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Truck air systems are under pressure in cold temperatures

February 1, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Cold temperatures and water can lead to only one outcome, and ice has no place in a truck’s air system. Frozen moisture can disable compressors, along with any of the multitude of air valves in the system. Plunging temperatures, like we have seen across much of the Lower 48 in recent weeks will be put air systems to the test. Hopefully your systems are not found wanting.

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Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

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Brake Safety Day finds 14% brakes out of service

November 9, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – North American enforcement teams completed 7,698 inspections during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day on September 7, placing 14% of vehicles out of service for brake-related violations.

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Air Brake Training

February 17, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

New from Technical Training Services is the Quick Study TT program covering tractor trailer air-brake systems, mate to a previously introduced straight truck offering

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COMPLIANCE: U.S. LAUNCHES HIGH-TECH TESTING

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Dynos and other high-tech brake testing machines are coming to an inspection
station near you if they’re not there already. Are they useful?

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CVSA, insurer team up for online airbrake program

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in association with Zurich Services and Interactive Driving Systems, has completed the development of an online airbrake training program to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety across North America.

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CAT’S NEW AIR COMPRESSOR

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The Cat 270 provides cleaner air and greater reliability, plus quieter operation than current models.

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REMOTE BRAKE DIAGNOSTICS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Spectra and BSM Wireless have developed a remote air-brake diagnostic and monitoring solution.

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AIR-DRYER CARTRIDGE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

New Haldex cartridge removes more than 99% of contaminants.

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BRAKE ADJUSTMENT: SHOCKING DRIVER STUDY

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A CVSA study shows a tiny percentage of drivers understand brake adjustment.

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BRAKE PARTS CATALOG

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

‘Formula Blue’ hydraulic brake parts from Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

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AIR BRAKE ADJUSTMENT DRIVER SURVEY

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A CVSA study in 2003 revealed that only a tiny proportion of drivers — less than 1% — fully understands air-brake principles and procedures.

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CVSA, insurer team up for online airbrake program

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in association with Zurich Services and Interactive Driving Systems, has completed the development of an online airbrake training program to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety across North America.

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DOWNHILL BRAKING: PARK’S VIEW

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The trick to getting downhill safely? Combine sharp instincts, classroom physics,
and pure skill.

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AIR DRYER LITERATURE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Bendix has released a new and comprehensive air-dryer application guide.