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A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.
Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles
By Jim Park
Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.
While remanufactured brakes have long been used by fleets, many are now including other remanufactured parts in their overall parts strategy. Photo courtesy of Bendix
The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review
By Denise Rondini
It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.
The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.
Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor
By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service
By Denise Rondini
Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.
Fleets need to do a risk-cost-benefit analysis when considering switching from branded to private label parts.
The Private Label Parts Equation
By Denise Rondini
With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?

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John Kemer
Bendix Names Kemer VP, General Manager, Valves and Modules
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems appointed John Kemer vice president and general manager, Valves and Modules. Kemer also becomes the newest member of the Bendix Leadership Committee and joins the two-person Controls Governance Board.
Gary Meteer of IHS Automotive, left, presents award to Pete Joy. Photo courtesy HDMA
Phillips Industries Rep Elected to HDA Hall of Fame
By Denise Rondini
LAS VEGAS -- Pete Joy, vice president of sales and marketing for Phillips Industries, was elected into the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Hall of Fame on the opening day of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.
Tim Meyers, president of Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products. Photo via Alcoa
HDMA Elects New Board Chairman for 2015
The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association named Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, as its chairman of the Board of Directors.
The SAF Holland parts on demand page. Courtesy of SAF Holland
SAF Holland Launches Online Parts Catalog
By Denise Rondini
The catalog contains 15 years of data about every product the company has sold. Distributors have access to 15,000 assembly numbers along with their respective component parts and exploded views.
Service is Key to Parts Industry, says MacKay President
By Denise Rondini
Saying that service is the key to the parts industry, Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co. focused on how changing service patterns are affecting the truck parts aftermarket.
Economy in Fourth Largest Expansion in Recent Times
By Denise Rondini
Speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas, Bob Dieli, founder of RDLB says the expansion is in it 67th month and is closing in on being longer than the November 2001 to December 2007 expansion, which lasted 73 months.
Meritor Announces Program to Support Soldiers
By Denise Rondini
LAS VEGAS -- Shoes for Soldiers is how Meritor is describing the effort it launched this week to help severely wounded, injured or ill veterans become leaders in business, government and their communities by contributing a percentage of its remanufactured brake shoe sales to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.
Meritor Expands Aftermarket Parts, Adds Independent Garage Program
LAS VEGAS -- Meritor announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it's expanding its air disc brake product line, expanding its Euclid-branded suspension product line, and will launch a network of Meritor-approved repair shops with independent service garages across the United States and Canada.
FleetPride Acquires Six Northeast Pardo's Locations
FleetPride Inc. has acquired six locations of Pardo’s Truck Service Parts Warehouse in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland markets.
Geoff Davis
The Three Big Problems for Business
By Denise Rondini
Regulation, litigation and taxation are three big issues faced by business, according to Geoff Davis, former Congressman and founding partner of Republic Consulting, speaking Monday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

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Dayco’s New Serpentine Belt is Thinner Dayco Products announced plans to release the Dayco Gold Label Asymmetrical Double Sided Belt, a new serpentine belt designed to meet demands on certain heavy-duty vehicles.
G392-UniCircle-retread. Two Goodyear Retreads Earn SmartWay Verification The G392S SSD and G394A SST wide-base retread products feature Goodyear’s UniCircle Technology.
Prestone Offers Command Testing Kit for Coolant, DEF Prestone Products Corp. announced it has heavy-duty test kits, test strips and a refractometer for antifreeze/coolant analysis, offering convenience in checking the status of protective fluids.
SKF Offers Extended Warranty on Wheel End Products SKF launched new premium wheel end system extended warranty packages with the SKF Trouble-Free Operation program for trailer OEM and retro fit markets.
Jost Selling Edbro Hydraulic Cylinders Jost International has added Edbro brand hydraulic cylinders to the company’s range of products.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understand the difference between OAT and N-OAT coolants
In the past, Fleet Managers faced a difficult choice when it came to coolant. With advances in organic chemistry in long-life coolants and the advent of test strips, Fleet Managers should have the confidence to go with an OAT Coolant.
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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