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Old 09-21-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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Emergency Air brake lever

I have a 2 year old on board that can reach (or slip on to) the air brake release knob. Can I use the emergency lever above the windshield as a kind of parking brake that would override the air brake controls that are within reach?
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:47 PM   #2
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You can order an air brake lock from Iowa80. https://www.iowa80.com/pd/watchdawg-...e-knob/231862/
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:56 PM   #3
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Are you asking because you are concerned about brakes being released while parked? Or pulled while driving?

I suppose in theory you could add an air-relay between the tank and valve which opens when the ignition is on. That way the air cannot be supplied with the ignition off. I am not sure how "legal" or advisable this is.
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I think she's talking about child-proofing the brake button.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:11 PM   #5
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I can totally understand that!! I know a guy who was moving.. he rented a penske 26 foot truck.. it was a feightliner with air brakes (didnt know that was legal).. and his kid reached up and did just that pulled that pretty yellow knob while they were doing 60 on the highway.. and yeah it instantly locked the rear wheels!!
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:16 PM   #6
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:36 PM   #7
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.. and his kid reached up and did just that pulled that pretty yellow knob while they were doing 60 on the highway.. and yeah it instantly locked the rear wheels!!
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:42 PM   #8
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yeah no crash... a lot of smoke and screams... he (the dude not the kid) knew the sound and smacked the yellow handle back in.. being mechanical it released the brakes.. fortunately the rear end must not have gotten too far side ways since he didnt flip the truck after releasing the brakes...

why on earth in my navistar DEV bus did they put that handle right next to the headlight handle!! ive not yet pulled it but ive reached for it by accident when i went to flash the lights at a trucker to change lanes in front of me
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If you are parking for camping and worried about this, just drain down the air system as the brakes will not release with less than 60 psi in the system. When you are stopped and shut the engine off repeatedly stomp the brake pedal until the air system is empty at which time pushing the brake button will do nothing, it won't even stay in
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:16 AM   #10
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yeah no crash... a lot of smoke and screams... he (the dude not the kid) knew the sound and smacked the yellow handle back in.. being mechanical it released the brakes.. fortunately the rear end must not have gotten too far side ways since he didnt flip the truck after releasing the brakes...

why on earth in my navistar DEV bus did they put that handle right next to the headlight handle!! ive not yet pulled it but ive reached for it by accident when i went to flash the lights at a trucker to change lanes in front of me
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Sounds like another WTF were they thinking I would probably end up pulling on it eventually, in the rain, with heavy traffic. but I'm prone to forget almost everything
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