Maintenance

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June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Complacency Is a Killer

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Downtime, unhappy drivers, bitching customers... they all contribute to an ugly bottom line, writes Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Training, Technicians, Safety

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FA-4: Oil Worth Waiting For

The new API FA-4 oil-service category was developed specifically to work in concert with the new generation of more fuel-efficient heavy-duty diesels starting to come on the market. Photo: Shell Oil

By David Cullen

The newest API oil-service category promises to boost mpg, but its use is limited to new engines.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Oil, Engine Oil, CK-4

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reports: The Final Piece of the Outsourcing Equation

One key to effective outsourcing isn't the technician -- it's the data. Photo: PacLease

By Denise Rondini

One concern fleets have when considering outsourcing their maintenance and repair is that they will lose control over that portion of their operation. Paying attention to reporting can help address that fear.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, VMRS

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading to Maximize Casing Value

Tread patterns are available for any type of operation from low rolling resistance drive tires to vocational tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Retreading extends the life of the most expensive part of the tire, which lowers cost per mile significantly. This is part five in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Retread, National Tire Safety Week

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Should Know About Tire and Wheel Balancing

Balancing compounds such as Equal Flexx from IMI Products keep the tire balanced even as conditions change. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Balanced tires and wheels have been shown to save fuel, but balancing can also save tires -- and money. Part four in Jim Park's five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that's on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep up the Pressure

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

By Jim Park

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: TPMS, Tire Inflation, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, National Tire Safety Week, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, GHG Phase 2

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Brakes up to Snuff?

Stability control and collision mitigation systems depend on a fully functioning brake system set to OEM specs. Photo: Meritor Wabco

By Jim Park

With all the advantages provided by today’s advanced safety systems, what a shame it would be if they couldn’t live up to their potential because of poorly maintained foundation brakes or inadequate friction material.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Brakes, Air Brakes

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Coolant Confusion Crisis

Coolants are the least understood fluid in a heavy duty truck engine today. But a little attention to them can avert serious problems for your fleet. Photos: Prestone

By Jack Roberts

Many fleet managers today have no idea what coolants are in their trucks — or even what coolants are supposed to be in them. Here’s how suppliers are working to correct that problem.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Prestone, Heavy Duty Coolants

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC: Aerodynamic Wheel Covers Work if You Cover Your Bases

Photo: RealWheels

By Robert Braswell, TMC Acting Executive Director

Last year, the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations set out to identify the potential promise and pitfalls associated with using aerodynamic wheel covers.

Tags: TMC, Aerodynamics, Wheel Covers

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

TMC's new chairman, Glen McDonald says keeping the organization's recent energy going is one of his main priorities. Photo: Ozark Transportation

By Jack Roberts

“I’m really thinking a lot about the ‘TMC of Tomorrow,'" says Glen McDonald, for whom assuming the chairmanship of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is a pinnacle moment in his long career in trucking.

Tags: Technology, TMC, Future Trucks, Ozark Motor Lines

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chinese Truck Tire Investigation Shows ‘Pervasive Underselling at High Margins’

Photo: Jim Park

By Joy Kopcha

The International Trade Commission says there’s evidence of “significant” underselling of Chinese truck and bus tires from 2013 to 2015 – yet the ITC voted not to impose tariffs on those imported tires. What's behind their decision?

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tried and True Tire Repairs

The first, and most crucial step in any tire repair process is to completely remove any foreign material from the damaged area. Photos: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

Smart fleet managers understand that wringing every possible mile from a truck tire saves money. Which means that getting tires fixed properly after failures do occur is vital for both vehicle productivity and fleet profitability.

Tags: Tires, Leak, Repairs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Uptime

While the complexity is increasing, the reliability of the current generation of trucks and engines is the best we’ve seen in several years. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We’re doing a better job at keeping trucks out of the shop and out on the road earning money, but it’s been a long, steep learning curve. These fleets find the key to increasing uptime is to make the most of their downtime.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Uptime, Repair Shops

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Best Maintenance Tools May Not Be in the Shop at All

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge explains that the most powerful tools you may not be fully taking advantage of in the shop involve information.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Tools, VMRS

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Your Electrical Maintenance Doing the Job?

It’s a thankless and time-consuming job, but basic electrical maintenance requires a high level of discipline and the willingness to follow procedure. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Electrical problems will bring a truck to its knees, no matter how humble the source of the problem. Prevention begins with proper maintenance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Technicians, Electrical System

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Remote Diagnostics Add Up for Dart Transit

Photo courtesy of Kenworth

By Truckinginfo Staff

Dart Transit has had improved uptime and fewer tows on its fleet of 300 Kenworth T680s running the remote diagnostics program Kenworth TruckTech+.

Tags: Kenworth, Remote Diagnostics, TruckTech+, Dart Transit

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bringing the Diagnostics to the Fleet

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Mobile Express Assessment lets the customer make an educated decision about vehicle repairs before sending a truck to the dealer.

Tags: Freightliner, Diagnostics

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Reman Engines

Electronics have added complexity and driven the reman industry to invest more in technician training and special equipment. Photo: Cummins

By Denise Rondini

Engine remanufacturers talk about the impact of electronics, emissions regulations and more.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing, Engines

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Proper Inflation is Elementary

Bendix SmarTire monitoring system’s sensors are installed on the wheel, inside the tire, where they’re protected from road damage – something appreciated at Boyle Transportation. Photo: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

By Tom Berg

Keeping tires properly inflated is elementary to good maintenance, and products that aid in that quest can be valuable.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Women in the Shop? Yes!

Vania Agostinh, apprentice mechanic at Carrier Centres.

