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Common HGV Trailer Braking Issues

August 25th, 2020 Comments off

aide automotive have been promoting the task of individual wheel brake testing using an infra red thermometer for many years.

In a recent Transport Operator publication an article by IMS Ltd, detailed some guidance on using a thermometer to brake check HGV trailers.

The atricle as per below,:

Here’s some guidance to help identify and resolve trailer braking system-related problems experienced when the vehicle is in service.

“The checks outlined are appropriate for a number of the most common problems such as; overheating brakes, poor braking performance and excessive lining/pad wear.

“Modern tractor/trailer combinations have advanced braking electronics.“Real-life dynamic testing helps to provide a clearer picture of the harmonisation between tractor and trailer.

Brake temperature testing is an easy way of determining just how effectively the tractor and trailer are working together.”

IMS continued: “It is recommended that tractor/trailer synchronisation or harmonisation brake adjustment tests are undertaken on a regular basis to ensure that the combination continues to operate safely and efficiently. “For the results to be
meaningful, the vehicle should be tested under normal, daytoday operating conditions.The tractor/trailer combination should be laden and driven in a conventional manner on the roadfor a period of no less than thirty minutes before commencing
tests. “Temperature measurements should be taken as soon as possible after the vehicle arrives at the workshop. The parking brake should not be applied but very importantly, full safety procedures should be observed to secure the vehicle by hocking
the wheels. “The temperature readings should be taken from the same point on each of the drums/ discs using a correctly calibrated, infrared thermometer. Record the findings for later reference. “Make sure that the configuration of the foundation
brakes fully complies with the brake calculation, referring to manufacturers’ specifications as necessary. The manufacturers’ recommendations can be obtained by locating the axle specifications on the axle serial plate. “It is then time to connect to the EBS unit to access the EBS data parameters and check that these are in line with the brake calculation and foundation brake specifications. “Next, conduct a rolling brake test on a DVSA ATF-approved commercial vehicle brake tester and record the findings. “Once all of the necessary data has been gathered, it’s time to share this with the EBS supplier and axle manufacturer to help identify the cause of the problem and to determine the best course of action to resolve it.”

aide automotive market a HGV Temperature Brake Check gun alone or with a kit of a brake tester (Bowmonk) Truck Or the Truck & Trailer version.

Contact aide automotive on 0115 8456471 or info@aideautomotive.com
Our product range – Brake Testers – Trailer Testers – EBS/ABS Sensor Tester – Diagnostic Tools – Midtronics Battery Testers – Anti Siphon Devices – ISOCheck – Trailer Locks – Auto Braking Reversing System – HGV Diesel Tank Alarms – Plus More

DVSA Brake Tests
HGV Brake Checks With A Temp Gun

Fleet Assess “Trailer Service Company” Return Order Again!

July 2nd, 2020 Comments off

Trailer VOR Lock Order Taken from a Returning Customer Today!

Fleet Assess was founded by Niven Whiteoak in 2015.

With more than 25 years’ experience of the commercial trailer industry, with 20 plus years in the trailer rental sector.
Fleet Assess offer a one stop shop solution for all your trailer requirements, including trailer rental, procurement, maintenance, fleet management, repair, refurbishment, disposal, trailer sales and insurance assessment.

Following an order way back in 2016, Niven contacted aide automotive this week to repeat an order for the Trailer Security & VOR Lock.

We even could match his key number from 2016 so he has a fleet key for all locks.

Read more about Trailer Susie Locks

Contact aide automotive on 0115 8456471 or info@aideautomotive.com
Our product range – Brake Testers – Trailer Testers – EBS/ABS Sensor Tester – Diagnostic Tools – Midtronics Battery Testers – Anti Siphon Devices – ISOCheck – Trailer Locks – Auto Braking Reversing System – HGV Diesel Tank Alarms – Plus More

HGV Trailer Pallet Truck Retainer

February 28th, 2020 Comments off

Pallet Truck Locking system “Lee Lock”


The Truck & Bus Product Focus Has Arrived! A little Late But Better Than Never….. ?

This Week Is – Commercial Vehicle / Trailer Load Handling The Pallet Truck Locking system “Lee Lock”, addresses a fairly widespread health and safety issue. The Lee Lock pallet truck restraint is designed to lock the pallet truck in place at all times, hence reducing any chance of the truck slamming into other pallets, slashing the curtain side and as the pallet truck slots into the lock there’s no chance of any back injury from lifting.

