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Life Lessons with an Apprenticing Mechanic

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Life Lessons with an Apprenticing Mechanic

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What it’s all about

      Working as an apprentice mechanic is tough. Day after day of hard work, physically demanding labour, and mentally challenging tasks. Why do we do it? Why do we put...

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      Working as an apprentice mechanic is tough. Day after day of hard work, physically demanding labour, and mentally challenging tasks. Why do we do it? Why do we put...

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Beefing Up the Ol Mechanical resume

I just finished my first night of trucking school. 5:30-8:30 Pm. I’ve always had an interest in trucks, and trucking. Ever since my first job at a truck shop as a general labourer, when I was...

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I just finished my first night of trucking school. 5:30-8:30 Pm. I’ve always had an interest in trucks, and trucking. Ever since my first job at a truck shop as a general labourer, when I was...

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Working as an Apprentice, The trials and tribulations

The end of April, 2011. I was fresh out of my entry level trades training in Vancouver.  I had taken a year of diesel engine technology, at the British Columbia Institute of technology. I was...

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The end of April, 2011. I was fresh out of my entry level trades training in Vancouver.  I had taken a year of diesel engine technology, at the British Columbia Institute of technology. I was...

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Rookie in Blue

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1.2 Million km And Getting Older (Part 2)

The same old Freightliner axle on the same side. Remember the last thing I talked about? That’s right, the beaten up brakes on the rear axle of the Freightliner. Well, this time it’s a wheel...

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The same old Freightliner axle on the same side. Remember the last thing I talked about? That’s right, the beaten up brakes on the rear axle of the Freightliner. Well, this time it’s a wheel...

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1.2 Million km old and Getting Older (Part 1)

Hello again fellow mechanics and apprentices! This time around, I’d like to share some experiences with hub seals and brake jobs. Particularly an old Freightliner. The other day, we had a big,...

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Hello again fellow mechanics and apprentices! This time around, I’d like to share some experiences with hub seals and brake jobs. Particularly an old Freightliner. The other day, we had a big,...

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Unlucky #14

It’s amazing how quickly the feeling of success can fall to frustration and self-doubt. Not that long ago (yesterday actually), I had the wondrous task of changing a slack adjuster on a rather beat...

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It’s amazing how quickly the feeling of success can fall to frustration and self-doubt. Not that long ago (yesterday actually), I had the wondrous task of changing a slack adjuster on a rather beat...

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School Bus Mechanic

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Cummins ISB 6.7 Turbo Failure

The complaint from the operator was a hot running engine and there was a lack of power. This was a red flag that we experienced in the past. The symptoms were exactly the same when we had a...

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The complaint from the operator was a hot running engine and there was a lack of power. This was a red flag that we experienced in the past. The symptoms were exactly the same when we had a...

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Air Brakes - Park Brake Testing

The video below is how we check the spring brakes during a regular service. The plug that covers the hole at the rear of the brake chamber is a convenient way to do a visual inside the chamber...

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The video below is how we check the spring brakes during a regular service. The plug that covers the hole at the rear of the brake chamber is a convenient way to do a visual inside the chamber...

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School Bus Rear Engine Safety Feature

The system covered in the video is very simple but takes away any chance of the engine being cranked over when someone is working in the engine compartment. The interlock push button is...

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The system covered in the video is very simple but takes away any chance of the engine being cranked over when someone is working in the engine compartment. The interlock push button is...

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Hub Guest Blog

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The New Guy

Hub gets in late, sighs heavily as he unlaces his boots.  Covered in the usual layer of grime, grease and wood dust, he reaches a dirty hand into the fridge for a cold beverage and plops down at...

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Hub gets in late, sighs heavily as he unlaces his boots.  Covered in the usual layer of grime, grease and wood dust, he reaches a dirty hand into the fridge for a cold beverage and plops down at...

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The Mechanic's Wife

Whenever my truck is getting winched onto a wrecker here in our small town, the driver usually says, “Isn't your husband the mechanic over at Such and Such?” Yeah, yeah he is, never mind, just...

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Whenever my truck is getting winched onto a wrecker here in our small town, the driver usually says, “Isn't your husband the mechanic over at Such and Such?” Yeah, yeah he is, never mind, just...

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: 4 Tire Myths Debunked

As one of the most commonly replaced parts on a car, vehicle tires represent a $23 billion industry, according to IbisWorld.com. Everyone seems to have some kind of advice about proper tire care and...

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As one of the most commonly replaced parts on a car, vehicle tires represent a $23 billion industry, according to IbisWorld.com. Everyone seems to have some kind of advice about proper tire care and...

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