I haven't felt this stupid in many many years!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Curly88, May 20, 2019.

  1. Curly88

    Curly88 Light Load Member

    May 16, 2012
    Rexford Mt
    I bought my first truck this spring and am learning a lot of things! I replaced a relay valve on the tractor because it was purging air out the bottom. 'All the cans were working', well it still kept purging then it quit and started purging out of the treadle valve so someone said change it because there was air to the service and parking lines on the cans. I spent a whole day replacing that bloody treadle valve, still nothing, so I replaced the quick release valve. Now no purging unless I pulled the park button. At the end of the 3rd day I was so frustrated I just sat back and looked at the truck when i started looking at this one line going from the qr valve to the relay valve and realized that doesn't look right at all. I switched the 2 lines around and everything works! I'm relieved but feel really stupid stupid! 3 days and $300 in parts for 1 small mistake!
    Now I'm not really sure what the problem was in the first place.
  2. adayrider

    adayrider Road Train Member

    May 7, 2018
    Don't matter, it's fixed and $300 is cheaper than 5 or 6 the shop would have charged and you only would have gotten half the new parts.
  3. Milr72

    Milr72 Medium Load Member

    Dec 16, 2011
    S W Missouri
    Should have one of the Amish guys up there fix it. They won't drive one but some of them are pretty good mechanics!
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  4. Curly88

    Curly88 Light Load Member

    May 16, 2012
    Rexford Mt
    I got an amish guy that does my welding and general maintenance but he's never worked on airline systems on a big rig so I figured I'd dig in to it.
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  5. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    300.00 no biggie....try 3000.00 lol
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  6. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Look at the other side of the coin. You’re learning.
  7. rolls canardly

    rolls canardly Road Train Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    mt. pocono. pa.
    You get no Degree from the "College of Hard Knocks."
    You're now a Member in good standing.
    I once had a brake caliper freeze up on my Tow-truck, and tore it all down to change the rotor,
    and caliper, on 19.5 Wheels - the seal looked like new, so put it back together; 2 hour job.
    You guessed it, it leaked. *New Rule - new seal every time; (I had gotten away with it before.)
    That's 4 hours of my life I'll never get back.
  8. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    Now I'm not really sure what the problem was in the first place.

    glad you fixed it, but you also threw parts at it. that'll cost you in the long run, especially when you are low on cash and NEED a repair, that you cannot afford.

    i have said it many times, (others have as well), it's a "'good idea" to have "some mechanical knowledge" to do some repairs. but then comes a time to let the professionals do it too.
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  9. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    Nothing lost except some time.

    It surely would have cost you more at a shop.

    Now you know that part of your truck inside out.

    Little by little you will get to know the whole thing... And what repairs you will do and what you will send out.
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  10. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    Cheaper to change parts at home, than to pay someone on the road.

    Time (spent) invested, parts (probably) would have to be changed eventually.

    Knowledge acquired, priceless.
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