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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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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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School Bus Fleet Time Management

Back in June of this year I wrote a School Transportation News article on saving time in a school bus fleet maintenance shop. The two organizations were First Student and National Express. They are...

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Back in June of this year I wrote a School Transportation News article on saving time in a school bus fleet maintenance shop. The two organizations were First Student and National Express. They are...

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Mercedes Diesel Engine Code - DPF Out Of Range High

This code is common with the MBE 900 Mercedes Diesel engine. It reads "DPF out of range high" which means the readings the engine control unit is receiving are out of the allowed limits. The 2...

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This code is common with the MBE 900 Mercedes Diesel engine. It reads "DPF out of range high" which means the readings the engine control unit is receiving are out of the allowed limits. The 2...

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Is Engine Oil Additive Necessary?

The salesman doing this demo is from LubriLabs and judging from the demo the engine oil additive he used is impressive. It costs 25.00 a liter or about half that by the drum. You need to mix 10%...

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The salesman doing this demo is from LubriLabs and judging from the demo the engine oil additive he used is impressive. It costs 25.00 a liter or about half that by the drum. You need to mix 10%...

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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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Top 8 World Famous Mechanics

Most people don't think "world famous" when they think mechanic. Instead, the image of a grease smeared, wrench yielding man who gives them a straight scoop about their car's woes comes to mind....

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Most people don't think "world famous" when they think mechanic. Instead, the image of a grease smeared, wrench yielding man who gives them a straight scoop about their car's woes comes to mind....

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