Profile For Mike E.

Mike E.'s Info

  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 8 months ago

Mike E.'s Bio

Forklift Operator for 10+ years.

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Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

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Be sure that the thingamajig that makes the whatchamacallit turn on the dohickey is not cracked, bent, broken or missing!confused.gifwtf.gifrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif

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And remember the thingamabob next to it needs to be properly secured with no loose or missing whatsits.

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All of this can be avoided by carrying a yellow widgit.

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Bring an extra bottle or two of blinker fluid

HAHAHA, you guys!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

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Btw. Doc Brown said to make sure you check the Flux capacitor.

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On it! Thank you, sir!

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Anytime, I'm here to help.

Also, since it's not a DeLorean, he cranked the speed down from 88 to 67.

LOL! I wanted to get mine set to 66 or 67, only for passing though. Sucks when both of you are going the same speed but then you hit a hill and they slow down, but by the time you start to pass going down, they are still there!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

Btw. Doc Brown said to make sure you check the Flux capacitor.

On it! Thank you, sir!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

The missing Battery tie down rod needs to be replaced,,,, Unsecured and Loose write up,,, Battery hardware is important and cheap

Yep, $14.23 :)

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

Think of it like this. That mileage, and if prior owners didn't keep up on regular maintenance and oil changes, the internals of the whole engine assembly is covered in blackness. So upon initial start up, and a few miles even the new oil, WILL look as bad as the old stuff! Same on automotive diesels will be true. I'm an engine building specialist by trade, and it's nothing new. I started out on big rigs, Cummin's,Cat's,Internationals etc. Just the nature of the beast, and most big rig engines should get near 750k-1 million miles easily before a total in-frame (usually!) Remember, the oil coolers and other spaces/parts inside, will still hold small amounts of dirty oil, it never ALL comes out. Not like they let it sit overnight draining, it's get em in, get em done, get paid! lol

Thank you for this!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

Also, I'm all for the technical aspects. I may understand little to nothing, but I will have to learn this stuff eventually. As long as you don't mind explaining certain things, that is. :p

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

Just out of curiosity Mike. Did they do a blowby test on a dyno? I'm wondering if that's not leading to the oil being so dark so early on. I won't get into the technical aspects of how many inches of blowby there should be blah blah blah and I'm not honestly sure on the specs for that motor in regards to possibly being due for an in frame rebuild.

Yeah, I'm not qualified to really say anything about that, but an in frame at 500k sounds extremely early. Especially for this motor. But, what do I know.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

The way I'm reading it, he noticed it on his initial pre trip when picking it up. It might have a couple test drives on it but not enough miles on it yet to leave it looking like it's been in there a while.

It does have 464,000 miles on it, but that's kind of what I'm thinking. I checked it before (expecting it to be black) but after the PM, it would probably have a good 30 miles on it. I wouldn't think that would be enough to turn it as dark as it was. So like I had said before, I'm just wondering if it would be a good idea to just change the oil again sooner rather than later. I just want this thing to be in the best condition it can be in.

As I also had said before, my best guess would be that whoever had it previously, didn't take the greatest care of it. So maybe it needs this. And to be honest, after all the stuff I made them aware of that they kindly ended up fixing in the end, I think it further proves my opinion. They wanted $2,300 (at VoMac) to fix stuff and thats not even including the 5th wheel stuff that the truck sales place fixed for me.

I took the truck and hooked it up to a trailer at my terminal to act as if I were carrying out my regular duties. The 5th wheel wouldn't even lock into place! So they had to replace the springs and the locking mechanism. I am unsure of the correct term. I heard it cost somewhere around $1,000 to replace or get a kit. Glad I don't have to worry about any of that!

But it is running great now. I will be taking it to Chicago tonight for my first trip. Hope everything turns out well!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

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I realize it's been over a year since my last post. I don't even know how to find it!

Anyway, my question is this. I recently picked up a Volvo VNL64T300 day cab and had VoMac do their "standard PM on. I wanted to look over everything they did and upon checking the oil, again, I noticed it was STILL black. Now I know that cars are different than trucks, but BLACK, STILL..?

Any knowledge of this will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance

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You need to bring the service manager out to look at it. If they did not change the filter then you now have 10 gallons of dirty oil. They would need to change it again. It might be darker than normal but it should not be black.

I know they changed the filters. It looks like there are 3 next to each other and then a 4th on another side. I don't know much about the VE D12 so I have a lot to learn as far as that goes. I have a lot to learn in general, but I really wondered about that. Maybe I'll have another oil change sooner rather than later? It seems whoever had this vehicle before did not take the best care of it. The dealer did a lot to make sure it was ready. All I really have to do is replace the coolant filter and for some stupid reason, one of the rods that attaches the flange to the batteries is missing. Unbelievable, but I won't complain. Other than that, it turns out to be a pretty decent vehicle. Just needs some TLC!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Black engine oil?

I realize it's been over a year since my last post. I don't even know how to find it!

