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Maintenance

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Bruce Stockton Talks Maintenance Challenges

Bruce Stockton

By Deborah Lockridge

What are fleets' biggest maintenance headaches today and some ways to address them? We talk to Bruce Stockton, who has headed up equipment and maintenance for fleets ranging from CFI to Kenan Advantage and is now consulting on total cost of ownership and uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, Engine Oil, Oil Analysis, Q&A, Uptime, Data Analysis, Coolants

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Technician Training, Hiring, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

Why You Should Pay Attention to Trailer Alignment

Trailer alignment is more important than ever when you run wide-base tires. HDT file photo

By Ted Armstrong, SAF-Holland

Proper trailer axle/wheel alignment is critical to maximizing tire life, and it's only become more important with the use of wide-base single tires on trailers for fuel economy and weight savings.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Tires, Alignment, SAF-Holland, Wide-Base Tires, Axles, Suspensions

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reports: The Final Piece of the Outsourcing Equation

One key to effective outsourcing isn't the technician -- it's the data. Photo: PacLease

By Denise Rondini

One concern fleets have when considering outsourcing their maintenance and repair is that they will lose control over that portion of their operation. Paying attention to reporting can help address that fear.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, VMRS

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Lessons Learned at TMC

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The spring meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council usually is a place where ideas flow freely and best practices are shared, and things were no different in Nashville this year.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, TMC

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Case for Fuel Filtration

Supplemental fuel processors combine a fuel filter, water separator and heater all in one unit and are designed for severe conditions like extreme cold. Photo: Cummins Filtration

By Jim Park

Fuel filters are your engine’s first and last line of defense against expensive damage from water and particles of debris that are found in diesel fuel.

Tags: Filters, Fuel Filter, Fuel Additive, Filtration, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Best Maintenance Tools May Not Be in the Shop at All

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge explains that the most powerful tools you may not be fully taking advantage of in the shop involve information.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Tools, VMRS

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wide-Base Tires

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Figuring Out DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters appeared in 2007 model-year trucks. After nearly 10 years we are still grappling with maintenance issues.

By Jim Park

DPF and aftertreatment systems may be a maintenance nightmare, but they aren’t going away. It’s up to you to figure them out.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, DPF

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern Maintenance Manager: Cutting Waste in the Shop

One way to use Lean in the shop is to look for ways to cut wasted time and movement by technicians. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

What can the modern maintenance manager learn from productivity tools designed for manufacturing? Quite a lot.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Repair Shops

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Modern Maintenance Manager

By HDT Staff

What does it take to be a successful modern maintenance manager — and to be ready for what the future brings? Heavy Duty Trucking is exploring the topic with a series of articles that examines the different aspects of being a shop manager in today’s trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Maintenance, Tire Costs, Tires

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: The Connected Shop

Computers in the shop have become commonplace. The modern maintenance manager is moving beyond that to data analytics and predictive maintenance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

From remote diagnostics to predictive analytics, being on top of maintenance today means using data and connections.

Tags: Maintenance, Connected Diagnostics

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheels

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level

Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

Tags: Maintenance, Reefers, Safety

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Managing Today's Technicians

By Deborah Lockridge

With trucks turning into sophisticated equipment resembling computers on wheels, plus increasing emphasis on uptime, controlling costs, and safety and compliance, today’s technicians need to know how to do much more than turn a wrench.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Training, Technicians

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Efforts Under Way to Get More Training to Independent Garages

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Component suppliers and others are making moves to ensure technicians at independent repair garages are well trained.

Tags: Maintenance, Garage, Repair Shops

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

8 Ways to Make Outsourcing Work For You

If you choose the right service provider, their technicians can even take diagnostic tools out into the field.  Photo: Travel Center

By Denise Rondini

Many fleets have tried outsourcing, only to bring their maintenance and repair work back in house because of negative experiences. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, Repair Shops

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reduce Your Maintenance Burden With Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brakes require minimal routine maintenance. Most of the moving parts are internal. Brake pads will often last for the first life of a tractor. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

When you look at the reduced and simplified maintenance requirements of air disc brakes, better stopping power becomes the icing on the cake.

Tags: Maintenance, Brakes, Air Brakes

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Suspension Maintenance Items You Might Overlook

All bolts must be properly tightened and periodically checked for proper torque. Telltale signs of loose fasteners include shiny areas and weeping rust around them. Photo: Reyco Granning

By Tom Berg

These complex mechanisms cushion the truck, load and driver, but too often are victims of neglect.

Tags: Maintenance, Suspensions, Axles

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

By Denise Rondini

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, Fifth Wheels

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Con-way Truckload's Strategies for Success

Albert Johnson, Con-way Truckload's vice preisent of human resources, works from the company's Joplin, Mo., headquarters: Photo by Drew Kimble, 12 Eighty-One Photography.

By Stephane Babcock

When you have 2,600 trucks and nearly 3,000 professional drivers on the road you need to make sure that not only are your clients’ products making it to their destination on time, but that they are also making it there safely.

Tags: Maintenance, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Recruiting, Con-way Truckload

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.

Tags: Maintenance, Bendix, Air Compressors, Brakes

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Repairs

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Private Label Parts Equation

Fleets need to do a risk-cost-benefit analysis when considering switching from branded to private label parts.

By Denise Rondini

With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, OEM Parts

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Managing the Shop

Aftermarket Editor, Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Does the system come before the leadership? Or do you need the leadership and then the system?

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket, Managing the Shop

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, Preventive Maintenance, CSA, Ryder System, Aftermarket, Decisiv, VMRS

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

Image source: psndealer.com<br />

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 ChainFrito-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, Lightweighting, CNG, LNG, Tire Inflation

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

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, 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: CSA, Ryder System, Wheels, Rush Enterprises, 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

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, Managing 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

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