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The most common braking issue in trucks is balance. Brake pressure should be distributed evenly between the left and right wheels. If it’s not, this will cause your truck to pull towards one side when you brake. This will force you to overcompensate, causing large strain on the driver but also on your braking system. If your truck is pulling to one side it’s likely a problem with your brake drums becoming glazed (too smooth to provide friction); or a problem with a hose or fitting running between the brake chambers and the valves. Take note of when the imbalance occurs (for example load weight or when braking) and contact your heavy vehicle mechanic to rectify.
The second most common brake problem in trucks is timing between the trailer and rig. If a rig brakes first, or at the same time, the trailer will likely run into the rig. Just as important is the release timing of the trailer brakes to ensure the rear wheels don’tlock up and go into a skid. Brake timing issues are a safety hazard, and will also turninto a larger repair if not caught early. Contact your heavy vehicle mechanic who candiagnose and rectify any brake repairs.
Brakes are critical for all vehicles, but none more so than a semitrailer. One of the most common causes for truck accidents in Australia is a loss or a reduction of brakeability. All brakes, including trailers, should be checked at every service. Brake pads typically last on average 200,000km, though this depends on driving style and conditions. With long distance highway driving, brakes can last as long as 1,000,000km. To ensure complete safety and performance the brake springs, pins and bushings should also be replaced every time the pads are replaced. Your Blue Toro Truck & Heavy Vehicle Mechanic can help you setup a routine service schedule for all brakes acrossyour fleet.
Brakes pads should be replaced on average every 200,000km on your truck and trailer. However there are a couple of DIY tips that will help you ensure your brakes remain at optimal performance. 1) Check the air compression pressure gauge. Ideally the gauge should run between 100 and 125 psi. If you’re consistently falling below this you should have your brakes serviced. If the pressure drops below 60 psi you should not drive the truck. 2) Check linings and hoses. Before driving a truck youcan easily do a walk around and check all linings and hoses. Linings should not be soaked with lubricant and should be at least a 1/4 of an inch thick. Air hoses should not have any cracks or appear worn.
Brakes shouldn’t make a noise. If you hear any noise coming from your wheels it’s time to replace your brakes urgently. Your truck is now not only unsafe, you’ll also continue to damage the rotors and other components if you continue to drive, resulting in a more costly repair.