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I need to vent

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LB1234, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    2002 GMC was running real bad. Would almost stall at idle. Took it to mechanic. Explained we had a cracked exhaust manifold. Really? We just had that replaced last spring. He says that ain't right so he investifates further and says the hose had a pinhole in it so it was sucking in the outside air. So that is why it cracked the first time AND the second time.

    No big deal replace it...he orders part...part is on NATIONAL BACKORDER!!!! Part finally shipped (apparently this past Monday). He ordered it on October 2nd or 3rd. 4 freaking weeks to get an exhaust manifold. No problem, we have a second truck.

    On the 2nd I realize my brakes are pads are worn and need to be replaced. Replace both rears. On the 15th I hear my passenger side rear tire squaling really bad. Pull over and can't see anything. Jack up truck and remove tire. The damn brake caliper is missing a bolt. Okay let me go get one. I lost count after six places...4 dealerships to get the part...no one has it!!. Finally find one halfway across the state. I go get it place the bolt in and away I go. Back in business.

    Last Wednesay 7 in the morning start truck up (BTW '04 Chevy 71k miles) and loud squaling noise from engine. Goes away after five minutes (Was waiting for windows to defrost). Drive about two miles and noise comes back even worse. Pull over open hood sure enough sounds as if the alternator is shot...Drive to the mechanic...he says yep bearings in the alternator are shot need to replace he alternator. 400 bucks and a few hours later its replaced.

    Yesterday on the second job we put the truck in reverse to back the trailer up to load the equipment. Won't go in reverse. Find out passenger side brake is missing bolt as well. Jack it up pull tire off...not only is it missing brake we cracked the whole caliper off. Wind up cutting brake line, cripping the feed and disconnecting trailer.

    Had to drive to the mechanics with front brakes only...GREAT!! What a fun trip that was. Spoke to mechanic he asks who did the brakes last? I did...he asked did you put locktite on the bolts.. I laugh (had to at this point) and said I've done my truck brakes before and never have I had to place locktite on the bolts...I guess I was lucky. Whatever, just fix it.

    Had to call a contractor buddy of mine and see if I can borrow his truck to go get trailer. No problem I do that.

    Man what a month...

    Did I mention one of our enclosed trailers is in the shop getting body work performed, another can't be registered b/c the guy I bought it from never titled it (long story), single axle trailer has a problem with the springs and need to have that fixed, which leaves me with the dump trailer and nothing that can pull that!!!!!!weight:hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead:
  2. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Sounds like you have had a bad month overall with trucks.

    I wish I had not read it now, I do not want that bad "Truck Luck" rubbing off on me. I do not have the time, money ot patience to deal with that kind of mess right now...
  3. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 689

    man, the ssuuuucccckkkksssss!!!!!
  4. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    Thats why I won't touch a Chevy.:laugh: LOL

    That really sucks though good luck.
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    That's how it goes sometimes. Roll with the punches.
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    WOW some tuff luck lately, seems if you can get through the clean up times.........I would go over that baby with a fine tooth comb this winter......or maybe let someone else have it

  7. Digdug

    Digdug LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    SOunds just about like here. As fast as I get the equipment fixed its braking. Keep your head up.
  8. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,022

    There is "Murphy's Law" and then there is "LB1234's Law"
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    I got murphy's law in me...my brother and I have part Irish heritage.

    Spoke to mechanic today at 2pm...parts still weren't in. They were UPSs yesterday should have the truck in working order by tomorrow afternoon...provided parts came in today...fingers are crossed.

    I just got back from picking up my parents Toyota Sequia. Its the only person I know with a vehicle big enough to fit some of my leaf cleanup stuff. I took the rear seats out and folded up the middle seats. I have two push blowers in there, three backpack blowers, a carryall barrel, and two gas cans.

    Man are we going to look like the freakin lawnboy wannabee's tomorrow!!

    Anyone in central jersey can give a honk and wave and laugh at us tomorrow:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  10. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,538

    Well, If it makes you feel any better. Today I found out the back breaks are completely shot on my truck and we are leaving for a 200 mile trip on Saturday. Nice.

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