Thought I Was Going To Die

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PackRat's Comment
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WOW! That's a bad situation to endure, Grumpy. Glad it wasn't worse for you, and you used your ingenuity to get that dilemma solved. Great job!

That's always been a secret fear of mine with the electric power window switches: will it fail in the "down" position? Do these ever fail in the "up" position?

As most of you have read by now, I'm of the mindset that one can never have to many tools on hand.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Old school when you say things like “condemning lack of initiative,” it worries me, because when it comes to DIY repairs and home improvements, I don’t know my right hand from my left. I wouldn’t know the first thing in this situation about how to figure the problem out for myself.

True story: I’ve actually been asked NOT to paint or help people move, when I was free and available, out of concern I would break something or set them back hours correcting my mistakes!

I’ve always been an excellent driver and love to do puzzles and individual tasks, but if it comes down to knowing how to fix things in order to be a top tier driver, that’s a huge strike against me. Do companies teach classes on how to fix things?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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True story: I’ve actually been asked NOT to paint or help people move, when I was free and available, out of concern I would break something or set them back hours correcting my mistakes!

rofl-3.gif confused.gif rofl-2.gif I can't help you there Eugene. I will say that you don't have to be able to fix things to do well at this. It might come in handy every now and then, but in your case I recommend you learn how to get your repairs called in so that you can be efficiently waiting on a service technician to help you get it done right. You will figure it out. Trust me, there are a lot of drivers out here who can't change a headlight bulb. It's easily done, but if you can't do it don't sweat it. Just don't be "that guy" that drops messed up trailers off for other drivers to pick up. Get them to a repair facility or a terminal repair shop. You may not be able to help yourself, but you can learn to be a help to the rest of us.

Terminal:

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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True story: I’ve actually been asked NOT to paint or help people move, when I was free and available, out of concern I would break something or set them back hours correcting my mistakes!

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rofl-3.gif confused.gif rofl-2.gif I can't help you there Eugene. I will say that you don't have to be able to fix things to do well at this. It might come in handy every now and then, but in your case I recommend you learn how to get your repairs called in so that you can be efficiently waiting on a service technician to help you get it done right. You will figure it out. Trust me, there are a lot of drivers out here who can't change a headlight bulb. It's easily done, but if you can't do it don't sweat it. Just don't be "that guy" that drops messed up trailers off for other drivers to pick up. Get them to a repair facility or a terminal repair shop. You may not be able to help yourself, but you can learn to be a help to the rest of us.

If I hadn’t been able to fix it, the next option was to cover the window opening with duct tape. Lol

Terminal:

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.

Phil M.'s Comment
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My driver side window switch died last night, with the window in the down position. It was 22 degrees at 18:00, with 30mph + winds.

My company would have sent out road service, but what is the chance they would have a 2015 Freightliner window switch assembly?

I’ve carried a set of Torx screwdrivers for 2 years. I almost took them out a few months ago since I’ve only used them once but decided they didn’t take up much room so I kept them. Thank God I did.

I took the door apart, and switched the wire from the driver side switch to the passenger window switch. Problem solved until I can get to the shop.

On a side note, I’m parked at a closed receiver. Easily 100 empty spots. I was looking forward to a nice quiet night. Prime reefer pulls in and parks right beside me. This happens to me all the time.

Are these guys lonely or something? LOL

I got into the habit of carrying torx for changing the old style trailer incandescent lights that would be frequently torn off and busted up. I'd snag a few from old parts trailers in the yard to keep on hand when needed, which happened a lot when picking up trailers. Same for tail lights and such. I just keep a small folding set that takes up little space, same for allens, plus fuses, channel locks etc.. One night I had a pen or something roll across the CB posts on the dash of the Cascadia I was driving and it shorted out the eld, navigation, cb, am/fm stereo & whatever. Luckily I also had the trucks owners manual on hand to find the fuse box. I was relatively new to the Cascadia. Since I had several stops that night and it was snowing I knew I was going to miss the navigation most. Sure I could find my way but it is a very useful tool when you go to hundreds of different places having to get in & out from different directions. Anyway the fuse box I needed to get to is behind the glove compartment of all places and needs to be removed in its entirety to get to. I believe it is 4 torx screws and the whole thing comes right out, door and all and you're in like Flynn.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My driver side window switch died last night, with the window in the down position. It was 22 degrees at 18:00, with 30mph + winds.

My company would have sent out road service, but what is the chance they would have a 2015 Freightliner window switch assembly?

I’ve carried a set of Torx screwdrivers for 2 years. I almost took them out a few months ago since I’ve only used them once but decided they didn’t take up much room so I kept them. Thank God I did.

I took the door apart, and switched the wire from the driver side switch to the passenger window switch. Problem solved until I can get to the shop.

On a side note, I’m parked at a closed receiver. Easily 100 empty spots. I was looking forward to a nice quiet night. Prime reefer pulls in and parks right beside me. This happens to me all the time.

Are these guys lonely or something? LOL

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I got into the habit of carrying torx for changing the old style trailer incandescent lights that would be frequently torn off and busted up. I'd snag a few from old parts trailers in the yard to keep on hand when needed, which happened a lot when picking up trailers. Same for tail lights and such. I just keep a small folding set that takes up little space, same for allens, plus fuses, channel locks etc.. One night I had a pen or something roll across the CB posts on the dash of the Cascadia I was driving and it shorted out the eld, navigation, cb, am/fm stereo & whatever. Luckily I also had the trucks owners manual on hand to find the fuse box. I was relatively new to the Cascadia. Since I had several stops that night and it was snowing I knew I was going to miss the navigation most. Sure I could find my way but it is a very useful tool when you go to hundreds of different places having to get in & out from different directions. Anyway the fuse box I needed to get to is behind the glove compartment of all places and needs to be removed in its entirety to get to. I believe it is 4 torx screws and the whole thing comes right out, door and all and you're in like Flynn.

Yep. I have to pull a couple of fuses if my automatic greaser goes dry so it doesn’t damage itself.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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