A Heavy Duty Mechanic - Is Yours, the best fit?
There are so many Commercial Truck Mechanics out there... from people who have a day time job and do work "on the side" to the trunk slamming semi-professional heavy-duty technicians not really qualified to work on your gear, or the "back yard mechanic" as well as many variations in between.
It can be hard to find the best fit at a reasonable rate.The Heavy Duty Technician who does the job right the first time, to save you time and money in the short and long haul.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and just as importantly, your heavy-duty mechanic
Does he have the right gear to safely and professionally work on your truck?
Do you carry all the tools needed to do a repair either in sop on the side of the highway?
What accreditations do you have to work on my semi-truck?
Do you have your heavy-duty journeymen certificate?
Do you carry common spare parts to save not only you but me expensive downtime?
These are just some of the qualifying questions I would ask a potential heavy-duty mechanics or their heavy-duty shop.
Is your Heavy Duty Technician Have The Tools of the Trade? (Items they Require to properly perform services)
Basic Hand Tools (Heavy Duty Repair)*
|½, ¼, ¾ and 3/8 inch drive socket sets||adjustable wrenches||battery post and clamp cleaner, battery terminal nut|
|brass drift||center punch||chisels|
|convertible 2/3 jaw puller||cutting equipment: side cutter, tube cutter, wire cutter, plier cutters, shears||digital multimeter|
|feeler gauge set, metric and imperial steel rule||H puller||hacksaw|
|half round file||hammers: impact, rubber, sledge, air, slide||hex key set, metric and imperial|
|jumper wires||magnetic pick-up tool, telescopic, flex||micrometer|
|pin punches||pipe wrench||pliers, battery terminal nut|
|pliers: insulator, snap ring, torque, multipliers||pry/aligning bar||punches|
|sockets||tape measure||test light|
|tool chest||torque wrench||torx bits|
|universal joint||utility knife||vernier calliper|
|wire brush||wire crimper and stripper||wrench set, combination, metric & imperial|
|wrench set, flare nut, metric & imperial|
Measuring Tools, Gauges and Equipment (Heavy Duty Repair)*
|air gauge||ammeter||belt tension gauge|
|boost gauge||boroscope||compression gauge|
|cylinder bore gauge||depth micrometer||dial gauge|
|electric pressure gauge||flowmeter||fuel pressure gauge|
|holding gauge||hydraulic pressure testing gauges/fittings||hydrometer|
|inside micrometer||levels||manifold gauge|
|measuring rods||mechanical pressure gauge||meter stick|
|non-magnetic feeler gauge||oil temperature gauge||pinion angle gauge|
|plasti-gauge||pressure gauge||pull-type scale|
|pyrometer||small hole gauge||spectroscope|
|spring scale||steel rules||stethoscope|
|straightedge||suspension measuring device||tachometer|
|telescoping gauge||test leads||test light|
|thermometer||timing gauge||timing light|
Hoisting, Rigging and Holding Equipment (Heavy Duty Repair)*
|axle stand||bottle/axle jack||cable hoist|
|dolly||engine crane||engine repair stand|
|floor crane||floor hoist||ground strap|
|hydraulic floor jack||hydraulic guards||hydraulic hand jack/porta-power|
|portable engine crane||repair stand||shims/blocking|
|single post hoist||slings/cables/chains||spreader bars|
|support stand||tire guards||transmission jack|
Cleaning Equipment (Heavy Duty Repair)*
|air blowguns||brake cleaning equipment||caustic cleaning tank|
|cleaning cloth||cleaning gloves||crocus cloth|
|glass bead machine||hot tank degreaser||parts cleaning solvent|
|pressure washer||soft brush||solvent washer|
|steam cleaner||wire brush|
Does your Heavy Duty Mechanic Have a Shop? Tools they should have*
|¾ - 1 inch power bars/torque wrenches||air compressor||air line adapters|
|alignment tool||analyzers: four-gas, gas, infra-red gas, vibration meter||battery charger|
|battery load/starting system tester||bearing heater||black light|
|bleeding equipment||booster cables||brake lathe|
|break out box||butane torch||calibrated vessel|
|coolant recycling unit||cooling system/pressure tester||crack detecting equipment|
|crimping tools||cutting and welding torch set||cylinder cart/kit/tank|
|diagnostic equipment||drift||drills: bench, hand drivers, twist, air|
|exhaust expanders||extension cord/trouble light||fast charger|
|files||flaring tool||fluid containers|
|flushing kit||fuel quality test kit||fuel recovery and storage system|
|funnels||grease gun||grinders: bench, hand, valve|
|hand pump||harness tester||honing equipment|
|hot air gun||labelling kit||leak detection equipment|
