Free 186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Get 2,000+ tool plans, full site access, and more.

User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Towed truck rolls downhill after cable snaps - GIF

  1. #1
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    Altair's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Thanked 26,298 Times in 8,511 Posts

    Towed truck rolls downhill after cable snaps - GIF

    2000 Tool Plans 186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Altair For This Useful Post:

    Scotsman Hosie (Jun 11, 2023), Sleykin (Jun 8, 2023)

  3. #2
    Supporting Member IntheGroove's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Lake Tahoe
    Thanked 740 Times in 444 Posts

    IntheGroove's Tools
    Good save...

    186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook Homemade Tools eBooks

  4. #3
    Supporting Member BuffaloJohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Oregon, USA
    Thanked 226 Times in 133 Posts

    BuffaloJohn's Tools
    He was wearing his brown pants that day!

  5. #4
    Supporting Member bob_3000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Thanked 201 Times in 150 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by IntheGroove View Post
    Good save...
    ...YA!...stopping that puppy without a roll over saved everybody involved a ton of grief.

  6. #5
    Supporting Member Frank S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Peacock TX
    Thanked 8,416 Times in 4,041 Posts

    Frank S's Tools
    Let me see if I can understand something here. semi-trucks and trailers have air brakes. Air brakes mean there are spring brake chambers which require air to be released this is true the world over. Meaning there must also be air pressure in the tanks so just stepping on the brake pedal should stop the rig. before a huge amount of momentum was built up the unit was being towed by a single cable this means there had to be a driver to steer it. He had a minimum of 2 ways to stop the unit 3 if you could count putting it in gear Sometimes not an option turning and engine in reverse can cause not good things to happen.
    The only way that truck trailer combination would not have any brakes would be if there was no air pressure and the spring brakes have been what is called caged open. in which case then you would need a towbar or at the very least a pipe with the cable run through it because if the towing vehicle stopped the towed vehicle would ram into the back of it. I saw no pipe SO why couldn't the driver stop it before it rolled backwards? I can think of only 1 reason they were not familiar with where the parking brake button or lever in the case of Asian and European trucks was located. On them instead on being in plain easy reach on the dash they are sometimes near the floor at the side of the seat not always in the best position to be activated without having to reach down.
    Never try to tell me it can't be done
    When I have to paint I use KBS products

  7. #6
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Thanked 167 Times in 86 Posts

    Gadgeteer's Tools
    Didn't see anyone in the cab.

  8. #7
    Dollar Bill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    North East Florida
    Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
    Cab too dark to see operator but towing with cable would require a steering wheel holder. My opinion: All of the brakes are out of adjustment except the right front on the tractor as evidenced by skid mark on pavement.

  9. #8
    Supporting Member NeiljohnUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Thanked 208 Times in 144 Posts

    NeiljohnUK's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by Dollar Bill View Post
    Cab too dark to see operator but towing with cable would require a steering wheel holder. My opinion: All of the brakes are out of adjustment except the right front on the tractor as evidenced by skid mark on pavement.
    Working in the braking system supply industry back 40 years ago the local TIP rental depot (truck trailers) needed shoes relined weekly if not daily, on the low bed swan necks especially so, they did an audit on who had rented the trailers and it was one company that seemed to be wearing those particular trailers brakes out, it turned out they had wound off the tractor units rear axles brakes to save wear and money, relying purely on the trailers brakes and the tractors front axle brakes.

    In this case it may have been the tractors rear axle brakes were wound off/worn out , and due to some other failure the trailer brakes had been wound off too...

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to NeiljohnUK For This Useful Post:

    Dollar Bill (Jun 9, 2023)

  11. #9
    Supporting Member Hoosiersmoker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Thanked 253 Times in 206 Posts
    There was no steering that truck with both front wheels locked up from the start after the chain broke. They're not turning, just skidding along.

    186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook 2000 Tool Plans
    "Divided We Stand, Together We Rise!" - (From "White Feather") - Marillion

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts