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Old 07-18-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Draining Water from Air Tank Maintenance

Another goofy question. I just don't want to break something.

I was trying to pull the lanyards behind the front tires this morning.
I couldn't get the best position on them but did pull them pretty hard.
I was afraid to pull harder and have the lanyard come out in my hand.
Are they really that hard to pull?

Do you use something (tool with hook) to reach in the pull them.

The engine and therefore compressor was running during this time.
Should I try it when it does not have as much pressure built up?
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:06 PM   #2
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Dan,
I usually do that with the engine off. I would try it with the engine off to see if it makes a difference. I don't remember them being all that hard to pull.
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I had mu shoulder wedged in between the tire and fender pretty good to reach it.
I am wondering there is any chance it is going to drop down on me?
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When I tried to drain the air tanks, I pulled so hard that the loop on the end of the wire opened. I left it untill I got to Freightliner and had them drain the tanks and repair the loop. It can be hard to pull.


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I purchased a long chrome rod with a handle on one end and a hook on the other... Got it from a truck stop.... Works great because I don't have to crawl underneath......


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When I tried to drain the air tanks, I pulled so hard that the loop on the end of the wire opened. I left it untill I got to Freightliner and had them drain the tanks and repair the loop. It can be hard to pull.
Yea, I was afraid something like that might happen if I kept pulling and harder so I stopped.

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I purchased a long chrome rod with a handle on one end and a hook on the other... Got it from a truck stop.... Works great because I don't have to crawl underneath......
Thanks, I'm going to look for something like that.
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Dan don't have your arm between the tire and the fender. On mine with the 275 tires there isn't much room. I think the might have redesigned the newer MH so you might have more room. Funny I haven't pulled mine in a long time. I really forgot about it. I guess I should give it a pull soon.
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. I guess I should give it a pull soon.

Phil, PUHLEEASE!! This is a family site!!

Also, with the air dryer that our coaches have, I really don't know why they say you need to drain the tanks. The air dryer should remove any moisture. Also, when ever I have drained the tanks in the past, nothing but air has come out. Also, here is the hook puller that I purchased.

Amazon.com: RoadPro R-7845 36" Heavy Duty 5th Wheel Pin Puller: Automotive

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Phil, PUHLEEASE!! This is a family site!!

Also, with the air dryer that our coaches have, I really don't know why they say you need to drain the tanks. The air dryer should remove any moisture. Also, when ever I have drained the tanks in the past, nothing but air has come out. Also, here is the hook puller that I purchased.

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FL chassis should have an auto bleed system at least my previous FL chassis did. Those who have attended training in SC maybe able to confirm.

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