Anyway, my question is this. I recently picked up a Volvo VNL64T300 day cab and had VoMac do their "standard PM on. I wanted to look over everything they did and upon checking the oil, again, I noticed it was STILL black. Now I know that cars are different than trucks, but BLACK, STILL..?

Any knowledge of this will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Truck Driving School!

I found it, CDL Training Diaries. Also, silly question. How do I go about getting prehires? Is that any different than just filling out an application?

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Truck Driving School!

Good news. I just got the ok from WorkOne that they will be funding my schooling for truck driving. I begin on February 3rd and should be completed on the 21st. I can't describe how I feel. The past 3 months I've been working for a temp service driving forklift and spotting trailers. I know a spotter truck is nothing like the real thing, but I feel it is invaluable experience nonetheless. If there's one thing I've learned, it is a huge pain backing trailers in the snow, you can't see the lines! I do know exactly where I need to have the trailers though, since I work on both ends: inside and out. I suppose it wouldn't really matter as long as you can get the dock plate in, but we load and unload trailers 2 pallets at a time (side by side) so it's pertinent to have the trailer as perfectly lined up as possible.

Anyway, enough about that. I'm not exactly sure how to find my first thread, so I started this one. I would imagine the stage I'm at, I need to get as many prehires as possible. The company I work for has an account with Schneider and J.B. Hunt. I mention this because the guys that roll in and out of there are dedicated and I made the assumption that each and every one of them had to put their time in to get on that account. As it turns out, there are several people fresh out of school that are on this account as well. And from what I've been hearing from a lot of drivers, it may not be as hard to get on something like that myself. I suppose I just want to hear opinions and get any info that may also aid in getting me a job. As I had mentioned in my last thread, I think the biggest issue will be the suspensions that I had on my license. Even though I haven't had any tickets in the last 3 (almost 4) years, I've had some suspensions that are just now 2 years old. I think this may doom me, but I cannot be for sure.

Ultimately, my goal is to get on something local. I've heard that the first year, that's just not going to happen. If it doesn't, I'll do what I have to do, but not for the lack of trying. I have a 1 year old and I would like to spend as much time with him as possible. But he and my family are also a big reason I am doing this in the first place. I need to be able to support me and my family and I feel like this career is what I need to do that and for so many other reasons. If I were to go in to detail I would bore everyone. But simply, I hate working with people who don't want to work or follow the rules. So it's probably best I just work by MYSELF.

I'm going to try and detail my experience as much as possible. If there is a section for this, someone please direct me to it! And thanks in advance for any leads on job opportunities or advice!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Do I even have a chance..?

Thank you very much! I'll get right on that. My guess is, the only chance I have is to wait until that last suspension is at least 3 years old. Waiting isn't going to be easy!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Do I even have a chance..?

There is a really long story that goes along with this, but I will try to keep it to a minimum. Basically, I have been in Shipping & Receiving for over 10 years. For whatever reason, it wasn't until this year that I took an interest in becoming a truck driver. Forklift drivers just don't get paid well, in my opinion. Since my last job, the interest has only grown stronger. Now, at my current job, I spot trailers on occasion and I absolutely love it.

Here's the problem. Back in October, I quit my job to go to truck driving school, because my recruiter said that he was able to get me sponsored. The problem is, two days into truck driving school, they decided to revoke my sponsorship and they didn't give me a reason why. My guess would be (even though my recruiter said he got me approved) my driving record.

Now, while I have no accidents and the last ticket I received was a seat belt ticket on 5/6/10 the issue is with my suspensions. Every company that I have applied is able to get me through for everything until it comes to my suspensions. Sadly, I never paid any of my tickets on time. At the time, I had no intentions of paying them and then when I did, I didn't have the money.

I have 3 suspensions in the last 3 years and unfortunately, the most recent one is in regards to a ticket I received in 2009. Unbeknownst to me, I was apparently driving while this suspension was in effect due to not receiving anything in the mail.

So here it goes:

1. Effective Date: 10/24/11 - Expiration Date: 1/22/12 Offense Date: 6/16/09 2. Effective Date: 7/7/10 - Expiration Date: 7/7/11 No offense date given 3. Effective Date: 6/18/10 - Expiration Date: 9/13/11 this is for the last ticket (seat belt)

Just to put it out there, my license is currently valid and I have no points on it. I've past the 3 tests (General knowledge, Air brakes, Combination vehicles) at the BMV and can receive my CDL Class A permit as soon as I complete a D.O.T. physical (or so I'm told)

As I'm sure by now everyone is laughing at the thought of me even considering becoming a truck driver, I figure it wouldn't hurt to ask. I do not consider myself to be a bad driver, I just happen to be very good at getting caught doing stupid things. Going over the speed limit, no seat belt or what have you. As I said though, I've done a pretty good job as of the last 3 and a half years (I think!)

One thing I do know is that if there ever will be an opportunity for me, I will do anything to take advantage of it. It may turn out that if and when I do become a driver, I may not like it as much as I thought I would or at all. But it is in my best interest to do what I can to support my family and driving truck feels like the career path I was meant to take.

My apologies for the long post. If there is any hope for me at all, I appreciate any advice. Thank you

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