Breaks on Fire Needs Mobile Semi Repair

Our mobile semi repair team was called in last week to make a repair after a brake fire.  The brake fire had destroyed one wheel and required a very difficult kingpin replacement. The repair of a king pin is difficult in perfect working conditions. McGann & Chester took the challenge of this repair while working outside at a rest stop.  

A brake fire on a tractor trailer had delayed it from making a delivery. We got the call at 3:00 am and learned about the burned up brakes. Our team arrived at 4:00 am and examined the damage. A kingpin replacement was needed. The mobile semi repair team removed the drum, hub, front spindle, spider and yes, the kingpin. Next, our team does what they always do. They scoured the Pittsburgh area for parts.  They stopped at three different dealerships to get all the parts they needed. They arrived back a few hours later and began the work. Our mobile semi repair team even brought out a hydraulic press to help in the arduous task of getting the kingpin into the steering knuckle. Along with the kingpin they replaced the drum, hub, front spindle and spider. By 4:00 pm the same day, the driver was back on the road in his tractor trailer. He didn’t need to wait days for repairs. Within 12 hours he was back on the road hitting his delivery target.  Great job to the whole McGann & Chester Mobile Semi Repair Team.

Mobile semi repair of brake assembly

Mobile semi repair of brake assembly

Steering knuckle as worked on by mobile semi repair team

Steering knuckle as worked on by mobile semi repair team

Innards of semi truck tires during mobile semi repair

Innards of semi truck tires during mobile semi repair

Details of Brake Fire for Mobile Semi Repair

The mobile semi repair dispatcher was called about a tractor trailer which was damaged to its breaks catching on fire.. The event occurred at the I-79 rest stop northbound just outside of Pittsburgh. The call came in at 3:00 am. The mobile semi repair team arrived at 4:00 am.  They talked to the driver about what happened. The mobile semi repair team then examined the tire and brakes. Their examination revealed that indeed the brakes had caught on fire.  The mobile semi repair team then started the process of disassembly. First, they retrieved the semi jack. The mobile semi repair team found the impact gun in its toolset. The mobile semi repair team removed one bolt. They removed a second bolt. The mobile semi repair team removed all the bolts on the front hub. They carefully removed it so not to damage it. Next, they moved to the drum. Using both hands, the mobile semi repair team member lifted out the drum. Next, they released the spider to remove the breaks.  The mobile semi repair team pulled out the spider. Now, they pressed out the king pin. Last, they took out the spindle. The mobile semi repair team assessed all the parts that they had removed. Over two hours had passed. Next, they drove out to one parts suppliers. Then they went to a second parts supplier. The mobile semi repair team went to a third parts supplier in order to complete the repair. This is all going on outside in fairly cold weather. The mobile semi repair team started the reassembly. First, they placed in the king pin. Next, the mobile semi repair team inserted the front spindle.  They then placed in the spider. The mobile semi repair team then placed in the brake drums. They then placed on the wheel. The mobile semi repair team placed one bolt on a wheel screw. They used the impact gun. They made sure the bolt was on securely. Next, they grabbed another tire bolt. They used the impact gun to place on. They then used the impact gun on all the bolts that attached the tire.