Trying new TROUBLES
by, 03.21.2012 at 10.54 PM (281 Views)
oh what a day i had! now after 10yrs otr and a new week on my new job. this morning started out like a rocket on a crash course for dayton beach. first of all i work for a local company out of Dover, Oh. and the usual morning starts with fueling up at the local trk stop. Well not for me this morning. i didn't look in the load envelope right to see if the fuel payment was there. until after i loaded 45 miles down the road, causing havic in the office.that put me behind terribly for unloading. but as i made my way furiously to the drop point:306 miles away from pickup, by 2pm. Thinking i wouldn't make it, but i did,,,not without problems though. there was oil spewing all over the engine(top&bottom) all over the catwalk, back of sleeper, ontop of the sleeper. all the way to the rear tandems, on the tarps and straps on front of load. and i still had 30 minutes to drop left to go. no cell signal, dont run qualcomm so that was out,,no trkstops for 60 miles either direction. by 1:45 the truck began to shimmy too much to keep my nerves cool. the stop&go traffic lights didnt help matters, seemed to make the truck run rougher. no cash on hand to buy oil, and by the time i got to the drop, i was leaking oil all over the customers lot. its very embarrassing to have a customer (new customer)point out that "atleast the load was tarped,,we have oil all over the tarps and in my lot!" so after cleaning up the mess my truck made, and wrapping up the tarps & straps, putting the equipment away.I begged the customer for forgiveness,,,Yeah right....and asked to call my dispatch. notified them of the trk issue. and was told to drive the trk back to ohio yard.but dont let it run lower than 1 gallon of oil....Hmmmmm...let me see,,the truck had just come out of the shop the day before,,i was notified that the leak is due to two bolts in the main block were missing,,thats why the trk had spewed so much oil,,,& i have no money to buy oil. and now they want me to run a truck that could at any second have a sudden engine sieze up. blow a rod or worse a piston thru the block due to no oil in the engine...let me think on that.....well i did what they wanted ran the truck as far as ripley,WV and stopped to check the oil level. i parked the truck, turned off the engine (in fear it wont start back up) and waited 15minutes to see if there was anything left to show on the dipstick. OF COURSE NOT! even after waiting a full hour for the engine to cool a little,i checked again. meanwhile as i waited i had notified the trk owner and the comapny of the no money deal,,they were cool about it and sent a WILL Call# to get oil. after the red tape and purchase, i proceeded to go back to the truck. at first glance off my general look around, the oil that was ALL OVER,,had seeped down, soaking the parking lot. i did put orsorbeant down but didnt have enough to cover the full length of trk & trl. i proceeded to pour 4 gallons of oil into the engine,,it drank it right up.the boss called after i had finished. let me know the whole crew is waiting for me at the shop over 140miles away and would be there until after the truck was taken care of. So with more than a bit of hesitation and panic, i started the engine. S.M.O.O.T.H start. a little to smooth for this particular trk. that made me more nervous.not to mention the the 3 different times back to the yard the truck tried desperately to stall on the interstate while in a curve or on a downhill stretch....YIPPPS!
eventually i made it back to Dover. but not without manically shakey hands, and nervous of steel turned to shattering glass. but i am alive and the truck is back in the shop.. i still have a job!dear god and all that were looking out for me
I'm Not Worthy................but thank you anyway. good night
yall be safe out there!