ABS light on the traioler & DOT

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  1. scott180

    scott180 Road Train Member

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    My current trailer has been to the shop for the ABS light being on. The mechanic says it's fine and it breaks fine. But it has a light on the trailer and the dash warning that the ABS is out.
    Can I get a ticket for this? As I said it feels fine and doesn't lock up, and the shop said run it.
     
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  3. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Yes a warning ticket. Not OOS. If when you turn the key on, and hear it clicking 4 times, it’s working. If not it’s not working. Turn key on off on off on- then count the flashes on the trailer light. Number of flashes corresponds with location of the problem. If the light only comes on, stays on without blinking, the systems not getting power. If so, be careful, might lock up in rain, or sudden stops. Mechanic is a mechanic in job description only. He should know enough to fix the light, it’s fairly simple. Even for a shade tree like myself.
     
  4. MacLean

    MacLean Heavy Load Member

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    Unplug the ABS light on the trailer.
     
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  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    This is also a violation if thr light doesnt flash when turning the key on . most officers check for this as well
     
  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Take it to a shop that can actually tell you what’s wrong, many shops are clueless to how to figure an abs problem.
     
  7. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    That’s a for sure ticket if they check. Leave the light hooked up and you might get lucky and the abs system might work.
     
  8. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    I once passed a level one inspection with a trailer ABS light on. This after having taken it to the shop and being told as you were.

    I'll bet you have a dirty sensor.
     
  9. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Or a bad wheel bearing. If all mechanical is good, it's not a huge deal. Not sure why ABS repairs are so difficult for some mechanics, especially on trailers. The system is so simple.
     
  10. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    The initial simple check is to make sure your plug has proper power going to it, that it's working correctly. I'm having this problem with my truck, around 60% of the trailers I haul I'm getting a trailer ABS light, yes, a portion of them are junkers, but it's doing it with our privately owned equipment too. Boss checked it and cleaned out corrosion at last PM, when he get's back from vacation I think we're going to put a new end on it.
     
  11. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    thats actually a higher violation then the light being on to begin with…
     
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