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September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What’s Going on with my Brakes?

Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions.

By Jim Park

When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

Tags: Brakes, Regulations, maintenance

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mobilizing Best Practices in Fleet Maintenance

By Greg Wilson, GE Capital Fleet Services

Maintaining a mobile maintenance program adds another layer of complexity into the traditional maintenance program mix. It's hard for many fleets to scale their internal processes to ensure remote assets are being repaired and maintained via the same best practices that are afforded to their on-site vehicles.

Tags: maintenance, GE Capital Fleet Services

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Maintenance Mistakes

Drivers need to be trained to distinguish when a fault code means the truck needs to be brought in immediately and when it is okay to wait for the next scheduled maintenance appointment.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.

Tags: maintenance, CSA, Aftermarket, Ryder Systems, Decisiv, Preventative Maintenance, VMRS, W.W. Williams

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

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By Jane Clark, NationaLease

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

Tags: maintenance, ATA, Aftermarket Parts, TMC, Aftermarket, NationaLease

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance With a Purpose

Mike O&amp;rsquo;ConnellSenior Director, Supply ChainFriot-LayPlano, Texas

By Deborah Lockridge

Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

Tags: maintenance, PepsiCo, Smith Electric Vehicles, Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation In The Details

Bill BliemSenior Vice President, Fleet Services, NFI

By Deborah Lockridge

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

Tags: maintenance, NFI, PSI, Aerodynamics, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, TMT, Lightweighting, CNG, LNG, Reducing Maintenance Costs, Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.

Tags: maintenance, Dealers

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Maintaining Antifreeze/Coolant Will Help You Survive Extreme Winter Cold

Improper maintenance of a heavy duty coolant system can create cavitation pitting. If engine metals lack proper protection, the damage can affect the entire coolant system and engine operation.

By Colin Dilley, Prestone Technology Center

The wrath of winter’s impact on heavy-duty diesel engines across North America has been thoroughly tested so far this year. For many of those stranded during the winter cold snap, it was decisions made about what to do (or what not to do) with their antifreeze/coolant systems that may have sealed their fate.

Tags: maintenance, Prestone, Coolant, Antifreeze, Cooling Systems

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Time to Grease, Inspect Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland Advises

Important seasonal PM for a Holland FW35 fifth wheel.

By TruckingInfo staff

Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.

Tags: maintenance, Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Tags: maintenance, Hyundai, Trailers, Utility, Havco, Great Dane, Stoughton, Flooring, Rockland Flooring

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beyond the API 'Donut:' Putting a Premium on Oil

Oil experts say there  area a number of factors that fleets need to consider in the oil selection process.

By Denise Rondini

Every fleet knows how important oil is to the proper operation of their vehicles, but how can they determine if upgrading to a premium oil makes sense for them?

Tags: OIl, Exxon Mobil, Shell Lubricants, Chevron Lubricants, Citgo, Grease, API, maintenance

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles.

By Deborah Lockridge

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.

Tags: Ryder, CSA, Rush Enterprises, WheelTime, Maintenance outsourcing, NationaLease, maintenance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Get More Miles from your Tires

By Jim Park

Irregular tire wear is usually a symptom of some other malfunction such as poor alignment, improper inflation or even poor driving habits. The peril with mechanically induced irregular wear is that it begins the day you install the tire, though it won't produce any visible signs until weeks or perhaps months later. By then, its progress is almost irreversible.

Tags: maintenance, Tires, Wheel Alignment

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Deadly Tire Sins

How many tires in your scrap pile arrived there before their time?

By Jim Park

Negligence and apathy consign more tires to early graves than road hazards ever will. Here are the Top 5 reasons you might be straining your tire budget to the breaking point, and how you can stem the financial hemorrhage.

Tags: maintenance, Tires

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Blow a Gasket When Installing Oil and Fuel Filters

All oil filters feature a gasket at the open end of the filter, which acts like a seal and a lock-washer after installation.

By John Gaither, PE, Luber-finer & Fram Filtration

At first glance, it appears to be pretty simple to install a new oil or fuel filter on your heavy-duty vehicle: Just line up the threads and give it a spin. This mindset, however, can be dangerous to the vehicle’s operation and overall health.

