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What most drivers do not know is that it is required for you to have a spare light and or bulb for every kind of bulb your truck has from head lights , tail lights to dash bulbs.
It is not a bad idea to have spare fuses, relays and a turn signal flasher in the bag of “keep on truckin” spare parts. No-one expects you to carry a spare starter or air compressor but the things that puts you out of service or gets you ticket is lights and brakes. Most drivers and OO’s do not carry a spare slack adjuster. It is not a bad idea if your even a little mechanical minded..
Seldom do drivers check the suspension bolts and the spring hanger bolts. Looking good is not good enough. Put hands on to check them for looseness.
Some drivers will use a wrench to do this.
If your truck has had suspension work recently then there is a good possibility you may have a loose bolt. No different than checking the torque on a wheel lug nuts after you have had a tire repaired.
Remember, Your the back bone of this country.
Keep on truckin drivers ,
Thanks for the feedback, Gordon — spare slack is a great suggestion, as are the others. Thanks as always for reading.
I want to pass along a lubrication tip to the OO’s that are as tired as I was of crawling under their truck to lube it.
I am in the processes of installing on my truck a closed greasing system.
This is what I am doing to help reduce or eliminate the possibility of moving parts failure and to reduce the chance of my truck not passing a equipment inspection.
I have installed an aluminum block with a Zirk fitting for each grease fitting for the rear suspension excluding the 5th wheel.
A like block is used for the front suspension and moving parts. Just mount it where it is easy for you to get to.
I have installed the aluminum feeder block on the brace ahead of the sliding 5th wheel plate for convenience. I can now stand in one spot and grease the undercarriage easily. No grease globs to earn me a ticker for excess grease and or oil now.
Clean, neat and convenient. No more sliding under the truck in a nasty urine drenched parking lot.
Then it is a simple matter of getting the grease gun out and never having to get under the truck to grease it again.
I am going to do my trailer that way too and it is going to be easier than the tractor.
This system assures me I will never again have some fitting with a glob of grease making me wonder if the fitting took it or was it a sloppy uncaring tech.
Far too many times I have had to clean the fittings after a TS grease job. They seem to just not care about neatness anymore.
No tickets for it either.
It has cost me less than $75 dollars for the tractor.
I hope this idea helps someone else keep their truck neatly lubed and in passing condition.
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