How is it possible to edit the hour meter on my CAT machine? Is there a possibility to change hour reading on the ECM or ECU of the machine? Can I do this with the CAT Electronic Technician? Will it be possible to see the attempt to change the hours?
Do I need a factory passkey?
Some interesting questions, do you agree? I wonder why someone is asking Google for it. Does he want to betray a potential buyer? Some forums are full of those questions. Obviously many people have an interest to reduce the hour meter reading.
If you go to Google and start a search Google-Instant will show you the most relevant entries. It means Google proposes what many others are looking for. The screenshots I made are shoing there is a high interest in this issue. Most relevant search is Caterpillar Hour Meter Reset 🙁
How can you avoid to become a victim of hour meter fraud?
The answer is easy. Send a professional inspector to check the machine on your behalf before you purchase it. I will keep this post updated how many clicks it got from the Google search. It will show how many people are looking for this topic.
Ist it possible and legal to change the hour meter reading?
Yes, it is technically possible to change the service hour meter reading on a used heavy machine. However, it is illegal in many jurisdictions as it involves tampering with the machine’s records, which could be considered as fraud or misrepresentation.
In some countries, tampering with hour meter readings is a serious violation of the law and can result in heavy fines or even imprisonment.
It is always recommended to buy used heavy equipment from a reputable source and have a thorough inspection performed by a professional inspector to ensure accurate hour meter readings and the overall condition of the machine.
Yes, on request and for larger machines this service is included for tracked machines from Caterpillar. We do measure all components. Remaining life values will be calculated with the CAT CTS Undercarriage Handbook. When inspecting machines of other brands, we assess the remaining service life based on our experience. Click here for our video explaining the measurement of the undercarriage step by step.
Since the undercarriage is one of the most expensive components on these machines and can be very expensive to replace, we recommend special attention to inspection here. If you are looking to buy a second hand machine in Europe – get the remaining life of the U/C confirmed by MEVAS.
Which tools can be used to measure U/C components?
To measure undercarriage components of a track type tractor or an excavator, the following tools can be used:
Track Gauge or meter – It is used to measure the track gauge, or the distance between the tracks, to ensure that it is within the manufacturer’s specifications.
Track Roller Caliper – It is used to measure the diameter of the track rollers and the wear on the bottom of the track roller.
Idler Pin Gauge – It is used to measure the idler’s diameter and the wear on the idler’s bearing surfaces.
Ultrasonic Gauge – It is used to measure the thickness of the track links and the wear on the bushings.
Chain Wear Gauge – It is used to measure the wear on the track chain and to determine if the chain needs to be replaced.
Shoe Height Gauge – It is used to measure the wear on the track shoe and to determine if the shoe needs to be replaced.
By using these tools, it is possible to accurately measure the wear on the undercarriage components and determine when they need to be replaced or repaired, which helps to extend the life of the track type tractor and reduce maintenance costs.
Looking for reliable used equipment can be tricky. Therefore, you should take a close look at the condition of the used machine before buying it. If you do not know the seller, be especially careful.
Here are 7 things to look out for:
Check the seller if you don’t know him. You can read more about this in the section below.
Check the working hours of the machine. Does the general condition of the machine match with those hours (and the year of manufacture)? Can you get information about the machine’s history from the seller?
Check the machine for signs of wear. Are the ROPS, the chassis, the boom/stick in good condition? Or are there signs of dents/bents, re-welded areas or small cracks? You don’t want to purchase something that will cause you costly and time-consuming problems later.
What about the hydraulics? Are the hydraulic oil levels within the normal range? Or even too high? In this case, it makes sense to check for leaks.
The tyres or the undercarriage are a big cost factor. Therefore, check the tyres or the drive components for remaining service life.
Once you have checked all these points, the next step is the function test/test drive. Start the machine and check how it performs. Also listen for unusual noises and the exhaust fumes.
If attachments are sold, also do a careful visual check.
Another important note
We want to remind you to be carefully when negotiating heavy equipment which is offered on the Internet. A few of those sites have just been created for fraud.
Be attentive if:
Machine price is far lower than for comparable units
The seller makes pressure to decide very quickly: He pretends other people are interested in the same machine.
The seller has just a mobile phone number and no landline.
The seller requests a down-payment to reserve the machine.
We are Mevas – die Heavy Equipment Inspectors
Hopefully our list has been helpful to you. If you are unsure about any of the points, just get in touch with us. This is our WhatsApp. We inspect machines like excavators, wheel loaders, dumpers, graders, rollers, material handlers and dozers every day and know these machines very well.
Who can inspect equipment at EuroAuctions Dormagen?
It can make sense to buy machines at auctions. However, to avoid problems, we recommend that you inspect the machine you are interested in before bidding.
Mevas has technicans available who can inspect the lots you are interested in at this auction. We offer quick inspections where we focus on the most important points and full inspections. You discuss with us what scope is required and what is important to you.
Of course, we can also be found at most upcoming auctions. Par example at the rb auction in France. We offer used machinery inspections in more than 25 countries with an international team of technicians. MEVAS provides inbiased pre-delivery inspections and appraisals for second-hand machines since 2006.
How to order the inspection?
You can order this inspection online at our shop. But it is more easier if you contact us via our contact form and we will reply with an price offer. You can also contact us if you have any further questions. Our technicians analyse the condition of many different makes, such asCaterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Cummins, Volvo and Liebherr.
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