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  1. goodmichael

    Just a glimpse of whats going on out there

    The owners as well as operators who do the right thing pay the price for those who do not. State regulatory action is a joke. It is, or should I say, has been time for there to be a standardized safe operating procedure for all to follow. These operators should then be able to break away from the clueless, and I do not cares, and request bids for insurance as well as other benefits that would be at a substantially reduced cost. The group would then elect officers who would have the power to delegate enforcement powers to remove those who were not complying or following safe operating procedures. It would be a privilege, of achievement, not a right. I feel that the others would be priced out of the market, or do whatever. If you will not help yourself, I have little desire to help you either.
  2. goodmichael

    Portable Speed Bump - Good or Bad?

    I see this as another piece of equipment that will take up space, not be used, and with luck like mine, would get wrapped up under the wheel well of a lowere3d Honda Accord. If you want to slow people down, it would need to be bigger, in order to make them slow down, Twice the width, and three times the height.
  3. goodmichael

    Taillight problem

    If you get a wiring diagram, trace the circuits for the lights that have the issues. You might alter the bed location to assist if you initially find nothing. Should be pretty easy fix with a diagram and a good multimeter.
  4. goodmichael

    City Plans To Rein In Racing Tow Truck Drivers (PA)

    Yippee, the politicians are going to do their JOB Somebody give them a cookie.
  5. goodmichael

    "Towing fees and access notice" posted in office?

    If it is a legal requirement, than yes, because you are probably going to receive a fine or some other sanction. This is another reason to be an active member of your state association. They generally will provide all information required to keep you legal. You do not make any money in a courtroom.
  6. Brian, the most prevalent issue is the difference between a leader compared to a manager. A manager counts pencils, pays bills, and is involved and consumed by the day to day struggles of running a company. A leader, while he or she may be tasked with these incidentals, also sees the big picture. He or she has a one, two, five, and ten year plan on where they want to take the business. A leader is also highly concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. A leader trusts his employees as well as their judgement to make decisions in the field. If a bad decision is made, the leader is willing to learn from the experience and become a better, stronger, faster entity as a result. Leaders are born, managers are developed. And a true leader wants their staff to be safe. When these discussions are brought up, there are generally very few responses. Many are willing to just keep trudging forward, head in the sand, hoping and believing that one of the fifty fatalities that WILL occur by New Years Day, will be somebody else, thus not my problem. I see OSHA becoming involved in this industry in the near future. As I have said before, if their becoming involved in this industry saves just one life, saves one family from having to bury a loved one, save one family from having an empty seat at their child's graduation, Christmas program, Thanksgiving dinner, it will be well worth the millions of dollars in fines that will be dispensed.
  7. Municipalities will also need to replace the DWI/DUI revenue stream.
  8. goodmichael

