Maintenance

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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.

By Jim Park

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

Tags: Tire Costs, Tires, Tire Inflation

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.

By Kate Harlow

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Mac Trailer, Vinyl Graphics, Refurbished trailers, VSP, Schneider Graphics, Fontaine Renew, Conway Manufacturing

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

A sensor-switch in the door header can be tricked with a magnet, telling a reefer’s electronic controls the doors are closed and allowing the unit to run. So K&J managers use tracking to determine what the rig’s really doing.

By Tom Berg

Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Carrier Transicold, Blue Tree Systems, Once Around the Yard, K&J Trucking

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LEDs Light the Way

Freightliner’s Cascadia is standard with custom-fit LED lamps.  Truck-Lite is also making LEDs for International’s ProStar and Volvo’s VNL.

By Tom Berg

If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better that some truck operators stopped using auxiliary fog and driving lights. A more recent step up was projector-beam lamps, whose optics better aim the lumens from halogen bulbs and even more effectively light the way for drivers.

Tags: Volvo, Navistar, Freightliner, Optronics, Trucklite, LEDs, J.W. Speaker

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Wheels, Wheel-offs, Technicians

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?

Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals. Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies

By Jim Park

Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, ATIS, Tire Pressure, Tires

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix: Strong Friction, Protective Coating Help Combat Rust Jacking in Brakes

Choosing high-quality friction materials can help combat rust jacking, according to Bendix.

By Truckinginfo Staff

As winter winds down across North America, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake reminds fleets and drivers readying for springtime brake maintenance to fight rust jacking on two fronts.

Tags: Corrosion, Brakes, Winter, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mobilizing Best Practices in Fleet Maintenance

By Greg Wilson, GE Capital Fleet Services

Maintaining a mobile maintenance program adds another layer of complexity into the traditional maintenance program mix. It's hard for many fleets to scale their internal processes to ensure remote assets are being repaired and maintained via the same best practices that are afforded to their on-site vehicles.

Tags: Maintenance, GE Capital Fleet Services

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Maintenance Mistakes

Drivers need to be trained to distinguish when a fault code means the truck needs to be brought in immediately and when it is okay to wait for the next scheduled maintenance appointment.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.

Tags: Maintenance, CSA, Aftermarket, Ryder Systems, Decisiv, Preventative Maintenance, VMRS, W.W. Williams

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

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By Jane Clark, NationaLease

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, Aftermarket Parts, TMC, Aftermarket, NationaLease

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils

Kinematic viscosity is what you might envision when thinking of viscosity &amp;ndash; gravitational flow. But the new oils will meet viscosity standards measured at high temperatures/high shear conditions.

By Deborah Lockridge

Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Engines, Fuel Economy, GHG emissions, Engine oil, TMC, API

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Top 3 Ways to Preserve Tire Life (And Value)

Even the best tires money can buy will profit from a little help. Basic maintenance can prolong tire life, sometimes dramatically.

By Jim Park

Still waiting for the million-mile tire? Don’t hold your breath, but we’ll probably see such a tire in our lifetime. For now, you’ll have to settle for half a million miles.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, NFI, Retreads, Tires and Wheels, Air Products & Chemicals Inc., Tire Inflation, Load & Inflation Tables, Tire Pressure, Equal, Magnum, Centramatic, International Marketing Inc.

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making the Case for Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

Premium all-position tires offer reduced rolling resistance through ribbed tread patterns and shallow grooves.

By Jim Park

How do you explain to the boss that the tires you want to buy are going to cost more up front but run fewer miles? You can explain they will save money on fuel, but then she's going to want numbers.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.

Tags: Maintenance, Dealers

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance

New diesel emissions technologies, as well as upcoming greenhouse gas 2014 compliant engines, are anticipated to increase maintenance costs.

By Sean Lyden

A lot has happened since 2007 to impact medium-duty truck maintenance costs and protocols — for better and for worse.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, SCR, GHG, DPF

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines

EGR valves live in a very hostile environment.

By Jim Park

While most of the early problems have been engineered out of the exhaust gas recirculation systems on today’s clean diesel engines, corroded coolers, stuck valves and other problems still plague owners of older equipment.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo, Cummins, Navistar, Detroit Diesel, SCR, EGR, EPA, Mack, DPF

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Retreaded Tires Gaining Market Share over Replacements?

The gap between new replacement tires retread tires is narrowing despite price hikes for retreads.

By Jim Park

The last time retread tires outsold replacement truck tires was 2009. Before that, it was 2004. Tire market data from 2013, published by our sister publication, Modern Tire Dealer, shows replacement tires outsold retreads last year, but by a thinning margin. That leads us to the question, is a five-year cycle about to repeat itself?

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Getting Ready For Discs

By Denise Rondini

Have you been avoiding spec’ing your vehicles with air disc brakes because you think they are not seeing widespread use or because you have concerns about the cost of maintaining them? Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini says you may be surprised.

