Automatic slack adjusters: maintenance & inspection
Upon completing these inspections, verify the slack adjuster’s performance by following the manufacturer’s instructions on conducting a functional check.
“Properly installed and maintained automatic slack adjusters should never need adjusting after the initial setup,” Kromer said. “Brake stroke has a direct impact on braking performance, and maintaining proper adjustment is vital to keeping commercial vehicles operating safely. Technicians, fleets, and drivers should not hesitate to contact manufacturers directly with any questions about their slack adjusters – everyone’s highway safety is on the line.”
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