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CuriousFerret

Dodged a Bullet

Yesterday as I was heading into Oregon I got pulled into a scale house for a random weight check.  My axles were fine but I got the red light as I was about to pull out and continue on.  The state trooper had be pull off to the side and pointed out my driver side steer wheel had a crack in it I had missed on my pre-trip.

Everything else checked out but I had to have my company send out a repair truck with a new wheel.  Luckily I didn't get a fine and the repair cost was only $324.  All in all it could have been a lot worse if I had lost the steer wheel going down a hill.
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Added: 7 years, 10 months ago
 
Shokuji
7 years, 10 months ago
Glad you're okay! Are you driving an actual 18 wheeler, or more like a straight truck?
CuriousFerret
7 years, 10 months ago
18-wheeler.

I'm stuck till tomorrow due to snow, like half the country at the moment.
Shokuji
7 years, 10 months ago
We got like 5-inches over last night. o.o; Still here. v.v
WhyteYote
7 years, 10 months ago
Crap!  Was it aluminum or steel?  That would have sucked losing the steer wheel on a downhill.  Lucky you got off without any fine or anything; I've dealt with cracked U-joints and license plate crap that the CHP keeps seeming to enforce arbitrarily.  Thankfully I have an Owners' Responsibility form!
CuriousFerret
7 years, 10 months ago
Aluminum, my company is cheap.

The state trooper let me off without the fine cause he believes it was an act of god.

I didn't disagree.
WhyteYote
7 years, 10 months ago
Pound for pound, though, aluminum is more expensive than steel, but the difference is offset by the amount of things you can forge from aluminum versus steel, so it averages out.  I bet you dollars to donuts the rim was manufactured by Alcoa.  They make virtually all aluminum rims on the planet.  I wouldn't argue with the trooper, either!
leoncana
7 years, 10 months ago
*is glad you are ok* glad Mr. officer noticed, i wouldn't be happy if you hurt yourself, *pets* =3 but all is well
Gobby
7 years, 10 months ago
Yikes!  Glad you caught it in time.
EricAdler
7 years, 10 months ago
Why would you have been worried about the repair cost? If it's the company's truck, they should pay for the repair.

After all, was that wheel cracked before you pulled out, and you didn't see it, or was the 'crack' still an invisible flaw during the pre-trip, and it became a visible fracture on the road?  Unless the previous driver spotted it in a post-trip inspection, there's no way to be sure it didn't happen on the road.  If the previous driver spotted and reported it, the truck should have been pulled from service until the wheel was replaced, and if it happened on the road, would you have even felt it?  Those big rigs shake the ground so hard when they pass by, it's hard to conceive the cabin being any quieter than a steel mill when on the highway.
CuriousFerret
7 years, 10 months ago
I wasn't over concerned about cost, more surprised it was as low as it was.  Normally if you have to send out a truck to make an on the road repair the fee racks up fast.

I'm guessing it was still small and covered in road salt when I did my walk around and widened as I moved down the road.
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