|leakdown tester||level protractor||magnaflux equipment|
|module tester||nitrogen charging equipment||overhaul tools|
|presses: arbor, swing, hydraulic, bushing, shop, mechanical, hand||pry bars||pullers: bearing, gear, heavy duty, mechanical, torque ratchet|
|reamers||recycling unit||callipers: outside, inside|
|carburetor tools||chemical agitator||chisels: air, electric, hand|
|clutch alignment tool||component heating or cooling equipment||compressors: air, mechanical spring, piston ring, pneumatic spring, spring, valve spring|
|computer equipment: terminals, on-board computer, portable diagnostic computer, printer||connecting rod aligner||containers|
|continuity tester||refractometer||replacement tools|
|retrieval and storage equipment||ridge reamer||sandblaster|
|sanders||saws: jigsaw, hacksaw, hole saw||scanning tools|
|seal driver||shims||shop vacuum|
|soldering iron/gun||spacers||spark lighter|
|splicing clips||steering tools||straight edge|
|strobe light/tachometer||stud extractor||suction cups|
|tap and die sets||temperature reader||thermostat tester|
|thread file||thread inserts||tire bar|
|tire depth indicator||tire machine||torque angle tool, torque wrench|
|torque multiplier||tube bender||vacuum pump|
|valve and seat grinding equipment||valve guide service kit||valve lapping block|
|valve spring tester||vapour degreaser||vices|
Safety Equipment (Heavy Duty Repair)*
|apron||communication devices||CPR accessories (disposable)|
|ear protection||emergency backup lighting||eye wash station|
|face shield||fall arrest equipment||fire extinguishers|
|fireproof blanket||first aid station||gas mask|
|manlift||Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)||respirators|
|safety boots||safety cage||safety glasses|
|safety hats||splash suit||sprinkler systems|
Heavy Duty Mechanic Glossary or Frequent Terminology*
non-essential components added to the machine to enhance the operation or extend machine longevity; for example greasing systems, radio, air conditioning, and extra lights. Although some accessories are non-essential to the machine operation, they are sometimes required in extreme operating environments.
components added to the machine that are integral to its operation to perform a specific job; for example ripper, winch, thumb, hammer, tamper or forks.
assembled block and head including internal components and gear trains.
a controlled operation specified by the manufacturer on new or repaired components to maximize service life.
Heavy Truck Cold Weather Package
accessories used to aid machine start-up and operation in cold weather environments; may include fluid heaters, extra batteries, glow plug systems, ether injection systems, heating pads, and inlet air heaters.
the drive connection between a power source and a driven component.
Heavy Duty Truck Drive train
the mechanical portion of the driveline from the flywheel to the tires or the track excluding hydrostatic systems.
starting, charging, lighting and accessory circuits without computer control modules.
electrical systems operated via computerized electronic control modules and related sensors and wiring.
Falling Object Protective Structure.
Heavy Truck Hydrostatic System
a hydraulic system which uses fluid under pressure to transmit power through tubes or hoses to machine drive components such as wheel or track drives.
interface between the operator and the equipment’s other systems that enables operation and monitoring of the machine.
rebuild or repair to like new condition.
Commercial Truck Powertrain
includes the drive train plus the engine (including hydrostatic systems).
Roll-Over Protective Structure.
Heavy Duty Technician Sensory Inspection Process
diagnosing or inspecting using sight, sound, smell and feel.
Heavy Duty Truck Start-Up
a specific procedure to begin operation of a machine or system.
Commercial Truck Structural Components
components that make up the integral structure of the machine; for example: frame, lift arms, booms, sticks, loader frames, counterweights, ROPS and FOPS.
components that support the main frame from the ground and may include undercarriage, axle and wheel assemblies.
Heavy Truck Undercarriage
track type components required to support the machine and transmit power from the final drive to the ground.
Heavy Duty Truck wheel assembly
wheel or rim assembly, tire and attaching hardware.
*All the above Abbreviations, tools list and resoures provided by:
Provided by the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program National Occupational Analysis (NOA) http://www.red-seal.ca
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