Locking the Pallet Truck In a trailer

Prevents Curtain Tears & Damage

Prevents Goods In Transit Damage

Employee Injury Prevention

Secures Load While in Transit

Pallet jacks are the most basic form of a forklift and are intended to move pallets within a warehouse

aide automotive has seen more and more companies review the Pallet Truck Restrainer Lee Lock in the last two years, with the ideal time to fit the lock at a trailer build many companies use a body builder to add the Pallet Truck Lock to a trailer or rigid truck. Contact aide automotive – 0115 8456471 or email 

Commercial Vehicle / Trailer Load Handling The Pallet Truck Locking Retainer

Commercial Vehicle / Trailer Load Handling The Pallet Truck Locking Retainer

Automatic HGV Reversing Safety Braking System

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

HGV Reversing Safety System

Truck Reversing Auto Braking System – SonicStop

SonicStop Trailer & Truck Reversing System is a modern hi tech reversing aide for commercial rigid trucks and trailers

Attractive product for transport managers to improve health & safety standards.

Reversing is often the cause of vehicle damage or human injury. Fines have been issued to transport operators for employee injury and high costs in repairs for simple low speed reversing incidents. One incident in 2011 when an employee received crush injuries cost the UK transport operator a total of £15,000 in fines and costs.

BackStop / Sonic Stop automatically applies the brakes when an object such as a concrete pillar or a person becomes an obstruction, or is in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle.

BackStop / SonicStop can be retro fitted to any rigid truck or trailer by onsite service engineers or within body build specification.

Contact aide automotive on 0115 8456471 or email info@aideautomotive.com

See a short video of the BackStop in action via our Tweet

 

HGV Reversing Safety System

Trailer & Truck Reversing System is a modern hi tech reversing aide

Truck & Bus Product Email “HGV Trailer Servicing”

November 27th, 2019 Comments off

Truck & Bus Product Focus Email For November is “HGV Trailer Servicing” Featuring aide auto’s TrailerCheck 4 Vans, Code Talk Trailer Diagnostics & ISOCheck.

Van Trailer Check enables a one man quick mobile or workshop trailer service & diagnostics test on; lighting, ABS-EBS-CAN circuits and all air brake systems on trailers in one unit.

• Reduces time to service, inspect or find faults on trailers. • Safer, you’re in control and no smokey, noisy tractor unit up front.

• Makes brake testing a one man job.

• Enables you to fix multiple trailers – earning you more money

N&S Commercial Services in the Vale Of Glamorgan have been using the TrailerCheck 4 Vans for 5 years! With 5 kits within service vans, James Stauber commented; ‘’These 5 Testers are made so well we have not had to repair or replace them In 5 years!”

Midland Trailer Service & Repairs are another user; “TrailerCheck has improved my service and with the diagnostics system I can now offer ECU code reading and clearing, a new service to my customers.”

Stay OCRS compliant Stay compliant and protect your OCRS with Aide Automotive genius products: Code Talk Diagnostics and ISO-Check, save hours finding faults on your trailer.

Code Talk is a world renowned, diagnostics, hand held, fault code reader, for a variety of trailer manufacturers and specifically their ABS/EBS brake systems. Simply plug into the 7638 dedicated EBS Suzy and it will read out and clear any fault codes that the trailer may have. Code Talk can also show live air pressures, wheel speeds, and system voltages which also helps with quick diagnostics. It can also act as a remote to our TrailerCheck and TC products.

ISO-Check visually alerts you if there is a problem with the connection/power from the tractor unit or with your trailers braking system. It works by measuring the voltages on all 7 pins in the dedicated 7638 lead. If all pins are ok the light will glow green, if there is a fault on any pin the light will glow red. As an extra we can make the red light flash a certain number of times to indicate which pin is at fault. e.g. 2 flashes means pin 2 is faulty.

Contact aide automotive for prices or technical support – 0115 8456471

Code Talk Trailer Diagnostics

Truck & Bus Product Focus Email For November is “HGV Trailer Servicing

TrailerCheck Portable User Guide Manual

October 28th, 2019 Comments off

Please make sure you have read and understood the instructions before using this product.

Using the TrailerCheck

On opening the case you should hear a bleep; this confirms the microprocessor has powered up and the unit is ready for use. Fully closing the lid will automatically switch the unit off.

Plug the 24N, 24S & ABS/EBS leads into the trailer sockets, drop down the protection flap to revel the main control panel. Press the black 24 N button to scroll down the various normal outputs, side lights, circuit 1 & 2 indicators etc. You will hear the ticking of the relays, this switches the lights on for two seconds and off for one, operating in this way extends the battery life.

Please note that the stop lights do not flash as this would confuse the ABS warning lamp check, do not leave the lights on for any longer than necessary as this will drain the batteries

Scroll down using the 24S (green Button) to power the Reverse, Fog and Secondary ABS power. Note if the green ABS warning light flashes the correct code for the ABS system is fitted to the trailer, there is also a reverse and side light position to test the silent mode of some reversing warning devices.

