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Air Brake System Maintenance and Repair

Truck repair air brake system

Truck repair air brake system

The Air Brake System is vital to any vehicle, but a semi truck is perhaps the most critical type of vehicle when it comes to the importance of brakes. Save on truck repair expenses by closely monitoring the status of your air brake system and including it as part of your preventative maintenance program.

Brake failure is a common cause of accidents involving tractor trailers, and these accidents are an excellent cause for a lawsuit. If you wish to avoid a lawsuit for your fleet, pay close attention to proper maintenance for your brakes.

Air brakes are used in trucks, buses, trailers and semitrailers. ¬†This is the preferred type of braking system for these vehicles for several reasons. First, the use of air allows multiple vehicle units to be coupled so that all units have braking capability and so that all of those units’ brakes may be controlled from the cab. Coupling would be unfeasible if a liquid were used as the mode of transmission of force, as it is in hydraulic brakes.

In addition, the use of an air brake system allows for the incorporation of an emergency braking system that utilizes parts of the service brake and parking brake systems. Emergency braking systems are required on all semitrailers by CFR 49 393.43, as it states “Every motor vehicle, if used to tow a trailer equipped with brakes, shall be equipped with a means for providing that in the case of a breakaway of the trailer, the service brakes on the towing vehicle will be capable of stopping the towing vehicle.”

Set up a routine plan for having a professional service the brakes on your semi trucks. While the distance a truck can travel between brake service is going to vary depending on the driving habits of the driver, it’s best to have the brakes inspected and maintained every time you have the truck’s oil changed. This will keep the driver, the truck and everyone on the road with them as safe as possible. Come visit us at Status Truck & Trailer Repair so one of our truck repair technicians can give you a complete evaluation of your air brake system.

Air brake systems are three braking systems combined:

  • The service brake system applies and releases the brakes when one uses the brake pedal during normal driving.
  • The parking brake system applies and releases the parking brakes when one uses the parking brake control.
  • The emergency brake system uses parts of the service and parking brake systems to stop the vehicle in the event of a brake system failure.

Brake Services Available:

  • Replace pads and other parts
  • Grease the slack adjusters
  • Check and grease the Scams
  • Check the air compression pressure gauge
  • Check linings and hoses
  • Brakes PM service

At Status Truck & Trailer Repair, we are well trained in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of all vehicle brake systems. We will inspect your brakes and make you aware of any maintenance or repair recommendations before any work is done. if repairs are necessary, we will install new pads/shoes, air bags, cylinders and any other parts in need of replacement. Stop in today!!