The Broke Down Thread. Post Here to Whine About Breakdowns.

Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
I think the worst break down I had The truck had was when they sent out this Craker Jack T/A "mechanic" to fix my truck on the side of the road. It was 21F and no shit this guy actually left me on the side of the road to go to his house and get some tools.
Six hours later with no heat in the truck he decides he can't fix it and I get a wrecker to tow the truck to............Detroit!

Yes lovely Detroit right by the airport so technically Wayne county MI.
I am not familiar with the cultural customs of the Detroit area, first time I ever saw a sign in a Subway restaurant that said Credit or exact change only. We do not make change
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
It's not officially listed. Not to mention starting and stopping in the dark.

Don't start no shit there won't be no shit.

And anyone who claims they inspect driveline components in detail is completely full of shit.

NOT TO MENTION...exactly how would catching this on an inspection result in anything other than breakdown time anyway?

Jesus Christ stop talking. Most of the time.
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Sinister

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I think the worst break down I had The truck had was when they sent out this Craker Jack T/A "mechanic" to fix my truck on the side of the road. It was 21F and no shit this guy actually left me on the side of the road to go to his house and get some tools.
Six hours later with no heat in the truck he decides he can't fix it and I get a wrecker to tow the truck to............Detroit!

Yes lovely Detroit right by the airport so technically Wayne county MI.
I am not familiar with the cultural customs of the Detroit area, first time I ever saw a sign in a Subway restaurant that said Credit or exact change only. We do not make change
One breakdown I had in the late 90s had me stuck in West Memphis for a few days. I sat at the Mack dealer most of a day. The boss decided to keep me there overnight so I was getting a ride back across the bridge to the Super 8.

As I'm getting a ride from one of the mechanics he's telling me about a great restaurant he and his wife go to a lot. He thinks it's right near the Super 8 where he's taking me but he's not sure. He used to drive truck too. He used to like to run at night where you can "really cut loose". He thinks it might even be a truck stop, or real close to a truck stop. He's not sure.

"Anyway this here's a great place to eat! It's called The PETRO."

That's when I realized people with normal jobs really do live in very small bubbles.

"The Petro, huh?"

"Yessir! I'm pretty certain that's what its called."

"Hmph. I'll have to check that out."
 

Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
I mentioned when the truck broke down ad they towed me to Detroit. Well when the truck broke down I was in Indiana.
The next time the truck broke down I was in Michigan and they towed me to...Indiana. I see a conspiracy kinda thing going on here, maybe.

I had a hard time trying to get a hotel/motel room in Detroit because it was the week of the Detroit auto show and I told the safety maintenance guy it was hard to get a room.

When they towed me Indiana. I made reservations at the local hotel. When I called the safety guy about the breakdown I mentioned that I had made reservations in Indiana.
You made reservations?
Yes, I made reservations because, with my luck it would be the week of the Indiana Auto show and no room at the Inn Jesus Christ.
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
Part of the reason why I’ve been home so long.

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I had these installed for the new trailer…
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Since I haven’t finished the install on the lights for the headache rack, I had that work done as well.

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And tomorrow I go back to work.
 

InTooDeep

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My truck is sitting at Frieghtliner for a week now getting the DPF and SCR checked out. I'm crying so hard, been on the Delta with the wife on our boat. Oh wait this for whining about break down not being happy about said breakdown
 

Mike

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My truck has been at Freightliner since Friday morning. Dropped it off there before going home for an overhead, another chance to check my mysterious flashing dome light issue, and a new noise that I had a feeling the overhead might fix.

They are closed on the weekends, so truck pulled inside the shop Friday before they went home, and overhead ran first thing Monday morning. Noise was no longer present, drove truck, and said noise never showed up again.

Still no idea on the dome light, but decided to throw a door latch at it to see if that might take care of it.

Door latch will be here tomorrow, truck will be ready to go tomorrow.
 

Duck

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If you still have some shakes check out the drive tire depths. I just rotated mine from front to back and vice versa because the driven axle was way low compared to the free spinner. All that torque wears the driven ones down faster.

Switching them gained me some MPGs due to less slippage, better transmission shifts, a smoother (but not perfect because NONE of them actually match) ride, and added 4 inches to my penis.
Don't ever use your PDL unless all 8 drives are identical.

