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A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.
Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles
By Jim Park
Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.
Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.
9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance
By Denise Rondini
Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.
Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg
Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion
By Jim Park
If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.
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.

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A Look Into the Truck Parts Aftermarket
By Denise Rondini
Before you can talk about what’s occurring in the truck parts aftermarket, you need to first look at what happened with new truck sales in prior years. For instance, while the number of medium-duty trucks has stayed the same since 1994, the number of Class 8 trucks has nearly doubled in that time.
Service is Key to Parts Industry, says MacKay President
By Denise Rondini
Saying that service is the key to the parts industry, Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co. focused on how changing service patterns are affecting the truck parts aftermarket.
Meritor Expands Aftermarket Parts, Adds Independent Garage Program
LAS VEGAS -- Meritor announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it's expanding its air disc brake product line, expanding its Euclid-branded suspension product line, and will launch a network of Meritor-approved repair shops with independent service garages across the United States and Canada.
TMC to Hold Fuel Efficient Tire Discussion at Annual Meeting
Members of the Technology and Maintenance Council will discuss fuel efficient tires at the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Expo next month in Nashville,
Dayton's new website. via DaytonTruckTires.com
Bridgestone Unveils Dayton Commercial Tire Website
Bridgestone Commercial has designed and launched a new website for its Dayton line of commercial truck tires.
In 2014, the average price of a retreaded truck tire was $237.48. The average price of a new tire was $381.50. Graphic via MTD.
Replacement Truck Tire Demand Doubles
Compared with 2013, truck tire shipments in 2014 were up 1.6 million units, while the number of retreaded tires was up 800,000 units.
Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil
Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.
Photo via NTSB
NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving
By Deborah Lockridge
Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.
Photo: Fleet Enterprises
Fleet Enterprises to Expand Trailer Maintenance
A Midwest/Northeast mobile maintenance and repair company is turning to independent contractors to help it expand its trailer maintenance offerings.
NHTSA Officially OKs Non-Compliant Double Coin Tires
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officially notified CMA and Double Coin Holdings that Double Coin Tires missing a load rating sidewall marker are not a threat to vehicle safety.

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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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