Should slack adjusters be replaced in pairs?
Automatic Slack Adjusters need to be replaced in pairs; When re-lining brakes, remove the slack adjuster from the S-cam and rotate the worm wheel 90 degrees before refitting.
How do I know if my slack adjusters are bad?
Usually brakes locking up is s-cam or s-cam bushings. That’s fairly easy to check, with no brake pressure put a pry bar on the slack adjuster. If there’s any significant movement up down or back and forth (some in and out is fine) then everything needs to come apart.
How do you know if your automatic slack adjuster is bad?
Which is better automatic or manual slack adjuster?
Automatic slack adjusters are able to maintain brake stroke more reliably than manual slack adjusters. But, automatic slack adjusters must still be checked as part of a pre-trip inspection. Once properly installed, automatic slack adjusters shouldn’t need manual adjustment.
How do you install a slack adjuster on a brake shaft?
After you have installed the slack adjuster onto the brake cam shaft, re-install the retaining mechanism on the end of the brake cam shaft. Make sure that it is a tight fit as it has to hold the slack adjuster into place at all times during brake operation. These are parts of the assembly of the slack adjuster.
When to remove slack adjuster from S-cam?
Do not manually adjust automatic slack adjusters after initial adjustment unless you are doing a complete brake overhaul. Never use an impact wrench to adjust. If you do, internal slack adjuster damage may occur. Grease the slack adjuster if required. When re-lining brakes, remove the slack adjuster from the S-cam.
What kind of slack adjuster does NYAB use?
The AAR defines various groups of slack adjusters to differentiate functionality. NYAB’s automatic, double-acting, AAR-approved slack adjusters for freight car applications require no servicing between overhauls. Designed for body-mounted applications, the KRD-482-E slack adjuster is also available in the Water Resistant version, KRD-482-R.