How to get your trailers back on the road

How to get your trailers back on the road

We all hope that the South African economy will improve – and that this will see more trucks and more trailers on our roads. If your trailers have been standing idle for several weeks, read on…

From brakes and tyres to air tanks, there are several risks that could arise when a trailer has been idle for weeks (or months). To avoid any potential issues when returning them to work, BPW recommends you check the following items:


BED THE BRAKES IN

There is a good chance that your drum or disc brakes will have some surface corrosion after being stored outside for several weeks. It would be advisable to drive the trailer on a short, unladen journey and apply the brakes several times to burn off any surface corrosion and ensure the friction material is in a suitable condition ready for its first laden journey.

CHECK TYRES

Ensure there are no punctures. Check the pressures and look for any damage.

DRAIN AIR TANKS

Condensation will have built up in the air tanks after being stored outside for a period, and draining them keeps the air system free from corrosion.

CHECK FOR AIR LEAKS

After draining the air tanks, build up the air pressure and listen for any air leaks. Rubber seals on pipe fittings may have become brittle and leak after being exposed to cold night-time temperatures and condensation.

Like its predecessor, ECO Plus 3 is designed specifically for the high duty cycles of modern transport operations. It’s a robust, reliable system designed for a long service life – but it needs to go hand in hand with proper trailer maintenance.

CHECK DRUM BRAKE OPERATION

Have one person apply the brakes from the tractor unit and a second person check the camshafts and slack adjusters for correct operation.

GREASE AND ADJUST BRAKES

If the trailer has missed its most recent service, it would be advisable to grease the running gear with the correct BPW grease and adjust the brakes.


DISC BRAKES

If your trailer is fitted with BPW ECO Disc brakes, secure the trailer and safely release the trailer brakes. Once this is done and the trailer cannot roll away, check the brake calipers are free to slide back and forth. If they are seized, they can be serviced using a BPW caliper repair kit. If the discs show more excessive corrosion than just surface, contact your service provider.


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HECK YOUR LIGHTS

As part of the daily walk-around driver checks, ensure all lights are operating correctly.

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