Glad Hand Problem

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Have you tried using a hammer? Once in awhile I'll get glad hands that won't line up. A few taps will do the trick.

BK's Comment
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Replace all four seals. If nothing else it rules this out as a problem. I carry a dozen of them and replenish several times per year.

Your description is a bit vague; is air leaking or is it the physical connection?

Turns out that the red glad hand from the truck is not comparable with the trailer glad hand. I’m waiting for a technician to come here and put a new glad hand on the red line.

Anybody else ever have that happen?

BK's Comment
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I did replace the seals and also tried the hammer. I’ve used the hammer a number of times for stubborn connections. This time no success

Andrey's Comment
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It looks like pulling the same trailer is a true blessing!

G-Town's Comment
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I’ve not heard of that. Worn? Yes. Well Worn to the point of not connecting? Yes.

But never incompatible. Makes you wonder how the last driver under this trailer faired.

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Replace all four seals. If nothing else it rules this out as a problem. I carry a dozen of them and replenish several times per year.

Your description is a bit vague; is air leaking or is it the physical connection?

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Turns out that the red glad hand from the truck is not comparable with the trailer glad hand. I’m waiting for a technician to come here and put a new glad hand on the red line.

Anybody else ever have that happen?

Navypoppop's Comment
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Maybe the glad hand was replaced with the wrong glad hand. That is a service hand instead of an emergency hand. I have seen them without the color coded locking tabs but of course they won't line up.

Andrey's Comment
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Service hand will connect to emergency port, but not the other way around. Emergency hand has a small protruding part, service hand doesn't. It is easy to see if you look at both hands side by side.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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That’s it... geez.

Apparently? Not idiot proof for all intended parties.

😂😂😂

Service hand will connect to emergency port, but not the other way around. Emergency hand has a small protruding part, service hand doesn't. It is easy to see if you look at both hands side by side.

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.

Phil M.'s Comment
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It's fairly common to have issues with glad hands. I've never had this with the wrong hardware. I've seen them broken off, missing or damaged or improperly installed seals. I always eyeball all the seals & replace and add when necessary. If they're too tight I'll lube them a bit, pry them a bit open, too loose, tap it bit closed. Another trick I'd do is steal a couple of useful spare parts from wrecked trailers in the yard. Back when they all had protruding incandescent lights especially. You can even snag some glad hand fixtures from them. I did that to secure myself a pair of dummy glad hands back when I pulled doubles.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

OOS:

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.

Banks's Comment
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Bruce can't catch a break

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