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Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.
Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important
By Denise Rondini
Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.
Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park
Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs
By Jim Park
We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.
Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer at Chevron. Photo courtesy Chevron.
Q&A: New Committee Head Talks PC-11 Oil Category
By Deborah Lockridge
There's a new head of the committee developing the new heavy-duty engine oil classification, known as PC-11. HDT talked to Shawn Whitacre to find out what fleets need to know about the new oils.
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?

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Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.
Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets
A highway worker with the South Carolina Department of Transportation died when flood waters swept his truck away during heavy rains in the southeast on Oct. 4.
Dealers Focus on Uptime in ACT Seminar Panel
By Denise Rondini
In spite of all the changes that have occurred in the trucking industry, “fleets still want local support to keep trucks running,” according to Jim Maddox, dealer principal at Tri State Trucks. What are dealers doing about it?
Stemco Changes Brake Drum Color to Counter Fakes
Stemco has switched its Genuine CentriFuse brake drum product line to a new blue color to distinguish the products from fake overseas copies.
Technician Clinic to Focus on Axle Maintenance
The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will focus on axle maintenance during its 23rd Technician Training Clinic.
Eric Vos, 31, won TMC SuperTech's grand championship in testing this week near Orlando. He's standing with some of his tool prizes.  
FedEx Freight Technicians Win 1, 2, 3 at TMC SuperTech
By Tom Berg
Eric Vos, Brian Blevins and Josh Nordick helped FedEx Freight sweep the top three spots in the 11th annual TMC SuperTech Competition.
TMC Hears Ideas on How to Add Members, Activities
By Tom Berg
Online tech sessions and recruiting younger fleet managers are among suggestions gleaned from a recent survey of members and non-members of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.
Independent shops have seen limits in what they can do when it comes to today's heavily computerized vehicles. Photo courtesy Wheeltime Network
Landmark Agreement Addresses 'Right to Repair' for Commercial Vehicles
By Deborah Lockridge
The aftermarket repair industry and truck and engine makers have reached an agreement on the sharing of heavy-duty vehicle service information, which will give truck owners more options for diagnosing and repairing today's heavily computerized commercial vehicles.
PeopleNet Announces New Integrations
By Jim Beach
PeopleNet announced new Road Call integration features between its fleet management system and TMW’s TNT Fleet Maintenance software that automates the way drivers alert fleet managers and maintenance personnel of breakdowns.
Photo of Royal Mail vans via Wikipedia.
USPS Considers Euro Fleet Replacement Model
The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended four best practices and strategies for replacing vehicles based on a study of postal operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.
Inage via Shell 
Shell Updates its PC-11 Oil Website
Shell has refreshed its website with updated information about the upcoming diesel engine oil specifications.


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LED Flashlight Highlights A/C Leaks Tracerline’s Opti-Lux 365 is an LED leak detection flashlight that provides pure ultraviolet light for better fluorescent dye response.
Diesel Fuel Test Takes 20 Minutes Dieselcraft’s #OX-20 diesel fuel test is designed to test fuel for oxidation to prevent sludge buildup and other harmful substances.
Accuride App Displays Products and Information Accuride’s mobile app is a product search tool and information resource for the company’s wheel and wheel-end products.
Filtertherm Gen 2 Bakes Diesel Particulate Filters Diesel Emissions Service’s Filtertherm Generation 2 Thermal oven is a diesel particulate filter oven built specifically for baking DPFs.
Stemco App Designed as a Resource for Maintenance Staff Stemco has launched the Stemco Mobile app that is designed as a resource and reference guide for distributors, technicians, parts managers and fleet managers.
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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