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2. Do converter dollies have spring brakes?



4. What is the emergency air-line for?

1 supplies air to the trailer air tanks; 2 controls the emergency brakes on combination vehicles.


What are the maximum leakage rates?

 The loss rate should be less than two psi in one minute for single vehicles and less than three psi in one minute for combination vehicles


1. What might happen if the trailer is too high when you try to couple?

if the trailer is too high, it may not couple correctly


6. Where are shut-off valves?

at the back of trailers used to tow other trailers


6. Why should you pull a dolly out from under a trailer before you disconnect it from the trailer in front?

the dolly tow bar may fly up and possibly cause injury and making it quite difficult to recouple


Why must air tanks be drained?

Compressed air usually has some water and some compressor oil in it, which is bad for the air brake system


1. Why should you not use the trailer hand valve while driving?

danger of making the trailer skid.


What are spring brakes?

 held on by mechanical force


How can you test the low pressure warning signal?

Shut the engine off when you have enough air pressure Turn the electrical power on and step on and off the brake pedal; warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 60 psi (or tank with the lowest air pressure, in dual air systems)


How often should you drain air tanks?

at the end of each day of driving


5. What do you check when making a visual check of coupling?

Make sure there is no space between upper and lower 5th wheel and that the locking jaws are locked on the kingpin


How do you know if your vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes?

 Tractors, trucks, and buses will have yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the instrument panel


How can you check that the spring brakes come on automatically?

 stepping on and off the brake pedal to reduce tank pressure. The tractor protection valve and parking brake valve should pop out on a tractor-trailer combination vehicle  when the air pressure falls to the manufacturer’s specification (20 – 45 psi). This will cause the spring brakes to come on.


1. What is a converter dolly?

a coupling device of one or two axles and a fifth wheel


2. Describe what the trailer air supply control does.

keeps air in the tractor or truck brake system should the trailer break away or develop a bad leak.


How can you check slack adjusters?

Chock the vehicle and release the park brake


6. What type of trailers can get stuck on the railroad-highway crossings?

Low slung units (lowboy, car carrier, moving van, possum-belly livestock trailer); Single-axle tractor pulling a long trailer


8. Should the shut-off valves on the rear of the last trailer be open or closed? On the first trailer in a set of doubles? On the middle trailer of a set of triples?

• Rear of front trailers: OPEN; Rear of last trailer: CLOSED; Converter dolly air tank drain valve: CLOSED


3. Describe what the service line is for.

trailer brakes


4. How do you check to make sure trailer height is correct before coupling?

It must be slightly lower than the center of the fifth wheel so trailer is raised slightly when dolly is pushed under


4. What is off-tracking?

When a vehicle goes around a corner, the rear wheels follow a different path than the front wheels.


3. What three methods can you use to secure a second trailer before coupling?

Drive tractor close to the trailer and connect the emergency line charge the trailer air tank and disconnect the emergency line. This will set the emergency brakes


2. After coupling, how much space should be between the upper and lower fifth wheel?

no space


How should you brake when you drive a tractor-trailer combination with ABS?



5. How do you know if your trailer is equipped with antilock brakes?

Warning Indicators on the control panel or label on the side of the trailer


Front wheel brakes are good under all conditions. True or False?



3. Why should you not use the trailer hand brake to straighten out a jackknifing trailer?

the brakes on the trailer wheels cause the skid


4. To drive you need to raise the landing gear only until it just lifts off the pavement. True or False?



7. What should you check for when inspecting the converter dolly? The pintle hook?

Position combination as close as possible to; converter dolly; Move dolly to rear of first semitrailer and couple; it to the trailer; Lock pintle hook; Secure dolly support in raised position; Pull dolly into position as close as possible to; nose of the second semitrailer; Lower dolly support; Unhook dolly from first trailer; Wheel dolly into position in front of second trailer; in line with the kingpin


1. Which shut-off valves should be open and which closed?

Rear of front trailers: OPEN; Rear of last trailer: CLOSED.


3. How can you test the tractor protection valve?

At normal pressure, shut the engine off; Step on and off the brake several times to reduce the air pressure; the tractor protection valve control should pop out


What is a supply pressure gauge used for?

These gauges tell you how much pressure is in the air tanks.


5. When you back a trailer, you should position your vehicle so you can back in a curved path to the driver’s side. True or False?



10. How do you know if your converter dolly is equipped with antilock brakes?

Dollies manufactured on or after March 1, 1998, are required to have a lamp on the left side.


What factors can cause brakes to fade or fail?

excessive heat caused by using them too much and not relying on the engine braking effect


5. Why should you use chocks when parking a trailer without spring brakes?

the air will leak away and then there will be no brakes


Why should you be in the proper gear before starting down a hill?

To use the engine power as the primary braking source


The use of brakes on a long, steep downgrade is only a supplement to the braking effect of the engine. True or False?



2. When you turn suddenly while pulling doubles, which trailer is most likely to turn over?

the rear trailer is twice as likely to turn over as the tractor.


2. How can you test that air flows to all trailers?

Use the tractor parking brake or chock the wheels; Wait for normal air pressure, then push in the red "trailer air supply" knob to supply air to the emergency (supply) lines; Use the trailer handbrake to provide air to the service line; at the rear, open the emergency line shutoff valve; You should hear air


3. You should look into the back of the fifth wheel to see if it is locked onto the kingpin. True or False?



1. What two things are important to prevent rollover?

keep the cargo as close to the ground as possible, and drive slowly around turns


All vehicles with air brakes must have a low air pressure warning signal. True or False?



9. How can you test that air flows to all trailers?

Go to the rear of the rig. Open the emergency line shut-off valve at the rear of the last trailer. You should hear air escaping, showing the entire system is charged.


If you are away from your vehicle only a short time, you do not need to use the parking brake. True or False?



What is a dual air brake system?

 A dual air brake system has two separate air brake systems, which use a single set of brake controls