HOW TO READ YOUR BRAKES
Brake-caused accidents and inspections with violations are both largely preventable by effective troubleshooting in three areas.
• Air Pressure System - DOT looks for leaks anywhere in the system. You should too.
• Foundation Brake - Having the push rod stroke out of adjustment Is the single biggest reason for DOT citing faulty brakes.
• Brake Lining - It can’t be worn below the recommended service level or worn unevenly to any degree.
Save your fleet and your drivers lost time and revenue. Take a little time to read your brakes correctly, and you’ll fix most problems with the six solutions listed below.
• Uneven wear, edges or ends (check for worn bushings or bent spider)
• Excessive wear in center (replace worn-out lining for proper friction level)
• Lining wear rate differs (check mechanical input and air system)
• Adjustment not holding (check slack adjuster & push rod lengths)
• Relined block delaminations (check for an old worn shoe)
• Fade performance problems (check for a heat checked drum)
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