Is an Oil Leak a DOT failure?

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  1. MadScientist

    MadScientist Light Load Member

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    Because parts leaking oil that is supposed to be inside that part lubricating it will eventually run dry and break, often at the most inopportune times, and cause accidents. Oil on the road is also hazardous, especially when it first begins to rain after a dry spell.
     
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  3. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

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    After buying and reading the 2022 North American Standard Out-Of-Service Criteria, this specific question was asked.......

    Question * At what point should an oil and/or grease leak(other than a hub or inner wheel seal) be written as a violation?

    Answer..... A violation should NOT be written until the seepage or leak is great enough to form drops and drip during an inspection.
     
  4. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

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    known as a class III leak, when drops let go on their own. Class II leak being visual drops but they don't fall off, class I being just visually moist. you want a good coat of oil on the bottom of everything, it's a sealant and mists everything else with protective juice to keep salt off metal and lubricates the undercarriage air for better MPG
     
  5. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    I'm just now taking notice of this comment. I am also going to tag @brian991219 and @ZVar . This comes from the CVSA as guidance on how to do something. Not all DOT cops follow this guidance to the letter. I remember watching a DOT inspection video where a DOT cop placed a tractor OOS because the area around a fitting was "wet" not really leaking, just wet. Remember!!!! In situations like this, it is the DOT cop's judgment that counts. Once that inspection report is issued it is almost impossible to get it changed.
     
  6. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

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    You're correct! Thats why I got that CVSA book and read through it every chance I get so I wont be searching for answers afterwards.
     
  7. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    A working truck at some point will have a oil leak. I dont see it as a big problem. Get it fixed when you can. However we have all seen the trucks with years of oil leaks built up. What has not been discussed is possibility of a fire. Alot of people have burnt up in trucks with excessive leaks.
     
  8. brian991219

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    Bingo, that isbthe problem with some law enforcement officers, they interpret things their own way regardless of what CVSA policy or the out of service criteria states. I have had many a run in on behalf of my clients surrounding a incorrect interpretation of regulation or law. Sad since they all undergo training and certification to CVSA standards.
     
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