Tags: In the Shop, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, Meritor, Aftermarket, Brakes

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Tags: OSHA, Goodyear, CSA, TMC, Tires, Wheels, IMI, Wheel refinishing, Maxion Wheel

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking the Costs Out

Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar&amp;rsquo;s EVIR help fleets control the maintenance part of its costs-per-mile.

By Jim Beach

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, NexTraq, Zonar, TMW Systems, Decisiv, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, McLeod Software, Paragon Software Systems, E-logs

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

By Tom Berg

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

Tags: Truck Country, Used Trucks, Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions, EPA, Glider Kits, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Clarke Power Services, NationaLease, Ryder, Penske, IdeaLease, Paclease

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy

Used compressors are disassembled and inspected at the Bendix remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Ind.

By Denise Rondini

While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.

Tags: Eaton, Volvo Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Remanufactured Parts, TMD Friction, CTDI

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Seasonal Preventive Maintenance for Fifth Wheels

By SAF-Holland

Routine periodic maintenance and lubrication are a necessary part of your fifth wheel’s service life.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland, Preventive Maintenance

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What's this Cold Weather Doing to Your Tire Pressure? (updated)

Big changes in ambient temperature will affect tire inflation pressure. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Here's one more reason to fear the dreaded Arctic Vortex: It plays havoc with tire pressure. If you're based in North Dakota and your trucks never travel too far south or west, there's hardly anything to worry about. San Diego-based fleets running up into the Midwest and the Dakotas or vice versa could have a problem.

Tags: TPMS, ATIS, Tires

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Pintle Hook Inspection Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for inspecting a rigid-mount, air cushioned pintle hook, primarily used for double and triple trailer configurations using converter dollies, as well as straight trucks such as dumps that pull rigid tongue equipment trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Pintle hook, Tech Tip

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Maintaining Antifreeze/Coolant Will Help You Survive Extreme Winter Cold

Improper maintenance of a heavy duty coolant system can create cavitation pitting. If engine metals lack proper protection, the damage can affect the entire coolant system and engine operation.

By Colin Dilley, Prestone Technology Center

The wrath of winter’s impact on heavy-duty diesel engines across North America has been thoroughly tested so far this year. For many of those stranded during the winter cold snap, it was decisions made about what to do (or what not to do) with their antifreeze/coolant systems that may have sealed their fate.

Tags: Maintenance, Prestone, Coolant, Antifreeze, Cooling Systems

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mismatching Dual Tires: A Sure-Fire Way to Kill Two Tires at Once

Mismatched tire sizes means the shorter tire is chasing the taller tire down the road, and scrubbing away value with every mile.

By Jim Park

As tire costs continue to rise, it will become harder to ignore even seemly insignificant problems, like mounting two tires of different diameter in the same dual assembly. Lack of attention can strip thousands of miles from even scabby old trailer tires, and increase the risk of a mission-crippling blowout.

Tags: IPA, Dual-Dynamics, Link Manufacturing, MTIS, Tires, Hendrickson, Innovative Products of America

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

By Tom Berg

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Once Around the Yard, Salvation Army

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp&amp;rsquo;s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore &amp;ldquo;PC rated,&amp;rdquo; with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer&amp;rsquo;s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifting Up Your Shop

There&amp;rsquo;s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to shop lifts. This Skylift from Stertil-Koni is a heavy-duty platform lift that provides a clear floor concept for the user.

By Denise Rondini

Whether you have lifts in your shop or not, there are some factors to consider before purchasing a lift or when determining whether the lift you have is right for your needs.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Aftermarket, In the Shop

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleets Find Benefits in Factory-Installed Inverters

By Truckinginfo Staff

In Joe Egan’s office, a framed picture shows a long-haul tractor, or more precisely, its charred remains. “It’s not one of our trucks, but it illustrates what can happen when an electrical fire is caused by a bad inverter installation,” he says. “It gives a visual reminder to any driver who comes into my office what can happen if an inverter isn’t installed correctly.”

Tags: Drivers, Inverter

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

(Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

Tags: Trailers, Tires

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Purchasing Parts Online Right For You?

Not many dealership or parts distributors are selling online. One exception is Allstate Peterbilt Group.

By Denise Rondini

The Internet is opening avenues for parts purchases that never existed before. But does it make sense for you to consider adding online parts purchasing to your parts buying strategy?

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Parts River, Information Technology

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Time to Grease, Inspect Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland Advises

Important seasonal PM for a Holland FW35 fifth wheel.

By TruckingInfo staff

Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.

Tags: Maintenance, Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Adopting Tire Inflation Systems

ATIS and TPMS do more than prevent good tires from coming apart. ROI also includes improved fuel economy, longer tread life and higher casing value.

