When you’re in the middle of a trip, nothing is more inconvenient than your truck breaking down, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. When your semi breaks down, there are two options truckers have – either they can do it themselves, or they can call a mobile truck repair service to fix it for them. Your decision on whether to fix it yourself or call for roadside assistance can also depend on whether you’re the owner of the vehicle, or if you’re a company driver (they often require assistance).
Simple vs. Difficult Repairs
At AM/PM Road Service, we like to recommend that every truck driver carry basic tools in their semi at all times so, if you have a broken tail light or a quick repair, you can get it done without having to wait for assistance. Other simple repairs that you may be able to handle on your own with basic tools include:
- Replacing deals in the air lines glad-hands.
- Landing gear / crank handle repairs.
- Installing a tail light on a trailer.
- Attaching a replacement “mud flap.”
However if your truck succumbs to any extensive body damage, you’re going to want to call a mobile truck repair service to come and assist you. When your truck breaks down on the side of the road, whether you need to call for assistance or not depends on three things:
- The nature of the breakdown.
- Any preparation you (the driver) made in terms of the repairs.
- What services and parts are available in the area?
In the event that your truck breaks down and you need mobile assistance because the damages are too extensive for you to fix on your own, call us at (877) 277-AMPM and we’ll send one of our mechanics out to help service your truck.