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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2012, 10:18:50 AM »

I have never seen or heard about water to cool brakes here in S.E. BC. That would be because it would freeze in the tank and lines before getting to the brakes.


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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2012, 01:02:44 PM »

For anyone who is interested..... CDL PracticeTest...... good info


I ran through both of the tests and passed both.  Some of the questions are almost identical, but not quite.  Even if I can pass these tests I wouldn't feel qualified to do major work on air brakes.

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2012, 07:16:11 AM »

Those are just the tests to get the driver's license.  They don't let you work on air brakes if you are a commercial driver.  Driver's aren't even allowed to adjust slack adjusters here, if the daily checks fail they have to get a licensed mechanic to make the adjustment.  There is a course that can be taken, with a test, to be rated to adjust manual slack adjusters but not automatic slack adjusters (Ontario, as of a couple of years ago).  I took a two day course and passed the practical and written tests to get my air brake endorsement (mandatory in Canada) and I have to re-write the written test every two years.  The hardest part is re-learning the tractor protection valve operation, all the spring brake stuff, and the trailer stuff, since I don't think about that from test to test.


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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2012, 08:45:06 AM »

While I agree that the more you know about the system the better off you are, many of the questions are do not have anything to do with operation safety; they are just general knowledge questions.  I find this to be the case with the regular driver's license test also.  It can be argued that those questions are irrelevant to safe use of the vehicle.

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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2012, 08:56:24 AM »

The test is for general knowledge and safe operation......
The maintenance and/or repair is much deeper but not required for the driver....
However I do agree that more is better....

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