Prime Trailer DOT/FHWA Inspection Locations
Find Us In Colorado, Utah and Nevada
Whether it be a dry van, flatbed, reefer or drop deck trailer, no one looks forward to having their DOT or FHWA inspection done on their truck or trailer. But the reality is, these inspections ensure that properly maintained and road worthy equipment is on the road, working for you and keeping you and everyone else on the road safe.
The following checks should be done regularly, but if done prior to your DOT / FHWA, will also ensure you pass your inspection the first time.
DOT/FHWA Inspection Checklist
- Registration: make sure your registration & license plates are valid
- Body Inspect: check the following – header board for cracks & damage, 5th wheel & king pin for wear and cracks, floor boards, side rails, ICC bumper, mudflaps, placards, rear door, rear rollers and hinges
- Frame Inspect: check the following – cross members, sub-frames, sliding axle assemblies, gussets and slide locks for cracks, excessive play or heavy rust. Inspect Moffet mounting kit if installed. *Grease & inspect landing gear
- Rear Coupler Inspect: check the following – pintle hook, D-rings, glad hands, shut off valves. Inspect the light cord receptacle, front draw bars, draw bar eyes and saddle mounts *Lubricate pintle hook locks with spray lubricant.
- Suspension: check the following – broken springs, loose or broken U-bolts, loose or worn torques arms, loose or cracked saddles and spring hangers, worn equalizer bushings, air bag damage and air bag leveling valves. * Torque U-bolts if found to be loose.
- Brakes: all brake shoes must be free from cracks, oil contamination, and at least 1/4” lining minimum. Check brake chambers, valves and air tanks. *check brake adjuster travel with air applied. Use DOT allowable travel guidelines. Grease the S-Cam bushings and slack adjuster for each wheel.
- Wheels and hubs: Check for the following: wheel seal leaks, cracked spokes or hubs, loose wheel lug nuts. *Check and fill oil hub caps. Replace any leaking oil hub caps.
- Tires: Inspect all tires for sidewall damage, proper inflation, nails in tread and tread wear. *Replace tires at 2/32. Inflate tires to PSI indicated on sidewall
- Lights and reflectors: Check all tail lights, marker lights turn signals and reflective tape. Inspect light cord recepticals, junction boxes & wiring. *Repair all lights & replace missing reflective tape.
I know, I know. It seems like a lot, but follow these steps, repair discrepancies and not only will you have properly maintained equipment, you’ll ace your inspection the first time and get yourself back on the road where the money is! Mention this article when you schedule your inspection with us and you’ll receive 10% off.
Schedule Your Next Visit
Ready for your DOT inspection? Call us today in Colorado, Utah or Nevada to get your equipment scheduled for service. *Remember to mention that you read this article and receive 10% off your inspection.
CO – 303-467-9600
UT – 801-978-7950
NV – 775-358-3384