18WT #068: Old School Maintenance for LIGHTS on Your BIG RIG!

June 13, 2023  Patrick Heller / Janet McCue

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Episode #068

Oh, look at that. It's going in. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Action. Welcome to the 18 Wheel talk Podcast show? Yes. Welcome, welcome. Hey, we're often imitated Never duplicated. Never duplicated. The one, the only 18 Wheel Talk podcast show. Blue Green, big truck. That's us. Woo. Woo.

What are we talking about today, Patrick? Well, see in that, we are a podcast for truckers about truckers by truckers, and we try to educate and, and inform and entertain coach the generations out there. Mm-hmm. We're gonna do, we're gonna talk a little maintenance. Or as I call it, truckle luckle. Truckle. truckle luckle. Well, well, it was, it was supposed to say truck electrical. Maintenance. Maintenance. Particularly lights. Today we're, we're gonna talk lights or in Janet's words it's truckle luckle. She's tripping over it earlier. Tripping over my tongue. Trying to say truck electrical truckle luckle. Truckle luckin. Okay. Trackalackle. Let's talk Truckle luckle lights.

Let's talk track. A lack lights. No, it's truck. Uck Lights. Track Aack. Anyway, any, any who, welcome to the show. Welcome. Thank you so much. I'm Patrick. I'm Janet. All right, now we got that settled. Oh, okay. So proceed. Let's, let's get rolling. If you grew up around anything mechanical, maybe you took some classes, you know, along the way.

High school, junior college, college, whatever it is, you're probably familiar with some pretty basic auto electrical work. Maybe you just grew up in a garage like I did. Yeah. You know, Popping a few wires off your brother's car when he stole 'em off in here. Yeah, yeah, yeah. This type of thing. Yeah. And we won't get into that.

That's an episode for another day. That being said, it's come a long way since way back then, baby. Yeah. 20, 20 years ago you could just clip a wire and Yeah, wire the two back up. Put a wire nut on way to go. When I, yeah, when I was driving truck, if you had a problem, it was really easy to fix lights and fix a lot of stuff, but wow, things have really changed.

Oh, that's true. You know and trucking companies, they really appreciate it, especially small companies. If you could fix a light change of bulbs, you know, some of the basic stuff, even open up the dash where you're, Not the whole dash Right. But the but where the gauges are, where the gauges are, and fix a gauge or fix a light in there.

Mm-hmm. They appreciated stuff like that. If you had a, a wire that needed a little work on it, but instead of jiggling it. Yeah, fix it instead of smacking the dash a couple times. Oh, I gotta whack as See it works. Well, I did that a couple times for a while until I managed to get stopped for, you know, a weekend and then I pulled it off and fixed it, but, oh, there you go.

But meanwhile, I just kept smacking the dash so the gages worked because, well pow. My knee got sore when I tried it that way because that god damn it you're gonna work. Whoop,

I think you know me. Oh my God. Were you in the truck with me? I might have been. I thought your name was, was I live or was it Memorex? It was Taz. She told you all my secrets. It's possible why that little stink, pot. Anyway, your little rottweiler. miniture toy actually Toy schnauzer. Toy schnauzer that had a Rottweiler bark to her.

She actually did not her fault though. So nowadays, if you don't have proper certification to show you know what you're doing you do not wanna even consider opening up a dash. And most employers would probably chop your head upside or smack. Your probably go, what are you doing? What are you doing? And if you're certified to work on a tractor trailer or you'd be home every night, why are you driving one?

Unless you're making tons and tons of money. Exactly. If you're not working on 'em, if you're not driving it, you should be working on 'em. And if you're working on 'em yeah, you shouldn't be driving them. And unless, well, you gotta, you gotta have your own, you gotta have a license though to work on 'em.

Yeah. Figure, you gotta have a license for everything. Mm-hmm. But if, well, no, no. I mean, you actually have a li you have to have the the license to drive the truck to be able to work on it. Yes. Because you gotta be able to move it. I know. That's what I was trying to get at Uhhuh. Ohh, okay. And, but then if you're an owner operator, that's a whole different story.

You wanna pull the dash part that's on you, baby? Yeah. That's all on you brother. That's all on you. So, so, so you're up. Oh, I am? No, you want me to just keep on talking? No, you're doing a good job. I like So now you're discouraged from touching anything electrical on the semi after you thought you knew everything.

Well, I mean, you don't, you wanna help out, you wanna be the good boy and say, yo boss, I fixed that light. Well, my last job, if, if the trailer light went out and I was on the road and I knew that somebody was gonna pull me over, I would, if I don't have, if I didn't have an extra. It's just a little wire. I all us fails electrical tape.

Yeah. Say all us fails electrical tape. I chewing gum wrapping in bubble gum. I never, but you know what I mean? Yeah, yeah. I know what you mean. Chicken wire bubble gum. So this is where we backtrack. Okay. Because if you have No, no, no, you're, you're good. Okay. Because if you have a decent working knowledge of the fundamentals of automotive wiring, or in this case big rig wiring, uhhuh, there still are things that most employers are okay with if they're, especially if they're, you know, a smaller company.

But don't forget, don't touch anything on that semi if it's not yours, always check with your employer first. Cuz some of them don't want you even changing out. Well, some don't touch a chicken light, don't change a trailer bulb. Nothing. And, well, I just don't, I know some companies like the, the, my last company that I drove for mm-hmm.

It was a leased vehicle. Yes. Lease vehicle, lease trailers. And that's usually, no, no, no. You don't touch it. We'll get the company to come out and fix it. Well, well that and everything was LEDs. True. You don't wanna mess around with that because one wrong little And then now the whole trailer's out, or the whole tractor's, lights are out.

Now see, we had leased tractors. Mm-hmm. We unfortunately owned the trailers. Well, if you own it, then you can fuck it up all you want. Not me personally, the company I was working with. Right, right. But they still had the maintenance contract, the company that did the trucks. Right, right. So the maintenance contract trailers, some do that because depending on the, the size of the fleet, it's, but then if you're starting like I did at three o'clock in the morning and you've got one trailer light, one out, And you know, you wanna be 200 miles away at, you know, six o'clock in the morning when I left the yard.

No, if you've got the bulb or the wiring Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. Or whatever to fix it and take the 20 minutes to 10 minutes, whatever it is, and you can do it. Mm-hmm. You pulled out your flashlight like we've got a flashlight. Yeah. And that was your cue, Patrick. Oh yeah. Like we've got a really good flashlight.

That flashlight. Yeah. It's available on our website. You can go to 18wheeltalk.com and click on the flashlight. It'll take you over to Amazon where you could purchase. That said flashlight. Yeah. It's a rechargeable l e d. Yeah. It's better than mine that I had, but mine was good. It's got some good. It's better.

Mine was really good for hitting people. This one love me too. See, it's got, it's got some good girl. I just smacked the microphone with it. It's, it's actually not bad. It's got, yeah. It's a good flashlight. You could, it could probably double as a tire thumper. I know. It could double as a weapon if you're, someone's coming after you.

