The CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) announced that this year’s International Roadcheck will be May 17th – May 19th. The International Roadcheck is a 72-hour, high visibility, high volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative. Each year the CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of the roadside inspection and this year the focus will be on wheel ends.
Wheel end components includes the wheels, hubs and tires. Wheel end components not only keep you wheels in place they also keep the tires running straight, support the heavy loads carried by CMVs, keep control and stability, and are especially important for braking. According to the CVSA violations that involve wheel ends have historically accounted for about a fourth of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck.
During International Roadcheck, CMV (commercial motor vehicle) inspectors examine large trucks and motorcoaches along with the driver’s documentation and creditals using CVSA’s North American Standard Inspection Program procedures. Using the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria inspectors identify critical out-of-service violations and require the inspector to restrict the driver or vehicle from travel until those violations are addressed.
Below is a checklist of what inspectors will be doing during the wheel ends portion of the inspection:
- Check for cracks or unseated locking rings, studs or clamps
- Check for bent, cracked or broken rims on the inside and outside wheel rims
- Check for loose, broken, missing or damages wheel fasteners and elongated stud holes
- Check spoke wheels for cracks across spokes and in the web area or slippage in the clamp areas
- Check the hub for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs
- Check the inner wheel seal for leaks
- Check the tire and valve stem for leaks
- Check for proper inflation, cuts and bulges on all tires, including the inside tire on a dual set
- Check for regrooved tires on steering axle
- Check tread wear and measure major tread groove depth
- Inspect the sidewall for improper repairs, such as tire plugs
- Check for exposed fabric or cord
- Check for tire contact with any part of the vehicle
- Check for markings on the tire that would exclude its use on a steering axle
- Check for debris between the tires
- Check for tires touching one another or any part of the vehicle
Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level 1 or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal. A vehicle with CVSA decal will not be re-inspected during the three months the decal is valid.