Air tank/s draining...

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Greg H.'s Comment
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When I worked for the city, uh, for a very short 2 days... :) (long stupid short story). I remember them mentioning that the tanks had to be drained every day after use. Or maybe before use, I don't remember....

But, I'm not so sure that it was covered when I went to truck driving school. I vaguely remember, maybe learning it but, it's just not really there.

And When I drove for the first company I was with, I know the trainer never did, and didn't say anything to me about doing it.

As well as for both the times I trained with JB Hunt. Neither one of those trainers ever did. I think I may have mentioned something to one of my trainers and he told me that you didn't have to on the truck we were in. But, maybe I'm just imagining that.

I just really have no true memory of it.

I remember being way up in North Michigan and it was, well, cold.... lol .... it had been snowing some down in the southern parts. There was a layer of ice up North on all the roads. ... ha ha, slip and slide.... anyway, cold, water(condensation) in the tanks. They definitely would need to be drained in the cold weather to keep things from freezing up.

When I was studying the Texas Manual I ran across a section (It's in the air brakes section I'm sure), and it mentioned draining the tanks.

Soooo, do you have to, are you supposed to, do you, did you? I'm unclear on this....and I'd like to know.

Like I already said, it wasn't really covered or taught, as far as memory serves.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JakeBreak's Comment
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It is my understanding that with most trucks it's not as important as it used to be. I still bleed mine off every 2 or 3 days especially in the spring and fall. Your maint dept should be able to tell you how to do it on your truck. It is still important to know how to do it even if you never do it.

Greg H.'s Comment
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It is my understanding that with most trucks it's not as important as it used to be. I still bleed mine off every 2 or 3 days especially in the spring and fall. Your maint dept should be able to tell you how to do it on your truck. It is still important to know how to do it even if you never do it.

Thanks for your response, I really appreciate it. Makes sense to me, what you said. And as for the never doing it, I think you probably should, like you said, at least every few days, (or in cold weather).

I think I'd still like to hear from someone who maybe knows more about it.

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