a no-air condition. ♦
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