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The 10th edition of the Air Brake Book adds an update on air disc brake market penetration and the pros and cons fleets should consider as they explore the newer brake technology, as well as a chapter on the important role that drivers play in developing comprehensive brake preventive maintenance practices.

Thanks to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, we are able to provide a synopsis of the all-new 2019 CVSA out-of-service criteria surrounding brakes and brake systems, as well as CVSA’s Air Brake Pushrod Stroke guidelines.

Chapter 1: Air brake system anatomy
Understanding the three components of a commercial vehicle air brake system is crucial to diagnosing and repairing complex brake problems.

Chapter 2: Weighing the costs and benefits of air disc brakes

Despite maintenance and pad life advantages, price remains the biggest hurdle to air disc brake adoption.

Chapter 3: Defining the driver’s role in brake maintenance

Drivers must do their part to keep trucks rolling, not out of service. 

Chapter 4: Step-by-step air brake inspection 
A strong preventive maintenance program and frequent, thorough air brake inspection practices can lower the risk of brake failure and out-of-service orders. 

Chapter 5: 2019 CVSA brake out-of-service criteria 
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has identified the most critical safety violations involving brakes (to purchase detailed criteria, contact CVSA at cvsa.org). Plus, CVSA’s Air Brake Pushrod Stroke guidelines and CSA brake-related violation severity weight information.

Chapter 6: Distinguishing the differences in automatic brake adjusters

Two main options exist for today’s ABAs. Understanding their unique designs and how they function is key for proper selection and maintenance.

Chapter 7: Selecting proper brake linings 

Spec’ing the appropriate brake linings is key to optimizing brake performance and lowering maintenance costs. 

Chapter 8: Brake relining and restoration
Taking time to thoroughly inspect and repair brake components when relining brakes can save money in the long run. 

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting brake imbalance
Diagnosing and correcting brake imbalance issues is critical for vehicle performance and safety over the road.

The 10th edition of the Air Brake Book adds an update on air disc brake market penetration and the pros and cons fleets should consider as they explore the newer brake technology, as well as a chapter on the important role that drivers play in developing comprehensive brake preventive maintenance practices.

Thanks to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, we are able to provide a synopsis of the all-new 2019 CVSA out-of-service criteria surrounding brakes and brake systems, as well as CVSA’s Air Brake Pushrod Stroke guidelines.

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Download this critical guide from CCJ that examines the ins and outs of air brake systems and components

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Download this critical series from CCJ that examines the ins and outs of air brake systems & components