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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.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service
By Denise Rondini
Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.
This 14-year-old Heil pneumatic tanker owned by South Shore Transportation in Ohio runs only about 150 miles a day, and its air springs finally needed replacement last month. All four bags were changed out. 
Is There A Set Time to Change Air Springs?
By Tom Berg
Type of service and wear, along with road damage, tend to establish any schedule, if that’s possible.
Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.
Getting the Most Out of Your Tire Program
By Jim Park
What to track in a tire program to make sure you’re getting the most out of every day they spend on the road.

Products

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Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30 Designed for Fuel Economy Chevron’s new heavy-duty motor oil, Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30, was designed to improve fuel economy in heavy-duty diesel trucks in both on- and off-highway applications.
Dana Expands Warranty Options For Drive Axle Dana Holding Corporation announced that it has broadened the Extended Protection Plan for drive axles in on-highway linehaul applications. The changes to the warranty are available to customers in both the U.S. and Canada.
Noregon Updates Vehicle Diagnostics Software Noregon Systems released JPRO Commercial Vehicle Diagnostics 2014 v2 software with updated features. The new features will be on all new copies of the software and current JPRO license holders are able to update their version.
Cyclo’s PermaStop Repairs Coolant Leaks Cyclo’s PermaStop is a one-step cooling system repair solution that the company says can permanently stop a leak within a minute.
Mike Cerilli, vice president and general manager, OnCommand Connection. Photo by Evan Lockridge Navistar Enhances OnCommand Connection SAN DIEGO – Navistar announced several new OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics features at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition.
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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