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Truck Curtains "Sticky" in the Track?
Help Them Slide Again


Professional drivers may experience "sticky" truck curtains in the trucks they drive; that is, the connections inside the track don't slide as easily as they should. We have encountered this situation in both newer and older trucks. This page shows how we remedied it in a Freightliner Columbia and Freightliner Cascadia.



A close-up view of the connector between the truck curtain and the track in which it is installed.

First of all, the curtain connector installed in the track looks like this.



When we speak of sticking, we're not talking about resistance resulting from the connectors meeting one of the screws that holds the track against the truck's interior, like the one shown. What we mean is that the connectors just seem reluctant to move down the track at all or in certain spots.

A close-up view of a screw holding the truck curtain track inside the truck's interior.




A hemostat holding a cotton ball, next to a can of WD-40.

To solve this problem, we use a hemostat (or pair of needle-nosed pliers), a cotton ball and our trusty can of WD-40. (We prefer using the can with the "smart straw.")



Vicki sprayed a little WD-40 on the cotton ball (clamped firmly in place in the hemostat) and ran it inside the track on the passenger side of the cab to provide some lubrication. A cotton ball sprayed with WD-40 is run inside the truck curtain track to provide lubrication.


Professional truck driver Mike Simons runs a cotton ball sprayed with WD-40 inside the truck curtain track to provide lubrication so the curtain won't stick as it slides.

Here, professional driver Mike Simons runs a cotton ball sprayed with WD-40 inside the track on the driver's side of his truck to help lubricate the area where the truck curtains will run. This relieves the tendency for the curtains to be sticky.



Any further problems that might develop can be remedied by applying more WD-40, whether via cotton ball on the track or sprayed directly into the track. If you make a direct application, make sure that you have a paper towel handy to catch any drips that may occur. For the most effective aiming, you might consider using the attached straw.






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Money saving tip: This is one of those handy tips that indirectly provides savings. Consider this: the better your truck curtains work, the better your chances of blocking out light and getting a good rest break worth of sleep. The better you sleep, the more rested you feel. The more rested you feel, the more clearly you think and the better you are able to perform your job. The more clearly you think or are able to perform your job, the better your chances are for saving money.








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