UPDATE: Once we left Bruckner's in Dallas we could tell the repairs they had made did not correct the problem. We notified them and shortly after the General Manager, Bruce Meador and the Service Manager, Anthony Drake contacted us. We were already on our way to Delaware and were going to put it back in the shop at Bergy's Truck Center's. Bruce and Anthony called ahead to Bergy's and went over the whole situation with them which we are sure led to us receiving some very personalized service. To be fair, now that we know what the issue was, it was not something easily found or diagnosed. We are so grateful for the collaboration between both shops and the extra time spent on this matter. The Service Manager at Bergy's, Bill Smith and the mechanic, Joe Powell spent extra time with us and did and excellent job. Customer service does still exist. Ten years on the road, driving different brands of trucks, we have been through more bad repair experiences than we can count. We were prepared for this to be another service nightmare but were so relieved when Bruckner's and Volvo Corporate got involved, really listened to our particular case and just figured it out and made it right.
We bought a new 2017 VNL-780 0 Miles, Truck currently has 185,000 miles. We have been complaining about a front end shake since day one. Everybody said nothing was wrong. Of course, it's new, right? At 175,000 the right front steer was showing enough wear to tell the story of what was going on with the front end. Look at these images and as you will read below, their intial diagnosis is "Front End Alignment".
Finally I have proof, professional front end service tech's can read that tire like a book and almost be spot on every time.
Write up service center Bruckners Mack & Volvo Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas TX 75241
Me: The front end will skate across rough road conditions and you have to quickly steer it back.
Under breaking the front feels like it's hopping or locking up and releasing.
It naturally pulls right but under breaking it is extreme.
Bruckners: Ok we will get back to you.
Bruckners: Calls days later and say's you need a front end alignment.
Me: I'm no expert and I'm sure there is a front alignment issue but obviously with my description and the obvious tire wear and your road test, surely you can tell there is a lot more going on than an "Alignment" By the way , the front left steer if fine.
Bruckners: Ok we will get back to you.
Bruckners calls back: We have discovered an out of round brake drum.
Me: You said you checked everything in the front end the first time, why didn't you catch it then?
Bruckners: No answer
Me: Is it under warranty because I have been complaining about this since day one?
Me: Of course, Ok let me pay you $1,526.47
10 Days later the truck is fixed according to Bruckners. Drive it 100 yards and the front end shake is worse than when we took it in.
Me: the front end shake is worse
Bruckners: We did a 3 axle alignment and it's fine
Me: Really , because it's worse
Bruckners: Well, we fixed it so it's not shaking.
Me: Ok, I will take to another Volvo shop and lose more time and money due to your lack of interest in doing a job correctly at $140 per hour
Here are other professionals that make over $100 per hour and some how get the job done right the first time. If they don't, they don't work. Not in the Trucking service industry.
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Here is video right after leaving the shop of the front end shaking and pulling to the right.
All original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have major service issues. I've experienced this with almost every manufacturer in the past 10 years. We are a team and we go through trucks quickly. However, this is a new truck and this should have been under warranty and when they wear you down waiting for a ghost "Warranty Manager" to show up to evaluate the warranty dispute you finally give up and pay out of your own pocket. I believe this is a tactic because they know eventually you will lose more money sitting and waiting for a warranty dispute person to show up than just paying the repair bill. I'm tired of taking it on the chin and I will fight this until Volvo stands up and does the right thing. Maybe we should all get together and start a Facebook page called "Volvo Fail".
Jim Allen Jim@365Trucking.com