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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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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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