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Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping. 
Working With Your Tire Provider
By Jim Park
Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?
TMC Survey Reveals Misinformed View of Fuel-Efficient Tires
By Jim Park
Do the fuel savings of low-rolling-resistance tires outweigh the assumed shorter miles-to-removal? A TMC survey found a disturbing lack of knowledge among members about their own fleet operations.
Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.
5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity
By Denise Rondini
Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional
By Rolf Lockwood
Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.
MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation. 
Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends
By Tom Berg
Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

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XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks
Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup
Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.
The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth
Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools
Kenworth announced its new Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network
Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.
Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.
Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair
General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.
MackTrucks said it has extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack diesel engines. Photo: Mack
Mack Increases Service Intervals
Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.
Photo: Ryder
Ryder Opens NGV Maintenance Facility in Calif.
Ryder System has opened a natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to provide vehicle maintenance for Ryder lease and rental customers, mobile maintenance, and a 20-minute rental service guarantee, along with on-site diesel fueling.
Rick Phillips. Photo courtesy Yokohama.
Q&A: Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Truck Tires
How is the booming truck market affecting commercial tire sales? Yokohama's Rick Phillips answers this question and more in this Q&A.
Photo: Mack Trucks
Mack's GuardDog Connect Monitors mDrive Transmissions
Mack Trucks will be using its Mack GuardDog Connect integrated telematics system to monitor critical fault codes for trucks equipped with Mack mDrive automated manual transmissions.
Photo: Rush Enterprises
Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility
Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.
TravelCenters Opens Two Petro Service Facilities
TravelCenters of America has opened Petro: Lube Truck Service facilities at Petro locations in Napoleon, Ohio and Wells, Nev.

Products

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SkyBitz Delivers Tire Warnings for PSI This mutual program from SkyBitz and PSI provides fleet managers real-time alerts of tire faults to enable prompt maintenance.
BlueTork Nutrunner Tightens Without Impact Force Chicago Pneumatic's BlueTork CP7600 nutrunner is a tool designed to tighten wheel nuts to a precise specification without using impact force.
Mitchell 1 Releases TruckSeries Suite for Technicians Mitchell 1's TruckSeries upgrades existing software that provides labor estimating, diagnostic trouble code procedures and repair information for Class 4-8 trucks.
Rapid Check Speeds Up Diagnostic Process Peterbilt launched the Rapid Check service program to provide diagnostics and an estimate of repairs in two hours or less.
Spicer Drive Axle Lubricant Made for Fuel Efficiency The Spicer XFE 75W-90 axle lubricant is a synthetic gear oil designed to improve fuel economy in high-efficiency drivetrains.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
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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