Anyone seen this yet ?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by bla bla bla FDX, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. bla bla bla FDX

    bla bla bla FDX New Member

  2. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    yea, already mentioned here the week it went on the internetz

    not referred to the same site, but at least youtube has a counter

    http://browncafe.com/community/threads/what-not-to-do.355629/

    didn't use the parking brake handle & jumped out of the vehicle too soon to make sure it was in P

    driver didn't say if he got distracted by those pack of dogs as he rounded the corner though
     
  3. bla bla bla FDX

    bla bla bla FDX New Member

    Thank God nobody got hurt :peaceful::peaceful:
     
  4. ImWaitingForTheDay

    ImWaitingForTheDay Annoy a conservative....Think for yourself

    More like the parking brake was broke,just like the majority of HD vehicles...
     
  5. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    How many HD vehicles have you been in?
     
  6. ImWaitingForTheDay

    ImWaitingForTheDay Annoy a conservative....Think for yourself

    Get to the point..
     
  7. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Does he need to spell it out for you?


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  8. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I think I already did.
     
  9. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    No, the driver was broke, just like the majority of Ground/HD employees.
     
  10. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    nah, if you clicked on the link i posted on reply #2,

    we were all guessing that he forgot to set the parking brake

    page 3 of that thread confirmed it w/ a news article:

    http://www.wkrn.com/story/25183823/runaway-fedex-truck-crashes-through-fence

    hmm, i've driven 3 vehicles that had bad parking brakes though... one almost ended my clean record
     
  11. prodriver

    prodriver Guest

    Great job on clean record, but why you take a van out that had a bad park brake?
     
  12. Route 66

    Route 66 Flacid Member

    Someone triple-dog-dared him
     
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  13. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    as a swing/cover, i hop into a different vehicle almost daily...

    no hills to verify if the parking brakes held until i'm on-the-road; the vehicles were already parked in the level warehouse spots for the AM sort/load

    after i knew about it, i definitely made myself aware to put it in P at every stop until i was done; then give that contractor a heads-up to fixing it or get a rental for the next day
     
  14. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    well well... it seems this Ground driver had the parking brake snapped on him while he was parked at a stop:

    http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com...cle_4c688ca6-cbd5-11e3-880b-001a4bcf6878.html

    "had parked the truck near the curb on a down slope, turned the wheels toward the curb and put on the parking brake." Rome, GA

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    i guess if he didn't turn his wheels towards the curb, it would have definitely travelled much farther...

    residents living in the area experienced these types of accidents as part of their every-day life:whiteflag:

    it seems since i don't have a regular vehicle to drive everyday, i'll be adding something new to my box of tricks:

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    glad i found this one on the road a while back & is currently using it for vehicle maintenance ~ finder's keepers!
     
  15. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    replacing that cable is actually cheap and simple. About a hundred bucks for parts and maybe an hour to remove and replace. I have never seen one "snap". They stretch until useless and then it's time to replace. In other words, the driver is full of crap.
     
  16. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    aha... or it was improperly adjusted...

    i just had a freightliner P500 this saturday

    keeping this topic in mind, i checked the parking brake handle & guess what? there was NO TENSION on it when i pulled it up!

    gah, good thing i know how to adjust it on-the-fly; just twist the handle & the adjustment at "point K" will take up the slack

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    is that correct, guys?

    then, when i was on-the-road, it did held

    ps: i gotta tell the contractor to balance his new tires up front ~ heavy wobble at 55-65 mph & that will wear out his suspension among other things...

    freightliner better in quality than the workhorse & newer utilimaster ford E350/450... the diesel powered one had almost 300,000 miles & was pulling strong ~ pretty impressed w/ it's tight turning radius as well
     
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...or just write it up and let the shop take care of it...


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  18. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    you know we're not really employees of Fedex, right?

    they can do that for Express... not us

    already told the contractor to check his vehicle on monday, in time for tues service

    or pay me to pull the rear wheels, dismount the rotor-drum combination & see if the parking brake shoes are worn down

    but, i'm suspecting a slightly stretched cable, but that adjustment i did will take up the slack... i just need to check at point K if it's at the limit ~ then a new cable will have to be ordered

    (the mechanic in me)
     
  19. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

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    Dont forget to shut the vehicle off and set the parking brake....
     
  20. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    and have 4 ways on.