Frozen tractor brakes

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Drama304, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    Did you try and rock the truck gently...?
     
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  3. LameMule

    LameMule Medium Load Member

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    To sleep?
     
  4. Drama304

    Drama304 Bobtail Member

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    I’ve been trying that. It looks like the truck tires will rock a little but I can’t see what the trailer tires are doing.
     
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  5. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    I didnt enough courage to suggest that. I understand the gently thingy, but have visions of some clowns dropping the driveshaft.
    Also if the trailer brakes, release trailer parking brakes. Apply trailer brakes to full cutout pressure a couple times, with trolley valve. Have occasionally had luck with it
     
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  6. Drama304

    Drama304 Bobtail Member

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    So my truck brakes are drums but the trailer brakes are hydraulic. I don’t know much about them. So I banged on what looks like can be banged on. But I did notice that I can’t release the button to move my tandems
     
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  7. Drama304

    Drama304 Bobtail Member

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    Lol thanks. I saw a guy do that about a year ago so I learned from his lesson what not to do
     
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  8. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Also...
    When under truck, hammering on drums... if dull thud when hitting drums, brakes are on. If drums have a ring, brake is released.
    Takes hardly anything for this test. If I have nothing handy, tapping on drums with jack knife is enough to find a froze shoe/drum.
     
  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Before you park for the night drag your brakes a tad and you won't usually have that issue.
     
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  10. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    And the winner is! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
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  11. snowwy

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    Lower the trailer landing gear to the ground. Dump truck suspension.

    Your taking the weight off the truck.

    Put truck in 4wd. Put truck in lowest gear. Gently use gas pedal. Trying to slightly spin the tires.

    Always worked for me. I've never pounded on the brakes.
     
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