To activate automatic full test, press the green 24S button until the Fog Lights LED is lit, press it once more and all the control lights will illuminate, the processor will sequence through every circuit one after the other this will be indicated by the lights moving to the next position after each flash.

Press and hold both the green and black buttons for 3 seconds, this puts the tester into diagnostic mode, this will enable the selected circuit to be powered continuously.

Pressing the red button powers the ABS / EBS via the dedicated ISO7638 lead. The EBS CAN line test is automatic and results are displayed. The Yellow In Cab warning light will flash depending on the ABS / EBS system installed on the trailer.

To save power the tester will turn off after approx. 10 mins, except when in diagnostic mode and using ABS/EBS power.

A double bleep indicates low battery, and NOTE, the tester cannot be used while on charge!

Charging TrailerCheck

To recharge, close the lid to switch off and connect the mains charger into the TrailerCheck on the side of the case. Now plug into a mains supply and turn on. Or connect to a vehicle cigar lighter

TrailerCheck ABS & EBS Fault Diagnostic

ABS – If the ABS circuit is OK you should see the YELLOW light flash on for 2 seconds and then off for 2 seconds then on all the time (this is dependant on the trailer system). If the ABS circuit has a fault the YELLOW light will be on all the time. If testing a Wabco VCS system, this light will be on all the time. If you have a fault, check all ABS sensors and pole ring with the aide automotive ABS Sensor Tester.

EBS – When the TrailerCheck tests each CAN line you will see on the front panel a HI and LO LED, if the ISO circuit is faulty the fault LED will be lit in RED under the corresponding CAN HI or LO LED, if OK the GREEN LED will be lit.

Trailer Cables

TrailerCheck has 3 cables connected to the inner case, you can identify each cable by…

Cable with the clamp – This is the ISO ABS / EBS cable

Black cable with no white front face – This is the main lighting circuit cable

Black cable with a white face – This is the secondary cable

 

Trailer Light Tester

TrailerCheck User Manual Quick Reference Guide

Truck ISO ABS / EBS Susie – What Is It?

November 29th, 2017 Comments off

Faulty ISO7638 Line Can Cause Fatal Accidents

Some drivers aren’t aware of the role Of the ISO ABS / EBS Susie!

aide automotive have seen recent reports in the media of articualted truck drivers knwloedge of the ISO 7638 Susie.
We offer credit to the below article to Don Bur Ltd.
There is disturbing evidence to suggest that some drivers aren’t aware of the role and critical importance of the ABS ISO7638 line for articulated trailerswhilst in transit or, more worryingly, are deliberately leaving it disconnected.
The use of the ABS ISO7638 line (otherwise known as the EBS/ABS line) became law in May 2002 where the tractor and trailer are both provided with connections.
The EBS/ABS ‘Suzie’ connection provides electrical and data feeds to the trailer’s ECU or ‘brain’. The ECU then controls the anti-lock braking system (ABS), load sensing (LSV), roll stability (RSS) and suspension control which regulates the correct trailer ride height and, in turn, the overall trailer height.
So why then might a driver leave it disconnected? There are, surprisingly, a couple of reasons. Firstly, the roll stability system (RSS) automatically applies the brakes if the trailer is going too fast round a bend. This has an impact on both speed and fuel economy and, if a driver is either in a rush or targeted against fuel consumption, they might be tempted to disable this ‘inconvenient’ feature.
The other apathetically induced reason is that it just “doesn’t seem to do anything”. Indeed, when the driver pulls away, his/her brakes and lights will appear to work. What the driver may not understand is that they are more likely to experience jack-knifing, aquaplaning, brake lock, rollover, bridge strike and, more commonly, the fact that the 44T rig just won’t be able to stop as quickly when trying to avoid that pram that’s just peeked out from a line of parked cars.
So, just in case there is any lingering doubt, failure to connect the ABS ISO7638 line correctly results in the risk of catastrophic, life-threatening accidents. If the driver fails to use the line/ ‘Suzie’ correctly and there is a collision in which someone is killed, then the driver can face a charge of manslaughter.
aide automotive market a ISO7638 cable with fault indicator, so as well as having the cable correctly connected a driver can also be notified of any faults within the system. Again an electrical fault could have the same catastrophic effects as the ISO Susie cable being non connected.
ISOCheck lights bright RED when a fault is identified, if good to go the ISOCheck is continually lit bright GREEN.

ISO7638 Truck Tester

ISOCheck tests a trucks’ ISO sockets in order to help identify ABS or EBS faults.

