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CVSA: Don’t manually adjust auto slack adjusters

TORONTO, Ont. - A surprise brake blitz by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in May has led inspectors to believe there's a big problem with drivers manually adjusting self-adjusting slack ...


TORONTO, Ont. – A surprise brake blitz by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in May has led inspectors to believe there’s a big problem with drivers manually adjusting self-adjusting slack adjusters.

“A significant problem we are noticing in recent years is the practice of manually adjusting self-adjusting brake adjusters,” said Stephen Campbell, executive director of CVSA. “If you have a brake that is overstroking and it has a self-adjusting (automatic) brake adjuster, you more than likely have a problem with the brake or the adjuster. If you re-adjust it, you aren’t fixing the underlying problem.”

There are concerns that truckers may have a false sense of security after manually adjusting automatic brake adjusters, which will likely fall back out of adjustment before long.


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