Proper wheel-end maintenance can prevent potentially deadly wheel-off incidents.  -  Photo: Jim Park

Proper wheel-end maintenance can prevent potentially deadly wheel-off incidents.

Photo: Jim Park

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck is upon us, May 17 through May 19. This year’s 72-hour inspection blitz will focus on wheel-end violations.

Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites.

Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection. This year, the focus is on wheel ends. Wheel-end components support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking. Violations involving wheel-end components historically account for about one-quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past Roadcheck data routinely identified wheel-end components as a top 10 vehicle violation.

If your trucks have more wheel-end violations during Roadcheck than you expect, you should take a look at your maintenance program. Check out these articles from the HDT archives for more information about wheel-end issues:

  1. 4 Ways to Prevent Truck Wheel-Offs
  2. How to Prevent Wheel-End Fires
  3. Tight, but Not Too Tight With Wheel Bearing Adjustments
  4. Wheel-end Maintenance Saves Tires, Brakes
  5. Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

Previous years' Roadchecks have focused on issues such as lighting, hours of service, cargo securement, tires, brakes, and ELDs.

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