80% Of Commercial Vehicle Brake Faults Cleared By Sensor Master

November 7th, 2017 Comments off

CV ABS & EBS Brake Repairs Made Easy!

The Sensor Master Clears 80% Of Commercial Vehicle Brake Faults

As the air braking world has changed, we have had to adapt the way we deal with diagnostic problems that can arise on our customers vehicle systems. As the air signalling system has been fazed out and replaced by the EBS / ABS system we have endeavored to keep up with the advancements in the technology and created our own range of testing equipment.
Our engineer is constantly updating the test equipment to match the needs that arise from his service visits, so are perfectly tuned to the EBS / ABS components that we supply.
Our test devices can be used in conjunction with the OE manufacturer’s testers to create a complete analysis structure for truck and trailers that is not only easy to use but also affordable to all sizes of fleet maintenance from owner / driver to multi fleet service garages.
Since 80% of all EBS / ABS problems are sensor related (Reported By Knorr Bremse & Wabco), by connecting to the sensor socket on each wheel, rather than the ECU, in effect, taking the quickest and most direct route, by going straight to the heart of the problem.
The Sensor Master DRA08 is a handheld EBS / ABS sensor and exciter ring tester, for use on trucks, trailers, and buses.
Lightweight and portable, the EBS /ABS CV Sensor Tester comes supplied with two 1.6m high quality cables, a sturdy carry case, short introductory printed manual, and a single 9V battery – everything, in fact, needed to use it straight out of the box.
Designed with ease of use in mind, the Commercial Vehicle ABS EBS Sensor Testertakes minutes to set-up, and, once connected, undertakes a complete test cycle of the six most common causes of EBS / ABS faults, at the touch of a button, in just 15 seconds – a fraction of the time it would take to perform the same tests manually.
Contact aide automotive to purchase this cost effective easy to use tester or buy online at our aide Online PayPal Shop.

Commercial Vehicle ABS EBS Tester

Truck ABS Faults Easily Found With Sensor Tester

Truck 360 Deg Camera Installation

October 31st, 2017 Comments off

ALTip Ltd Start A Fleet Install Of Camera’s & TankGuard

ALTip is a Derbyshire haulage business operating from Swadlincote, servicing the quarry industry in the area to destinations near and far. ALTip is a story which has developed over a period spanning nearly 5 years.

ALTip has made a considerable investment in making the truck fleet as safe as possible with the currently available technology. Installing 360 Deg Cameras and fuel theft prevention alarms is that start of a continued investment to meet the Silver FORS accreditation.

What is FORS For?
The aim of FORS is simple. One over-arching scheme that encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. FORS is a voluntary scheme that helps improve operators’ performance in each of these areas.
For vehicle operators, it offers peace of mind that they are meeting their legislative requirements, as well as helping to increase efficiency, reduce costs and win work.
FORS provides a quality and performance benchmark for van, lorry, mini-bus, coach and bus operators and allows access to a range of exclusive accreditation benefits.
Accreditation also provides us with the tools to become safer, greener and more efficient. It is an excellent way to prove to our existing and potential customers our credentials as a high performing operator who adheres to high quality standards.
aide automotive can supply and install multiple camera and safety products for all commercial vehicles.

Truck Camera FORS

FORS provides a quality and performance benchmark for van, lorry, mini-bus, coach and bus operators

Trail Weigh Is A Modern On Board Trailer Weight Monitor System.

October 4th, 2017 Comments off

New Product – Trail Weigh

aide automotive are pleased to release a NEW product to the Commercial Vehicle Product Range, Trail Weigh is a modern On Board Trailer Weight Monitor system.

Trail Weigh is an on-board weighing indicator ideally suited to bulk liquid, grain, powder tankers or forestry transport trailers operating (EBS) Electronic Braking Systems.
Trail Weigh accurately measures the trailers load while loading is taking place with a preset alarm overload. It achieves this by making sure the tractor Park brake is applied, releasing the service brake on the trailer allowing air bags to settle out, before rechecking weight.
When viewing the Trail Weighs display (mounted on the side of a trailer), the loading and total weight will be displayed, optional weight alarm settings are easily programmed. Trail Weigh continually monitors the EBS CAN messages, therefore can identify if the trailer is moving, this information prevents false alarms, ideal for tankers as moving liquid prevents other On Board Trailer Monitors offering correct weight measurements.
As Trail Weigh utilises the trailers technology, the out lay cost for a system is relatively low compared to other On Trailer Board Weighing Systems.
Contact aide automotive on 0115 8456471 or info@aideautomotive.com

Trailer Pay Load Weight

Commercial Vehicle Product Range, Trail Weigh is a modern On Board Trailer Weight Monitor system.