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Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.
Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse
By Tom Berg
Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.
By the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It’s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.
What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them
By Jim Park
Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.
Photo via Ryder System. 
Winter Truck Maintenance Tips
By Mel Kirk, Ryder System
Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running.
Inspecting Your Tires
By Pressure Systems International
Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear.
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.

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Two Post Lift Made For High Roof Vans Rotary Lift has released the SPO12 two-post lift designed to accommodate high roof commercial vans with an extended height option. The extended height option increases the lifts overall height by three feet.
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.
Touch Screen Console Controls Mobile Column Lifts Stertil-Koni released the ebright Smart Control System touch screen console for its wireless mobile column lifts. The console is designed to provide maximum visual information about the lifting process while being intuitive to use.
Arrow Logger Simplifies Brake Adjustment The new Arrow Logger from Spectra Products works together with the company's Brake Safe visual brake-stroke indicator to improve and simplify brake-adjustment inspection.
Wix Releases Water Absorber for Hydraulic Oil Wix Filters has launched a new proactive molecular hydraulic oil water absorber that offers ongoing protection from all forms of water including bound, free and emulsified.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Have You Checked Your Brakes Today?
In order to properly inspect and maintain air brakes, it is important to have a basic understanding of how air brakes function. J.J. Keller's Tom Bray explains how they work and what can go wrong.
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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