The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has today released a new Technical Advisory Procedure on brake adjuster setup and compliance.
Released by the ATA’s Senior Engineering Adviser, Chris Loose, the guide is available now on the ATA website and was developed by the ATA’s Industry Technical Council.
“Understanding the correct adjustment for slack adjusters is important to improving brake performance and having safer trucks on our roads,” Mr Loose said.
“We’ve seen longer stroke brake chambers become standard on a range of truck models over recent years, and it’s important that truck operators understand what version is fitted on their truck and how it should be set up and maintained.
“Getting the setup right will improve brake performance and improve safety.”
The ATA Technical Advisory Procedure also includes info on:
- Chamber stroke and readjustment lengths
- Identification of stroke on the brake chamber end cap
- Brake chamber stroke length
- Correct mounting of chambers with slack adjusters
- Information on stroke checking tools
- Examples of templates and guides for correct adjustment
- Supplier links for service, maintenance and correct setup
“There is a range of suppliers of both manual and automatic slack adjusters, all with unique designs and methods of function,” Mr Loose said.
“It is important to buy the right quality of equipment built to the appropriate SAE standards, and to ensure they are regularly serviced and maintained.”