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Vehicle Repairs

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line

As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians. Photo: 3M

By Jack Roberts

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Repairs, Managing the Shop, Downtime, Return on Investment

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets Are Looking to Outsource Maintenance and Repairs

Gerry Mead, center, former senior VP of maintenance for U.S. Xpress and now with Phillips Industries, and Ernie Sibbick, right, maintenance supervisor at Keith Hall & Sons Transport, discuss the parts and service needs of today's fleets. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Denise Rondini

Fleets say they want to outsource more of their maintenance and repair, but continue to do much of it in-house as they try to find service providers that can meet their needs.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Outsourcing, Vehicle Repairs, Technician Training, Technicians, HDAW, HDAD

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Mistakes to Avoid for Smooth Roadside Repairs

Having the right information helps determine if a technician with tools should be sent to the site of the repair or if a tow truck is needed. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

Even with the greatest preventive maintenance programs, you still are going to have some failures.Yet not all fleets do a good job of managing the breakdown process. Here’s a look at common mistakes fleets make when it comes to emergency roadside service.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Repairs, Downtime

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Fleet's Role in Strengthening the Repair Chain

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

No matter how many parts a fleet buys from Amazon, it still is going to need local support, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, Amazon.com

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tried and True Tire Repairs

The first, and most crucial step in any tire repair process is to completely remove any foreign material from the damaged area. Photos: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

Smart fleet managers understand that wringing every possible mile from a truck tire saves money. Which means that getting tires fixed properly after failures do occur is vital for both vehicle productivity and fleet profitability.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Tires, Leak

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Time to Focus on Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It doesn’t matter how quickly a technician diagnoses a problem; the repair will be put on hold without the right parts.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A New View of Truck Repair

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While truck dealers and other service providers may not be able to do anything to fix the driver shortage, they can play a big role in helping keep trucks on the road longer, which can reduce the need for additional drivers.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, ACT Research, Technicians, Uptime

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

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preventing Trailer Corrosion: Spec'ing To Cope

By Tom Berg

Tips to consider about road-deicidng chemicals when ordering new trucks

Tags: Spec'ing, Vehicle Repairs, Corrosion

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, Vehicle Repairs

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