New Anthem Issues

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Chris W.'s Comment
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As some may know I had a Mack anthem that had some weird engine issues. Then got a new anthem and everything was going great. Unfortunately the new anthem is already having issues. The air pressures have been running lower and isn't going up. The wheels locked up and it just got towed this morning. Not sure what's going to happen. Just know I got some PTO and will not be starting my July 4 run. We do have another trucker on the forum that drives a anthem. @Richard does your anthem have any issues? Have you needed a new anthem before?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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New trucks almost always have bugs you need to work out. When I was assigned a new truck, I always wanted one that had at least 50,000 miles on it so that someone else had already worked out the bugs.

I can't help you with the issue you have, but I can assure you that bugs in new trucks are common.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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As some may know I had a Mack anthem that had some weird engine issues. Then got a new anthem and everything was going great. Unfortunately the new anthem is already having issues. The air pressures have been running lower and isn't going up. The wheels locked up and it just got towed this morning. Not sure what's going to happen. Just know I got some PTO and will not be starting my July 4 run. We do have another trucker on the forum that drives a anthem. @Richard does your anthem have any issues? Have you needed a new anthem before?

Awh, MAN, so sorry to hear that, Chris! See why you need a Pinnacle like G'Town and Tom and sometimes, DelcoDave? ;)

Just kidding. This right here, though:

New trucks almost always have bugs you need to work out. When I was assigned a new truck, I always wanted one that had at least 50,000 miles on it so that someone else had already worked out the bugs.

I can't help you with the issue you have, but I can assure you that bugs in new trucks are common.

Exactly, this ^^^ .

My guy would rather have a 'broken in' tractor, anyday. You can buy the 'new truck' smell in a spray bottle, anymore! LoL.

I sure DO like Richard's ride, as well. IMHO, the next best thing to a Pete (Like PJ's) is a Mack !!!!

I shouted to him, here for ya: Richard's Mack Attack !!! :)

Hope it works out & gets fixed SOON for ya, man. What a bummer. Be glad you 'aren't' an O/O !!!

~ Anne ~

Stevo Reno's Comment
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My mentor @ CRST "had" a newly broken in truck by he n his co driver....2022 FL. Well first time month or so ago, it spit out a Jake brake rocker arm.....Goes in the shop, in Dallas terminal. Took them a few days to figure out what happened, get it fixed, week later they back on road Had a load back to Calif for home time.Get back here, BANG, spits it out again during off duty shopping run 7 miles from Riverside terminal. Needs towed in for round 2. Another 2 weeks later, they are once again rolling.

3rd times a charm in Dallas, spits it again a mile from the terminal. More week+ down time!! Finally, last Monday, they are swapped out into. Brand new 2023 FL Cascadia....FL knows they have an issue of this problem, having yet figure out a fix. Has happened to them even sitting at the yard idling for the AC. Lol

I told him maybe, the 3 strikes "lemon law" buy back law should apply

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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New trucks and older trucks all will have mechanical issues. My current truck has been down for DEF/DPF problems three times for at least two days each time. I have had the mechanical side of the APU worked on three times, also. Yesterday, I had the radiator replaced, two new drive tires, the rear drive brakes and rotors, annual inspection, all the filters replaced, two new headlight bulbs, and a grease job.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Richard F.'s Comment
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No mechanical problems with my mack so far at 55k kms other than being a magnet for idiot 4 wheelers lol 😂

Stevo Reno's Comment
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True Packrat lol, when I worked at local auto shop and we were also the #1 U Haul dealer in the zone, I also did the break down calls for U-Haul equipment, 24/7

This 1 day I was at home, when the boss called me to go to the Cajon Pass, northbound side, to look at a 26 ft truck.. That called the hotline about a fluid leak of some sort. So I drove my '69 VW lowered bus to the customer on the side of the I-15, 2 miles from my house almost near the Pilot....

So I roll up, get out & check out their problem, which was a slightly loose fitting on PS hose. I tell em "OK I willl be back in 15 minutes with my big wrenches to fix it" They were like "Don't you got tools with you now?" I said NO, ya don't see MY vehicle broke down on the road, do ya? lol. I've had to change radiators on the side of the 15 NB in the summer, because idiots, overload the trucks,try to pull the hill at 75 mph, with the AC on full blast ! Ya really can't fix stoopid

They were rude and impatient, and there was 3 other cars with the truck, buncha 20 somethings. So couple guys hop in car, and go to the Pilot, to buy, a pair of PLIERS!! hahaha.... Ok fine, lemme see how good this is gunna work out......I did get it to tighten up the hose to stop the leak, and sent em on their way....ONLY time I carried any tools in my vehicles, is when I'm going back n forth to BHC Az. and just in case I do have problems along the way. I used to carry enough tools I could do anything, even did a head gasket at friends passing thru. If MY shyt breaks down, I'm not much of a mechanic hahaha

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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The best part? I don't have to spend a dime on it.

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Dave T.'s Comment
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I’ve been driving a new to me Anthem for a few weeks now. It’s only got 122k miles on it but the previous driver trashed it. I’ve been spending my down time trying to clean it up. Haven’t had any issues with it other then that stupid hood. Who ever designed that latch system needs to go back to school. All of our trucks (day cabs) have the same problem; the hood shakes, rattles and rolls with every bump and twist. Haven’t figured out a way yet to adjust it or make it stop. Another issue we are having is with the LED headlights. They’re pointing in every direction but where they need to be and blinding oncoming traffic but the shop says there no way to adjust them 🤷🏻‍♂️ I’ve gotta see if there’s a way to do it. As for the engine brake, mine works but it’s very sporadic.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

PackRat's Comment
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Go with a Google search, or a YouTube search, for headlight adjustment.

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