02Winterizing Your Air System Air Dryers Tech Tip13000323202

TECH Tips CATALOG NUMBER 02 www.midwestwheel.com Order NLINE ™ www.midwestwheel.com Order NLINE ™ Winterizing Your Air System Air Dryers Basic steps needed for good preventative maintenance and will help get you through the cold winter months with fewer malfunctions. • • Desiccant cartridge life can be from 3 months to 3 years based on compressor oil passage and duty cycle. For best results, if your dryer design gives you direct access to the desiccant cartridge, replace it every autumn. With this design, it’s fast & easy to replace the cartridge to avoid “truck down” issues when it gets extremely cold. If you are using a design where you have to disassemble the dryer to replace the cartridge, the inspection of the wet tank will be your guide. When in doubt, always replace the cartridge. Remember the performance of downstream air system components is dependent on clean, dry air. Most fleets replace desiccant cartridges every year Desiccant Cartridge • • Check the air dryer heater; A) for proper voltage to the heater, B) that it is properly grounded, most commonly to the frame rail and C) that it is functioning properly. Air Dryer Heater • • If your vehicle uses an alcohol injector/evaporator, fill it up with approved air brake anti-freeze. Typically, these are not needed in today’s air systems using air dryers but they can be a good supplement to the air dryer in colder climates. Never add air brake anti-freeze directly into air lines. Alcohol Injector/Evaporator • • The purge area of the air dryer is susceptible to malfunction because of the contaminants that pass through it. If your truck has high air usage or if you replace desiccant cartridges often then autumn is also a good time to replace the purge valve. Purge Valve