So, but yeah, I mean, for 40 bucks, that's not a bad light. Yep. And so I'd take my flashlight we're gonna be doing a review on this later. Yes, we are. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. But if you're interested now you can go to 18wheeltalk.com right there on the homepage. Just a picture, picture of it and everything.

Picture of the flashlight. Just click it. It'll take you there. So it'll take I would, I would prop my flashlight somewhere, you know, nearby. Yeah. Unfortunately that's not magnetic. I used to get those magnetic ones that you can get from Harbor Freight. Yep. Stick it right to the side. Mm-hmm. Oh, sorry. You interrupted again.

Ah, it's okay, baby. That's, sorry, Janice. Telling that story time. I'm not telling storytelling, I'm telling how I worked it because we had, that's a story. Trailers we own, tractors, we leased, and even though they did the maintenance, it was quicker to spend the 15 minutes to fix the wire or the light.

Right. I agree. Propping my flashlight up at three o'clock in the morning and, and fixing it mm-hmm. Than to drive. 20, 25 minutes to where they were. Right. Go sign in there, stay waiting, wait another 20 minutes or so to get, get in maybe hours 20. Or if I could get in and out and an hour, I'd have been happy.

You know, wait, even though I was on the clock, cuz I was hourly, wait two hours. Mm-hmm Because my trailers were loaded. You couldn't just swap trailers. Yeah. Wait two hours Just for a stupid light. Just a little light that you could've just that I could've spent 15, 20 minutes to it. It's, you know, you have a spare when you unplug it, you plug into the new one and if it lights, guess what?

Then the other one's bad. You pop it out of the holder, pop the new one in the holder, plug it in and go. Yeah. And we had some older drivers that I remember Al, he was really helpful. I got a one hair bugging me. I'm sorry, I don't have that problem. That's okay. But anyway, we had an older driver named Al that When I, like, I remember one time that the trailer light was really just giving me grief.

I couldn't find where the, where it was bad. Mm-hmm. It wasn't the bulb. I was tracing trying to find the wire and everything. And it's like it would flicker and it was fine and just couldn't find it. And he was leaving about the same time. There was three of us, Al Chuck and I, that left it the same time.

Okay. And Al came over and he's messing with it. And then Chuck came over and he's messing with it. And, and between the three next you're all messing with it. Yeah. But between the three of us, we found it. And it was just like in one of the clamps that held it up to the bottom of the trailer. Oh, the, the fault and the wire.

Yeah. That's where the wire was. And we're like, okay, that's where it's at. And I had the wire, I had another clamp, I had everything. And we just sniffed both ends, put a piece of wire in and used the little twisty thingies and wire nuts. That's it. The wire nuts. Uhhuh and then wire nuts. Electrical tape. And then, Al took electrical tape and went from the right before one wire nut and wrapped it all the way past the other one and then snapped it right back up there to the trailer.

Yep. And I was good to go. And I know that sounds and lasted longer than the rest of the wiring in probably. And that sounds like it took us forever. But I think start to finish, it took the three of us maybe 10 minutes. I was gonna say 10, 20 minutes tops. Yeah. Tops. Tops. Yeah. You know, that's, I mean, that's the big, but that's also teamwork.

But that's also the, the bulk of the time is spent finding the what. Finding the cause. Yeah. You know? Yeah. Because that was the only spot where we moved it every time we moved near that one spot. And he's like, well, I'm not gonna find the exact, just clip both ends and we'll fi. And he kept saying, do you have more wire?

Do you have, I'm like, here's my electrical kit. You've seen the electrical kit that I, yeah, I think it's out in our garage. It might be. I know I had one. Yeah. So. That's, you know, they appreciated stuff like that because it was a smaller company. Save them, I should say save them money. A really big company.

But it was a smaller location. Right. And they, the company allowed each location to run like a small company would. Mm-hmm. Does that make sense? Yeah. Yeah. To save money and do what you gotta do. Yeah. They weren't really big on the, oh, we're a big corporation, you gotta Right. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. You know, they, they did have their rules and regs for corporate, but stuff like that, they let you do, you know?

Right. And like I said, smaller companies are gonna let you do some things and they're gonna appreciate it. And we did some basic things. And when I worked for the Over the Road company, I did, that's where I learned a lot of the stuff. And they let you do some of the basic repairs, you know, and if you know some of that stuff, it can be easier to find and keep a job even now.

Well, yeah. You know, it's like, it's like, I've pulled into like a rest area. Mm-hmm. And did a, did a walk around before I went in. I, I saw what you're actually supposed to do. I always did a walk around before I, I went in, in, into the restroom and I noticed there was a light out, so I shut the track down, go into the restroom so that way I didn't wet myself.

I almost spit my drink out and and then I'd come out and I'd go check it if I could fix it. Great. Otherwise I'd get on, on the horn to the boss, say, Hey, I got, you know, XYZ is out, you know, whatever light it was. Mm-hmm. And I can't figure out what, what, you know, I think it's in the harness, but I'm not a mechanic.

Yeah. Right. I don't sub it. I think it's in the harness, but I'm no mechanic. So you might wanna send somebody out. That is one. Yeah. Now, I don't know how d o t is now because I haven't driven since 2009. Since my accident, they, yeah, but I know it used to be if you had like one light out or one light flickering, they'd give you basically like a fix it, like a slap on the wrist.

They'd say, okay, you need to get this fixed. Because if it was a, if it, I could get pulled in and I'd say, okay, I've traced, I can't find it. I've replaced the bulb. I'd even pop it and show 'em, here's the new bulb. I'm not finding it, and I'm on my way back to the terminal and they'd say, get it fixed. If it was a, like a marker light, yeah, that's one thing.

If it was a taillight turn signal light, then they're gonna, they're gonna knock you hard. If it was a marker light, hey, you gotta a marker light out and make sure you get it fixed. But a lot of people don't know because, because it's usually one on either end, three in a center, you know, on the back. Yes.

But. Some of our trailers had, because we ran curtain sides. Mm-hmm. Had a lot of marker lights at the top along the sides. Right. And if a, if D O T wants to get picky, they can give you a fix it ticket. Yep. For every burnout bulb. And you're responsible to pay the fine for every burnout bulb. Right. So these people that have all these chicken lights, which I'm a huge fan of, I some of nothing prettier than some look pretty, oh man.

These trucks that decorate for the 4th of July are for Christmas and everything. They're gorgeous. But any burnout bulb in that they can get a ticket for. So if they've got 40 burnout bulbs, a ticket for every one of them. ooffta Yeah. So as my brother would ask me, what's that mean? Well, that means ooffta.

Ooffta means hefty. Yeah. OOI in any lang in any language. It means, of course I explained by saying ooi. Hey, we, so anyway, a few things that you can still be done last renew, you know, That most employee employers appreciate is like tightening down things. Yeah, I like your batteries. I know some people don't know how to get to their batteries underneath the steps.