Tags: maintenance, Fuel and Oil, Filters, Luber-finer, Fram Filtration

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Make certain that all lifts are subject to a regular program of scheduled maintenance.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

Tags: maintenance, Safety, In the Shop, Shop Tools, Stertil-Koni

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inverter Installation: Troubleshooting 101

By Don Wilson, Schneider Electric

So you want to install an inverter, but with all the features and complexity of today’s more sophisticated units, you’re hesitant to take the plunge? Or, perhaps you’ve had some problems with your inverter, and you’re not sure if it’s a faulty unit … or a simple installation problem?

Tags: maintenance, Xantrex, Inverter, Idle Reduction

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Independents Look to Service for Growth

As margins are squeezed on parts sales, independents may find adding service to the equation helps boost profits.

By Denise Rondini

Consolidation, more proprietary parts and increased competition are squeezing margins for those who sell heavy-duty truck parts. Industry experts are on the record saying that in the future, aftermarket parts distributors need to have service as part of their business if they want to remain profitable.

Tags: maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Distributors

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tires are Key Component of CSA Inspections

By Truckinginfo Staff

As one of the two biggest non-labor expenses that trucking fleets have, tires require careful maintenance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program further underscores the importance of good tire maintenance practices.

Tags: maintenance, Goodyear, CSA, Tires

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Much Do You Know About Heavy-Duty Coolants?

The antifreeze/cooling system for a heavy duty engine must be maintained for the entire system to operate at optimum efficiency. Each component within the system relies on the other components for peak operation and performance.

By Colin Dilley, Prestone

n the emerging days of the heavy-duty industry, as liquid-cooled engines were being developed and heaters were added to allow winter driving, finding the right coolant could be as easy as taking a trip to your pantry. Coolant is a lot more complex today, and the more you know about it, the better you can help your customers.

Tags: maintenance, Aftermarket, Prestone, Coolant, Cooling Systems

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Selling and Servicing Modern Air Filters

Most air intake systems are underhood, and manufacturers design them for efficiency and to help meet exhaust emissions requirements.

By Tom Berg

As truck and engine makers continue to move toward vertical integration, fleet managers and owner-operators are less likely to be able to spec what air filter they want on their trucks, and that has implications for aftermarket parts sellers and shops.

Tags: maintenance, Filters

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Reasons to Outsource your Tire Maintenance

Service providers come to your yard or to remote yards, and do tire checks, pressure audits.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance is like preparing a fine meal. Unless you really like cooking and are very good at it, it's far easier – and safer sometimes – to visit a nice restaurant. Here are five reasons you might want to consider outsourcing your tire work.

Tags: maintenance, Goodyear, Michelin, Outsourcing, Tires

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer

By Deborah Lockridge

It's more important than ever to protect a truck's air system from contamination, because there are more and more on-vehicle technologies making use of that air. That's why having and taking proper care of an air dryer is vital.

Tags: maintenance, Bendix, Brakes, Air Dryers

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Not Your Father's Air Filter

Aerodynamic truck styling is one factor that has moved the air-intake system and filter under the hood instead of hung alongside it.

By Tom Berg

There was a time when fleet managers and owner-operators specified many components on their new trucks and tractors, but that's been seriously curtailed by vertical integration — the practice of manufacturers controlling the design and spec'ing process using parts they build themselves or get from a few suppliers.

Tags: Air Filter, maintenance

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Service Survey: Fleets Say They Want to Outsource More

By Truckinginfo Staff

Fleets continue to say they want to outsource more service work, but they've been saying that for a while, and the actual amount of oursourcing has remained pretty stable, according to surveys done by MacKay & Company, a market research and consulting firm specializing in heavy-duty equipment.

Tags: maintenance, Outsourcing, MacKay and Co.

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Set up a Maintenance Program that Will Keep FMCSA Happy

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Whether you have one truck or 20,000, the FMCSA's maintenance regulations apply to you. The safety and compliance experts at J.J. Keller have tips for owner-operators and small fleets on how to develop a maintenance program that will meet federal standards.

Tags: maintenance, FMCSA, Owner-Operators

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maximizing Filter Performance To Reduce Maintenance Costs

To avoid roadside breakdowns, fleet managers should have thorough preventive maintenance programs in place.

