Truck Brake Facts Quiz

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Truck brakes are different that other types of brakes in both form and function. How knowledgeable are you on truck brakes? Take this quiz and find out!

What is another name for an engine brake?

A truck's engine brake is also known as a compression brake system. Sometimes it's called an engine retarding device. Retarders are especially helpful for truckers on mountain downgrades. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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Engine brakes are often restricted in town areas because they are:

Engine brakes are noisy. For this reason, they are restricted in many residential areas. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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Instead of a hydraulic system, truck use what type of a braking system?

Car brakes rely on the brake fluid that flows through the system to work properly. Thus, car brakes are a hydraulic system, relying on fluid. On the other hand, truck brakes depend on compressed air. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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Most modern trucks have what type of a braking system?

Most of the newer heavy trucks use a dual air brake system that is not available on automobiles. A single set of brake controls works both of these separate air brake systems. If one system fails, the other will work. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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What is the major flaw with compressed air systems?

The flaw in the compressed air system of trucks is brake lag. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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What is brake lag?

That's the time it takes for air to get through the lines and force the linings to contact the drum. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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Lag time is typically:

Lag time is less than a second, so this is not a major problem. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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How many systems are included in a truck's braking system?

A truck's air brake system is really made up of three different brake systems. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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What type of brakes do trucks use for normal driving?

Service brakes are used during normal driving. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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How is the parking brake activated on a truck?

The driver activates the parking brakes by pulling out one or both of the valves on the dash. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/truck-brakes.htm">How Truck Brakes Work</a>

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