DOT Stop Question

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dino soar, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    My two manual slack adjusting wrenches were the only cards I carried.

    The autos I stomp on a few times (Service brake to the floor and remeasured.)

    I had never encounter a defect so bad that we were told to be OOS and stay at the scales until road service came out.

    20 years ago one of the companies required brake certification for the workers. I was happy just to let someone else get under there and fool with the automatic stuff. When you get on in years it's easier to use the time for yourself.
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  3. stuckinthemud

    stuckinthemud Medium Load Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Quote "Manual adjustment of an automatic slack adjuster should only be used to correct the adjustment in an emergency situation as it is likely the brake will soon be back out of adjustment since the procedure usually does not fix the underlying adjustment problem." quote
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
    Reason for edit: accuracy
  4. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    Umm... no.
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  5. Spyro2112

    Spyro2112 Medium Load Member

    Mar 17, 2018
    Read Csa 2010
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  6. roshea

    roshea Road Train Member

    Fuel check is not part of any DOT inspection, that is done by the IRS since they are the taxing authority in fear of losing revenue. They occasionally work at an inspection site alongside DOT inspectors. Had a very nice inspector in VA on I-81 that had been a DOT inspector for about 25 years, he was somewhat confused by this guy asking my permission to sample my fuel. In all his years he had never even heard of this, so it is not very common. If you're pissed at your company (or a competitor!) call the IRS fuel tax division and tell them your boss is using off road fuel to save money. They will show up and start dipping tanks and the boss will be very uncomfortable as they look for 'other ways' he may have tried to save money.
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    The scales on I-77 In NC just south of Va.has a sign “ Official fuel test location”
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  8. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    The definition I’ve read as far as being certified for brake adjustments. Include on the job experience. I once had a card from a Company, they gave everyone a card at Orientation. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to have one, just in case. I’ve never had a problem, only once had to adjust fronts in Ohio. I had done a brake job and mistakenly backed them off too much. 2”” travel, only allowed 1.75 with 20/20 chambers. I learned something that day.
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  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    A few years ago one of the state mechanics adjusted the brakes backwards on a state dump truck.
    The driver left and was killed when he couldn't slow down on the first down grade he got on.
    The last I heard was the mechanic went to prison over it. I do not remember what the charge was that he was charged on.
    Remember guys, if you keep adjusting it and the rod starts coming out of the brake can, you are going the wrong way.
  10. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I used have that card. I have not seen anyone get those cards anymore. I got stopped in Washington state with brakes out of adjustment. I manually adjusted the automatic slack adjuster. The D.O.T guy said he had verify my repair. Make sure it was now in adjustment. They let me go and still had to fix the automatic slack adjuster. I couldn't do that myself since it needed a new one

    Can any find the law that says you can't adjust them yourself ? My understanding is every driver can. We can't do repairs to brakes unless you are certified. I have not received one those brake cards in like 14 years. I don't think anyone gives them out anymore.
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  11. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    Do you have to be certified if you are an owner operator and you work on your own brakes?
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