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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.
The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.
Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor
By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.
Saving Amps & Money
By Stephane Babcock
Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.
Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)
Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation
By Jim Park
We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.
A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker’s interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it’s likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage.   
Avoiding Damage From Aggressive Cargoes
By Tom Berg
The Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers.

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Recovery Charger Handles 6 Batteries At Once PulseTech introduced the SC-6, a heavy duty recovery charger that recovers, charges, and desulfates up to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time.
Minimizer’s 18-inch Toolbox Designed for Tight Spaces Minimizer introduced an 18-inch poly toolbox designed to fit into many tight places on a truck or truck chassis. The toolbox allows for different applications on truck, trailer and off-highway vehicles.
Duron Low-Viscosity Engine Oil Promises Fuel Economy Petro-Canada Lubricants released the Duron-E UHP 5W-30 full synthetic, low viscosity oil for heavy duty diesel engines. The heavy duty diesel engine oil delivers better engine protection and better fuel economy.
Prestone Offers Command Testing Kit for Coolant, DEF Prestone Products Corp. announced it has heavy-duty test kits, test strips and a refractometer for antifreeze/coolant analysis, offering convenience in checking the status of protective fluids.
PC2-rated Single-LED Lamps New ¾-inch Permalite XT round LED marker/clearance lights are PC2 rated, meaning they are visible from up to a 90-degree angle. They are meant for vehicles over 80 inches wide.
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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