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What is a slack adjuster?


A slack adjuster is a lever connecting the brake chamber with the brake camshaft.

A slack adjuster is a lever connecting the brake chamber push rod with the foundation brake camshaft.

A slack adjuster is a lever connecting the brake shoe with the brake drum.

A slack adjuster is a lever connecting the brake chamber push rod with the return spring.




Inspecting Air Brakes

There are many different system components to check while inspecting air brakes. If the compressor is belt-driven, you will need to check the belt during the pre-trip inspection. The slack adjusters, drums, linings, and hoses must be inspected while doing the walk around as well.

While in the vehicle, you will need to test the air leakage rate, the low-pressure warning alarm, and that the spring brakes come on automatically. You need to test the air pressure build-up rate and the governor cut-in/cut-out pressures as well as performing the service and parking brake tests.

Rather than just studying the correct answers, it is best to learn how the air brake system works and be able to visualize it. This way, the test answers will come naturally, and more importantly, you will have a clear understanding of how the system works, enabling you to be confident and troubleshoot problems in the future correctly.

Air Brake Source: Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.


 

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