By Contributed Pete Haskell, Director of Heavy Duty Sales with Luber-finer

In the heavy-duty trucking business, fleet managers must be ready to expect the unexpected as seemingly minor unexpected maintenance can ultimately lead to a major system failure

Tags: Under The Hood, maintenance, Filters, Luber-finer, Oils

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Business Case for Synthetic Lubes

By Jim Park

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals. But if that's the only selling point you're using for synthetic lubes, it may be time for some consumer education

Tags: In the Shop, Engine Oil, maintenance, Aftermarket, API, Lubricants

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Oil Category Will Help Meet Fuel Economy/GHG Emissions Regs

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By January of 2016, you'll see a new API diesel engine oil classification, designed to help meet federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards. In fact, you may, for the first time, see two separate categories

Tags: maintenance, OIl, MPG, GHG, API, PC-11, CO2

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Batteries up to the Challenge?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If there's a problem with your truck's electrical system, simply replacing the bad batteries with fresh ones may consign those to the scrap bin, too

Tags: maintenance, Batteries

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seven Steps to Make Sure Your Diesel Fuel and More are Ready for Winter

By Glen Sokolis, Contributor

Weather forecasters are predicting not only one of the coldest, but the snowiest winters in the last five years. Here are a few simple tips to help maintain your equipment and fuel tanks

Tags: maintenance, Diesel, Winter

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The business case for synthetic lubes goes beyond extended drain intervals

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals

Tags: Under The Hood, maintenance, Engine Oil, synthetic oil

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dye-Lite TP-3100 Pinpoints Oil Leaks

Dye-Lite TP-3100 fluorescent dye pinpoints oil leaks easily and efficiently in diesel engine lubrication systems

Tags: maintenance, Dye-Lite

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are your batteries up to the challenge?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Uptime and utilization are everything, so you don't want a truck sitting on the shop floor during basic battery maintenance. Most fleets pull the batteries at the first sign of trouble and replace them with fresh batteries to get the truck moving again, planning to deal with the bad batteries later. But what killed the batteries in the first place

Tags: Under The Hood, Batteries, maintenance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

You Can't Ignore Your Brakes

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's nothing like a smack up side the head with a two-by-four to get your attention. That's what the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is doing to maintenance with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program

Tags: maintenance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Pressure Checks are Worthwhile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Weekly tire pressure checks might seem unrealistically ambitious, but given what's at stake in terms of tread wear and tire life, it's a worthwhile goal. Regular tire inspections should, obviously, include pressure checks

Tags: maintenance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Your Investment With Proper Tire Inspections

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's more to a proper tire inspection than kicking it with a cold boot

Tags: maintenance

November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintenance Report: Trailers

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

Attention to detail in spec'ing and maintaining trailers pays off in longer life and lower maintenance costs.

Tags: maintenance, Spec'ing, Trailers, inspections, Corrosion, Electrical System

July 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brake Maintenance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Vehicle duty cycles, type of operation, drivers, inspection practices and weather all play a part in establishing good brake maintenance procedures.

Tags: maintenance, inspections, Vehicle Inspection, Corrosion, Brakes

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Roadway Reforms

By Oliver Patton

Congress asked for the report in preparation for the 2009 reauthorization of the law that controls how we govern and pay for the system.

Tags: maintenance, Funding, DOT, Congress, American Trucking Associations, Department of Transportation

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Psychic On board

By Jim Beach

Today's truck technology and computing power can predict failures before they happen.

Tags: maintenance, Technology, business management

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Creating Peace In The Shop

By Evan Lockridge

Your drivers and your mechanics need not be adversaries, even though they speak different languages.

Tags: maintenance, Managing The Shop, In the Shop

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

A Little Help from your Oem

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

Programs to help fleets manage their maintenance on the road are available from truck OEMs.

Tags: maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, inspections

May 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Box On Wheels No More

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

A number of factors are prompting fleet managers to take a closer look at trailer maintenance.

Tags: maintenance, Trailers

April 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Gentlemen, Start Your New Engines

By Steve Sturgess, Tom Berg, & Deborah Whistler

This comprehensive report provides the latest clean diesel developments.

Tags: maintenance, Caterpillar, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter

February 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Repairs on the Run

By Tim Barton, Contributing Editor

When you're talking OTR service, it all boils down to choices.

Tags: maintenance, repair

February 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing For Low Maintenance

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Certain equipment allows trucks to run longer without scheduled or unscheduled work. Here are some examples.

Tags: maintenance, Spec'ing

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