By Mike Byrnes

Publish 12 months note: First released June 1st 1998

Far greater than CDL prep, on the grounds that 1988 this has been the go-to e-book on tractor-trailer operations, equipping advertisement drivers with the information and self belief for a secure, profitable occupation.

Thorough, effortless and stress-free to learn, this 5-star source is acclaimed through entry-level and veteran drivers alike in addition to teachers and experts resembling coincidence reconstruction specialists and legal professionals.

With up to date info on hours of provider, unsafe fabrics, shipment securement, and onboard know-how, plus descriptions of structures and elements, regulated actions, riding abilities, secure using and financial system riding, Bumper to Bumper comprises end-of-chapter quizzes, countless numbers of illustrations and a close index.

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Do this each time you read about a new part. Study the figure to see how the parts fit together and work. THE SLACK ADJUSTERS Slack adjusters adjust the brakes to make up for brake lining wear. A slack adjuster is a lever arm attached to the push rod of the brake chamber at the clevis assembly. You can see the clevis assembly on Part A of Figure 4-6. You can see the slack adjuster on Part B. Its job is to adjust the travel of the push rod. The camshaft is attached to the slack adjuster. The camshaft rotates with the slack adjuster.

How does the transmission get the force from the engine to the wheels? We said the transmission was an assembly of gears and shafts. Let’s explore how this assembly transmits power. We’ll look at the gears first. Take two gears, A and B, both the same size. They have the same number of teeth, and the same amount of space between the teeth. Now let’s mesh them and apply a force to one gear, turning Gear A through one revolution. As the teeth of Gear A press on the teeth of Gear B, Gear B also moves.

Let’s make it a little more interesting. We’ll use gears of different sizes. A gear is sized by how many teeth it has. A gear with 12 teeth is larger than a gear with eight teeth (assuming, of course, that the space between the teeth is equal on both gears). Let’s mesh those gears and apply a force to the smaller gear, A. When our smaller gear, A, has made one complete revolution, Gear B has only made two-thirds of a revolution. Only eight of its teeth have been contacted by the eight teeth of Gear A.

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