To me it was easy. Yeah. It's a couple of rubber, rubber holders. Mm-hmm. You know, and, and in your two handles you pull the step off. Yeah. My, there's two batteries. My step kinda, you, you released the rubber and then you kind of pushed in and Yeah. Pushed and pull out. Yeah. Pushed and up and out. Yep. Yeah. Eh, yeah, because the back, the back of it had a hook.

Yeah. So you had to unhook it. So, but some people don't know that. And I don't know if that's something they teach now or not. Honestly, I don't know. It, to me it was, but that's where the batteries, at least that's where they were. I'm assuming they still are. Yeah. There's usually a battery box, you know, and that's where my battery, but I'm just saying that's where the battery boxes were and.

You know, open up the battery boxes, there's your batteries and like you said, tighten them. Yeah, just you tighten them. You can, you can tighten them up, make making sure you got a good connection. Mm-hmm. If they're corroded, you can, you can loose 'em up a little bit and give 'em like a spritz. Like WD 40 usually is, is a good cure.

I usually, I used to loosen mine if I was a little corroded spray with some WD 40 you get and take it like a little wire brush. Mm-hmm. And, and kind of do you know what works when you don't have, when you can't find your wire brush? What's that? Emory board. Oh, of course you would have an Emory board.

Well, of course I know where my nail kit is. Oh my goodness. I might lose a tool, but I know where my, I don't lose tools very often though, but anyways, a little, yeah, a little WD 40, spray it on the, on the, the terminals. Mm-hmm. And then make sure your terminals are tight and have a good connection that, that would allow for that, you know, get a better connection, I should say after cleaning it.

Okay, so I have to ask, okay. How did you learn to clean battery terminals when you were a kid? What do you mean h how they taught me? Or how, what method did they teach you? When I was a kid? Yeah, when you were a kid. How old were you when you learned to teach cleaning battery terminals? I don't know. That was so long ago.

Oh my god. What? WD 40 The way I just said. Loosen up straight some WD 40 on it. Tighten it back down. Oh, okay. Why? Why do you ask? Oh, because in a pinch you could pour coca Coca-Cola on 'em. It cleans all the corrosion. Oh, that's true. Yeah. Coca-Cola, if you don't have WD Ford WD 40. Yeah. Coca-Cola will clean all the corrosion off and then you wipe it off with a rag.

Yes. And it's clean. Yes. I, it's, I forgot you're the home remedy queen. Of course. I don't think, to me that's a waste of Coca-Cola. I don't drink Coca-Cola, but I don't either. But sometimes pinch in a pinch, it might be thirsty. I'm gonna drink. But sometimes it's easier to find a Coca-Cola than WD 40. If you stop at a rest, stop, there's bound to be a vending machine with a soda Similar to Coca-Cola.

Yep. Vending machines don't have WD 40. What? Why? I knew they didn't. Wow. We need to get, we need to put a vending machine together. Zip it, zip, zip, zip it. Zippy. Zip, zip, zip, zip. So we're gonna, we're gonna bleep.

That's got bleep. So bleep. Clean all your battery posts that iss what we're saying, then retighten them down. That's one thing you can do. Sometimes you're gonna find you need to re tighten up your starter posts. Nope, I never did that. I've done that before. Only because that, I mean, the batteries, that, that's nothing, the starter, that's mechanical.

That, that, that falls under it would've fell under the lease. Yeah. But when you're out on the road and you, you know, hey, if you're doing a pre-trip and a post trip and you catch this stuff mm-hmm. Usually, usually you can, if, if you catch it at a post trip and you'll let the boss know, by the time you come back in and do a pre-trip, it's fixed.

If not, you tell the boss. But anyways, when you're over the road and I had this happen to me and you have something go wrong. Yes. And you're on say, I 80 in Ohio. Okay. And the nearest Peterbilt shop that has the parts you need. Mm-hmm. You have to jerry-rig it to drive all the way down to Cincinnati. Okay.

Do you know how far it is from I 80 to Cincinnati? I don't know the mileage. I just know it takes a hell of a long time. I could look it up. When you're fully loaded, you're going all the way down to Cincinnati when you're supposed to be going to Chicago because you need a part. Well, if you got the truck running.

I did because I rigged it. Don't turn. Don't turn it off. I know, but I was told to go to Cincinnati and get my truck fixed first. I know, I know. That's great. Luckily I wasn't hauling chocolate, but I had a reefer on it, so it didn't matter. But you did reefer. I did reefer. Was it, was it green? Nah. Some days you had to know how to fix that too.

So anyway, anyways. So you can apply dialectic grease to the connections to prevent corrosion or as he said, WD 40, WD 40. A little, little double. Do you? Yeah, it keeps the connections better. And WD 40 is like the miracle spray. Every truck driver should have a can in their truck. Yeah. Or handy because you're gonna open the, open the back door of the trailer spray the hinges.

Mm-hmm. You know, it'll never happen yet. It, you know, when you go to latch your door, shut those, if you've got those sprayed nice, they will never fail you. Unless the load shifts and it's leaning on the back door, then it's a pain in the ass no matter what. Anyway. And the home cure for that would be Vaseline.

So anyway, yes, yes, yes. The course, the home cure is possible. Well, I I'm always gonna be me. I'm not saying you not to be. Well, you don't have the right tool. You have the other tool you don't have, if you don't have W you got the V, have sub

whatever Patrick. If you put it together, you got the V W you have Vaseline. Cuz you work up north in the winter without gloves and your hands get dry. Yes. Chapped and chap takes away the chapness. Yes. And it also works on squeaky things like your doors. Yes. Yeah. So Uhhuh, you can change out blown fuses.

You can, yes. Where's the fuse box? Ha in the truck. No kidding. No where. It's in the dash. It's like up under on the right head side. I know that's where my was passenger side? Yeah, up under, behind the, it's usually the big panel that comes out right there. Yeah. Big panel shit. Anyways, so I just check it. I kept fuses, just checking.

I knew what fuses I needed for my truck. Mm-hmm. And for my reefer rufa. And I kept the supply of fuses and a good fuse puller cuz I didn't wanna break a nail. Yes. And God, if she broke a nail and sometimes fuses get a little ornery when you're trying to pull 'em when her nails break and it's still a D O T requirement.

Gosh you didn't hear that. I heard it. I'm just ignoring you. God bless America. Patrick. I'm just making sure you're still awake over there. So anyways, go for it. It is still a D o T requirement to keep fuses in your truck. Yeah. You have to have spare fuses at least one of each type that's in the fuse box.

Correct. Even though most trucks now have circuit breakers, if you got a 40 amp fuss that's like just freaking big, you better have a replacement in case that baby goes. Yeah. Even though most trucks now have circuit breakers, you still have to have fuses because they're gonna have a circuit breaker. But some of the things that are in the truck run on fuses.

Yes, I agree. And so people say, oh, I got a circuit breaker. I don't need fuses. Yes, you do. Yes you do. Yes you do. You need em. So you need em. You can still do things like we talked about, like changing out a marker light uhhuh a regular headlight. Easy to change. Yeah. The L E D light. The L E D is a little different.

