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Maintenance

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

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: Managing 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, Emissions, MPG, 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

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

8 Ways 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

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Your Work Truck Ready for Winter

Winter weather and the harsh driving conditions that come with it can be hard on trucks, but Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America suggests that downtime can be minimized with proper maintenance procedures.

Tags: Maintenance, Winter

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

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Winterize Wiring Against Rocks, Ice and Corrosion

By Bob Phillips, Contributor

Today's wire harnesses are pretty darn good compared to systems of the past. Fleets have options they have never had before, from sealed male 7-way connectors to sealed cable systems to sealed nose boxes

Tags: Maintenance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips on Using and Caring for Your Torque Wrench

A torque wrench is a precision instrument designed to apply a specific amount of force to a fastener

Tags: 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

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine New Task Forces to Meet at TMC Meeting

The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council has created nine new task forces that will meet for the first time at TMC's 2012 Fall Meeting, Sept. 10-13 in Pittsburgh, covering topics such as tires, corrosion, CSA and visibility

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

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parasitic Loads and Battery Life

Testing for parasitic loads: A multi-meter is connected to a battery and to the vehicle wiring. There is an inline fuse along the negative cable that is used to prevent current from the electrical system from blowing the multi-meter fuse.

It used to be when you turned the vehicle off, all electrical loads went away. Now that today's trucks use electronics full time, including the extra hotel loads for driver comfort, these electrical loads (parasitic loads) increase the demands on the vehicle electrical system

Tags: Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Packing a Tapered Roller Bearing

Improper lubrication causes over half of all the bearing damage that we see in the aftermarket. Timken offers these helpful procedures for packing a bearing with grease

Tags: Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Than a Temporary Corrosion Covering: Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics

By Del Williams, Contributor

Fighting corrosion in trucks, ships, tanks, planes and equipment costs the Pentagon $22.9 billion a year

Tags: Maintenance

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining and Servicing Diesel Particulate Filters

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Diesel particulate filters trap soot from the exhaust and ash from motor oil. Most soot is burned off in the course of a truck's operations, but ash stays in the filter's honeycomb substrate and is removed through periodic servicing.

Tags: Maintenance

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA and the Maintenance BASIC

By Truckinginfo Staff

Seventy to 75 percent of all CSA points can be traced back to maintenance or unsafe driving violations, says Drew Anderson, director of sales for Vigillo, which provides CSA compliance services

Tags: Maintenance

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive

Tags: Maintenance

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eliminating Contaminants from Truck and Trailer Air Systems

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A heavy truck's air system is a basic and important set of components that should be spec'd correctly and then maintained properly.

Tags: Maintenance

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Pressure of Events

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

With limited opportunity to walk the Mid-America Trucking Show due to the number of press conferences and the vast number of exhibitors, it was gratifying indeed to turn up an innovative new technology that could transform a fleet's tire maintenance

Tags: Maintenance

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fifth Wheel Maintenance

No-lube fifth wheels are gaining acceptance, but they still require periodic inspection, and perhaps adjustment. (Photo by Jost International)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While the calendar says we've just about made it through another winter, as these words materialize on my screen, the Northeast is digging out from three days of record snowfall

Tags: Maintenance

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Rust forming inside steel saddle tanks might be caused by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, some maintenance people believe. This rusty tank was on a Ford truck operating in northern Georgia. (Photo by Chris Sands)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

Tags: Maintenance

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

(Photos by Steve Sturgess)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

Tags: Maintenance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining APUs

APUs have come a long way in the past five years, but you can't ignore the maintenance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The auxiliary power unit has come a long way since the first commercially available units hit the streets in the late 1980s

Tags: Maintenance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outside Shops Demand 'Right To Repair,' But That's Not Fair to Dealers, One Says

The "right to repair" one's vehicle wherever one chooses isn't in the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights, but many people in the maintenance and parts business believe it almost should be

Tags: Maintenance

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Tips To Help Prevent Potentially Deadly Wheel-Off Accidents

What do a pregnant woman from Maryland, a 48-year-old man from Ontario, and a driver in Seattle have in common? They are all victims of truck wheel-off

Tags: Maintenance

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crud Catcher: Fifth Wheel Maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

As we head into winter, springtime may seem far away. But it's the aftereffects of winter's messy roads and de-icing compounds that lead to one of the sounds of spring: drivers complaining about their fifth wheels

Tags: Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investigating Vehicles For Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rust! It's upon us like a plague, and has been since snow has fallen and ice formed on paved roads and authorities decided to try to melt as much as they could to make travel safer

Tags: Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corrosion Prevention

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

How badly do you want to avoid damage from corrosion? There are products and treatments available right now that do the job, but some customers are simply not willing to spend the necessary money.

Tags: Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cab Maintenance Concerns

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Normal service for a big truck virtually guarantees that it will feel and show the effects of age long before you're ready to deal it. That means even the cab of the truck is going to require a little maintenanc

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, 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, American Trucking Associations, U.S. DOT, U.S. Congress

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tech Report: Maintenance by the Number

By Jim Beach

TMC's codes provide universal language for all

Tags: Maintenance, Warranty, Software

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

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

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Small Fleet Software

By Jim Beach

For many small fleets, upgrading the shop with maintenance software is a big cost issue.

Tags: Fleet Management, Software, Maintenance

July 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

200,000-Mile Oil Changes?

By Jim Winsor, Executive Editor

Stevens Transport is closing in on 200,000-mile oil changes, using oil analysis and an on-board oil refiner system.

Tags: Maintenance, Oil Change

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

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