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11.14.05.02

.02 Hitches or Coupling Devices.

Inspect hitches, coupling devices, tongues, or drawbars on trailers and semitrailers for proper alignment, distortion, deformation, cracks, or missing parts. On vehicles equipped with a ball-type hitch, pintle hood, or drawbar means of attachment, inspect for presence, attachment, and size of safety chains or cables.

Procedures: Reject Vehicle If:
A. Inspect hitches, couplers, tongues, or drawbars on trailers and semitrailers for: A.
  (1) Proper alignment, distortion, deformation, cracks, or missing parts;   (1) Hitch, coupler, tongue, or drawbar is improperly aligned, distorted, deformed, has any cracks or missing parts.
  (2) Presence and strength of safety chains or cables on vehicles equipped for a ball and hitch, pintle hook, or drawbar means of attachment.   (2) Safety chains or cables on vehicles equipped for a ball and hitch, pintle hook, or drawbar means of attachment are severely worn, missing, broken, or not of sufficient strength to support the vehicle in the event the primary attachment device becomes uncoupled.
B. On trailers or semitrailers to be coupled to a towing vehicle with a fifth wheel, inspect king pin for excessive wear.   (3) Wear on king pin exceeds manufacturer's allowable tolerance.
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