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Old 06-21-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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Reading another thread about air brakes made me think of this

In another thread there was discussion about air brakes and how little many DP owners know about them.
I own a crane company in Atlanta and have a fleet of cranes. I require all of my mechanics to go through this Bendix air brake training. The course is free from Bendix and covers everything you would ever want to know about air brakes and air systems. It covers compressors, valves, governors and all things in your air system.
Most class A DP's with air brakes and air ride have many of these systems.
All you have to do is register for the course. The course consist of 10-20 minute modules on video with a short quiz afterwards. Take as many or as little of the courses as you want.

Brake-School.com
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cranemec...

As a retired business owner who remanufactured clutches, brake shoes, air compressors and other industrial friction for class 8 trucks and industrial equipment I can't agree with you more...

We used to sponsor classes in shops and for their end users... I was amazed at how little some mechanics knew about what they were doing... and of course I see that in some of the comments on this forum...

I didn't know there was a set of on line segments available... and I have several friends who would use that... which I'll forward today.... Thank you.. Jim
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Thanks for the link. Something I will take for myself.
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In another thread there was discussion about air brakes and how little many DP owners know about them.
I own a crane company in Atlanta and have a fleet of cranes. I require all of my mechanics to go through this Bendix air brake training. The course is free from Bendix and covers everything you would ever want to know about air brakes and air systems. It covers compressors, valves, governors and all things in your air system.
Most class A DP's with air brakes and air ride have many of these systems.
All you have to do is register for the course. The course consist of 10-20 minute modules on video with a short quiz afterwards. Take as many or as little of the courses as you want.

Brake-School.com
Thank you for posting this Caremec, this is great! I also noticed Bendix has a number of other useful courses with topics such as air dryers,, slack adjusters, etc; here is the link to the list of courses on the same site: Brake-School: Course categories

I will definitely take the time to learn more, and sincerely hope your post gets a lot of reads, thanks again!
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Thanks for posting.

As soon as I finish my online EMT refresher courses I'll tackle a few of these.
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This is great! Thanks!!
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In Alberta you have to take a course on airbrakes to get what is called a "Q" endorsement on your driver's licence before you can drive anything with airbrakes. Now to drive any kind of commercial vehicle you need to take and pass other courses, which is a very good thing as I will reveal.

I showed up for the one day course at a driving school, and as I surveyed my fellow students I couldn't help but suspect that several of them had recently failed an IQ test. We sat through the course as our instructor discussed how brakes work, how to test them, how to drive the vehicle, and basically cover how a vehicle with airbrakes worked.

We had to go and crawl under a rig to see how slack adjusters worked, but as an RV driver this was not particularly relevant, but it was interesting. At one of the breaks I spoke with the instructor and mentioned that a couple of students seemed a little dim, and she said that in an almost unprecedented case the previous week, two of them had actually failed.

At the end of the course the instructor told us that she could either do an oral or written exam, and the group agreed to do it orally. I was a little puzzled, and she proceeded to read the questions, and then the answers. Not surprisingly we all passed.

After this fiasco I asked her what the hell that was about, since I would be sharing the road with these idiots while the drove heavy equipment. She told me that the other guys all had to go write the commercial exam that covered airbrakes again, and they had no chance of passing that test, so I shouldn't worry.

I didn't find much comfort in that, however I will look at this online course as a refresher.
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I'm glad to help. One of the most important systems on a DP that most people don't know a lot about.
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iím late to the party but wanted to add that I very much appreciate cranemecís creating this thread ... so much to learn!
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Thanks for the link.
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