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Preventive Maintenance

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Coolant Confusion Crisis

Coolants are the least understood fluid in a heavy duty truck engine today. But a little attention to them can avert serious problems for your fleet. Photos: Prestone

By Jack Roberts

Many fleet managers today have no idea what coolants are in their trucks — or even what coolants are supposed to be in them. Here’s how suppliers are working to correct that problem.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Prestone, Heavy Duty Coolants

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Uptime

While the complexity is increasing, the reliability of the current generation of trucks and engines is the best we’ve seen in several years. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We’re doing a better job at keeping trucks out of the shop and out on the road earning money, but it’s been a long, steep learning curve. These fleets find the key to increasing uptime is to make the most of their downtime.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Uptime, Repair Shops

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Your Electrical Maintenance Doing the Job?

It’s a thankless and time-consuming job, but basic electrical maintenance requires a high level of discipline and the willingness to follow procedure. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Electrical problems will bring a truck to its knees, no matter how humble the source of the problem. Prevention begins with proper maintenance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Technicians, Electrical System

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Be Proactive With Tank Corrosion Prevention

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Del Williams

In truck, rail tankers and beyond, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics can stop corrosion, improve safety, extend equipment life and minimize maintenance and downtime.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Tankers

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

8 Steps to Better MPG Through Maintenance

Proper alignment is an often-overlooked maintenance task that can have a significant effect on fuel economy. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Deborah Lockridge

We asked leading fleet maintenance managers and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency for tips on how preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Fuel Economy, Technicians, Repair Shops

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the “wheel man” at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Wheel Separations, Tires and Wheels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Today’s Trailer Landing Gear

Rust and corrosion are not just a problem for the exterior, it can also creep into the interior parts, which is why it’s important to ensure that all components are kept greased and free of moisture and corrosive chlorides. Photo: Jost International

By Stephane Babcock

Landing gear can make a driver’s job that much easier at the beginning and end of a haul, depending on how well the components are protected and how well they work together.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Landing Gear

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Winter

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

As temperatures dip and the leaves change from green to yellow and red, it’s time to think about winterizing your trucks for the siege ahead.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Winter, COOLANT

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Step-by-Step Approach to Brake Maintenance

Photo via Haldex

By Haldex

Taking shortcuts when doing a brake job can lead to problems such as uneven wear and substandard braking performance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Brakes, Haldex

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Maintaining S-Cam Foundation Brakes

Photo courtesy of Bendix

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

S-cam drum brakes are a familiar sight to every wheel-end technician in the North American trucking industry. These preventive maintenance guidelines can elevate the effectiveness of regular brake jobs.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Brakes, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance

Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.

By Denise Rondini

Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Lubricants, Tire Pressure

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Winter Truck Maintenance Tips

Photo via Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Ryder System, Winter, Weather

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Avoiding Damage From Aggressive Cargoes

A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker’s interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it’s likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage.

By Tom Berg

The Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Tankers

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

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Seasonal Preventive Maintenance for Fifth Wheels

By SAF-Holland

Routine periodic maintenance and lubrication are a necessary part of your fifth wheel’s service life.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland, Preventive Maintenance

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Steps To Keep Tires Rolling

By Evan Lockridge, Contributing Editor

Tire problems account for half of roadside breakdowns. A well-run inspection program will save time and money.

Tags: Tires, breakdowns, Downtime, Preventive Maintenance, Inspections

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

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