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Life Lessons with an Apprenticing Mechanic

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Life Lessons with an Apprenticing Mechanic

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Working as a mobile service technician

                Over my years as a mechanic, three to be exact. I have had the opportunity to be a mobile service...

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                Over my years as a mechanic, three to be exact. I have had the opportunity to be a mobile service...

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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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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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Advice on Pursuing a Mechanic Apprenticeship

I want to share some thoughts and advice on becoming a mechanic apprentice. It's not the “be all that ends all”... “follow it to the letter” advice but after all of the different jobs and...

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I want to share some thoughts and advice on becoming a mechanic apprentice. It's not the “be all that ends all”... “follow it to the letter” advice but after all of the different jobs and...

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School Bus Wabco ABS Light Staying On

Wabco ABS Dash Warning Light Staying On This problem has stumped us to the point that Thomas Bus Tech Support was our last resort. The ABS light was illuminating steady but there were no codes...

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Wabco ABS Dash Warning Light Staying On This problem has stumped us to the point that Thomas Bus Tech Support was our last resort. The ABS light was illuminating steady but there were no codes...

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Cummins ISC Diesel Turbo Failure

When the driver called on the 2 way radio he reported that there were huge clouds of smoke pumping out of the exhaust system. My first thought was "shut the thing down"...he was on a bad corner...

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When the driver called on the 2 way radio he reported that there were huge clouds of smoke pumping out of the exhaust system. My first thought was "shut the thing down"...he was on a bad corner...

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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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