Replace Bendix D-2 Air Compressor Governor

  • Bendix reman valves have the same warranty as new valves
  • Pressure Range: Adjustable from 105-125 psi
  • High temperature o-rings and waterproof cover

Product Description

  • Manufacturer: Bendix
  • Part Number: 284358X
  • Condition: Remanufactured
  • Bendix reman valves have the same warranty as new valves
  • Pressure Range: Adjustable from 105-125 psi
  • High temperature o-rings and waterproof cover
  • Includes gasket and pipe plugs

The Bendix D-2 governor controls the pressure in the air system. The compressor runs continuously while the engine is running, so the D-2 governor activates the compressor’s unloader mechanism when system pressure reaches the governor’s cut-out pressure. It deactivates the unloaders once system pressure has dropped to the governor’s cut-in pressure. While unloaded, the compressor simply pumps air from one cylinder to the other rather than send it to the tank.

Cross References: 284358N, 284358, 284358X, 102178, 102178X, 108818, 227435, 275491, 275491X, 275707, 275707X, 18537, KN18500X, KN18530, KN18537, VHD18537

Bendix D-2 Air Governor Install Video:

D-2 Air Governor

Never condemn or adjust the governor pressure settings unless you have checked pressure with an accurate test gauge or a dash gauge that is registering accurately. Standard dash gauges are only required to be accurate to within +/- 10 percent.

Remember the following if adjustment is necessary:

  1. Turn the adjusting screw counter-clockwise to lower the air pressure setting.
  2. Turn the addjusting screw clockwise to increase the air pressure setting.
  3. Be careful not to overadjust. Each quarter turn of the adjusting screw raises or lowers the pressure setting approximately 4 psi.
  4. The cut-in and cut-out range is not adjustable.

The most common cause of governor failure is contamination. Blow out all attaching lines, hoses, etc when replacing a governor. Make sure the reservoir pressure sensing line is routed from the reservoir so that no contamination may enter the line and pass into the governor. A replacement D-2 air governor can be found here.

Bendix D-2 Air Governor Technical Literature:01-A-1.pdf

Adjusting a Bendix Air Governor

Adjusting the Bendix D2 governor just takes a 7/16 wrench and a screwdriver. The unloading pressure for the typical air brake system is 120 psi but it can be higher up to 130 psi without a problem. Anywhere in the middle is good in my book. This is an easy adjustment as you can see in the video.

The adjustment is touchy and to increase unloading pressure you turn the screw clockwise and counter clockwise to reduce pressure. When the air compressor reaches it’s limit the governor is there to unload it preventing air pressure from building too high. For you seasoned mechanics this is very elementary information but for those who didn’t know how to make this adjustment then I hope this info helps.

The unloader is located at the air dryer and where the air pressure is directed to when the governor setting is reached. There is an unloader port at the governor that is routed by an air line to the air dryer when 120 psi is reached. What this does is unload all the accumulated oil and moisture that has settled at the bottom of the dryer base.

At 120 psi there is an audible sound of exhaust shooting out the bottom of the dryer housing. This indicates to the operator or the tech working on the air system what pressure the governor is set at. The air dryer needs to be serviced on a regular schedule to clean out the contaminants that accumulate over time.

We service our air dryers every 2 years which includes a dessicant filter and unloader service kit. Also included is a heater that prevents the bottom of the dryer from freezing in the winter time. The AD9 air dryer can be serviced quickly in-frame using a replacement unloader valve assembly that is secured by three bolts. The filter is removed by removing the bottom section of the dryer.

How to Change a D2 Governor Video:


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