In the article, General air spring maintenance tips for heavy duty trucks and trailers, that appeared in the August issue, it stated:
“Air suspension systems require a minimal amount of maintenance that can be performed during other routine vehicle maintenance service. . . . As an added benefit, if an air spring fails, a trailer can still be pulled at slow speeds, whereas a trailer with leaf springs becomes immediately inoperable.”
An astute reader contacted Fleet Maintenance and suggested we clarify the second sentence. He noted that while a trailer with a failed air spring can still be pulled, the rig should only be operated until it can be pulled safely off the road and repaired.
Operating with a “blown air bag,” he said, is unsafe and is considered a violation if discovered during a roadside vehicle inspection.
That, he noted, will affect the CSA score of both the fleet and the driver.
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