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Life Lessons with an Apprenticing Mechanic

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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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Experienced Mechanics: The Wizards of Repair

Journeymen get older as apprentices grow wiser. As an apprenticing heavy equipment technician, I've had the opportunity to work with some incredible mechanics. Experienced mechanics have the kind of...

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Journeymen get older as apprentices grow wiser. As an apprenticing heavy equipment technician, I've had the opportunity to work with some incredible mechanics. Experienced mechanics have the kind of...

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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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Mechanic's Helper Tools and Reviews

The Threaded Oil Funnel Yes I think this featured oil funnel is cool and when you see it in the video you'll say to yourself..."that's cool!". It's a non-spill threaded funnel for Ford and GM...

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The Threaded Oil Funnel Yes I think this featured oil funnel is cool and when you see it in the video you'll say to yourself..."that's cool!". It's a non-spill threaded funnel for Ford and GM...

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No Windshield Wipers Low Speed C2 School Bus

Electrical Problem Solving - Thomas C2 School Bus Windshield Wipers Tracing out electrical wiring by hand is a hardship and time consuming. Thanks to original equipment manufacturers there are...

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Electrical Problem Solving - Thomas C2 School Bus Windshield Wipers Tracing out electrical wiring by hand is a hardship and time consuming. Thanks to original equipment manufacturers there are...

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School Bus Mechanic Garage Talk

Allison Transmission Clutch Pressure Test This is an old photo testing clutch pressures on an Allison 3000 series automatic transmission. The pressures would tell the story on clutch slippage...

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Allison Transmission Clutch Pressure Test This is an old photo testing clutch pressures on an Allison 3000 series automatic transmission. The pressures would tell the story on clutch slippage...

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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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