    Coolant Sensor Low Voltage

    Ford has a very low failure rate for their PCM components. If the harness has been disconnected, I would start from scratch as if you were just initially diagnosing the problem. Are you using a pin probe kit to check your resistance? Are the pins from the PCM connector all properly aligned? It is very easy to mash a pin, thus have a connectivity problem. Do not ask me how I know! Do you have a factory repair manual from Ford. Their workshop manuals are pretty good at providing tolerance ranges for checking harnesses.
  9. I look at Tesla going the way of the Yugo and the DeLorean. Elon Musk would be another nobody if the federal government under the Obama administration did not pour billions of dollars into his "bright ideas". I give them five years tops. Newsflash to Tesla: Made in China translates to this is crap.
  10. Brian, and Randy, Thank you for your support. You two are industry leaders with vision. If there are standards, there will be a higher level of profit as well.
  11. One can employ all of the resources that are available, and have all of the safety equipment in place and on board the responding unit, but it is up to the operator to be responsible for, and mitigate the risks, to allow for a safe workplace. Owners, in general have a poor attitude towards safe roadside operating procedures. Yes, people bitch and moan about the high cost of insurance, but they many times do very little to ensure that safe operating procedures are followed. Some even think it is a laughing matter at how lucky their employees are when there is a serious incident. This industry is unwilling to police itself and set general policies and procedures to ensure operator safety. Not incapable, unwilling. I attended a safety seminal for an electrical trades trade show last week. A field inspection team was present at the seminar who presented a seminar on workplace safety as well as the new rates that OSHA is fining business entities who do not provide a safe work environment. The fines are huge. Huge enough to put many people out of business. In attending the seminar, I have reinforced my belief that it will take OSHA stepping in to oversee this industry to stop the loss of life. It will take OSHA hitting people in the ass pocket for people to implement policies and procedures that allow for a safer workplace. And that is what it is going to take, because we will not do it ourselves. If we wanted to, it would already have been accomplished. As an industry, we need to stop putting the blame on distracted, impaired, and irresponsible drivers. We need to start putting the blame on our own work habits, policies, procedures, attitudes, and indifference towards a safe work environment. Take a set of dice and keep rolling them until you roll an eight. You generally will hit an eight within five rolls if not less. If is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. As the numbers and trends show, fifty more people will die in this industry by the end of the year. Many more will be permanently injured, some to the point that they will never work again. This is a dangerous profession, but safe practices could possibly reduce that number to less than twenty.
  12. goodmichael

    '11 F650 Exhaust Brake Override?

    That is a strategy (programming) built into, encrypted into the PCM.
  13. goodmichael

    This is just too close...

    No, we need to come to the realization that that is an unsafe workplace environment, and refuse to even put oneself at risk. Slow down and move over will protect me. Well, how well did that work out for you? I guess my questions for you are, 1. Do you have an updated last will? 2. Do you have at least a million dollars in life insurance to protect your family upon your death? and lastly Do you really think a law is going to provide you with a safety shield to protect you from becoming roadkill when a piece of pig iron and plastic hurling down the road at sixty five miles an hour is going to protect you? I would say that I do not mean to pick on you, but I would be telling a Pinocchio style lie. I am picking on you, because I do not want you to die on the side of the road, cold, wet, and alone. I want you to be there for your family and loved ones, see your children graduate from high school and college, marry, and allow you the opportunity to spoil your grandchildren rotten, fill them full of sugar and carbs and take them home and hear their parents ask what did you feed them as they bounce off the walls. None of this is possible if you get hit, and expire, cold, wet, and alone on the side of a highway. I want you to live. I want others to live. Instead of, "move over my ass" I strongly believe the proper response should be, "what the hell was I thinking." "I did not build it, break it, or make it, and at the end of the day, I will go home to my family and loved ones." Please be safe and reconsider what is important in life. It is far too short. Do not sip out of the pond of life with a spoon, drink from it with a bucket.
  14. It will take more towers refusing to service the public in situations that are deemed to dangerous, as well as a united front in doing so until any changes will occur. Right now this industry is considered disposable by the public at large. And truthfully, people in this industry are just not fed up enough to do something about it. Until enough people are willing to drastically change their operating policies, procedures, and attitudes, we will continue to offer ourselves up for sacrifice. Get one thing straight, people in this industry are dying due to failure to speak up and demand a safe work environment, failure to provide the safest possible work environment for your employees, failure to demand fair compensation for the skillset and equipment required to properly and safely provide the required procedures to accomplish the task at hand, and failure of people to have value for the lives that are endangered for just not showing reverence and compassion for the life of those endangered as well as their families, loved ones, and pets.
  15. I recently contacted TDLR for a renewal to my TDLR license. I have been doing more investigative and construction work recently as well as going to school over the last couple of years, and it has expired. TDLR wants 200.00 to renew the license. I have made it my conscious objective and desire to not hand over 200.00 to the state, who virtually and literally do absolutely zero in return for this money. I am currently taking classes in HVAC, and attempted to apply for an apprentice license. I am only required to pay 20.00 for an HVAC apprentice license. I do understand why people in the industry, in this state, continue to allow themselves to be bullied and extorted by the state. I can reapply for the TDLR towing operators license in June and will have to go through the process as a new applicant, but I still do not like the idea of paying a yearly extortion fee to the State of Texas.
  16. goodmichael

