Can we use bubblegum to fix a gladhand seal leak?

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  1. Flankenfurter

    Flankenfurter Light Load Member

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    One of the CDL practice test questions I read mentions using bubblegum as a quick fix for a leaky seal in a gladhand. Could this be true? That's a lot of Bubblicious! :p What are some other tips for fixing a leaky air hose on the road?

    If one of the glad hands on your blue air line is missing a seal, . . .
    a. common bubble gum will work until you can find a new seal.
    b. you could end up with a service line air leak. (answer)
    c. you could end up with an emergency line air leak.
    d. you would not know until you set your parking brake.
     
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  3. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    I expect this to be bait for you to answer incorrectly.
    You actually should have a few gladhand seals in your truck.

    I worked for an idiot. One day he hooked up blue line. It was leaking. He licked the seal. Then no leak. He said: see... good as new.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I've seen that also. Some drivers wipe a little grease from the 5th wheel on it, and the leak stops. Those seals get a little hard & dry with time and just need a little moisture.
    Carry a few with you in the truck because sometimes drivers will steal those from other trailers.
     
  5. Flankenfurter

    Flankenfurter Light Load Member

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    LOL!

    There might be people taking the test thinking, hmm...bubblegum. Never thought of that.
     
  6. Flankenfurter

    Flankenfurter Light Load Member

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    Good one, Chinatown. Noted.
     
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    SoulScream84 Thanks this.
  10. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    Hell when I worked for CFI I had glad hand seals, and 2 of every light I'd had on a trailer to that point that I carried in a milk carton. I remember 1 drop yard encouraging us to remove the lights when we dropped so we'd have lights for the trailer we got back.
     
  11. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Glad hand seal are the cheapest, easiest to change and arguably most often changed part(especially d/h operational) on a truck.
    Could someone explain why they don't have extra?
     
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