My 1st Breakdown

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My 1st breakdown :(

Barreling South on 77 down the mountains 25 miles north of Wytheville VA. 8+ hours into the trip. Red "Stop" dash light, high pitch scream and engine shuts down at hwy speed. Very interesting experience, even broke a little sweat. Place triangles and dump in gallon of antifreeze. 12 miles to Love's Bastian but no services add half gallon water, 18 more miles to TA. New upper radiator hose comes tomorrow.

A week ago our terminal did a complete inspection and pm, and I've done the pretrips. No visible abrasions bulges or cuts, no puddle's, but the radiator support bar wore a hole in this hose.

Few moved over so I spilled a bit of antifreeze on the motor in my rush.

In the midst of warning lights, buzzers, engine failing: I some how noticed the approaching exit was a no truck, no reentry and got stopped right on the zipper as no shoulder 100ft further.

This is, imo, a design flaw that the upper radiator mounting bracket rubs a hole in the upper radiator hose. Even after pressurizing the cooling system, there was no obvious leak until mechanic pushed hose away from bracket and spray hit me 6' away.

If others with this Freightliner LW 2020 looked, they might easily catch this before it becomes an issue. Thus the reason for posting here.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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