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Corrosion wreaks havoc on big robust connectors like this. What do you think happens in systems that need to detect changes of mere millivolts?
How Corrosion Causes Electrical Problems
By Jim Park
Almost every electrical or electronic problem with trucks today can be traced back to one single source: corrosion-induced voltage irregularities.
Speed is a tire and fuel-economy killer. Photo by Jim Park
5 Ways to Extend Tire Life and Improve Fuel Economy
By Jim Park
Fuel efficiency and tread mileage go hand in hand. Here's one of those rare opportunities to whack two birds with one stone. By following these five easy steps, you can improve your tread life as well as your fuel economy.
Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg
Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life
By Tom Berg
Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.
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.

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Freightliner Adds Yokohama Tires to Truck Ordering
Freightliner will begin offering Yokohama truck tires as part of the ordering process on its medium- and heavy-duty trucks, the tire maker has announced.
Dossier Updated With Cloud Services
Dossier Systems has announced the release of Dossier v.6.4, the latest version of the software with cloud-based features.
Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.
Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away
Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.
The Rihm Parts and Service facility in St. Elmo, Minn. Photo: Rihm Kenworth
Rihm Kenworth Expands to Twin Cities Region
Rihm Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Lake Elmo, Minn., to provide expanded service support to customers and truck operators in the Twin Cities metro area.
Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website
Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.
Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties
Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.
Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs
By Jim Park
Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.
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 will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.
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.

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TPMS+ Has Bright, Capable 'Pulse' Display The screen features a quick-glance alert notice and allows users to customize their screens by prioritizing alerts and information displays.
Optimax 365 Uses UV Light for Leak Detection The Tracerline Optimax 365 is a cordless, rechargeable UV leak detection flashlight featuring ultra-high-flux LED technology.
Light Monitoring System Cuts Down on Violations The Phillips Industries LITE-SENTRY is a trailer-chassis light monitoring system that alerts a driver when a light has gone out on a trailer.
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.
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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