During the winter, months, cold weather has major affects on trucking in things such as braking, handling, engine. In addition, fuel gelling is a big problem in cold weather. The newer Semi trucks and trailers today compare to older models can handle cold weather (I mean cold weather as anything below 32 degrees F and below) the components on trucks/trailers will freeze, fuel gel, brakes lock up and heat for the cab.
During cold weather months, brakes can freeze to brake drums. When trucks are, driving down the road the brake and brake drum get warm. Moister will collect on the brake components when the parking brakes are applied on the trailer the moisture will freeze. Here is a few points how to release the brakes. First, rock the trailer back and forth and hope that helps to release brakes. Second, find a good hammer walk to the back of the trailer. You will the need to get under the trailer on your knees. Then take the hammer and hit the brake drum or brake until release. In addition, frozen brakes will affect the tires by dragging and development flat spots. This can cause tires to go flat.
Brake airlines run alongside the frame. Airlines supply air to air valves and brake chambers. When moisture collects in airlines, it will freeze and affect brake valves and brake chambers by filling with frozen moisture so that the air cannot flow. You can add airline anti-freeze to help thaw out the airlines and components. Frozen brake valves and airlines will affect tires.
Let’s look at the affects of cold weather on the Fuel Gelling, Engine, Transmission and Fuel Gelling. Fuel gelling is from moisture (water) in the diesel. Fuel will start to gel at 32 degrees F or below ( Fuel gelling is when water crystals at 32degress F the fuel will start to look cloudy so the lower the temp gets it will start to gel.) Think about it as if a water hose left outside overnight. If you turn on the faucet, you do not get water out the other end....