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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.
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.

Maintenance News

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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.
Cummins Details Diagnostic Application
Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system.
From left, Jim Park, awards committee chairman, presents the award to Josh Carter, Aperia's CEO, and Brandon Richardson, chief technology officer. 
Halo Tire Inflator Wins TWNA Tech Achievement Award
The device was proved effective in track testing in Canada last year and is in use by numerous fleets, members of the awards committee found in pre-selection research.
Kevin Tomlinson, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer. Photo: Jim Park
TMC Elects New General Chairman
The Technology and Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations elected Kevin Tomlinson as its 2015-2016 general chairman and treasurer.
New Shell Website Explains Upcoming Oil Category
Shell Rotella has a new website, WhatisPC11.com, to help educate people about the next generation of diesel engine oils known as API Proposed Category 11 (PC-11).
Ryder has CNG and LNG vehicles deployed in customer fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. Photo courtesy Ryder.
Ryder Training All Its Technicians on NGV Maintenance
Ryder System has launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its North American maintenance network.
Accumulations of snow in the city core were around 2-3 inches, but that was on top of at least an inch of ice. Photo by Jim Park
TMC Meeting Attendees Battle Winter Storm
By Jim Park
A near-record setting winter storm brought below-zero temperatures and 6 inches of snow to Nashville, Tennessee, site of the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting.
Meritor Previews Inflation System for Tractors
By Jim Park
The Meritor booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council's 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition has been humming this week with word of a new inflation system for tractors.
Volvo Trucks’ new recommended maintenance intervals for model year 2011 and newer trucks with Volvo engines could eliminate four to 16 oil drains over a 600,000-mile life of a truck, depending on duty cycle. Photo courtesy Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Trucks Increases Maintenance Intervals for Engine Oil, DPFs
Volvo Trucks in North America extended its recommended maintenance intervals for diesel engine oil and diesel particulate filters on all model year 2011 and newer Volvo trucks equipped with Volvo’s D11, D13 or D16 engines.

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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.
Shell Offers Nitrite-Free Extended-Life Coolant The new Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant - Nitrite Free (ELC NF) is designed to better protect aluminum components in today's hotter-running engines.
New Lube Filter for ISX15 Addresses Changes in Engine Design and Oils Cummins Filtration says its new Fleetguard lube filter is the first to use a patented nanotechnology based synthetic media originally developed for fuel filters.
Dana Delivers Web-Based Training to Clarify Downspeeding Dana's new online course will delve into the basic principles, benefits, and challenges associated with engine downspeeding. It also provides a one-stop source for key drivetrain system knowledge, individual component specifications, literature, videos, images, service bulletins, and parts books.
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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