By Jim Park

Why are adoption rates for proven fuel-saving technologies so low? It looks like a classic case of stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime. Maybe “a lack of credible information on payback” means, “we don’t know how much this device will save us so we’re not going to buy it.”

Tags: TPMS, Tires, Meritor, Wheels, PSI, ATIS, NACFE, Advantage PressurePro, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Aperia

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are We Sacrificing Traction for Fuel Economy?

In most cases the traction losses are practically non-existent between traditional and fuel efficient tires.

By Jim Park

As more fleets embrace their fuel savings potential, a large portion of the driver population remains uneasy about low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires -- especially in winter. Has the quest for fuel efficiency pushed traction and safety into the back seat?

Tags: Winter Driving, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Why Balancing is Important

By Jim Park

If you look at balancing from a life-cycle point of view, the value of extending tread life speaks for itself. There’s also casing integrity to consider, retreadability, and to a growing degree, and disposal costs. Yet reliable estimates suggest only about 20% of heavy-duty truck tires are ever balanced.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Landing Gear Lubrication Procedures

By SAF-Holland

Periodically adding grease to your landing gear should be part of your preventive maintenance program and should be done every six months or more often, if required.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting the Lead Out of Tire Weights

True rotation of a several-hundred-pound mass and high speeds requires balancing, not just of the tire, but the entire rotating mass, including the hub, brake drum, wheel and tire.

By Jim Park

Beware the lead tire weight cops. They are out there and working in six states, with several more states looking at banning lead weights. Here's a look at the alternatives to lead in weights -- and alternatives to weights themselves.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Your Wheels On

A calibrated torque wrench is required to set the recommended torque on wheel fasteners. Over-torqueing with an impact wrench can stretch and weaken the studs.

By Jim Park

There’s no mystery to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents.

Tags: TMC, NTSB, Tires, Wheels, Accuride, Timken, Spicer, ConMet, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Wheel-offs

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Tags: Maintenance, Hyundai, Trailers, Utility, Havco, Great Dane, Stoughton, Flooring, Rockland Flooring

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: The Changing World of Choosing Parts and Service

By Denise Rondini

The relatively simple aftermarket of the ‘80s has become a rather complicated one. Fleets now have more choices than ever for their parts and service needs. Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini explores these changes in her new HDT column.

Tags: Aftermarket, parts and service

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beyond the API 'Donut:' Putting a Premium on Oil

Oil experts say there  area a number of factors that fleets need to consider in the oil selection process.

By Denise Rondini

Every fleet knows how important oil is to the proper operation of their vehicles, but how can they determine if upgrading to a premium oil makes sense for them?

Tags: OIl, Exxon Mobil, Shell Lubricants, Chevron Lubricants, Citgo, Grease, API, Maintenance

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The High-Tech Shop

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

By Jim Beach

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Tags: Technology, Arsenault Associates, Mitchell 1, Zonar, In the Shop, TMW, Omnitracs

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Do Wheels Come Off Trucks?

Drivers should be trained to inspect their wheels. Early detection can prevent a loose wheel from becoming a separation statistic.

By Jim Park

We don't hear many reports of wheel separations anymore, but that doesn't mean we have solved the problem. Reliable estimates suggest unplanned separations still occur at a rate of probably several per day. Exact numbers are hard to determine because many incidents go unreported.

Tags: Wheels, Province of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Wheel Fasteners, Wheel Separations

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading Wide-base Tires

Most fleets could get a good trailer tire out of a third-generation retreaded tire.

By Jim Park

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

Tags: Wheels, In the Shop, Retreads, Wide-Base Tires

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Studies Indicate TPMS and ATIS Are Money Makers

Soft, underinflated tires increase rolling resistance and shorten tire life. TPMS and ATIS systems solve both problems at once.

By Jim Park

There are lots or reasons not to embrace fuel-saving technology (some better than others), but validation exists for tire-pressure mitigation systems. And the payback is significant.

Tags: MPG, TPMS, Tires, ATIS, Inflation

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Beware When Using Remanufactured Common Rail Injectors

By Deborah Lockridge

Diesel fuel injectors these days are incredibly complex, and that means remanufactured fuel injectors need extra scrutiny. Bosch, which supplies new and remanufactured diesel fuel injectors, recently tested remanufactured and rebuilt common rail injectors and found 70% failed the test.

Tags: Fuel Injection, Bosch, Remanufacturing, Engines

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Factors to Consider When Installing an Inverter

By Truckinginfo Staff

Power inverters – the devices that convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household power – are becoming more commonplace in the trucking industry. Depending upon whom you ask, that’s to the delight, or chagrin of fleet and maintenance managers, who often have a love/hate relationship with inverters.

Tags: Xantrex, Inverter, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Electrical System

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles.

By Deborah Lockridge

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.

Tags: Ryder, CSA, Rush Enterprises, WheelTime, Maintenance outsourcing, NationaLease, Maintenance

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