If you do, after a short distance they can get torque locked & won't release until you stop & back up about a truck length or so to release the pent up torque.

Driving with it like that will kill your diffs.
 

Electric Chicken

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My truck has been at Freightliner since Friday morning. Dropped it off there before going home for an overhead, another chance to check my mysterious flashing dome light issue, and a new noise that I had a feeling the overhead might fix.

They are closed on the weekends, so truck pulled inside the shop Friday before they went home, and overhead ran first thing Monday morning. Noise was no longer present, drove truck, and said noise never showed up again.

Still no idea on the dome light, but decided to throw a door latch at it to see if that might take care of it.

Door latch will be here tomorrow, truck will be ready to go tomorrow.
You're kind of turning me off of new trucks with every new post about yours.
 

Mike

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You're kind of turning me off of new trucks with every new post about yours.
I’m having the overhead ran at 80k rather than waiting til 100k because I have some time at home due to the kid on leave and visiting. Scheduled maintenance.

The other thing is just the one bug this truck has had, and it’s so intermittent that they have not been able to diagnose it. Door latch is simply a guess.
 

Electric Chicken

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I’m having the overhead ran at 80k rather than waiting til 100k because I have some time at home due to the kid on leave and visiting. Scheduled maintenance.

The other thing is just the one bug this truck has had, and it’s so intermittent that they have not been able to diagnose it. Door latch is simply a guess.
I hate intermittent, undiagnosable stuff. Lol.
 

mndriver

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I’m having the overhead ran at 80k rather than waiting til 100k because I have some time at home due to the kid on leave and visiting. Scheduled maintenance.

The other thing is just the one bug this truck has had, and it’s so intermittent that they have not been able to diagnose it. Door latch is simply a guess.
It’s a freightSHAKER…

Why would you accept anything else?
 

Mike

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I hate intermittent, undiagnosable stuff. Lol.

Yep. There is a case number or whatever assigned where they are working with engineers about it.

Until last week, none of the symptoms had popped up since July, and this time it was only the dome light flashing for a few minutes.

I was waiting on the battery cable recall, but my truck wasn’t part of it. They still inspected as they would have even if it had the recall.

Honestly, being this has been the only bug to work through on a brand new truck, I can’t complain. It’s not engine or drivetrain related and in no way shuts me down from working, and whatever it is is covered under extended warranty so I don’t have to panic about getting it fixed before it hits 100k miles.
 

Electric Chicken

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Yep. There is a case number or whatever assigned where they are working with engineers about it.

Until last week, none of the symptoms had popped up since July, and this time it was only the dome light flashing for a few minutes.

I was waiting on the battery cable recall, but my truck wasn’t part of it. They still inspected as they would have even if it had the recall.

Honestly, being this has been the only bug to work through on a brand new truck, I can’t complain. It’s not engine or drivetrain related and in no way shuts me down from working, and whatever it is is covered under extended warranty so I don’t have to panic about getting it fixed before it hits 100k miles.
Is it behaving at all like a wire rubbing through slowly and being jostled? That's what happened with my marker light. It wasn't until it actually failed completely that I could diagnose it as being the wiring.
 

Mike

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Yep. There is a case number or whatever assigned where they are working with engineers about it.

Until last week, none of the symptoms had popped up since July, and this time it was only the dome light flashing for a few minutes.

I was waiting on the battery cable recall, but my truck wasn’t part of it. They still inspected as they would have even if it had the recall.

Honestly, being this has been the only bug to work through on a brand new truck, I can’t complain. It’s not engine or drivetrain related and in no way shuts me down from working, and whatever it is is covered under extended warranty so I don’t have to panic about getting it fixed before it hits 100k miles.

In comparison to the glider, I had a jake solenoid go out in the first 30k miles, then at 60k had the ECM go. Both led to unplanned downtime, and the ECM was while I was under a load.
 

Electric Chicken

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In comparison to the glider, I had a jake solenoid go out in the first 30k miles, then at 60k had the ECM go. Both led to unplanned downtime, and the ECM was while I was under a load.
That thing was a bigger mess than any supposedly fresh truck should have been.
 

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