Truck Broke Down - After Treatment Problems

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Jamie's Comment
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I just came off for and a half days of home time and one hour into my trip… my truck derated down to 55MPH due to problems detected with the after treatment system. I’ve had this problem recently last month when my truck derated down to 55MPH and then 5MPH the next morning.

I’m currently at a dealership Crete had me drive too in Jackson, TN. Checked in right as they closed but they said how they might be able to get to me tomorrow.

Although I’ve had two breakdowns recently, the truck has been amazing, I’ve only been in the shop twice now outside of PMs and for new tires in about 300,000 miles I’ve driven this truck.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jamie's Comment
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I really need to proof read my posts before submitting them… I always seem to miss an autocorrect when I make post on here. 😂

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

PackRat's Comment
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Mine did the same thing awhile back, Jamie. Everything was fine, then 20 miles north of Denver one night, a bunch of indicator warnings on the dash, and the reduction to 55 MPH.

I limped back to the Cheyenne DC and there a nox sensor was replaced. That cured that system. That 2018 1/2 FL was the best company truck I was ever assigned. Turned Irene in last month with 448,907 miles.

Jamie's Comment
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Yeah I had a similar problem last month and it turned out to be the nox sensor. The dealership replaced it the next day and I was on my way. A little over a month later, my truck derated again. Lucky I drove to the dealership last night because when I woke up this morning my truck was derated down to 5MPH.

I checked into the dealership this morning around 0710 and they said they'll assess the truck within two hours. But that didn't happen. I waited around until noon when I sent a text to my terminal asking for a loaner truck or a truck recovery. They ended up setting me up to do a truck recovery in GA, but sadly there was no rental cars available in my area so that didn't happen. I'm hoping they get the truck recovery setup tomorrow, because it's pretty nice. I'll get paid $0.50/m for 650 miles down to the truck, drive the truck 250 miles to the terminal and then get paid $0.50/m in another rental car back to Jackson.

So now I am seating in a hotel room until tomorrow before I find out what's going to happen.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Hotels are great for about 24 hours...

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hotels are great for about 24 hours...

Or just 10? Last time I got one for Tom .. it barely kept him cooped up for 8. Funny thing is, IT WAS a derate issue, in Toledo; last winter. They dropped him a 'new' tractor, he swapped the trailer w/ the empty on the 'new' tractor .... and the next day when he went to Napoleon, the 'broken' one was still there, waiting for a tow.

Nice to have an accommodating company, for sure.

I'd stay for 34, personally! On the company dime, no crime! Jacuzzi included... of course!

~ Anne ~

ps: It's really cool to see you back around, Jamie. Love the new Avi. I'll get out there w/y'all SOON as my R/C lets me!

Banks's Comment
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I hate that engine derate system. It happened to me on an interstate with a speed limit of 70 MPH. I made it 10 miles before my speed suddenly dropped to 15 MPH. I made it to the next exit and drove locally back to the terminal.

It's perfectly safe to drop to 15 MPH on the interstate for the sake of the environment.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Jamie's Comment
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It has now been two full days since my truck broke down originally, they finally pulled my truck into the shop late today and I just so happened to call for an update shortly after. They told me the NOX sensor has to be replaced, a parked regen completed and some type of test to confirm its fixed. So I should be back on the road tomorrow, assuming all that goes good.

My day wasn't so uneventful. I texted my terminal again this morning to see what the plans were for today, they yet again tried to get me a rental. This time they booked a rental with Hertz, and gave me all the information and got me an uber to the regional airport here. I arrived at the airport excited to be working again, that was short lived when they informed me they had no cars available for one way rentals. I informed my terminal, and long story short... I ended up waiting around at the airport for 3 hours before they got me an uber back to the hotel.

That's where I'm at currently, but my truck should be fixed by tomorrow... So I got that to look forward to.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Jamie's Comment
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Nice to have an accommodating company, for sure.

Yeah I was actually going to do a truck recovery for Crete to keep me busy while my truck was in the shop, but sadly that ended up not happening due to not being able to get a rental car in the area. But Crete is generally good at keeping drivers busy, they don't like us seating around to much. rofl-3.gif

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie, I’ve also run into the rental car shortage issue several times recently. Not just trucks I short supply. I hope you get your truck back on time

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