My First Breakdown

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Unholychaos's Comment
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I arrived at my customer for a live unload at 0700 this morning, after I got back to my truck from checking in, I come to find that my truck won't start. I turn the key over and don't hear any sounds, no clicking, nothing. As far as I know, the starter is out.

After about an hour and a half of waiting, I find out that I'm getting towed out. I got permission to drop my load on the lot at least. But on top of all of it, my driver's side window won't roll up and it's a good 25 degrees right now... gotta love Fridays...

Unholychaos's Comment
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Update. Someone was sent to start my truck with a pair of needle nose pliers. I proceeded to drop my trailer then bobtail to the shop I to which I was directed. I'm there now, waiting for the starter and my window to get fixed. Afterwards, I need to head back to the customer to grab my trailer.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yeah, winter time! I spent a late winter night in Burlington VT. Two of my batteries froze so my bunk heater went out around 2am. And then no way to start the engine.

Fortunately I had a down sleeping bag or I would have turned into an icicle myself! Took a guy 1 1/2 hours to come and jump-start my truck.

Breakdowns are a wonderful way to pass a winter's day -- or night!

Unholychaos's Comment
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Yeah, winter time! I spent a late winter night in Burlington VT. Two of my batteries froze so my bunk heater went out around 2am. And then no way to start the engine.

Fortunately I had a down sleeping bag or I would have turned into an icicle myself! Took a guy 1 1/2 hours to come and jump-start my truck.

Breakdowns are a wonderful way to pass a winter's day -- or night!

My batteries are fine. Bunk heater works, everything electrical is fine. It's literally only the starter and the window. I'm thinking the window is a wiring issue, as it goes down just fine, but brining it up is the issue. I noticed it early this morning; it took a good 10 mins or so of spamming the "window up" button for it to finally move. But now it's shot.

PackRat's Comment
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Sorry for your breakdown. Did you try cranking it in gear, if you have a manual tranny? Sometimes a truck can develop a flat spot on the flywheel and it won't do anything. Get pulled forward several feet, or manually turn the motor over, and it will start again. Your window sounds like a burned out motor to me.

mikemotorbike's Comment
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Sorry for your breakdown. Did you try cranking it in gear, if you have a manual tranny? Sometimes a truck can develop a flat spot on the flywheel and it won't do anything. Get pulled forward several feet, or manually turn the motor over, and it will start again. Your window sounds like a burned out motor to me.

Problem: Window motors get weak.

Solution: Lubricate the weather-sealed side and top tracks with silicone spray, and/or place hands on either side of window in a praying-hands position, and push together to force window up, while a helper presses the switch. If no helper, one hand pushing hard up while other on switch.

PackRat's Comment
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Good point, mikemotorbike! Could be an easier fix. I'm thinking that it may be more, since it stopped working at all.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Sorry for your breakdown. Did you try cranking it in gear, if you have a manual tranny? Sometimes a truck can develop a flat spot on the flywheel and it won't do anything. Get pulled forward several feet, or manually turn the motor over, and it will start again. Your window sounds like a burned out motor to me.

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Problem: Window motors get weak.

Solution: Lubricate the weather-sealed side and top tracks with silicone spray, and/or place hands on either side of window in a praying-hands position, and push together to force window up, while a helper presses the switch. If no helper, one hand pushing hard up while other on switch.

I did try that, but it didn't help. Either way, both the starter and the window is fixed, took a good 4h, so in total I lost about 6h of my day today, but I was still able to pick up my next load and relay it with about 20m on my clock.

Today sucked, but at least it wasn't anything more.

PJ's Comment
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Anything mechanical can and will break, usually at the worst time. Sorry it happened but really it's minor compared to what can happen and will take much longer to fix. Only loosing roughly half a day and your rolling, my hat's off to your maintance folks. Always be prepared for the worst and hope and pray for the best.

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