I won't even touch 'em because if it's an l e d light, it No, it probably is something electrical in the. Harnessing in the harness of the Yeah. The wiring. Yeah. Yeah. LEDs aren't, they're not known for going bad. Yeah. But they're not, changing them out is not that different than changing out a regular bulb.

But they're a, they're expensive. Too expensive to keep a spare for the most part. And you don't blow 'em that much. And if you're going through l e d, say your left headlight, your left dim light's going all the time. Yep. Something's wrong with your truck. Yeah, definitely. There's a problem. There's an actual problem.

Kind of like what? Or somebody put their finger on the bulb when they put it in. Yes. That's a's a no-no, do, yeah. You can't do that cuz then it's gonna go, yeah. You can replace chicken lights, marker lights. bok, bok, bok. Anyways, I'm always gonna call 'em chicken lights. I know they're called marker lights.

Yeah. Yes. If you're new to the show and you're like, what the hell's a chicken light? All right. Janet. Janet and I combined have over 40 years experience in the industry. All right. I've been driving since early nineties, and Janet's been driving. I've been around trucks my whole life. Yeah. So what a chicken light All right.

There's, there's marker lights. Mm-hmm. All right. The marker lights are the original lights that came on a truck on, on a tractor or the trailer? They're like the outer, outer corners, the center ones. There's usually three lights in the center. Mm-hmm. And then one on either side of the, the, the cab for marker lights.

Yeah. But on the trailer, same on the trailer. It's usually top, top front. Part of the trailer is usually one on, on each corner. Mm-hmm. And then on the back you got the two outside red lights and then three across the center? Yes. Okay. Now some companies or some owner operators like to add. Extra lights.

So instead of the, just the five they have now, they got 10 or more or more. So, so I've seen 'em do go across the top of the cab. I've seen 'em go down along the air cleaners along, along the running boards, around the grills. Ev any extra light that's put on is called chicken light because they're usually little small individual lights and they're bright as hell because they're l e d and they're real pretty.

Oh, they are, they're, when you see a truck running with all those chicken lights lit at night, it's gorgeous. Anyways, that's my explanation to the new people as to what a chicken light is. It's, it's an extra light that's added. That that isn't original equipment. It's just like people adding chrome. You add, if you own your truck and you want it to look nice, you put those chrome stacks on, you put, you put the chrome, you chrome everything up.

Air cleaners, you chicken light it. You've got the, if you wanna go really good, you got the bumper that lifts up when you're driving and drops down when you're parked for the night full of chicken lights on. Man, that's a gorgeous truck when you've got that handed. So anyways, that's my, anyway, that's my explanation of a chicken light.

If I'm wrong, I apologize. If you wanna correct me, you can go to 18 wheel talk.com. Along the top there, there's a tab that says Ask the show and you can hammer me with questions. Go for it. I don't care. Or if we're wrong about chicken lights, you can, that's what I mean. If I'm wrong about chicken lights, let me know.

Yeah, let me know. Ask the show and you know, tell the show. It's the ask the show tab. Correct. And you tell me, send me a message. So you can replace marker lights, you can replace chicken lights. Typically, but like I said, if you, whoever you work for, check with them before you touch anything on your truck in terms of fixing, replacing, wiring, anything like that, Uhhuh, because some companies have a do not touch policy.

Yeah. Like I said, they expect you to be a steering wheel holder. It because of the fact that it's, it's a leased vehicle. Mm-hmm. And if you start screwing with that, or any, and any extra that isn't added by the lease company Yes. Then you could void the lease and in turn not have a truck to drive.

Correct. So, so that's why a lot of places will say, no, no, no, don't do it. Yeah. So that's why we didn't do it on ours. Yeah. So we also have in my electrical kit that I kept, I also kept those sh heat shrink. For wiring. Yeah. Heat shrink tubes. Yep. The, yeah. Tubes. I couldn't think of what the, but the heat, heat shrink tubes are also real handy.

Yeah. Cuz that, I don't know any truck driver that actually didn't smoke back in the day. So everybody had a cigarette lighter. And if you didn't, you at least had a cigarette lighter in your kit somewhere. Oh, I, I never smoked. I, I drove, yeah. Fuel. I didn't smoke the cigarettes smoked. Yeah. Nope. Not me, but So that was the truck driver.

You know what the truck driver's alarm clock is? Right When your fingers burn, you light the cigarette and you wedge it so far down so that, I mean, when you feel the heat from the cigarette, Woohoo.

I don't know what that was, but damn. Bam. Bam. Well that was perfect timing is what that was. Okay. Under the next one. So under the next segment Anyway, you can find the heat shrink coverings in electrical kits. And if your electrical kit doesn't have it, you can find the little bags with different sizes in it.

Yep. They're, they're very handy to keep on. Yeah. any truck stop, auto parts store Walmart, grocery store. When you're putting your stuff in a truck, your, your normal, your, your tv, your, you know, whatever you're watching yeah. For, you know, your electrical stuff, you, whether you're putting a microwave in your truck or whatever, it's good to have stuff like that on hand in case you accidentally strip a wire on your own stuff.

Well, yeah. You know, well, I always had a roll of electrical tape. Yeah. And I used, used to keep like an old, like little like instant coffee jar. Mm-hmm. And in, in the instant coffee that's where I would keep wire nuts. All different sizes. So like my espresso jar? Yes. Yeah. Similar like that. I keep stuff in the espresso jar, but, you know, instant, instant coffee, you know, one, a little, one spoon, two spoons, stir and hot water.

You know, cuz a lot of, okay. Yes, I know. They, this is, this is pre pod coffee. Pre I made coffee in my truck, but you know what I mean? But didn't make Yeah, I know what you're talking about. Yes. Yeah. Some people used to have just a, a, a hot water maker. Yes. Okay. Add a couple of spoons. That's, that's what I said.

Instant coffee. It's nasty. You can find it at any goddamn truck stop. It's nasty like that. Sanka Sanka packets. blah. Okay. So let's go on. So anyways, I used to keep a, a wire nuts. Mm-hmm. An electrical tape. Yes. So if I had to do a quick fix, I had the, the, to do it necessities. To did it, yes. I didn't have shrink tube.

I had shrink tube soo. That was like the new technology. So it was prior to me growing up.

Any who? I wanna talk about pigtails. All right. What about 'em? I like pigtails. They look cute on you. Why thank you. I like it when you put your hair up on pigtails, especially since it's so long. I know, right? Pippy long stocking I is. I would put mine up in pigtails, but it doesn't look good on me. I'm gonna buy you a wig.

I swear to God it doesn't look good on me. I'm gonna, so, all right, what about your pigtails? One problem the drivers don't check to make sure is that the pigtail is in tight. Okay. Because if it's not tight, it vibrates and then your light flicker. Mm-hmm. It's kind of hard to describe without visual, but when you put your pigtail into the trailer, it, it's like a female angle down at all.

It's a female end. Yes. But when. I'm not talking about that part. No. If they don't know when you're plugging it into the trailer, you're plugging the female into the male end because the male end's got the pins. Yes. The female does not. What I'm talking about is if the end basic, basic health class anyways, go ahead, when you get it plugged in Yes.

