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SBG can you relate?


So I get to work this morning and have a truck scheduled to get an oil change and rear brakes. This truck only has 58,000 miles on it so I think that this was going to be an easy one. No way should it need rears already so I'm thinking that I will have to get a rock or something out of the rotor to stop the grinding noise. This is one of the site crew foreman's trucks that is why I think this. I get the oil draining and lower the truck down and pull the wheels and low and behold the passenger side rear rotor is almost gone.He said it has only been making a noise for a couple days.(yeah right!)
Now I'm elbow deep in a job that should have been simple and then I get a phone call.

One of our dump truck drivers calls me and said "I need you to bring some wire and electrical stuff to Lexington to fix my parking lights. I have a police officer that has pulled me over for a random inspection and my parking lights are not working on the back of the bed."

So I stop what I'm doing and drive 50 miles to where he was and have him raise the bed and turn the lights on. I get my meter out and start checking for power and working my way towards the front of the truck. I am now 2 hrs into this thing including the drive and I think to myself,(are the lights working on the front?) I go and look and NOPE! not working. So I look at the driver with that (You Dumb Azz) look and lift the hood and pull the fuse.He said "Duh!!! I guess I could have did that before I called you. emoticon

I guess I need to learn who and what I'm dealing with and remember to try and get them to do the obvious things before I go out and stop assuming they can do anything besides drive the trucks.Funny thing is that they know it's a DOT requirement to have extra fuses in the truck just for that reason and suppose to check before they drive the truck to make sure there is.

On my way back to the shop I get another call from another guy on the steel crew that said his man lift quit and won't start back.

So after the dump truck ordeal I ask him if it has fuel in it and he said "I don't know let me call you back and I will check" .Five minutes later he calls back and said " No it is bone dry" emoticon

Now I have to go and break injector lines loose to bleed the system because somebody was to lazy to check the fuel before they started and he has cranked it until the battery was almost dead to try to get it started.What gets me is these diesel manlifts will run a week on a tank of fuel so that tells you how long it had been sence they checked it.Makes ya wonder how often they check the oil.

I finally get done with my simple brake job and oil change 9 hrs. later.Now I have to do all the paper work and try to explain what I did today.

True story and I can bet you believe me. This is an everyday thing. emoticon

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YES!!! I can relate! Unfortunatly, I'm not going to say all but most "drivers/operators" can do their job and thats IT. No common sense in most. They are supposed to (by law!) do their DOT walk around or daily inspections every morning and then again to finish the sheet out in the afternoon when they get back. Do you think they do it? Heck no they fire it off and take and never look back.

A couple of years ago we had a pickup engine lock up because it had no oil in it. The driver and his boss said that it was our fault. It wasn't "our" truck, was a pickup for the linecrew. How could it be our fault. They said that we (as in the garage) are supposed to keep oil in it??? emoticon WTF???? Its the drivers responsiblity for checking these things not the mechanic shop.

We have got linemen and helpers now driving these trucks. NOT DRIVERS. They keep tearing stuff up, you right it up as an accident and nothing ever gets done about it.

So to answer your question yes I can relate and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. This is a very sore subject for me I guess I'm just getting tired of pulling wrenches for a living. Maybe someday they'll be another opening somewhere else in the company. I had thought about going to the line crew at one point. But I don't think that would have been a good idea. Its not the heights that bother me its the people involved. emoticon
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The older I get the more I gotta believe people are just plain stupid. Got a call last week after that really bad storm we had that a server system was down. She's all wacked out an screaming to send a tech over right away THEN she says bring a flashlight too cause the power is out. Can she really be that stupid.

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I am sayin yes she can!

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Nitro, who da helll you supervisin'!

When you said supervisor, I didn't know you were gonna supervise yourself....

I'm apparently one of the few people at the office that works on my own stuff and otherwise knows how it works.....We have all kinda electrical crap that is turned on the whole time you're on shift and batteries keep running down. I keep tellin' 'em, you need to turn x, y, and z off when you're at the office 'cause there's too much draw. No, they don't do it 'cause then they'd have to remember to turn it back on when they left. emoticon

Then they !@#$ 'cause they need jumped again. Gee, go figure.

Hmmm, isn't there a definition of insanity as bein' the expectation of a different result when you keep doin' the same dam stupid thing??? emoticon

I keep tellin' the boss he ought to start putting big deep cycles in the cars 'cause we pull them batteries down further than I do my tm batts. None of 'em last a year and the service guy is gettin' pissed replacing 'em under warranty. emoticon

Part of the problem is we have a daily mileage limitation that ain't allowing us to put the juice back in that's getting used in a shift. I put the charger on mine once a week just to keep ahead.

SBJ: Gotta look at it this way - better to have linemen driving your trucks than truck drivers trying to reconnect power!?! emoticon

Bullet: You been around long enough not to have to "gotta believe" that people are stupid ....... YOU SHOULD BE KNOWIN' THEY'RE FRIGGIN STUPID! emoticon

oKAY. i FEEL BETTER NOW! emoticon

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 Nitey, how many cars do you have parked at the office at one time? Are they parked in the same place every time? What I mean is , is the designated parking for you cruisers? How close is it to power. Can you put battery maintainers on the cars and plug them up?

Another question. When you are sitting and watching traffic or at the doughnut shop or what ever you do when away from the office do you turn you cars off ever?The reason I ask is if you don't need curtain stuff when your not in the car then why in the heck did the service techs hook straight to power? Why not to the ignition? When you turn the car off it goes off and comes back on when you start it.

They also make devises that when the battery gets down to a curtain voltage it will shut down what ever you have running through it.

Bottom line is that it sounds like the guys in your depart ment aren't any different than the guys that are in the company I work for. emoticon emoticon

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Or you can do like we do with the inverters on the line trucks. They leave them on over the weekend and wonder why their batteries are dead as a hammer Monday mornin??? Put a relay inline with whatever they are leaving on so that when they cut the ignition switch off it automatically cuts off what they don't. It sucks but just about everything that you have to manually turn off or on you have to make it idiot proof. emoticon
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Much like limiting the mileage per shift to save gas, if you're sitting still - they want the car shut off. That includes whether it's in the 90s or 20s. So between no miles to drive and no idle time, there's little charge time.

A few pieces of equipment can be turned off when away from the car, but most of it has to be immediate-use available. Too much of this electronic crap has a boot-up lag time that can make ya crazy when you jump in and need it NOW. Some equipment has a calibration check process every time it's powered up. If you're in the car, it's all on.

Other simple things like rechargeable flashlights take time to charge back up but leaving 'em in the charge sleeve when the car ain't running, might make the difference between start/no-start when you get in later. Most of it's charge gets done at home.

No, we don't have outside power access at the new facility. But at least we got water faucets every 100' emoticon . We have some cars that are currently parked (not in use) but otherwise we take our assigned cars home. That way charging their batteries up gets paid for on our electric bill. emoticon

We have a single wheeled charger that low rate is 60 amp but vehicle needs to go inside a garage bay which is secure and climate control area. So, you pull the car around - go in thru walk in door - open overhead - drive in - close overhead....then reverse process to include hot runs. No auto/remote door openers, can't leave doors open, have to hold the button to run the door either direction for security. It all takes time that some of the guys just don't take.

I've suggested those charge capacitor units for on the batteries, but that would cost $.

Yup, some of the same kinds a people.

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I have the solution! They tell you how far you can drive and when to turn the car on and off but they don't tell you what gear to drive in. Run that sucker in a lower gear at about 4500 rpms. that will charge that battery or burn some oil, one or the other. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I didn't mention I have all of 100 gallons a month to use? Sorry 'bout that..... emoticon

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