Just because your company uses straight trucks spec’d under the 26,000 GVWR ( Non – CDL ) doesn’t mean your trucks are invisible to DOT inspectors and State Highway Patrol officers.  

Even without events like Roadcheck,  DOT roadside  inspections  of your vehicles are inevitable especially because of  CSA 2010.   If you want to pass these inspections and get back on the road quickly, you need to make sure that you are keeping your trucks properly maintained  That is the role of the pre and post trip inspection.

1 Inspect left rear lamps , wheels, rims, hubs and tires. (click for video)
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DipStickIsuzuRange Throughout the inspection . . . look on ground & engine compartment for wet fluid leaks on chassis and ground

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Inspect left rear lamps , wheels, rims, hubs and tires. (click for video) Tire at left showing the result of core wire exposed due to under inflation of tires. Replace!

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Inspect left wheels , rims, hubs and tires.  Full service fleets usually have the tire pressure needed posted near the tire on the truck body, near by.  Use that pressure.  10% more or less must be corrected before it is safe to drive   Example:  Tire is rated for 100 psi.  Your inspection reveals it is 85 psi.  This tire must be checked by the full service truck provider mechanic before it is safe to drive.

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Damaged tire

Inspect right wheel, rim, hub and tire.
The tire at the right has a damged rim and a bubble in the tire.  Do not drive on a tire and rim like this.

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TuboLeak Inspect brakes fluid levels & if operating properly (Not too much play in the foot pedal).

Find our how you are doing with your DOT inspections by going to this site.  http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Default.aspx or click on pic belowHowToCheckYourDOTStatus

 

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