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Pre Trip Inspection

 

 

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Step 1

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Left Side of Cab Area

Note general condition

Left Front Wheel

  • Condition of wheel , especially cracks, rim missing, rim bent, or broken studs, clamps, lugs, 

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • wheel bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Left front suspension

  • condition of brake drum

  • condition of hoses

  • check air chamber mounting

  • check slack adjusters

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Front of cab Area & Engine Compartment

Condition of axle

Condition of Steering System

  • No Loose, worn, bent, damaged or missing parts

Condition of Windshield

  • Check for damage and clean if dirty

  • check windshield wiper arms for proper tension

  • Check wiper blades for any damage "dead" rubber and securement to arm

Lights and Reflectors

  • Cab parking, clearance and identification lights should be clean, operating and proper color

  • Reflectors clean and proper color

  • Right front turn signal clean, operating and proper color

Engine Compartment

  • Oil level

  • Coolant Level

  • Power Steering Fluid

  • Water Pump

  • Alternator

  • Air Compressor

  • Any Leaks

  • Oil level

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Lights and Reflectors

  • Front trailer clearance and identification lights - should be clean, operating and proper color

  • reflectors, clean and proper color

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Right Saddle Tank Area

Right Fuel Tanks

  • Securely mounted not damaged or leaking

  • Fuel crossover line secure

  • Tanks full of Fuel

  • Cap(s) on and secure

 

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Trailer Frontal Area

Air and Electrical Connections

  • Glad hands properly mounted

  • Electrical line receptacle properly mounted, free of damage; plug adequately seated and safety catch engaged to prevent accidental disconnect

  • air and electrical lines properly secured against tangling, snagging, chaffing and sufficient slack for turns.

Tandem Axel

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Suspension

  • Condition of brake drum (s)

  • Condition of hoses - look for any chafing

  • Check slack adjusters

  • Check air chamber mounting

  • Check spring brakes

 

 

 

 

Condition of Visible Parts

  • Rear of Engine - not leaking

  • Transmission - not leaking

  • Drive Shaft - looks OK

  • Exhaust system - secure, not leaking, not touching wires, fuel or air lines

  • Frame and cross members - no bends, cracks or breaks

  • Air lines and electrical wiring - secured against snagging, chaffing

 

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Right Rear tractor Wheel Area

Dual Wheels

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

 

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Rear Tractor Area

Frame and Cross Members not bent, cracked or otherwise damaged or missing Lights or Reflectors

  • Tail Lights and Turn Signal lights operating, clean and proper color

Air and Electrical Lines properly secured to frame, not damaged or chafing

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Coupling System

Fifth Wheel lower)

  • Securely mounted to frame

  • No missing or damaged parts

  • No visible space between upper and lower fifth wheel

  • Locking jaws around the shank and not the head of the Kingpin

  • Release lever properly seated and safety latch/lock engaged

Fifth Wheel (upper)

  • Kingpin not worn, bent or damaged

Sliding Fifth Wheel

  • Mechanism not worn, bent damaged or parts missing

  • Properly lubricated

  • All locking pins present and locked in place

  • If air operated - no air leaks

  • Check that fifth wheel not so far forward that tractor frame will strike the landing gear during turns

Air and Electrical Lines visible from this point

  • Should be secure from dangling, snagging, and chafing

  • Should be free from damage, oil and grease

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Rear Side of Trailer Area

From Trailer Support (landing gear and Dollies)

  • Fully raised, no missing parts, not bent or otherwise damaged

  • Crank handle present and secured (typically on left side)

  • If power operated, no air or hydraulic leaks

Spare Tire

  • Carrier or rack not damaged

  • Tire and/or wheel securely mounted in the truck

  • Tire and wheel condition adequate for spare, proper size, properly inflated

Lights and Reflectors

  • Trailer side clearance lights clean, operating and proper color

  • Reflectors clean and proper color

Frame and Body

  • Frame and cross members not bent, cracked, damaged or missing

  • Body parts not damaged or missing

Proper Placarding

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Right Rear Trailer Wheels Area

