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This wheel is weeping but is essentially OK. Photo courtesy SKF
Tips for Checking Greased Wheel Ends
By Scott Simmonds, SKF
Maintenance tips to help achieve maximum service life for greased wheel ends, as well as several symptoms that may indicate potential problems down the road.
Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.
SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires
By Jim Park
A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?
Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.
Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires
By Jim Park
Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.
Photo via Haldex
A Step-by-Step Approach to Brake Maintenance
By Haldex
Taking shortcuts when doing a brake job can lead to problems such as uneven wear and substandard braking performance.
Photo courtesy of Bendix
Maintaining S-Cam Foundation Brakes
By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
S-cam drum brakes are a familiar sight to every wheel-end technician in the North American trucking industry. These preventive maintenance guidelines can elevate the effectiveness of regular brake jobs.

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Shell Updates its PC-11 Oil Website
Shell has refreshed its website with updated information about the upcoming diesel engine oil specifications.
Navistar to Offer Engine Reprogramming via Wi-Fi
International Truck announced it plans to offer “over-the-air” reprogramming of engine control modules for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 diesels.
Michelin X Multi Energy D Pre-Mold retread Image: Michelin
Michelin Rolls Out Regional Drive SmartWay-Verified Retread
The new Michelin X Multi Energy D Pre-Mold retread provides high mileage, fuel efficiency and scrub resistance for regional and super-regional applications, according to the tire maker.
Quality Tire Joins Michelin's Service Network
Quality Tire Company will join the Michelin Commercial Service Network. with four shops located in Utah and Montana.
Photo courtesy of MHC
Murphy-Hoffman Opens First TRP Parts Store
The facility bolsters MHC's offerings of aftermarket parts for all makes and models of trucks, trailers and buses.
Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.
Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks
Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.
Photo via Inland Truck Parts
Inland Truck Parts and Service Expands Fargo Facility
Inland Truck Parts & Service has expanded the capabilities of its Fargo, N.D., facility increasing the amount of service bays and adding Saturday hours.
Volvo Premium Maintenance Plans are pre-paid contracts that allow customers to select and customize coverage levels and lock in current parts and labor rates. Photo: Volvo
Volvo, Mack Offer Pre-Paid Maintenance Plans
Volvo and Mack are offering pre-paid preventative maintenance plans as an option for fleets looking to reduce operating costs.
Goodyear Expands Commercial Tire & Service Network
Goodyear Tire & Service Network has expanded with the opening of two new locations in Seattle, Wash., and Chesapeake, Va.
Alcoa Updates Wheel Service Manual
Alcoa will release the latest version of its Wheel Service Manual later this summer, the company announced.


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Davco Offers ShopPro FXP 95 Fuel Processor Davco updated its Shop Pro diesel fuel filter/water separators with the FXP 95, a higher-output version for use with high-pressure engine fuel systems.
True UV Light Kit Detects Refrigerant and Fluid Leaks The TP-8657HD Opti-Pro Plus/EZ-Ject Heavy Duty Kit from Tracer Products is a violet light LED leak detection kit that includes all necessary parts to pinpoint refrigerant and fluid leaks.
Gates Tool Inspects Serpentine Belts Gates Corporation’s Belt Wear Gauge is a handheld tool designed for serpentine belt inspection.
Esitronic Truck Scans Heavy Duty Trucks Bosch’s Esitronic Truck is a truck scanning tool that covers heavy- and medium-duty truck, engine, transmission and brake system combinations.
JPRO 2015 V2 Includes Detroit Diesel Module Noregon Systems JPRO Commercial Vehicle Diagnostics 2015 v2 is the latest update to the diagnostics software platform.
Learn How Micron Filtration Will Benefit Your Fleet
Learn more about a surprising new technology that can save you time and money on maintenance costs.
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.


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