Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    A little pre-upodate update. Yearly numbers estimate (pre-accountant) will be posted in a couple days.

    I learned several things over the last few days.

    First: I have always hated bodywash soap because it didn't lather. I also hated those #### mesh fabric loofa things because they were annoying. In a random experimentation event the other day, I discovered that using bodywash AND a loofa together led to really strong sudsing and a good clean. I might even invest in the stuff for my personal toiletries kit.

    Second: When you go to a doctor and get your blood pressure read, if there is ANY pain whatsoever, ask the doctor/nurse to retest with a larger blood pressure cuff. Pain, even easily ignorable pain, will raise your blood pressure instantly, by a good bit.

    Third: My truck is being annoying again. Several little things. A Front main seal, a cut plug, and the oilpan gasket are all leaking oil. The oilpan gasket will be covered under engine rebuild warranty. The coolant tank has a small crack, and a couple of the hoses are starting to show cracking and need replacing while the coolant tank is being replaced. And the rearmost drive axle brakes need drum (EDIT FIXED) and shoe replacement. Trying to get another full shoe of life out of the hubs will probably lead to out of round hubs or worse.

    Needless to say, the first two otems are good to know. The last is not. I can afford the repairs, but it's more than a bit irritating to get some cash in the bank, then have it get sucked back out for repairs. Truck has nearly 600k miles on it now. I'm hoping that these age related issues due to plastic/rubber degradation are just abut done for now.
     
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  2. spyder7723

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    How in the world can shoes make a hub out of round?! They don't touch the hub.
     
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  3. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    What?

    Sorry, wrong word. Drums. Brainfart.
     
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  4. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Hubs don't go bad unless there's a reason. And they have no effect on brakes unless the inner seal leaks.
     
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    An old rule of thumb is change the drums every other brake job. But now, some shoe manufacturers are making shoes out of a much harder material that just eats up cast drums. Need to check it with a micrometer and see how much of the drum is still there. I wouldn't worry about them being out of round, they would tell ya that if they were. The truck would jump up and down when you hit the brakes
     
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  6. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    Yes. One of my trainers had out of round brakes at one time. I remember what they felt like. With nearly 600k miles on the drums, I have no problem with them being replaced. There is a significant visible depth of wear to them, where the shoes fit.
     
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    It certainly wont hurt to put new ones on. And considering you dont do your own work it's probably best.
    I would definately recommend that you spend the extra and get steel, balanced drums and not the cheap cast iron drums.
     
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  8. Farmerbob1

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    The truck will have a full set of new drums after these are done. All replaced in the last 150k miles. If I keep the truck long enough to need more drums, I will consider going to steel rather than iron.
     
  9. Rideandrepair

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    Oh just look at the drums for a big ridge, and feel them across with your fingers.Smooth? Minor spider cracks are normal, Reuse, deep ridges, replace. Buy the cheapest ones you can find, if needed. Get the good brake shoes, coated for corrosion
     
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  10. Midwest Trucker

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    These repairs will never end. I can relate 100%. Get used to it and get a better paying gig or buy a new truck and probably still get a better paying gig.
     
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