If it angles down, yeah. It's too loose. Okay. It shouldn't angle down because I've seen it also depends on how the, the, how the outlet how the outlet is mounted. Yes. In comparison to the outlet is what I'm talking about. PATRICK!. Okay. Don't be a girl. You would describe it. It's all on you. Well, I mean if, if it is, listen, when you open a flap mm-hmm.

You'll push the plug in. The flap has a little locking mechanism on it when the flap comes down. If it doesn't lock it in place. Right. And it's got a little droop to it, there's a problem. What if there's no locking mechanism, then you shouldn't use the trailer. Or what if it's broke? Bungee cord. Bungee cord's too big.

What do you mean bungee cord's too big? Yeah, they're too big. So who me? Oh. Oh, okay. Well, cuz what I would've done was I'd have taken to bungee cord wrapped it around the pigtail, you know, because it's got that little, those, those two little finger pullers. Mm-hmm. I'd have wrapped it around there and ran one up.

One a one up in the other way on on the e. Either end of my reefer. Okay. Oh, you drove reefer too? No, but I, we, we had a bunch of reefer trailers that didn't work. Okay. So, ah, first of all, in your face is I'd go get some of those hard paper towels that's out of the fuel island. Mic draw. Anyways, I'm listening because it could just be that the both ends are dirty.

Okay. So I'd go get some of those hard paper towels. The type you don't wanna wash your face with. Yeah. And I'd clean both ends. On the end from the truck, you push it down in gently. Mm-hmm. And you get it and you're gonna find a bunch of gunk down in there. Yeah. Okay. On the end. That's in the trailer.

Mm-hmm. You're gonna push it in with either your a screwdriver or if you've got fingernails. Mm-hmm. Your fingernail and get it down in there. And in the prongs there's a little slit. Okay. Each need each pin. Each pin. That's what I said. I call 'em prongs. You call 'em pins, tomato tomato anyways, has a slit.

Okay. You need to have, make sure those slits cuts. Mm-hmm. Whatever you wanna call 'em. Yeah. Are clean. Mm-hmm. If they're not clean, you need a very small screwdriver or very small nails like fingernails, not like a nail nail. Mm-hmm. To clean in between them. Mm-hmm. And if they're not, still not connecting, good.

Once you get it all clean, don't use any chemicals in these connections by the way. Just a dry paper towel. Then use the screwdriver and open that up just a tiny bit and it'll make it connect a little better. Yeah. The pick then what I did mm-hmm. If it still felt like it was loose, is I took zip ties.

Okay. And connected the two ends together using zip ties. I didn't use a bungee cord cuz it's got the hooks right there on, on the pigtail. Yeah. Okay. And so I ziptied here and here and went around so it was Right. All nice and close and pulled it real tight. Okay. That's how I did 'em. Well say same, my fist is a pigtail.

Is the pigtail. Okay. My chain on my wrist mm-hmm. Is, is the bungee cord around this. Okay. All right. So that way when I pulled on the bungees to hook it, it's pulling the pigtail into the trailer. Okay. That's how I did it. Well, and I get that. Okay. I I But the bungee cord's going way out. Yeah. The, well, I, I would.

Hook it wherever I could to get it to. I get that, you know, hold of that pigtail. Yeah. I kept zip ties and the zip ties were right up next to the I gotcha. Connectors, but sometimes, sometimes you got nothing to connect it to. I said sometimes. Yeah, sometimes you, you figure your way out. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you guys, that's just how I do.

Like I said, if you got the flap, if the flap is there, you could Yeah. Zip tie it around there and you're That should that, yeah, it should. Yeah. I always went for the, anyways, that closer to the trailer, I ziptied it around there. If I had to, I put a ring around the spot on the trailer. Mm-hmm. That held the flap, because it always had a little ledge.

Right, right. You had a little lip. So I'd put one zip tie there, and then I'd take the other zip ties and go. Underneath that ring. Okay. And around. Oh, I gotcha. Do you see what I mean? Yeah, yeah. To form like my own little, your own little harness. Yeah. Harness, whatever you wanna call it. I got you to get it.

So its stay. Oh, that's a good idea. Cause once you have it, think of it, I can draw it for you. But Yeah, once you have it up there and tight, I got it. You know that it's not that connector now. Yes. When you switch trailers, you're gonna have to snap three zip ties. But zip ties aren't Exactly. You got a pair of cutters and Yeah.

And they're not exactly, or knife or something. And most loading docks, if you, if your company owns their trailers, you can usually get like, Hey, hey man, can I get a couple dozen zip ties? I use 'em to make sure my pigtails are tight. Mm-hmm. And they'll give 'em to you. Yeah. You know well, like I said sometimes it could be just a matter of just like, Putting just a little space in the, in in all those little pins.

Yeah. That'll help tighten it up when you plug it in. But if you make the space too big, yeah. Oh yeah. Then it's a bitch, but it's not much. Yeah, it doesn't take, it's just a little, it doesn't take a long, that's why you gotta keep those tiny little screwdrivers that are about, you know, four inches long. The one that everybody says they have no use for.

So I recently found out there, there's actually a wedge that you can stick in there. Now if you got a little play in that mm-hmm. There's a little wedge that'll, oh yeah. Stick in the box. We used to, someone made those, we used to use paperclips. Really? We would take a paperclip, straight it out and slide it in.

And just enough that little paper clip we here, we would take, we would take a paperclip. You're ruining one of my blue ones. And then, and then, and just stick this little end uhhuh. And the pigtail where the pigtail plugs in, that would never have occurred to me. I, I saw somebody do it. I'm like, I'm like, that's what the paperclips for, because there was always a paperclip hanging in the truck.

And I'm like, so that's what the paperclips for. I never, that's never dawned on me, cuz I always figured out a different way. You know, I always MacGyver it myself. Yeah. Zip ties is what I used. I, I used hair ties on one because there I was outta zip ties. Hey, whatever works, it looks very pretty going down there.

Whatever works. When, when I stopped at the fuel island, drivers would go by me and kind of look at the trailer and because I had like one pink and one purple and one yellow uhhuh, Hey, hey, it worked. It worked. It works. I forgot where we are. All right. We talked about that. We're, we're at the bottom there.

Things you have to be mindful of. Ooh, pardon to me didn't mean to belch in everybody's ear. It's okay. Like aftermarket, l e d lights. Okay. Yeah, boy, if it's aftermarket and you don't own that truck, be real careful. Of course. You know, it's just, wow. Hardwiring your own power inverter. I never recommend.

Not even if you own your own truck, not on a new truck. Yeah. Because there, there's too many different Yeah. It's because if you're going, if it's going in for service mm-hmm. Have the service. See if the service people can do it, and they will. They're gonna charge you, but it's worth it. And the reason I say that is because on new trucks, you could have one set of wires in a harness that you think does one thing.

Like say you think, oh, this just goes to the ice. Well, if you're, if you're gonna direct wire it into the battery, You go through, everything goes through harnesses. Now, you can't direct wire anything. Well, no. What I'm saying is that if you're gonna hardwire your, your power inverter, your power inverter, I, I would just hardwire it to a damn battery.

