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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...


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.

Fleet Maintenance always welcome comments, criticism and suggestions.

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