    2003 International 4300 stuck in park

    You really need to get a wiring schematic to be able to check the integrity of the circuits that feed that switch. You might try to get copies from a dealership, or try and see if a trade school has access to the schematics. Once you have the schematics, I would isolate the wires of that circuit and check them for resistance. You will need a decent multi meter for this. If you call me and get me a full VIN, production date, as well as any model numbers from the tag on the transmission, preferably a picture of both, from the transmission, I can se if that information is available in the diesel lab at school. Please text the info to me at 210-296-4823. Michael.
  17. goodmichael

    1997 ford f450 with a century 412

    Those are great trucks. Looks awesome.
  18. goodmichael

    2003 International 4300 stuck in park

    Did you check the harness for resistance from the switch to the end of the circuit? If the wire is pinched somewhere and you are getting excessive resistance due to a short to ground, or the wire is compromised some other way, that could be the issue. Hopefully you have a good wiring diagram where you are able to isolate the circuit and check the wiring.
  19. Just as an electrician will not work outside in the rain, this industry needs to adopt practices that will ensure the safety of operators. It is up to the operator to put himself or herself in the safest possible situation and mitigate the risk of harm or death. The police will not do it, the move over law will not do it, and your employer will not do it. It is up to you to have a safe work environment. And ensure that you go home to your family.
  20. That is what it will take to assist in keeping more people alive. If it is not safe, do not do it. If pd will not assist you and block a lane, then let them work a mva, and fill out the paperwork. NO piece4 of pig iron and plastic is worth your life.
  21. goodmichael

    Chevron Help needed

    You should be able to call miller directly via a franchised dealer or the factory direct to get the numbers for the parts you need.
  22. goodmichael

    Electric parking brakes

    I am not picking on you, but that is definitely NOT a proper way to off load a vehicle. It is rough on your unit, can cause damage to the vehicle you are off loading, and I have to say, is just not the right way to get the job done. Please use your due diligence to get proper training. If you are ever the party of a lawsuit, you will make room for a set of go jacks. Again I am not picking on you, I want you to be a better, safer, more profitable operator. I have done many things over the years that at the time were the easy way. I now many times look back and ask myself, "what were you thinking?" Good luck, Be safe.
  23. goodmichael

    Electric parking brakes

    Under ideal situations this might be possibly true, but PPI as well as repossessions are a totally different species, not just animal. In many areas that I have worked, parking is TIGHT. A flatbed will simply not work from a logistic/fit standpoint. Then we have the issue of dragging a vehicle onto the bed. One is just asking for a damage claim when they do this. Even if it is a repossession, there is always the possibility that the car will be reclaimed by the debtor. When I see a person shake a vehicle from a flatbed, I deem that operator as needing additional training. THe only legitimate reason would be at the direction of law enforcement in an effort to preserve evidence.
  24. goodmichael

    Side puller ?

    You have to look at how the equipment will improve safety as a number one priority in my way of thinking. I have rolled many vehicles with a flatbed to include suburbans and full size pickups. I utilized a snatch block on a chain as well as an aluminum drive shaft as a rollover stick. After the safety concern is addressed, then you must consider return on investment. Personally I am not completely sold on the units bringing advanced safety to the table. I am still debating that fact. I always used to think that having a twin line crane similar to my absolute favorite Vulcan 882 twin line incorporated into the bed, that can be operated independently of the bed would be the ultimate in versatility.
  25. If I was the owner of the truck, you are so fired, I do not even want you driving to the yard to turn in the sled. If I was the gate person at the salvage pool, you are not even setting foot on the property. If I am a law enforcement officer, I will utilize creative thinking to at the very least impound the accident waiting to happen. If I am the public at large, I will continue to wonder why operators are neck and neck, respect wise, with plumbers.