Air Brakes

This endorsement is required for driving a vehicle with air brakes. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 25 multiple choice..

This endorsement is required for driving a vehicle with air brakes. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 25 multiple choice questions. Each question has three answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 20 questions correctly. Test questions come from the California Commercial Driver Handbook. Questions come from chapters covering: Air Brakes. The Air Brakes endorsement may be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.

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1. When a brake pedal is pressed and the S-cam is turned, the S-cam:

Explanation
When a brake pedal is pressed and the S-cam is turned, the S-cam presses the brake shoes against the inside of the brake drum. This causes friction and will cause the vehicle to slow.

2. During a static leakage test, what is the maximum leakage rate that is safe for a double combination vehicle?

Explanation
When performing a static leakage test on a double combination vehicle with air brakes, the leakage rate should be no more than 3 psi in one minute. If the air leaks from the air brake system at a quicker rate, the vehicle should not be driven because something likely needs to be repaired.

3. A visual low pressure warning signal should activate before air pressure drops to a level between:

Explanation
A visual low pressure warning signal should activate before air pressure drops to a level between 55 and 75 psi. This signal could be a light, a buzzer, or a wig wag.

4. During an applied leakage test, the maximum leakage rate for a triple combination vehicle is:

Explanation
It is important to know the maximum air loss rate that is safe for your specific vehicle. A triple combination should have a leakage rate no higher than 6 psi in a minute during an applied leakage test.

5. The ____ between an air compressor and reservoir tank prevents air from escaping if the air compressor has a leak.

Explanation
A one-way check valve is required to be between an air compressor and the first main reservoir. This valve prevents air from escaping the system if the air compressor develops a leak.

6. If the low pressure warning signal activates while you are driving, you should:

Explanation
If the low pressure warning signal activates while you are driving, it is important that you safely exit the roadway as soon as possible and park your vehicle. If the air pressure gets too low, the brakes will no longer work well enough for you to stop safely.