Dual Wheels

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Tandem Axles

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Suspension

  • Condition of Springs spring hangers, shackles and U bolts

  • Axel  alignment

  • Condition of Torque rod, arms and bushings

Brakes

  • Condition of Brake Drums

  • Condition of Hoses, lines and valves

  • Check slack adjusters

  • Check air chamber mounting

  • Check spring Brakes (if so equipped)

  • Drain moisture from air tank, close petcock

 

 

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Rear of Trailer Area

Lights and Reflectors

  • Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating and proper color

  • Reflectors clean and proper color

  • Tail lights clean, operating and proper color

Cargo Securement

  • Cargo properly blocked, braced, tied, chained, etc.

  • Tail board up and properly secured

  • End gates free of damage, properly secured in stake pockets

  • Canvas tarp (if required) properly lashed down to prevent water damage, tearing, billowing or blockage of either the mirrors or the rear lights

  • Rear doors securely closed, latched/locked; required security seals in place

  • Underside guard in place - not cracked, bent or broken

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Left Rear Trailer Wheels Area

Dual Wheels

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Tandem Axles

  • Condition of wheels and rims - no missing, bent or broken spacers, studs, clamps or lugs

  • condition of tires - properly inflated; valve stem not touching wheel, rim or brake drum, valve cap in place; no serious cuts, bulges, tread wear or signs of misalignment

  • tires same type, e.g., not mixed, radial and bias types

  • Tires evenly matched (circumference)

  • Wheel Bearing and hub - no obvious leaking

Suspension

  • Condition of Springs spring hangers, shackles and U bolts

  • Axel  alignment

  • Condition of Torque rod, arms and bushings

Brakes

  • Condition of Brake Drums

  • Condition of Hoses, lines and valves

  • Check slack adjusters

  • Check air chamber mounting

  • Check spring Brakes (if so equipped)

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Left Side of Trailer Area

From Trailer Support (landing gear and Dollies)

  • Fully raised, no missing parts, not bent or otherwise damaged

  • Crank handle present and secured (typically on left side)

  • If power operated, no air or hydraulic leaks

Spare Tire

  • Carrier or rack not damaged

  • Tire and/or wheel securely mounted in the truck

  • Tire and wheel condition adequate for spare, proper size, properly inflated

Lights and Reflectors

  • Trailer side clearance lights clean, operating and proper color

  • Reflectors clean and proper color

Frame and Body

  • Frame and cross members not bent, cracked, damaged or missing

  • Body parts not damaged or missing

Proper Placarding

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Left Saddle Tank Area

Left Fuel Tanks

  • Securely mounted not damaged or leaking

  • Fuel crossover line secure

  • Tanks full of Fuel

  • Cap(s) on and secure

Condition of Visible Parts

  • Rear of Engine - not leaking

  • Transmission - not leaking

  • Drive Shaft - looks OK

  • Exhaust system - secure, not leaking, not touching wires, fuel or air lines

  • Frame and cross members - no bends, cracks or breaks

  • Air lines and electrical wiring - secured against snagging, chaffing

  • Battery (if not mounted elsewhere)

  • Battery Box securely  mounted to vehicle

  •  Battery Box has secure cover

  • Battery (s) secured against movement

  • Battery (s) case (s) not broken or leaking

  • Fluid in Battery (s) at proper level for non-maintenance free battery (s)

  • cell caps on battery (s) present and securely tightened

  • Vents in Cell caps free of foreign material

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Inside Cab (Engine Start)

  • Clutch/Gearshift

  • Oil pressure Bulbs

  • Air pressure gauge

  • Ammeter/voltmeter

  • Air Brake check

  • Steering wheel play

  • Parking Brake

  • Mirrors, windshield

  • Wipers

  • Lighting indicators

  • Horns

  • Heater/defroster

  • Safety/emergency equipment

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