Okay. You know, one on the positive, one on the negative.

So you're gonna draw directly off your batteries? Yeah. Why not? They're gonna be recharging when driving. Alright. If you're, if you're plugging into the cigarette lighter, are you drawing off the batteries? Well, yeah, but Okay. So why wouldn't you just wire it directly into the battery? Because if you go through the wiring harness like a mechanic would do.

Okay. You're gonna have protection on your battery from any, from any surges. Well, there's, and you're gonna have protection on your power inverter from any surges from the engine. That's why there's an inline fuse on the, on the, on the, on the posi line. On a, on a power inverter when you hardwire. Yeah. But I, I just have never Okay.

No, I've always taken 'em in and having hardwire is what I'm saying. I I understand what you're doing. No, but Yeah. But like I said, if I own the truck, I would just directly wire it into the battery. Yeah. I, and I'd put an inline fuse on it. Yeah. All I've ever done is gone into service and said, can you put this in for me?

Here's where I want it in the truck. That's, that's, that's the easy way. Yes. I don't even pay for this so much easier. You're gonna tear it apart anyways, can you? That's what I always tell him. You're gonna tear everything apart anyway. Why you got it apart? Can you throw this in there for me? Yeah. That, that's the smart way to ask.

Yes. Can you, can you wire this in for, since you're gonna have it apartment, could you at least run this wire for me? Yeah. Right. Please, but if you're using one of those anyways, I didn't mean to like strike a nerve. No, IAnd. I was just like, I never thought about it like that. I understand, but it's not that, it's just I never thought about hardwiring it.

I mean, well, because they do have those like little fuse packs that are wired directly into the line that No, I see. I get it. Because I think nothing of hardwiring the charger, the, the, to the motorcycles. Mm-hmm. Yeah. The, the, the, yeah. I just had a brain drain. I, I I know the trickle charger. The, yeah, the trickle charger to the, whatever you call it.

The thing at Jigger. Yeah. That thing, I, I think we nothing of wiring that to the motorcycle, but then you. The thought of wiring something myself to the battery on the truck. It's like, I never thought about that. Yeah. It was always just because there's a built-in fuse on that. Well, yeah. And it was just take it right into the, I'm having another work done here.

Can you throw this in? Exactly. And they rarely charged me much. Yeah. Sometimes they're like, Hey, I'm gonna have it apart anyways. It's not gonna take me long. It's not gonna take me long to undo this screw and screw it in. I got you. See, that's what they always told me. Yeah. Oh, that's an easy job. I'll just do that while I'm doing everything else.

Yeah. So sometimes it never showed up on the bill. I wasn't trying to, you know, ruffle your feathers or anything. You weren't with me.

I just never thought about it. But sorry. If you're using one of those inexpensive off the shelf inverters that, you know, you find at truck stores or something like that, and your breaker keeps disconnecting, the solution is not to use a higher fu, higher rate of fuse. If your fuse says it's gonna be a. 10 amp.

10 amp. Don't go buy a 20 amp and put it in there. Yeah. Cuz that don't work. You'll just fry the board in it. Yeah. Yeah. You're frying the board or catching your truck on fire. That's probably what light the load on your inverter That that, yeah, exactly. Whatever the load says for your power inverter.

We've got one in the other room. Yeah. If you got your microwave and your TV going at the same time, run one. Not both. It's like blowing a fuser or blowing the breaker at your house. If you blow the breaker at your house, you ran too much. You can't run, turn something off. You can't do laundry and then cook a Turkey in the microwave.

I'm just kidding. It's, I'm just, just throwing shit out there. Okay. Who would Turkey, I know there's two any whoo. So getting a larger capacity inverter wasn't, isn't the solution, if it's something you're gonna plug in, because you can only do so much in a 12 volt port. Right? The cigarette lighter. Yeah. Can't I know they're called ports now.

Yeah, I know it. It's a port. The old, the old cigarette lighter outlet. Yeah. Sorry. Ash trays and cigarette lighters went away. Yeah, yeah. I know. They don't, they don't put 'em in no more. Boy, they put 'em back in. I'm gonna go get my CDL again and go drive so I can smoke. Let's do it. Okay. And I'm back to making faces at you.

So they, they, the small ones have a limited application. Right. So when you overload 'em or bypass that built-in protection or or the bypass, the onboard circuit protection, it's always gonna end badly. It is. You're gonna melt wires. Yeah. You could cause a fire. Yep. I just, I personally don't recommend it.

But you, do you? Yeah. I like those. They're very handy. What power inverters? Yeah. The small ones. Oh yeah. They're, they're great for what they're made for. Yeah. I had one that I plugged in to the extra cigarette lighter, I'll call it. It was a port. Yeah. But the extra cigarette lighter and I plugged it in and I had my coffee pot Yep.

That I used it for. Okay. And then I used it for my other water pot, which is what I used when I made needed hot water to put in my crockpot. Right. Because I, that's what I used. Right. I'd, I'd get the water hot, put it in my crockpot and put everything in in my crock pot. And then you, and then you had a crockpot that plugged into it.

Yeah. And plugged in and then I was fine. Then if I wanted more coffee, I would turn my crock pott off. It's gonna stay warm for a while. Mm-hmm. Plug my coffee pot in and make coffee and then swap 'em. But yeah, I could make coffee while I was in, going to the bathroom and walking my dog and come back out and swap 'em back out and that'd be good.

Coffee's in the thermos Crack Pott's going, poof. I'm on the road, badah boom, badah bing, badah gone, no fires. Yeah. But anyways. Yeah, I think we already mentioned adding a whole new string of chicken lights. Did we, well, we didn't talk about adding 'em. We talked about replacing a bulb in well, yeah, we, yeah. And, and it ended up being, but, but you also wanna look for the, on the UL code.

Oh yeah. On on the inverters. On the power inverters. Yeah. I forgot about, that's what I tested and approve. Underwriter. Underwriter laboratories. I always forget that I was, look for the UL 4 58 marker. I is think it's the underwater laboratories. Yeah, underwater. The underwater laboratories. And, and if you're, and if you're in Canada, it's C csa, I believe.

Oh, there you go. So just a little titbit knowledge. Tidbit knowledge. Little ti little, a little. One little nugget for ya. Daaaaaat big case you were wondering. That big aaaaahh that big. So see, now you got me wondering what color to do my nails tomorrow. Anyways, anyway, if you're adding on a holstering of chicken lights think about it.

Adding in new gauges or switches on the dashboards, which you would need to run those chicken lights because all those lights don't go on one switch. If you own the truck, Hey, I say go for it. Yeah, me too, man. If it's a lease truck, make sure you talk to your company. Have the mechanics do it. Yeah. So especially if it's something that's gonna be needed.

So I wanna address lease trucks. Okay? A lot of people go to a company to become an owner operator that leases a truck through a company. Okay? Because you are an owner operator, uhhuh, you still have to, you know, set aside money for your taxes, your road taxes, your quarterly taxes, your all of those UHHUH taxes.

