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  • IntroductionThis manual provides information needed to operateand understand the vehicle and its components.More detailed information is contained in the OwnersWarranty Information for North America booklet, andin the vehicles service and maintenance manuals.

    Custom-built Freightliners are equipped with variouschassis and cab components. Not all of the informa-tion contained in this manual applies to every ve-hicle. For details about components in your vehicle,refer to the chassis specification pages included in allnew vehicles and to the vehicle specification decal,located inside the vehicle.

    For your reference, keep this manual in the vehicleat all times.

    IMPORTANT: Descriptions and specifications in thismanual were in effect at the time of printing. Freight-liner Trucks reserves the right to discontinue modelsand to change specifications or design at any timewithout notice and without incurring obligation. De-scriptions and specifications contained in this publi-cation provide no warranty, expressed or implied,and are subject to revisions and editions without no-tice.

    Environmental Concerns andRecommendationsWhenever you see instructions in this manual to dis-card materials, you should first attempt to reclaimand recycle them. To preserve our environment, fol-low appropriate environmental rules and regulationswhen disposing of materials.

    Event Data RecorderThis vehicle is equipped with one or more devicesthat record specific vehicle data. The type andamount of data recorded varies depending on howthe vehicle is equipped (such as the brand of engine,if an air bag is installed, or if the vehicle features acollision avoidance system, etc.).

    Customer Assistance CenterHaving trouble finding service? Call the CustomerAssistance Center at 18003854357 or 1800FTLHELP. Call night or day, weekdays or week-ends, for dealer referral, vehicle information, break-

    down coordination, or Fleetpack assistance. Ourpeople are knowledgeable, professional, and commit-ted to following through to help you keep your truckmoving.

    Reporting Safety DefectsIf you believe that your vehicle has a defect whichcould cause a crash or could cause injury ordeath, you should immediately inform the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) inaddition to notifying Daimler Trucks North AmericaLLC.

    If the NHTSA receives similar complaints, it mayopen an investigation, and if it finds that a safetydefect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order arecall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSAcannot become involved in individual problemsbetween you, your dealer, or Daimler Trucks NorthAmerica LLC.

    To contact NHTSA, you may call the VehicleSafety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:1-800-424-9153); go to www.safercar.gov; or writeto: Administrator, NHTSA, 1200 New JerseyAvenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. You can alsoobtain other information about motor vehicle safetyfrom www.safercar.gov.

    Canadian customers who wish to report a safety-related defect to Transport Canada, Defect Investi-gations and Recalls, may telephone the toll-freehotline 1-800-333-0510, or contact TransportCanada by mail at: Transport Canada, ASFAD,Place de Ville Tower C, 330 Sparks Street,Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0N5.

    For additional road safety information, please visitthe Road Safety website at:www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/menu.htm.

    Foreword

    STI-203-1 (3/09P)A24-00509-000

    Printed in U.S.A.

  • 19892009 Daimler Trucks North America LLC. All rights reserved. Daimler Trucks North America LLC is a Daimlercompany.

    No part of this publication, in whole or part, may be translated, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmittedin any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written per-mission of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. For additional information, please contact Daimler Trucks NorthAmerica LLC, Service Systems and Documentation, P.O. Box 3849, Portland OR 972083849 U.S.A. or refer towww.Daimler-TrucksNorthAmerica.com and www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.

    Foreword

  • ContentsChapter Page

    Introduction, Environmental Concerns and Recommendations,Event Data Recorder, Customer Assistance Center, ReportingSafety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foreword

    1 Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.12 Instruments and Controls Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.13 Vehicle Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.14 Heater and Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.15 Seats and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.16 Steering and Brake Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.17 Engines and Clutches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.18 Transmissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.19 Rear Axles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.1

    10 Fifth Wheels and Trailer Couplings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.111 Pretrip and Post-Trip Inspections and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.112 Cab Appearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.113 In an Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.1

    Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I.1

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    Vehicle IdentificationVehicle Specification Decal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.1Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.1Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2Tire and Rim Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2EPA Emission Control Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2

  • Vehicle Specification DecalThe vehicle specification decal (Fig. 1.1) lists the ve-hicle model, identification number, and major compo-nent models. It also recaps the major assembliesand installations shown on the chassis specificationsheet. One copy of the specification decal is at-tached to the inside of the glove box; another copy isinside the rear cover of the Owners Warranty Infor-mation for North America booklet.

    NOTE: Labels shown in this chapter are ex-amples only. Actual specifications may vary fromvehicle to vehicle.

    Federal Motor Vehicle SafetyStandard (FMVSS) LabelsNOTE: Due to the variety of FMVSS certificationrequirements, not all of the labels shown willapply to your vehicle.

    Tractors with or without fifth wheels purchased in theU.S. are certified by means of a certification label(Fig. 1.2) and the tire and rim labels. These labelsare attached to the left rear door post, as shown inFig. 1.3.

    If purchased for service in the U.S., trucks built with-out a cargo body have a certification label (Fig. 1.4)attached to the left rear door post. See Fig. 1.3. Inaddition, after completion of the vehicle, a certifica-tion label similar to that shown in Fig. 1.2 must beattached by the final-stage manufacturer. This labelwill be located on the left rear door post and certifies that the vehicle conforms to all applicable FMVSS

    regulations in effect on the date of completion.

    f08002111/21/96

    USE VEHICLE ID NO.WHEN ORDERING PARTS

    WHEELBASEENGINE NO.TRANS NO.FRT AXLE NO.REAR AXLE NO.REAR AXLE NO.RATIO

    FOR COMPLETE PAINT INFORMATIONSEE VEHICLE SPECIFICATION SHEET

    MANUFACTURED BY

    MODELVEHICLE ID NO.

    DATE OF MFRENGINE MODELTRANS MODEL MAINFRONT AXLE MODELREAR AXLE MODEL

    PAINT MFRPAINT NO.

    PART NO. 2400273010

    COMPONENT INFORMATION

    IMRON PAINTCABCAB COLOR A: WHITE (4775)CAB COLOR B: BROWN (3295)CAB COLOR C: BROWN (29607)CAB COLOR D: DARK BROWN (7444)

    Fig. 1.1, Vehicle Specification Decal, U.S.-Built VehicleShown

    11/21/96 f080053

    1 2 3

    1. Date of manufacture by month and year.2. Gross vehicle weight rating; developed by taking the

    sum of all the vehicles gross axle ratings.3. Gross axle weight ratings; developed by considering

    each component in an axle system, includingsuspension, axle, wheels, and tires. The lowestcomponent capacity is the value used for thesystem.

    Fig. 1.2, Certification Label, U.S.

    1

    2

    02/02/95 f600061b

    1. Tire and Rim Labels 2. Certification Label

    Fig. 1.3, Location of Labels

    09/28/98 f080023

    Fig. 1.4, Incomplete Vehicle Certification Label, U.S.

    Vehicle Identification

    1.1

  • Canadian Motor Vehicle SafetyStandard (CMVSS) LabelsIn Canada, tractors with fifth wheels are certified bymeans of a "Statement of Compliance" label and theCanadian National Safety Mark (Fig. 1.5), which areattach

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