Pulled By DOT

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NeeklODN's Comment
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When you have a DOT inspection, how do they check to make sure the brakes are in adjustment? Do they pull the push rod like we are instructed to do in school? Talking about the tractor brakes here. I always do a thorough pretrip every morning. I ran into a situation today where it seemed as if my front brakes were getting very hot. I pulled over and could not pull the pushrods very far on the rears. I looked at the drums and it seemed there was a small gap between the shoes and the drums. Does this always mean they are out of adjustment? Trying to make sure I stay compliant when I get out OTR. I probably should know this already.😳

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dave Reid's Comment
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This might vary with the inspector but when I've had a Level 1, they got under the truck in a pit and at times had me push or release the brake pedal so they could check the travel. I've also had techs do that when getting an inspection in a shop.

When you have a DOT inspection, how do they check to make sure the brakes are in adjustment? Do they pull the push rod like we are instructed to do in school? Talking about the tractor brakes here. I always do a thorough pretrip every morning. I ran into a situation today where it seemed as if my front brakes were getting very hot. I pulled over and could not pull the pushrods very far on the rears. I looked at the drums and it seemed there was a small gap between the shoes and the drums. Does this always mean they are out of adjustment? Trying to make sure I stay compliant when I get out OTR. I probably should know this already.😳

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I’ve had the same experience as Dave.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Hey Steve where do you park your truck for home time??

I’ve had the same experience as Dave.

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