Frozen tractor brakes

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

  1. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Hahaha.

    The last qtr mile before you park put about 10-15 psi and unless you park in water you shouldn't have frozen brakes again. If you've been in freezing #### all day go knock off all the snow/ice accumulation
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    If this is a tractor-trailer unit, you don't have hydraulic trailer brakes. You've most likely got air disc brakes.
     
  4. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    I always just lock the axles, put it in gear and drive away.

    Which doesn't work so good if you don't have four-way lockers, but I've never had that problem. :)
     
  5. snowwy

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    I've had a couple times that were stubborn.

    I just thought I'd condense the response.
     
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    I find rolling backward is more effective than rolling forward to break free when brakes are frozen.
     
  7. Drama304

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    This reply saved the day. I went out and kept banging. Didn’t know about the sound difference to know when the brakes released. THANK YOU
     
  8. Coolbreezin

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    Dont set yr brakes. Place chocks on both side of wheel. Yes, I know some ######## may steal them.
     
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  9. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Glad something worked for you, Compared to most here, I am still in diapers. I very recently posted for the newbies to listen to these guys! In my book, many members walk on water, they are so knowledgeable. I read these forums daily, learning and picking up bits of good stuff they learned from the school of hard knocks. Its free and some of it is priceless! Stuff you can't find in a book or a class.
    Thank you members that have the knowledge and help the rest of us. And thanks to many members past(Kurt and Tony and many more), I hope these members occasionally lurk here?
    Be safe
     
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Try going in reverse . For some reason reverse always get mine unstuck.
     
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  11. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Yep. People try to go forward and don't think about other ideas that usually work.

    Beats the heck out of laying in the snow with a hammer for sure.

    And as a last resort. There's always brake cleaner.
     
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