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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.
The very pavement you drive upon is chewing away at your tires, mile after mile. Photo by Jim Park
When the Road Meets the Rubber
By Jim Park
Irregular or accelerated tire wear is annoying and expensive, but there's something else eating away at your expensive assets: the pavement itself.
The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the stratification shown here. 
Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean
By Deborah Lockridge
If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.
Commentary: Tracking Truck Health
By Denise Rondini
Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.
Retreading gives a second or even third life to a casing, increasing the payback on the initial investment.
Maintenance is Key To Retread Longevity
By Jim Park
TMC’s latest fleet tire survey shows retreaded tires are going longer and further than some may expect – but maintenance is the key.

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Truck Check Up Performs Diagnostics Analysis at the Pump
Noregon Systems’ Truck Check Up is an interactive, fuel-island based truck diagnostics station designed for use in heavy-duty trucks.
Stemco Acquires Goodyear Air Springs Business
Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, completed its previously announced acquisition of the maker of Goodyear air springs, as well as Super Cushion and Spring Ride air springs, from ContiTech, a division of Continental Corporation.
Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities. 
Terex Hosts Annual Service School for Mechanics and Technicians
Terex Utilities held its annual Service School from June 9-11 in Watertown, S.D., hosting 71 people representing 38 utility companies.
The Yokohama 101ZL Photo courtesy of Kenworth
Kenworth Offers Yokohama Tires on New Trucks
Kenworth is offering a selection of all-position Yokohama tires for Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty conventional trucks.
Photo courtesy of Kenworth.
11 Kenworth Truck Models Recalled
A recall covering nearly 105,000 Kenworth trucks will address the potential for water leaks that can lead to wiper motor malfunction and raise the risk of an electrical short.
BestDrive Adds Tire and Retread Outlet Near Detroit
BestDrive, a commercial tire retreader and distributor owned by Continental Tire, opened a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Taylor, Mich.
Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)
OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry
By Jim Beach
OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.
Chevron's Jim McGeehan Photo: Chevron
Chevron Oil Expert McGeehan to Retire
By David Cullen
Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.
Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.
Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year
By Paul Clinton
The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.
Photo left to right: Mark Willis – HDA Truck Pride, Bobby Willingham & Alan Davenport – owners of Davenport and Willingham, Edward Neeley – Truck Supply Company of South Carolina – sponsoring member. Photo: HDA Truck Pride
HDA Truck Pride Names Truck Service Expert of the Year
HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

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Air-Defense System Filters Debris For Air Brakes Phillips Industries has introduced the Air-Defense System trailer brake in-line filtration system designed to trap debris before entering air lines or brake components.
Kiene Clutch Brake Remover Replaces Torch Method The Kiene Diesel K-1360 one-piece clutch brake remover is a tool designed for removing a one-piece clutch brake.
Cummins QuickServe Online App Available for Android Cummins released an Android version of its free QuickServe Online (QSOL) mobile app, which offers information on fault codes, parts options and more.
SAF-Holland's ULX40 Trailer Suspension Uses Composite Springs Citing a trend away from air-ride and toward mechanical trailer suspensions, SAF-Holland has introduced an integrated suspension-axle-brake product it says is the first of its kind.
Tracerline's UV Flashlight Detects Leaks The Tracerline Opti-Pro Max is a cordless True UV LED leak-detection flashlight for spotting leaks in fleet vehicles.
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Reduce Engine Wear By 70% with Micron Filtration
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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