Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon
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.
Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines
There are few prescribed maintenance procedures for exhaust gas recirculation systems, but a watchful eye can prevent a small problem from getting worse.
While most of the early problems have been engineered out of the exhaust gas recirculation systems on today’s clean diesel engines, corroded coolers, stuck valves and other problems still plague owners of older equipment.
Commentary: Getting Ready For Discs
Air disc brakes are a small portion of the market – so far. It’s a good time to learn about ADB maintenance.
Have you been avoiding spec’ing your vehicles with air disc brakes because you think they are not seeing widespread use or because you have concerns about the cost of maintaining them? Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini says you may be surprised.
Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)
Steel truck wheels can be refinished for about a quarter of the cost of new wheels, adding many years to the wheel’s life expectancy. (We have changed references to the thickness of the coating, erroneously noted in 'millimeters.' The correct reference should have been mils, or thousandths of an inch, i.e., .003. We apologize for the confusion.)
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.
Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy
Remanufactured parts provide another option in your search for replacement parts.
While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.