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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?

Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals. Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies

By Jim Park

Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, ATIS, Tire Pressure, Tires

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 - WebXclusive

The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils

Kinematic viscosity is what you might envision when thinking of viscosity &amp;ndash; gravitational flow. But the new oils will meet viscosity standards measured at high temperatures/high shear conditions.

By Deborah Lockridge

Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Engines, Fuel Economy, GHG emissions, Engine oil, TMC, API

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Tags: OSHA, Goodyear, CSA, TMC, Tires, Wheels, IMI, Wheel refinishing, Maxion Wheel

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG emissions, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner&amp;rsquo;s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated transmissions, Detroit Connect

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Your Wheels On

A calibrated torque wrench is required to set the recommended torque on wheel fasteners. Over-torqueing with an impact wrench can stretch and weaken the studs.

By Jim Park

There’s no mystery to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents.

Tags: TMC, NTSB, Tires, Wheels, Accuride, Timken, Spicer, ConMet, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Wheel-offs

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Exactly Constitutes an Underinflated Truck Tire?

&quot;Underinflated&quot; isn&#39;t always this obvious. Enforcement officials are looking for a usable definition. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Jim Park

Why should we worry about defining underinflation? Because of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) enforcement program.

Tags: CSA, TMC, Tires, CVSA, Enforcement

December 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Diesels in Focus

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

SCR or EGR? Education and confrontation point the ways forward to meet the EPA 2010 emissions mandate.

Tags: ATA, SCR, TMC

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seeking the Super Techs

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

TMC's national competition elevates technicians, promotes technician career opportunities

Tags: TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

April 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Stocking The Global Garage: Cheaper Isn't Always Better

By Deborah Lockridge

It's quite possible that even when you're buying something that is "made in the USA," some piece of it came from overseas.

Tags: TMC, Parts, counterfeit goods, Global, Exports

June 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Testing Tires For Economy

By Evan Lockridge, Contributing Editor

New TMC recommended practice offers an easier way to evaluate fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: fuel efficiency, TMC, Tires

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking a Walkabout at TMC

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Wandering around the exhibits and demonstrations at TMC is like participating in time travel.

Tags: ATA, TMC

February 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Big Changes In 50 Years

By Jim Winsor, Executive Editor

Here's a nostalgic review of some of the names and brands that have come and gone over the past half century.

Tags: TMC, Powertrain

February 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

TMC Celebrates 50 years

By Jim Winsor, Executive Editor

Here are just a few of its many accomplishments, colorful characters and "war stories" from the early years.

Tags: TMC

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