I'd Say This Was A Good Call, Right?

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Pick/Grin's Comment
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Went from MA to WI, I-80 most of the way. Loaded heavy, but I've been getting awesome miles all week. I stop at exit 71 in Ohio, wait my ten and start rolling again at 0300, still got a ways to go on the day of the appointment.

A few miles down the road and my check engine light's on, but no difference in the ride so I find a spot to pull off and check all my fluids and whatnot. I can't find anything wrong, levels are consistent and I can't see anything dripping. I alert dispatch and am given the green light to keep at it. Some minutes pass and my radar (controls cruise, gauges distance and speed, and activates engine brakes if an object is detected) starts acting up in addition to the engine icon. I gulp and figure dispatch doesn't wanna hear this at such an ungodly hour. I let them know that I gotta stop at the terminal before I continue towards the consignee to get it sorted out. It gets "fixed" and immediately craps out a mile outta the gate. Luckily, the cons was ten minutes away from another terminal. The truck was sent to a dealership and I've got a bunk here, no complaints.

Being connected to so many functions, the radar is turning the engine light on. It's purely for convenience, and the delays pushed delivery back a whole day, but I got 2750~ miles in six days and I feel like this was a good decision.

I figure if I get pulled over, a light on the dash would prompt a more thorough inspection, despite being legal as the radar is not a primary function. Good call? I'm alright with my miles so I'm happy as can be, and I would imagine even something minor would need to be fixed quickly.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Scott O.'s Comment
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There's two check engine lights one is OK to run till you can get it checked the other one is red and will shut your truck down... I drove for a month with the check engine light on and knew it had to do with the def.. So just rolled on like maintenance said..

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