Brake maintenance is a crucial aspect of commercial truck operation. Not only do faulty brakes pose a safety hazard for the driver and other vehicles on the road, but they can also result in costly repairs if not addressed in a timely manner.
At Placer Fleet Services, we understand that downtime for commercial truck fleets can be costly. That's why we offer mobile repair services to bring our expertise to you, minimizing the need for you to bring your trucks to a shop. Our team of experienced technicians is equipped to handle all types of brake repair, from simple pad replacements to more complex issues such as air leak repairs and valve replacements.
Understanding Drum Brakes
The drum brake system found on many medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks are powered by compressed are and is quite complex. These brake systems consist of several key components such as an air compressor, air tanks, an air dryer, and a complex system of valves and airlines. Your compressor is generally mounted to the back or side of your diesel engine, and your air tanks are generally attached directly to your frame.
Drum brakes rely on compressed air being sent from your air tanks to your brake assemblies rather than brake fluid (used in disc-style brakes). Compressed air is preferred because it ensures a smooth and controlled braking action while allowing more braking force and being less likely to leak.
Common Commercial Truck Brake Issues
Like any mechanical system, commercial truck brakes can experience a variety of issues due to regular wear and tear over time. Most commonly as brake pads and shoes wear down, they become less effective at stopping the truck. This can lead to longer braking distances and increased wear on other brake components.
Air leaks in the brake system or contaminated brake fluid can result in a decrease in braking performance and an increased risk of corrosion in the brake system.
There are several warning signs to look out for that may indicate your truck needs brake repair. These include:
- Grinding or squealing noises when braking
- Vibrations or pulsations when braking
- Brake pedal feels soft or spongy
- Brake warning light is illuminated on the dashboard
- Longer stopping distances
If you notice any of these issues with your truck's brakes, it's essential to have them checked out as soon as possible. Ignoring these signs can lead to further damage and costly repairs in the long run.
When we arrive onsite for a brake issue the first step is a thorough inspection of the brake system. This includes a visual inspection of the brake pads and shoes, as well as a test of the brake fluid to ensure it is not contaminated. Our technicians will also check the brake system for any signs of wear or damage, such as leaking seals or worn hoses.
If you're in the Placer or Nevada County areas and in need of brake repair, contact Placer Fleet Services today. Our team of experts is ready to provide top-quality repair service and get your fleet back on the road safely. To better serve your fleet, we have locations in both Rocklin, CA and Grass Valley, CA.