Okay? And. Then they go and they, you know, they chrome the truck up and they buy the new CB and they buy the chicken light. So everything else I know you know who I'm talking about, but I'm not really talking about that. Okay. But they spend all their money on that uhhuh and they then they end up broken.

They forget to make their truck payment. Yeah. Yeah. You gotta make the payment first. You gotta make the payment first. And the thing that most people don't realize is say you quit the job. Huh? Say your lease to Hogan. I don't even Yeah, just pick a company. Just pick a company your lease to 18 wheel talk, your leased to Schneider, your lease to, okay.

Your lease. Your lease, there you go. Your lease to, you're lease to Schneider and you're leasing a truck and you've been with him for a year and you still got a couple years left on that lease, Uhhuh. And you decide, oh, I think I wanna go over to JB Hunt, I'm at Schneider, JB Hunt's offered me a better deal.

Mm-hmm. So, I'm gonna stop this lease and I'm gonna go over and be an owner operator for them through a lease. When you leave, if you don't leave with notice and take all that stuff off yourself, they own it. Because you broke a lease. Yeah. Oh yeah. And anything you leave in the truck is their, it becomes their property.

It becomes their property. Sorry Charlie. And if you damaged the truck putting it on, they're gonna charge you. They're gonna charge you. And if you are stupid enough to get the truck repoed, they get everything in it. Because that's how America works. Boy, can't you sound like you're talking from somebody that you knew, somebody that Yes.

Might have been stupid enough to do that. Yes. Twice. You know what, I didn't know we were doing story time. Well, I was trying to not, I could have played like a little music tone, you know? Well, I was trying not to. That's, that's the way people know that it's story time. We could play little, well, I could, the story, we could, we could play a little chime, let people know it's story time.

They could. Okay, so do you want me to tell the whole story? No, you don't. That that's a whole nother, that's a whole nother, that's a whole nother podcast. But if you are an owner operator, lease to a company. Stop and think before you put extra stuff on because if you, you know, leave the company, they get everything you put on.

This is true. What I was trying to say before was say you put chicken lights on your bumper and on your grill and on your stacks and on your trailer, cuz you own your own trailer. Mm-hmm. Those are not all gonna be on the same switch. I know tho. But they might not know. Oh, gotcha. Yeah, yeah, because, so then you're gonna have to have, you've gotta wire em in.

You're gonna have to have multiple switches and fuses and fuses. And if this is a leased truck, Mm-hmm. You still kind of, I would think it'd have to, if you're drilling, if you're drilling holes in the dashboard, you're leaving the switches. Well, yeah. But wouldn't you want the company's permission for that?

I don't know. You would think so. I would at least talk to 'em and say, I know I lease. I mean, you better be, I mean, I'm sorry. It's like, if it's a lease truck, like I don't own it and I'm driving it and they're leasing it, I'm not, I'm not doing anything extra. Yeah. I'd put my CV and, and my whips and, you know, and, and if you're slip seating, I definitely wouldn't touch it.

Yeah. And if you, if you're not sure what slip seating is, that means, like, say I drove it during the day and I drove it night, and Janet, Janet would come in and drive that same truck at night. Like, I would come back, do my pole trip, and then she'd be right there doing a pre-trip. I've been there now. Our truck, our trucks never sat still.

Yeah. It was like in and out. Boom boom. Our trucks moved all the time. Yeah. They, I was like, Hey man, I had to write it up, have bad tires. Ah, you gotta be kidding me. That's how it was when I take it if you want, but I wouldn't drive on that tire. Look at it when I hauled. Gas and six oil uhhuh. That's how it was.

Yeah. Slip seating sucks. Yes. Because if the driver ahead of you, especially gas and oil leaves everything filthy. Yeah. It's nasty. It's nasty. I would bring a towel, a beach towel in to sit on, even though I was in work clothes. That's, yeah. And I, I brought one of those big containers of Clorox wipes.

Mm-hmm. And the first thing I did was wipe the outside, handle, open the door, wipe the inside handle, wipe the steering wheel, wipe the shifter, wipe the dash, wipe it down. And then they'd say, why did your pre-trip take five extra minutes? And I'd say, to clean the left, the truck filthy. And I used to take pictures.

It got so bad that I did that, but then it got so bad that I would clean up all his garbage and put it in a bag and put it in his locker cuz nobody locked their lockers, Uhhuh. So I got in the habit of putting it in his locker. Nice. Awesome. I'd have someone go check the men's locker room, make sure nobody was in there, and then I'd go put it in his locker.

But I'd keep my bag. There you go. Oh, you dumped the bag. Ah, you dirty girl. Yeah, pretty much, because I lift it clean. Is there anything else you wanna get off your chest? No, except the reasons behind all the new rules. You're like, no, I'm good. You're the one that brought up slip seating. I did. I I'm sorry. I'm just, you you were talking Lease Trucks.

Well, I drove slip seat, so I did too. I didn't put anything extra on it. One of the guys I worked with put he put lug nut chrome lug nut covers and, and chrome hubcaps on. And every time the company would come out to change a front tire, they would fuck up his the, I remember that. And I'm like, I'm like, dude, why, why do you do that?

He says, oh, I don't know. I I, he's just wasting your money, man. They're just gonna toss it away. They don't give a shit. Yeah. And I know an owner, but it looks nice it looked really nice. So I understood. I understood. I, yeah, I saw his truck. It did. And I know an owner operator that did nothing to his truck.

Yeah. Right off the line. Drew in the CB and that was it. See, now me, I would at least he didn't, I'm a minimalist. I, I would, I'm not a big, I, I like the chrome, like chrome stacks, like, you know, chrome grill. I wouldn't go chicken, chicken like crazy. Mm-hmm. But I would definitely do like the stacks, the steps, the grill.

But, and, and, and try what I would, I, I would probably match the color of the the, the rims to the color of the truck. Yeah. And have, and have like a chrome lugs. Yeah, I did. I think that looks sweet. On the one company truck when I was over the road they actually painted my caricature of myself and my dog on the side.

Nice. Blondie and the squirrel. Ah, the squirrel. The Rottweiler. The Rottweiler. Mm-hmm. And then, They did chrome lugs and painted rims to match my truck. Mm-hmm. And then my trailer that I pulled, cause I always pulled the same trailer, they had the rims match everything and then they painted the edge of the trailer cuz it was reefer, but they painted the edge of it to match.

Nice. They did all that for me. I woke, I was in the truck asleep and then my boss, you know, on the lot and my boss came and woke me up and he says, Hey, we did something special for you while you were asleep. And I'm like, what? Okay. What? And then I, he says, climb on out. And I climbed out and he showed me what they had done while I was asleep in the truck.

And I never heard any of it. Well, you must have been tired. I'd been on a lot. I'd come back from Cali. Yeah. You must've been tired. Yeah. So anyway, I was telling you about, lemme just, I was telling you about the minimalist that I know. Yeah. He never even put a power inverter. Mm-hmm. Or a refrigerator. He put a CB in it.

