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Preventing frozen air brake lines

air dryer cartridges

First, the bad news: It’s winter, and for vehicles with air brakes, that can mean trouble. There is a greater chance of moisture getting into your air brake system, which leads to a greater risk of frozen air brake lines. The good news is that this problem is often easy to prevent.  

Here are a few tips to help you prevent frozen air brake lines:

  • Change your air desiccant cartridge regularly, in accordance to the product manufacturer’s recommendations. Many operators choose to change their cartridges every fall, when the difference between the cool outdoor temperatures and warm temperature of the air in the compressor can cause a high dew point.
  • Drain your air tanks daily to remove excessive moisture.
  • When possible, park inside, and leave your drain valves open overnight.
  • Keep your evaporator filled with air brake anti-freeze. The alcohol vapor will mix with any remaining moisture, reducing its tendency to freeze.
  • Always keep a bottle of air brake anti-freeze on hand in the truck.

Remember that Westrans is your source for air brake components, including compressors, air lines, air brake valves, drain valves, alcohol evaporators, air dryers and cartridges, air brake anti-freeze, and emergency-use products for when freezing has already occurred.

Westrans remanufactures air brake compressors for engine types including Cummins, Detroit, and Caterpillar. We keep a big supply in stock, so it’s easy to exchange your core for a top-quality replacement model. We can also custom build your compressor to your specs. 

HDAC for SickKids Foundation

If you’re at all familiar with the heavy duty aftermarket, you know that it’s ever-changing. There are always new products, technological improvements, and updated government regulations. Westrans is committed to staying on top of these changes, and sharing that information with our customers. One of the ways we stay up-to-date is to participate in industry associations and events. And in addition to opportunities to learn and network, these industry connections are also a chance to give back, as is the case with the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Council, or HDAC.

HDACSickKids 2

Westrans is a long-time member of HDAC, the national trade association representing the Canadian heavy duty aftermarket industry. Since 1984, HDAC (formerly known as the Heavy Duty Distributor Council, or HDDC) has been raising funds for SickKids Foundation. At this year’s HDAC business conference, the HDAC members came together to raise $53,000 for the foundation. On November 8, 2016 the HDAC board members presented that donation to SickKids Foundation. Pictured in the photo are Jean-Francois Champagne, President of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada; Ian Johnston of Harman Heavy Vehicle Specialists; Kevin Broadwood of Pinwood Truck Parts; and John Williams, CEO of Westrans and President of the HDAC. 

20th Annual Boyz N Bullz Event

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Westrans is proud to once again be a sponsor of Boyz N Bullz, celebrating its 20th anniversary in Eriksdale, Manitoba. It's a Bull Riders of Canada-approved event. This year's event happens on Saturday, October 15 at the Eriksdale Rec Centre. Westrans will be on site, so stop by and say hi! 

Click here for more information. 

New product round-up

Here’s a round-up of some of the new products and product lines that Westrans has brought in recently.

Stemco Kaiser King Pin

Stemco Kaiser Qwik Kit King Pin Kits

We’re excited to now be carrying Stemco Kaiser’s Qwik Kit king pin kits. They are no-ream king pin kits, making for an easy installation. And they are made from a high-chrome, high-carbon tool steel, designed to last three or four times as long as conventional bronze or nylon kits.


Illinois Truck Self Adjusting Clutch Reset Tool T 106

Self-Adjusting Clutch Reset Tool

If the springs on a clutch cover are extended, you need to reset them before you change the clutch disc or flywheel. This reset tool works with IATCO’s AutoSet Clutch® & Eaton Solo® Clutch.

Grote Brite Zone LED BZ501

Grote Brite Zone Lamps

We’ve brought in several different models of the new Grote Brite Zone lamps, including this Go Anywhere Hand Held Work Light (pictured). It produces 1,100 raw lumens, and has a magnetic base for easy mounting to metal surfaces. It includes both car and wall chargers.

FogIt Kit A 200PRO no distr

FogIt Permanent Odour Elimination Kit 

Try FogIt, and eliminate those off-putting odours in your vehicle interior, whether they’re from smoke, mould, pets, or something you just can’t quite place. It’s great for auto detailers, fleets, or anyone who has a vehicle odour they want to get rid of. FogIt is inexpensive, simple to use, and true to its name, eliminates odours – for good. 


SimpleCheck Air Brake Stroke Tool

Install Meritor’s SimpleCheck on your brake chamber, and know at a glance whether your brakes are out of adjustment, helping you pass safety inspections, and stay safe on the road. If the SimpleCheck disc travels beyond the end of the standard 1½-inch brake chamber stud, you’ll know further brake system diagnostics are needed.

Contact us to learn more about these products, or anything else Westrans carries. 

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