Helpful Youtube For Mechanical Stuff?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm very observant and when my truck starts acting funny I notice.. but don't know what the cause is or how to fix it. After hanging out with a Prime mechanic who checked out some issues... I got several possible reasons why my truck seemed differernt. One of the issues was the locking jaws not working... I posted here... turned out that there was a build up of old grease that got crusty and caused the issues. One of the teaikers i picked up had sooooo much grease i got covered in it trying to clean it off my 5th wheel. When I removed it... bam.. my jaws locked again without problems.

He also mentioned that too much grease can get pushed off the 5th wheel and land on the drive shafts or other parts. DOT might see it and think it is a leak or problem.

There were a few other points he made.. none of which any of my 3 trainers ever mentioned... one gave me a flat out wrong answer.

So.... is there a video series or info site any of you find useful and credible?

Thanks

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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The mechanic was spot on about the grease buildup, it can cause problems. Every so often, it's not a bad idea to have them clean the 5th wheel at the truck wash and apply a fresh coat of grease, plus it'll be clean. As far as YouTube videos to watch, I honestly couldn't tell you what's out there but I know there are quite a few folks on here who can help steer you in the right direction if you have any issues.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The mechanic was spot on about the grease buildup, it can cause problems. Every so often, it's not a bad idea to have them clean the 5th wheel at the truck wash and apply a fresh coat of grease, plus it'll be clean. As far as YouTube videos to watch, I honestly couldn't tell you what's out there but I know there are quite a few folks on here who can help steer you in the right direction if you have any issues.

He actually told me to go get it washed out every three to six months. on the written test it said you should drain the air tanks once a day. when i asked my trainer i was told the newer trucks do it automatically. THREE trainers and i never one ever drain the tanks. so i didnt know how. apparently that was part of my brake issues. I really think there should be some sort of maintenance classes or videos for new drivers. im one of those tackle everything kind of people. im half tempted to find an online mechanic course and learn as much as i can.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well Rainy, you learned 2 new things today out of that experience....Too much grease is not always a good thing, and old stuff needs removed every so often. Most lube guys don't have a clue and goober tons of grease on the 5th wheels! Without cleaning off the old hard, dry gunk.

Air tanks, auto-drain, or not, still collect lots of water from condensation, on the bottom of them tanks (where the drain valve is!) And you seen what happened, water got spread thru out the air brake system, lines, air & check valves, etc causing brake issues.......Expect "maybe",later down the road, brake can diaphram, or 2, begin to fail as well, (Still could be awhile for that) just another bad thing from that water, not being drained :)

Tractor Man's Comment
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We have been post tripping our trucks since the 3rd day at the Swift Academy in Phoenix. We MUST drain the tanks daily. different trucks have different procedures. The Volvo's have a cable under the driver side steps, the Internationals have a pet**** on each tank under the back of the cab.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Pet**** = small brass valve. This site thinks pet**** is a bad word. LOLrofl-1.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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Pet**** = small brass valve. This site thinks pet**** is a bad word. LOLrofl-1.gif

I know. Who directed the movie Psycho?

Herman Melville wrote a Great American Novel. Moby _______.

And all you're worried about is your pet rooster!

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OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Keith D(guitarzan)'s Comment
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Pet**** = small brass valve. This site thinks pet**** is a bad word. LOLrofl-1.gif

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I know. Who directed the movie Psycho?

Herman Melville wrote a Great American Novel. Moby _______.

And all you're worried about is your pet rooster!

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Funniest things I've read today - I'm rollin' LMAO!

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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