If you own or operate a small trucking company, you make every effort to keep your vehicles and drivers safe on the road. But if your trucks' brake systems pick up and contain water from the road, it can make driving unsafe for everyone. You can remove and keep the water out of your braking systems with these tips.
Add Triethylene Glycol to Your Brake Fluids
Brake fluid should reach a certain hot temperature to operate properly in a brake system. The heat absorbs most of the moisture inside the fluid, but some moisture can stay behind and build up over time. The temperature of brake fluid can drop as a result. Triethylene glycol (TEG) helps remove moisture and other liquids from brake fluid and other applications.
TEG protects the brake systems of cars, trucks, and many other vehicles by drying up the moisture inside them. You'll need to change your trucks' brake fluid before you add TEG to it. If you're uncertain as to how to add TEG to your brake systems, consult with a certified mechanic.
After you clean up your vehicles' brake systems, take steps to keep them clean.
Maintain Your Trucks' Brake Systems
It's important to change your trucks brake systems as soon as they show signs of wear and tear. This includes changing the vehicles' springs, pads, and fluid. Always change the shoes and drums at the same time. If one of these parts show signs of wear and tear, they can greatly affect the performance and stability of other parts.
Also, remind your drivers to take precautions on the road. If your drivers encounter extremely wet conditions, avoid the area or take another route. Water on the road can contain rocks, dirt, and other contaminants that can make their way into the trucks' brake systems. If it's impossible to take another route during hazardous times, instruct your drivers to drive at speeds that doesn't require them to brake or stop regularly. Excessive braking can wear down your trucks' pads, drums, and shoes.
Instruct your drivers to bring in their vehicles in for an inspection as soon as they return to your company. If time doesn't allow for immediate inspections, schedule a time during the week that works best for your business.
If you'd like to learn more about TEG and how it can keep your trucks' brake systems functional, contact a supplier for more details today.