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    THAT's what I was trying to say!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin' Eyeball View Post
    Does anyone know if DOT will shut down a truck for an ABS light on the dash? my company has a trailer that has the ABS light on and the mechanics from our leasing agent come up with all of the excuses in the world to not fix it. some other driver went and took the wires off the trailer so that the trailer light would not give any excuse to be pulled over, which i know is a big no no. another mechanic from another leasing company told me that the worst that would happen is a warning if DOT got into the cab and saw the light on the dash, but i doubt this fella will testify in court to this statement. should i refuse any loads with this trailer and push the bossman to get out of this lease, or not worry about it? even the owners' manual is vague on the subject. i HATE this stupid trailer!!!
    Write it up and keep a copy for yourself,if they don't fix it take your copy to safety director,if DOT writes it they only have so many days to fix it anyway.If you've had the time to talk to a mechanic about the problem they've had enough time to fix the sensor

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    abs light on stesdy in the cab or trailer is a violation . 393.55 . states all cmv after a certain date must have a working abs system . yours does not work if the light is on . it is not an out of service violation .if you think the officer is being petty , why wouldnt your company fix such a petty thing . i used to drive for a living so i like to issue the company not the driver the violation to remind them petty violations need fixin too .i remember bieng told to drive the truck or go home so i know what you guys go through . now i have no problem writing the violations and telling them to fix it .its also pretty funny when they get the bill for the tow truck .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyc truck inspector View Post
    abs light on stesdy in the cab or trailer is a violation . 393.55 . states all cmv after a certain date must have a working abs system . yours does not work if the light is on . it is not an out of service violation .if you think the officer is being petty , why wouldnt your company fix such a petty thing . i used to drive for a living so i like to issue the company not the driver the violation to remind them petty violations need fixin too .i remember bieng told to drive the truck or go home so i know what you guys go through . now i have no problem writing the violations and telling them to fix it .its also pretty funny when they get the bill for the tow truck .
    I don't get a ABS light for the tractor. I only get them for the trailer and its off and on. The way I figure it, the issue is on the trailer side...and Im not a mechanic so I have no idea what could be causing the issue. The brakes work perfectly fine, just the ABS light comes on. Well if the air is going through the system well enough to apply the brakes...whats causing the ABS light issue?

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    I just went through a roadside DOT inspection a couple of weeks ago in Pa. And the trailer ABS warning light was on. No OOS, no ticket. It was noted on the inspection report but he didn't say anything about it.
    Of course, the fact that I told him about it before he actually seen it and explained that I had just come from the shop trying to get a mechanic to look at it might have swayed him from any action.

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    ABS light on more-often-than-not means a sensor is dirty and needs cleaned. The instructions themselves say that if that light is on, it isn't work and please get it fixed at your next stop, earliest convenience, whatever it says. In other words, not the end of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin' Eyeball View Post
    Does anyone know if DOT will shut down a truck for an ABS light on the dash? my company has a trailer that has the ABS light on and the mechanics from our leasing agent come up with all of the excuses in the world to not fix it. some other driver went and took the wires off the trailer so that the trailer light would not give any excuse to be pulled over, which i know is a big no no. another mechanic from another leasing company told me that the worst that would happen is a warning if DOT got into the cab and saw the light on the dash, but i doubt this fella will testify in court to this statement. should i refuse any loads with this trailer and push the bossman to get out of this lease, or not worry about it? even the owners' manual is vague on the subject. i HATE this stupid trailer!!!
    Not sure what wires you mean.Some newer trailers have a yellow lite like a clearance lite on the left rear corner of trailer so driver can see it.This lite stays on if ABS in working ok.

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    trailer light or tractor light , if it is illuminated your abs is not working properly .the light on the side of the trailer is supposed to come on and then go off when starting the truck if it stays lit your abs on trailer is not working . issued summons to one company for it and ran into him 2 weeks later . his fix to this problem was to place electrical tape over the light .

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    The CVSA adopted and approved a rulemaking on ABS lights on 7/01/08.It is now an out-of-service violation.It is now part of the North American Standard inspection criteria.Fmcsa set a standard earlier,revised in 2001,for the ABS malfunction indicator light but it was not an out-of -service violation until this year.That rule can be found under 49 CFR 571.121.If you need more guidance you can search CVSA under rulemaking for ABS lights.
    Last edited by witchwaywest; 10.07.2008 at 12.29 PM.

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    Also if you are in a accident and your COMPANY knew that the ABS was not working and did not FIX it they better be will ing to tell your insurance company GET OUT THE CHECK BOOK. Any Lawyer will be able to pull the maintance records of the equipment in an accident and make them feel like a bunch of idiots for not fixing it.

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