Tandems Won't Slide

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Mik D.'s Comment
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Tandems won’t slide. The bolts release, but truck just rolls without tandems sliding and trailer brakes are on. Anything I Can do without putting it in shop???

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Chris M's Comment
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You can chock the wheels but if the brakes aren't holding you need to get it in the shop so they can be adjusted

PJ's Comment
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Something is moving. Are you dragging the trailer? Are you sure all 4 pins retracted??? I had one once that came apart and would not retract. I used to slide it back and forth a couple times to knock off the rust.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree with Chris, you can chock the wheels or if there's a curb handy that you can push the tandems up against to hold then in place. Obviously your brakes aren't holding but if you have automatic slack adjusters you can try bleeding down your brakes (doing a brake test) to adjust them to where they'll hold.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Mik D.'s Comment
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I agree with Chris, you can chock the wheels or if there's a curb handy that you can push the tandems up against to hold then in place. Obviously your brakes aren't holding but if you have automatic slack adjusters you can try bleeding down your brakes (doing a brake test) to adjust them to where they'll hold.

All the pins retract, I was able to chock the wheels with some rocks to get it legal, (don’t know why I didn’t think of this) picked up a load at a company terminal (think load was a local one dropped at terminal) that wasn’t scaled and it was on bills as over 45k lbs, i don’t scale most loads that I pick up and see loaded, this was neither, when I scaled it, it was 600 lbs over on the rear wheels of trailer, was able to adjust tandems and run legal, after live unload at 0100 it’s getting fixed one way or another.

Terminal:

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Mik D.'s Comment
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I agree with Chris, you can chock the wheels or if there's a curb handy that you can push the tandems up against to hold then in place. Obviously your brakes aren't holding but if you have automatic slack adjusters you can try bleeding down your brakes (doing a brake test) to adjust them to where they'll hold.

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All the pins retract, I was able to chock the wheels with some rocks to get it legal, (don’t know why I didn’t think of this) picked up a load at a company terminal (think load was a local one dropped at terminal) that wasn’t scaled and it was on bills as over 45k lbs, i don’t scale most loads that I pick up and see loaded, this was neither, when I scaled it, it was 600 lbs over on the rear wheels of trailer, was able to adjust tandems and run legal, after live unload at 0100 it’s getting fixed one way or another.

The rocks I used are in my tractor for possible future use😜🤪😳😁

Terminal:

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Cwc's Comment
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Along with those rocks you got in the tractor, stop and get a can of PB Blaster. Next time spray it in the channel for the tandems. That stuff fixes everything... Dry gladhand seals? Spray it.. Something won't move? Spray it.. Pins won't retract spray it... Then beat it with a hammer. Step two will still work but it's easier if you spray it first. A little lube goes a long way.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Get some wheels chocks at Harbor Freight.

PackRat's Comment
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Get some wheels chocks at Harbor Freight.

Get some chocks at a shipper or receiver that has some extra ones laying around.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Or go to your closest terminal and ask for a set of checks. That's what I did.

Terminal:

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.

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