telling me to drive on a bad steer

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kolorado, Jun 19, 2021.

  1. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    Tires and Brakes get replaced before they get close to what is legal. That is why I M an O/O
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  3. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    Man that steering must’ve been shaking bad and a loud thump thump noise up front. You need to get used to sounds of your truck that way when you hear something strange you look harder at stuff.. The worst thing a driver can do is drive with stereo full blast. Sometimes a soft horn from another vehicle or a weird noise can save you big time hassles .
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  5. 228I10

    228I10 Bobtail Member

    Jun 8, 2021
    Call the safety manager and explain the situation or the owner if it's a smaller company. Either one should help you get it replaced. If they don't help, buy a new tire and have it installed. Drive to the nearest terminal, unpack your truck, turn in your keys, take an Uber to the nearest airport, and fly home. Find another company that cares about their equipment, drivers, and the motoring public.
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  6. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    LA (lower Alabama)
    Any updates? Don’t leave us hanging :eek:
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  7. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Anyone else think it’s funny how the OP had no problem driving on that tire that was likely shaking the whole front end of his truck until he happened to actually look and see the irregular wear?
  8. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    Depending on the roads he's been driving on, he might not have noticed the difference between road noise and a steer out of balance. At the time of the first post, he was on US-287 somewhere between Denver and Dallas, which is not exactly the smoothest truck route in the world. If he rides bumpy roads as a general rule due to the loads he gets, he might have gotten used to road noise and failed to note when it continued even after he hit stretches of smooth road.

    That's not an excuse, it's a reason. If he reads this I hope he remembers to watch the condition of the roads and pay attention to the feel of the truck whenever he hits newly paved, or very smooth older roads.
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  9. Capacity

    Capacity Road Train Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    Did op leave the yard earlier with the bad tire after a pre trip or was it a JRA just riding along and noticed it.
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  10. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    Curious what happened. Yet another poster who states the issue, gets advice (usually all over the place) and then disappears without letting us know what happens.
    That said, my 2 cents: although driver was negligent at discovering this during a pretrip, 2 wrongs don't make a right, continuing to run on a questionable steer is simply not a good idea. As a driver, it is my responsibility to drive a safe truck. I simply wouldn't have driven it until the tire was replaced. If that cost me my job, so be it. A company that won't fix a steer under those conditions, is simply not worth working for. Since the driver missed it during a pretrip and when it could have been rectified by the company at a much cheaper cost, that is an issue between the company and driver and if the driver received any punative punishment because he missed some thing he should have noticed, that part is on the driver. The company, regardless, needs to get the truck safe to drive before it goes anywhere.
    I'm lucky I work for a company that is pretty good about such things. I had both, fairly new, steers start to wear in the ripple pattern. You couldn't really see it, But, you could feel it when you ran your hand over the tire. I took it to a terminal and asked the tire shop guys what they thought. They said yep that's a problem and replaced both steers.
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  11. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
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