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February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Getting Ready For Discs

By Denise Rondini

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.

Tags: In the Shop, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, Meritor, Aftermarket, Brakes

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifting Up Your Shop

There’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to shop lifts. This Skylift from Stertil-Koni is a heavy-duty platform lift that provides a clear floor concept for the user.

By Denise Rondini

Whether you have lifts in your shop or not, there are some factors to consider before purchasing a lift or when determining whether the lift you have is right for your needs.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Aftermarket, In the Shop

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The High-Tech Shop

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

By Jim Beach

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Tags: Technology, Arsenault Associates, Mitchell 1, Zonar, In the Shop, TMW, Omnitracs

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading Wide-base Tires

Most fleets could get a good trailer tire out of a third-generation retreaded tire.

By Jim Park

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

Tags: Wheels, In the Shop, Retreads, Wide-Base Tires

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investing in Technician Training

Everyone has time and budget constraints these days, so your plan to create a useful training program have to be realistic.

By Rolf Lockwood and Deborah Lockridge

The nearly 200 technicians who work for Inland Truck Parts at its locations in 10 states across the central U.S. can now heading to the Kansas City area to train in a new, dedicated training facility, complete with classroom space for nearly 100 students, three service bays and nine rebuilding benches.

Tags: In the Shop, Technician Training

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel-End Problems: Beyond the Obvious

Customers complaining that bad tires are suffering irregular wear? The problem may lie somewhere in the wheel-end. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

Wheel-ends function as a system: the spindle, hub, and rim (or wheel), as well as the bearings and the fasteners, all work in concert to keep the wheels in place and the tires running straight and true. If one part of the system is out of whack, the results will be seen and felt elsewhere in the system - usually at the tires themselves.

Tags: In the Shop, Tires, Wheels

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jim Beach

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

Tags: Information Technology, In the Shop, Distributors

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Make certain that all lifts are subject to a regular program of scheduled maintenance.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety, In the Shop, Shop Tools, Stertil-Koni

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rotary Lift Spotline Laser Spotting Guide Now Available for All Vehicle Lifts

Now, owners of any brand of vehicle lift can add Spotline to the bay, thanks to a new retrofit kit that makes the laser spotting guide compatible with most in-ground and surface lifts

Tags: In the Shop

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gabriel Now Directly Distributes to Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Suppliers and Distributors

The Original Gabriel announced that it is now distributing its Fleetline and GasSLX products directly to heavy-duty aftermarket suppliers and distributors

Tags: In the Shop

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Business Case for Synthetic Lubes

By Jim Park

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals. But if that's the only selling point you're using for synthetic lubes, it may be time for some consumer education

Tags: In the Shop, Engine Oil, Maintenance, Aftermarket, API, Lubricants

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does the MIL Lamp Spell Aftermarket Opportunity?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Your customers are going to be seeing a lot more of that ubiquitous yellow engine-shaped icon on their dashboard with the latest model trucks.

Tags: In the Shop, EPA, Diagnostics

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rush Truck Centers Technicians Test Skills in Rodeo

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

SAN ANTONIO -- Almost 100 truck technicians from across the Rush Truck Centers dealer chain are gathered in San Antonio, Texas, this week to test their skill levels against their peers

Tags: In the Shop, Dealers, Rush

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Problems Spell Aftermarket Opportunity

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor, and Tom Berg, Senior Editor

You don't have to go far to find a fleet having trouble with engines, spelling opportunities for aftermarket parts and service. In its 2012 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study, J.D. Power and Associates found 46% of owners of one-model-year-old engines experienced some type of engine-related problem, up from 42% in 2011

Tags: In the Shop, Engines

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintenance Tips for Air and Fuel Systems

There's been a lot of attention paid lately to engine problems driven by new, more complex equipment developed to meet emissions regulations. Sometimes the most basic systems get overlooked because they aren't part of the new technology-driven dynamic.

Tags: In the Shop, Engines

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Engine Problems Decrease, Downtime Increases

Hino engines rank highest in customer satisfaction for a fifth consecutive year.

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Tags: In the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Understanding Wheels and Torque

What do a pregnant woman from Maryland, a 48-year-old man from Ontario, and a driver in Seattle have in common? They are all victims of truck wheel-off incidents - a truck wheel flew off on the highway and struck their vehicles, in one case fatally

Tags: In the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket: Today's Trucks Demand More from Filters

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

If you have customers who think a filter's a filter, you've got an opportunity to educate them about why today's high-tech engines need a correspondingly sophisticated filtration system. For instance, take the plunger out of a fuel injector from one of today's diesel engines and hold it in your hand. The warmth of your hand will make the metal expand so you can't get the plunger back inside the barrel

Tags: In the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Customers: Give 'em What they Want

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

A few three-martini lunches and a hunting trip won't hurt your chances of keeping a good customer, but it will take more than a few perks to keep today's fleets coming back

Tags: In the Shop

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Service Providers Can Help Customers Over CSA Hurdles

Building a PM program and tracking maintenance records brings expertise to your small fleet customers that they may not have internally.

