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Prepare NOW for Brake Safety Week
To prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week-September 8-14, we recommend that you and your drivers are familiar with CVSA inspection requirements and procedures.

Brake Safety Week, also known as Operation Air Brake, targets eight items for inspection.  


Brake Safety Week Recommendations from Bendix- an Idealease Preferred Supplier:


"For Operation Air Brake, pre-trip brake inspections take on added importance," said Gary Ganaway, director of marketing and global customer solutions for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. 

"We suggest that drivers test for leaks, examine brake shoes, and measure chamber stroke in accordance with Technology & Maintenance Council and industry standard practices."

To check for leaks, Bendix suggests a 90 to 100 psi brake application, followed by a walk-around inspection of the vehicle, while listening for audible leaks. The CVSA inspection will also test the vehicle's low air pressure warning device, and, if a leak is detected, measure the air loss rate.

Brake shoes should be examined for cracks and checked to ensure they meet the minimum lining thickness standards.

To measure the chamber stroke on each wheel-end, Bendix typically recommends checking the distance from the chamber to the pin with the brakes released, and again after a fully charged brake application. Drivers can incur fines if the difference between the two measurements - the chamber stroke - is outside allowable limits on 25% of a truck's wheel-ends.

For foundation drum brakes, fleets should follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the adjustment of slack adjusters.

In conducting general wheel-end inspections, Bendix emphasizes close attention to the rubber boots on brakes, where cracks or tears could allow moisture to get inside.

As safety requirements evolve and commercial vehicles continue to advance technologically, regularly scheduled preventive maintenance, along with continued driver and technician training, will become even more vital to the industry.

Have your Drivers take an Air Brake Survey On-Line!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is conducting a survey as part of Operation Air Brake. It is designed to help define areas where education and/or training will be most effective. The information being gathered will be used for statistical purposes only.




August 16th 2013

Operation Air 

Brake Inspection



Here is the procedure that your drivers will be required to follow if identified for an inspection:


-Inspection Items

-Driver License


-Low Air Warning Device

-Pushrod Trave 


-Brake Linings/Drums

-Air Loss Rate 

(If leak detected)

-Tractor Protection        System 

STEP 1: 
Choose the Inspection Site
STEP 2: Safety Considerations
STEP 3: Check Air Brake Mechanical Components
STEP 4: Check Steering Axle Air Brake Mechanical Components  
STEP 5: Check Brake Adjustment  
STEP 6: Build the Air Pressure to 90 - 100 PSI  
STEP 7: Check the Air Brake ABS System (If Applicable)


STEP 8: Test Air Loss Rate


STEP 9: Test Low Air Pressure Warning Device


STEP 10: Check the Tractor Protection System


STEP 11: Finalize paperwork, and provide the results to the driver (i.e. out-of-service, etc.)
All inspections are to be identified as a Level IV inspection.


The statistics will require a count of automatic slack adjuster vs. manual slack adjuster brakes and their respective adjustment (or out of adjustment). Jurisdictions will need to capture this information on their CVSA inspection sheets or on some other form in order to compile the statistics. If the jurisdiction doesn't normally capture this information on their inspection sheet, officers will need to know ahead of time that they are required to record this somewhere on the sheet.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:  

Sept. 15-21, 2013


Make plans now to recognize your drivers!


CVSA Brake Safety Week:

Sept. 8-14, 2013
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The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.