|Not all inspections are equal
|For example one of our customers (who shall remain anonymous) has
brought their fleet to us for repairs, however they have taken their vehicles
to other shops for maintenance. As the pictures above show a lack of
maintenance lead to a failure which in turn resulted in a repair.
|The reason I bring this picture to your attention is because many fleets
have their vehicles inspected via D.O.T. standards. Nowhere on the
federal motor carrier annual vehicle inspection form does it refer to battery
condition. Yet this could have easily caused a fire or explosion. The wire
illustrated above was a positive wire and it conducted enough energy
through the plastic housing of the battery to cause such an arch that it
melted a hole through the top of the battery. Had this vehicle been
properly maintained, this would have been addressed far before the wires
turned green, let alone melted the battery. I'm not blaming the customer
here they have been paying a reputable local business to perform their
maintenance. Unfortunately they were not getting their moneys worth.
|Northern Michigan Diesel Inc.