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Old 01-31-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Slack Adjusters and brake adjustment

Do the Freightliner chassis's have automatic, self adjusting brakes? If not, what are the automatic slack adjusters for and what do they do? I have never seen anywhere where owners of coaches on a Freightliner chassis have said anything about getting their brakes adjusted.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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Do the Freightliner chassis' have automatic brake adjusters? If not, what are the slack adjusters for and what do they do? I have never seen anywhere where owners of coaches on a Freightliner chassis have said anything about getting their brakes adjusted.
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Most likky yes it has auto adjusters.
They are your brake adjusters.

Even tho they are "auto" they need checked.
And possibley manual adjusted.
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With air press built all the way up release the brakes and pump the brake pedal firmly till the air warning buzzer goes off. if the slack adj need adj this usually will take care of the adj. It's what we did with our commercal trucks.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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With air press built all the way up release the brakes and pump the brake pedal firmly till the air warning buzzer goes off. if the slack adj need adj this usually will take care of the adj. It's what we did with our commercal trucks.
Although good idea there's no guaranty that it will work.

That's why I like to put a wrench on it so I know there up to snuff.
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I’m not absolutely sure but as far as I know they do have auto adjusters.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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as turbs said, get a wrench and double check yourself. takes no more than 15 minutes to do the actual job. if unsure, most truck stops/truck dealers/truck repair shops will perform this procedure for you, but when you get the bill for doing that, you will invest real quick in a 9/16" wrench and a couple blocks of wood.

and turbs, there sure was a lot of grease and crud buildup around those brakes in the video you showed. looks like they may have had other troubles as well.
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as turbs said, get a wrench and double check yourself. takes no more than 15 minutes to do the actual job. if unsure, most truck stops/truck dealers/truck repair shops will perform this procedure for you, but when you get the bill for doing that, you will invest real quick in a 9/16" wrench and a couple blocks of wood.

and turbs, there sure was a lot of grease and crud buildup around those brakes in the video you showed. looks like they may have had other troubles as well.
It was a random video I found.
My stuff is way cleaner!
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Tom, the article I read from Freightliner states all brakes are air activated disc brakes. Even if yours are drum rears, Auto adjusters have been on drum brakes since the 50's, you should have to change brakes before they need to be adjusted.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:29 PM   #10
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you should have to change brakes before they need to be adjusted.

not always true, but it is good practice to get under there and check them periodically.

and turbs, your video did more to describe how to adjust slack adjusters than all the typing in the world, dirt and grease and all.
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