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

With 514,000 carriers running 9 million trucks and buses to contend with, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has had to develop a more effective way of tracking safety violations. It's called CSA, short for "Compliance, Safety, Accountability.

Tags: In the Shop

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stronger Brakes on Class 8 Rigs Require Distributors to Learn About and Stock New Parts

New braking rules require shorter panic stops, but the resulting stronger brakes will have otehr benefits like increased fade resistance on long downgrades.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. since Aug. 1 are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built earlier. It's due to a change in government stopping distance requirement

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Trojan heavy-duty starting battery Trojan's TransPower ST1000 high-performance AGM 31 heavy-duty starting batter

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Aftermarket Products Honored

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake's Versadjuster is one of the Top 5 products selected.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal's Top 5 products were selected by the editors from new product announcements published in HDAJ during 2010

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Eaton Launches EverTough Eaton launched a new brand of drivetrain components, called EverTough, engineered specifically for the aftermarket with a new line of heavy-duty clutches

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer vs. Distributor

Karon and Calbi agreed that a national network is an important dealer advantage -- one distributors need to come together to address.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In a standing-room only session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in January, a panel discussion duked it out between the views of the dealer and the independent aftermarket distributor

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beyond R-134a: What's Next for Mobile A/C Refrigerants?

(Above) The receiver-dryer's moisture indicator gives a quick visual cue about the refrigerants's condition. (Below) When a compressor overheats, the rubber end-caps can melt right off (right).

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final approval of HFO-1234yf as a refrigerant for air conditioners in new cars and light trucks

Tags: In the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Allison TC10 to aim at road tractor market Allison's TC10 transmission combines a torque converter with a sophisticated 10-speed mechanical gearbo

Tags: In the Shop

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Risks of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Blends

When the temperatures warm up, it's a good time to bone up on the dangers associated with hydrocarbon refrigerants being sold as cheap substitutes for R-134a and R-12

Tags: In the Shop

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday weather elements

Tags: In the Shop

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Problems At The Wheel Ends Can Cause Irregular Tire Wear And Premature Failure

By Jim Park • Equipment Editor

From HDAJ's sister publication, Heavy Duty Trucking. We focus on tires here, mostly, but wheels and hubs, and the other gear that attaches tires to trucks, deserve attention too

Tags: In the Shop

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires? They Are Only One Part Of A Rotating Assembly.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

From HDAJ's sister publication, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels. You can just watch the eyeballs rolling backward in their sockets

Tags: In the Shop

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Know Your Parts

"Parts is parts" was a funny slogan to describe chicken nuggets, but when it comes to vehicle safety, it's no laughing matter

Tags: In the Shop

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wired For Profit: Today's Electrical Systems

A cut here, a splice there: Today's complex electrical systems won't tolerate jury-rigged repair jobs. There are fewer and fewer user-serviceable systems on trucks. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nowhere better does that expression resonate than with heavy truck electrical systems

Tags: In the Shop

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

APU Maintenance

Someday soon, truckstops will be silent, thanks to on-board, engine-off climate control. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

No-idle climate-control systems are here to stay after years of sluggish growth and slow market acceptance

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters may offer distributors a service opportunity. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Every truck manufactured with a 2007 and later diesel engine is equipped with a diesel particulate filter. Many bus fleets started using them in 2005. There are something like 2 million DPFs, as they're called, in North America already

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Managing Shop Waste

Have you looked in your shop's trash lately? If it's like a lot of shops, you may find aerosol cans, mud flaps, truck batteries, rechargeable flashligh

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automatic Brake Adjusters: First Line Of Defense

Maintenance and repair of brakes has always been a vital, and sometimes overlooked, part of a heavy-duty PM program

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC: Not Just For Fleets

How well do you know your customers? Do you know the superficial stuff, like their birthday or which sports team they follow

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine of Opportunity

Opportunities abound in fixing gremlins on engines from previous emissions mandates. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There have been an unprecedented number of changes and new technologies over the last few years as engine manufacturers struggled to meet the mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency's emission regulation

Tags: In the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Leveling the Playing Field: Latest in Diagnostics

The pro-link iQ from Nexiq presents information in a highly intuitive fashion, using a graphic user interface and an easy-to-use touch screen.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If the heavy-duty independent repair community is going to hold its own against original equipment franchised dealers, it is going to need two thing

Tags: In the Shop

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