By Rolf Lockwood

Women have a bigger role to play in trucking than they get to play, and there’s one spot in particular where executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood thinks they’re badly overlooked. The shop.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Women in Fleet, Technicians

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Answers to 3 Key Questions on the 2 New Oil Categories

Oil companies have done extensive testing of CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils to help give engine makers and fleets confidence in the ability of these oils to protect engines and even extend drain intervals. Photos: Shell

By David Cullen

With engine oils meeting new CK-4 and FA-4 category specs on the market, fleets need to know how best to make use of them.

Tags: Engine Oil, Low-Viscosity Oil, CK-4, Motor Oil, Diesel Engines

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Study Explores Maintenance and Equipment Buying at Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

When it comes to maintenance practices and equipment replacement cycles, there are some fairly significant differences between large fleets and small fleets, according to a recent study undertaken by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: CK Commercial Vehicle Research, FTR

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo, Mack Highlight Certified Uptime Center Progress

Nextran has increased the percentage of five-hour jobs it was able to get out the door in 24 hours or less from 43% to 63%. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

In Birmingham, Alabama, home to the first Certified Uptime Center dealer, Volvo Group and local dealer representatives offered more insight into the need for the program and how it works.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Diagnostics, Truck Dealers, Uptime

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide-Single Tires Need a Little More Care

Getting driver buy-in on regular tire inspections and pressure checks will prolong tire life and reduce costs. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Wide-base single tires have saved truck fleets millions of gallons of fuel over the 20-plus years they have been in service and facilitated the transport of thousands of additional tons of payload. Good maintenance improves the value proposition with wide-base singles.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Wide-Base Tires

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bringing Maintenance to the Truck

Lights, tires and the air system can all be inspected from a mobile maintenance truck at a customer’s location. Photo: Transervice Lease Corp.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets are always looking for ways to increase roll time of trucks and trailers and cut down on CSA violations. Properly equipped mobile maintenance trucks are one way that fleets are achieving it.

Tags: Ryder System, Parts and Service, Service Fleets, Uptime

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Technician Training Alliance Aims to Improve Repair Process

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

A memorandum of understanding required manufacturers to make service info available on model year 2010 trucks and newer but it did not mean that the truck makers had to provide training.

Tags: OEM, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Parts and Service

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

It's Time to Look at Lower-Viscosity Oils for Fuel Savings

By Deborah Lockridge

New engine oil categories call for a closer look at your engine oil strategies and offer opportunities for improving mpg.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, NACFE, Low-Viscosity Oil

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Eaton's Kartch Talks About Growing Importance of the Aftermarket

Amy Kartch director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton Photo via Eaton

By Denise Rondini

Amy Kartch, director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton, shared her thoughts on the major issues facing the aftermarket, what Eaton is doing to help overcome those challenges, and what she sees for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Eaton Corp., Q&A

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Be Proactive With Tank Corrosion Prevention

Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Del Williams

In truck, rail tankers and beyond, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics can stop corrosion, improve safety, extend equipment life and minimize maintenance and downtime.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Tankers

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Reduce Technician Turnover

By Denise Rondini

Bad bosses and job duties that don’t meet employee expectations are the two main reasons technicians leave their jobs, according to Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics, an employee engagement and retention consulting firm.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Tires contribute approximately 25-35% of a truck’s total rolling resistance. The less rolling resistance, the less energy it takes to move the truck. And a tire with less or thinner tread requires less energy to move than a deep-treaded tire.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Low-rolling Resistance, Tires and Wheels

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

8 Steps to Better MPG Through Maintenance

Proper alignment is an often-overlooked maintenance task that can have a significant effect on fuel economy. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Deborah Lockridge

We asked leading fleet maintenance managers and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency for tips on how preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Fuel Economy, Technicians, Repair Shops

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the “wheel man” at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Figuring Out DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters appeared in 2007 model-year trucks. After nearly 10 years we are still grappling with maintenance issues.

By Jim Park

DPF and aftertreatment systems may be a maintenance nightmare, but they aren’t going away. It’s up to you to figure them out.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, DPF

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern Maintenance Manager: Cutting Waste in the Shop

One way to use Lean in the shop is to look for ways to cut wasted time and movement by technicians. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

What can the modern maintenance manager learn from productivity tools designed for manufacturing? Quite a lot.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Repair Shops

May 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

’Gamification’ Helps Fleet Focus on Driver Safety

Michael Crafton stands in front of one of his company's Nissan NV cargo vans. Photo courtesy of Team 360.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This growing service fleet promotes driver safety through a connected car platform that tracks each driver’s behind-the-wheel habits — and scores them.

Tags: Maintenance, Driver Safety, Connected Vehicle Technology, Service Fleets, Zubie

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Modern Maintenance Manager

By HDT Staff

What does it take to be a successful modern maintenance manager — and to be ready for what the future brings? Heavy Duty Trucking is exploring the topic with a series of articles that examines the different aspects of being a shop manager in today’s trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Technicians and Drivers

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Do we have a technician shortage, or are we not taking care of the resources we are provided? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at this question in this editorial.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Technicians, TMC

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ryder’s Bill Dawson Wades into Modern ‘Sea of Data’

Ryder's Bill Dawson talks about data. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON — More data is available to the trucking industry today than ever before in its history, to the point that data and maintenance have become integrally linked. But it will take time to figure out how to perfectly integrate this new sea of data into day-to-day business, says Bill Dawson, VP of maintenance operations and engineering for Ryder System Inc.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Clean Data, Achievable Goals Keys to Avoiding Information Overload

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. But what do you do with it? Second in our series from the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Big Data

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Big Data Can Guide Big Maintenance Decisions, Panel Says

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

"In the perfect world, I’d like to see a truck tell me what’s wrong with it,” said Crete Carrier's Kirk Altrichter in a panel at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Learn more in this first installment of a series on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Canada, Big Data

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Maintenance, Tire Costs, Tires

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