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
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.
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
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
Any further problems that might develop can be remedied
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.
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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