Always Important To Check The 5th Wheel

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Keith A.'s Comment
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If there is a buildup in the locking mechanism how do you get that out? I've been having similar issues off and on for the last four or five weeks.

PackRat's Comment
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Take it to the company terminal if able. Otherwise, take it to the truck wash and drive in bobtail. Tell the folks there to blast out the area with as much pressure as they can. The vest thing is high pressure, heated steam.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

ChefsJK's Comment
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Not sure if this would be a normal practice for most drivers, but when i was with my trainer he always saved a bit of diesel after we filled up from the fuel filter when he drained it to get out anything that was in there. He kept it in a spray bottle and anytime we disconnected he sprayed it around the jaws and anywhere he could reach in there to keep the grease on the looser side. I did the samething and never had an issue with things, like I said not sure uf that us a common practice or not.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Don's Comment
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I spray P'Blaster degreaser around the area. Doing so has helped keep the locking jaw and release arm mechanism working properly.

If there is a buildup in the locking mechanism how do you get that out? I've been having similar issues off and on for the last four or five weeks.

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