That was it. I put a cbn, I put a refrigerator in and I think that's about it. Refrigerator, CB. And I think I had a crop pot. Yeah. Mine had a refrigerator in it. Mine, because I always, I always, you know, I always park at a truck stop. Mm-hmm. So when I was ready to go, if I, when I woke up in the morning, I went in and used the restroom.

I filled a 32 ounce Big old Yeah. Coffee or filled it up with coffee or I sat down and had breakfast and because I got the bottomless cup of coffees, they would fill my, my jug. Yeah. So I was always good that way. Most months I could count on one hand the number of times I ate inside the restaurant. Whoa.

Yeah. I saved a lot of money. Yeah. Anyway, anyways. So there's a reason behind all the new rules that they've come up with, what were rules all the d o t rules about what you can do and, okay. Lightings and everythings hit it. Lighting problems account for five of the top 10 violations found by d o t.

Mm-hmm. Inspectors on the roadside. Oh, I believe it. You know, when you do it, pull into all the roadside stops like Ohio interstate 90. Well if you live in, in in an area where in the wintertime that you salt and all that stuff, it, it does, it does tend to corrode the connections. Yep. So, so that does play a factor in the lighting.

Yeah. And repairing lighting issues is not always just straightforward because the, what I was trying to display, explain. Anyway, it's a brand new tongue. Sorry. Is it? I just got it today. Good. It looks so cute on you. Bye. Thank you. Anyways, the network of onboard sensors is tied into one of the several microprocessors and they all have very specific voltages and current to operate properly.

So if you just plug something else into 'em, you screw everything up. I. Yeah. Yeah. And everything is now run by an ecm, an electronic control module. Yep. Old trucks didn't have that. Yeah, no. Now they do. So everything's electronical now. So every, almost one little Eric on one little thing can foul up the whole truck.

Yep. It's all, everything's computerized. That's, that's, that's mainly one reason why I got out. Cuz I like to, I like to be the guy in control, you know? Yeah. Especially with my logbook. When, yeah. When, when the logbooks are electronic, the brakes are electronic, you know, now they're, now they're talking about putting in the, the automatic emergency braking on, on, you know, on, on trucks.

And they have that, they, that's, you know, it's like they have it, they have the, I know they got the idiot. You know, your, your lane, you're, you're not in your lane. It pulls you back into your lane. Yeah. That's what my niece was saying. I told my boss, I said, when I once, I can't control the truck. On my own. I I'm not driving it.

Yeah. And, and I couldn't afford to buy my own truck, so I, I said, you know, it's time to retire. Yeah. I had someone tell me, it's okay if I'm on the phone and drifting into someone's lane, the truck will pull itself back into my lane. I'm like, what the, are you talking about? You could get up. You, you could swear.

It's okay. We're explicit. I, I know. But anyway, so the other thing about lighting that we were talking about, and you brought this up, was the ends on replacement parts uhhuh aren't the same because it's gotta be the right replacement parts because of corrosion. Right. Remember? Yeah. You, you explained it better than I am because Yeah.

They have what do you call it? Rubber seals. Okay. When you plug 'em in, some of 'em have the little rubber seals when you plug them. Okay. If you got the right part, it's plug and play. Okay. That's, that's the way I can, that's the, you plug it in, it lights up, it works. It's good to go. Some, sometimes you can't take a regular light and replace it with an L e d light.

It will work, but you're gonna fry the, you're gonna fry something in it. Okay. You're gonna cook it. But if you snip the end on some wires, like if you have to, you know, rig a rig, a wire and put a different end, like if you're putting a new end on a lamp at home, you can just snip one and put a new end on it.

Right. Wire it up. Wire it up and be good. But on these sometimes, sometimes you can't because Yeah, because after the market parts, it'll screw up the, the, yeah. What do you call it? Ec ecm, the, yeah. The ECM will be messed up and it'll corrode the wires faster. Yes. Yeah. That's the part you, you brought it all up.

I'm sorry. I just typed it All good. I'm so sorry. Anyway, we got off track Bad, but you, you had to tell that damn story. Which one? You know which one? The one that gets your blood cooking a little. Oh, you mean the yeah. Got the truck repo. Yeah, that one. I didn't tell the whole thing. To chrome or not to chrome.

Motherfucker. I didn't *gasp* you. Just what I did. I know. I went all the way through and I was like, oh, I can't, I can't go an hour without swearing. I gotta cuss at least once. Patrick. What am I gonna do with you? You gonna love me? Okay, fine. Is there anything else you wanna tell anybody? Have a great day.

Awesome. Hey, don't forget to follow us on social media and join our fan club. We're at 18 Wheel Talk everywhere. YouTube, Facebook. Instagram, Twitter. LinkedIn. LinkedIn. Yeah. LinkedIn. Did I miss anything? And a partridge. We're on, we're, we're 18 wheel talker on, on the, the twitch.tv. We haven't done anything on that in a while, but it's there.

You can check out some, some of the stuff. We have a fan club. Go to our, go to 18 wheel talk.com. Just a little bit. Down the page there, it says, join the fan club. Why would they wanna join the fan club? Well, you gotta be a part of a gotta be a part of the fan. You gotta be a part of the club to be, in it to win in it.

In it to win it. You know, if we're doing a giveaway, if you're in the club, you're automatically entered. Can I show 'em some of the cute little things that we got? No. Nope. Please. No. They gotta join the fan club and after you join the fan club, go over to Facebook and join the fan club group. Mm-hmm.

That's the only way you're gonna find out what we're giving away. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Okay. Mm-hmm. That fair? Yep. You can post pictures on the fan club group page. It's a private, it's a private, it's a private group, but you gotta be a part of the fan club. We both sign up. We have privacy unless you join us.

Got a couple of questions. So gotta be a part of the fan club, to be a part of the fan club group cuz we built it to be a community for the fans of the 18 Wheel Talk podcast Show. A community of the fan club. Yeah. So it's a fan club. Yeah. Is it a fan club of the 18 Wheel Talk podcast? You betcha. So it is a fan club?

Yes. Okay. And fan club. And for every, for everybody that likes the 18 Wheel Talk podcast show, I'm just making sure they know we have a fan club. We have a fan fucking club that they need to join and be a part of the, if they enjoy this show, they will be a part of the fan club. Patrick. Janet, say goodbye Patrick.

Hey, goodbye Patrick. It's time to end the show. I think they know we have a fan club. We got a goddamn fan club, and if you ain't a part of it, you can't be in a contest. Na na and na na. Okay, so now you've heard Patrick Adult. I hope everybody enjoyed the show today. Be sure and listen, be sure and go everywhere to follow us.

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We're gonna say, Hey, where do we send the new blank? Whatever it is. Where do we send this? Yeah, it could be big, could be little, you never know. Could be, it'll be something and you'll be gonna be like, oh hey, that was cool. All they had to do is suggest something to the show. Bam. Look what I got. That's right.

hasta la pasta. All right everybody. Thank you. Bye. Thank you for listening. We hope you learnt you. We hope you learnt something today in between the humor. Bye everybody. Okay, bye-bye. Bye.