Maintenance

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October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is the Right Oil Getting Into Your Engines?

When you switch to new oils and don’t drain enough out of your bulk tank first, you may lose benefits such as longer oil drains. Photo: Shell

By Deborah Lockridge

You can spend a lot of time choosing the right oil, only to lose out on the benefits by not policing what actually goes into your tanks and trucks.

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

October 2017, Automotive Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference, Flexdrive

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Bruce Stockton Talks Maintenance Challenges

Bruce Stockton

By Deborah Lockridge

What are fleets' biggest maintenance headaches today and some ways to address them? We talk to Bruce Stockton, who has headed up equipment and maintenance for fleets ranging from CFI to Kenan Advantage and is now consulting on total cost of ownership and uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, Engine Oil, Oil Analysis, Q&A, Uptime, Data Analysis, Coolants

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Panel Educates Fleets on Real-World Electric Truck Operation

 A policy of “opportunity charging” that has drivers putting trucks on charging devices during lunch, breaks and other downtimes is a key component in keeping the trucks’ state of charge high for longer periods of time. Photo: Orange EV

By Jack Roberts

Calculating recharging times, driver training and overcoming “range anxiety” were just a few of the topics covered at an electric truck panel discussion at TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TMC, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Share Best Practices on Implementing New Technologies

TMC panelists Bill Brown, Colin Crowley, Peter Savage and Deryk Powell outlined what they’ve learned as more and more fleets struggled to adopt new technologies and make them work effectively. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Looking at technology as a problem-solver first can go a long way toward its successful deployment in real-world fleet operations. A panel discussion at TMC's Fall Meeting offered real-world advice.

Tags: TMC

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Technician Training, Hiring, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

September 2017, Work Truck - Feature

A Closer Look at Diesel Cabover Warranties

File photo

By Paul Clinton

Isuzu, Chevrolet, Hino, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America offer similar standard warranties for their diesel cabovers, and provide additional component warranties to increase a fleet manager's piece of mind.

Tags: Warranty, Diesel Engines, Cabovers, Truck Warranty, Chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

Why You Should Pay Attention to Trailer Alignment

Trailer alignment is more important than ever when you run wide-base tires. HDT file photo

By Ted Armstrong, SAF-Holland

Proper trailer axle/wheel alignment is critical to maximizing tire life, and it's only become more important with the use of wide-base single tires on trailers for fuel economy and weight savings.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Tires, Alignment, SAF-Holland, Wide-Base Tires, Axles, Suspensions

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Taking Tires for a Test Drive

Tread depth measurements and tire condition checks should take place at regular intervals, and all relevant data noted on the evaluation. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, Tires

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Evaluating Options for Outside Service

By Denise Rondini

Turnaround time, competency of technicians, and cost are just a few of the factors that go into a fleet’s decision to outsource maintenance and repair.

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Rolling Resistance Paradox

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Looking for a tire with the lowest possible rolling resistance? If that’s your only consideration, you might not be happy with the tire you get.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

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, Tires and Wheels, Retread

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, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers

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: Tires, Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels

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, 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, 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 Ends

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Case for Fuel Filtration

Supplemental fuel processors combine a fuel filter, water separator and heater all in one unit and are designed for severe conditions like extreme cold. Photo: Cummins Filtration

By Jim Park

Fuel filters are your engine’s first and last line of defense against expensive damage from water and particles of debris that are found in diesel fuel.

Tags: Filters, Fuel Filter, Fuel Additive, Filtration, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance

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: Eaton, Aftermarket Parts, 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

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