Maintenance

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Warranty Woes: TMC's universal equipment claim process

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Bharat Thacker, a fleet consultant who runs RapidWarranty in Southfield, Mich., tells of visiting a large fleet and being taken to an office area where 30 people worked on nothing but filing warranty claims

Tags: Managing The Shop

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cool It! Cooling system maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We demand much of our cooling systems these days. Not only do they dissipate the heat generated by combustion within the block, but chances are they also cool large volumes of really hot exhaust ga

Tags: Under The Hood

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Question of Balance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Do we really need to balance our tires? Predictably, and depending who you ask, the answers are yes. Or no. Improvements in manufacturing processes guarantee a much better tire comes from the factory today than even a decade ago

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brake Maintenance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Brake maintenance, particularly maintenance intervals for heavy duty trucks, depends more than anything else on the vehicle duty cycle. There is a world of difference between a refuse truck that experiences 200-300 heavy brake applications in a shif

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crud Catcher: Fifth Wheel Maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

As we head into winter, springtime may seem far away. But it's the aftereffects of winter's messy roads and de-icing compounds that lead to one of the sounds of spring: drivers complaining about their fifth wheels

Tags: More Maintenance

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Maintenance: Little Things Mean A Lot

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Trailers these days get a little more respect than they used to. They're designed to last longer with less maintenance. Newer, more damaging de-icers have driven the development of new coatings and other solutions to corrosion problems

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ticking Time Bomb? NOT!

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Two major television news reports within the last year cast a shadow over aging passenger-car and light-truck tires. Fatal accidents allegedly resulting from age-related tire degradatio

Tags: Tires

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tie-Downs Need Proper Storage and Use

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

When drivers are tying down a flatbed load, they may be tempted to use equipment that's worn or torn or broken, so they can get going and earn some money

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ArvinMeritor Brake Experts Offer 10 Tips to Improve Brake Performance

ArvinMeritor offers 10 brake-related tips to help North American truck operators and maintenance professional

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Recognize and Prevent Corrosion and Rust-Jacking on Heavy-Duty Brake Shoes

When rust creeps in between the brake lining and shoe table, it can cause the lining to fracture. Provided chunks of lings do not break off

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shop Safety: Carrying on the Good Fight

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it also makes lots of sense in a truck shop. So say three maintenance managers we interviewed for this article. "Good housekeeping,

Tags: Managing The Shop

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Airing on the Side of Safety

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How much force would it take to hurl a 16-pound bowling ball three-quarters of a mile? About the same amount of potential energy packed into an 11-by-22-inch truck tire inflated to 100 psi, says the Tire Industry Association

Tags: Tires

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Detroit Diesel's Chuck Blake offers an interesting perspective on diesel particulate filters. He says he owns them, even though every truck owner who has purchased a Detroit engine on every 2008 model-year Freightliner product has paid for them

Tags: Under The Hood

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investigating Vehicles For Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rust! It's upon us like a plague, and has been since snow has fallen and ice formed on paved roads and authorities decided to try to melt as much as they could to make travel safer

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corrosion Prevention

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

How badly do you want to avoid damage from corrosion? There are products and treatments available right now that do the job, but some customers are simply not willing to spend the necessary money.

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Digital Shop: Maintenance Management Software

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

With the economy in a recession and the trucking industry suffering through what Stifel Nicolaus analysts now say is a freight depression, trucking companies are all looking to cut costs to survive.

Tags: Managing The Shop

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cab Maintenance Concerns

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Normal service for a big truck virtually guarantees that it will feel and show the effects of age long before you're ready to deal it. That means even the cab of the truck is going to require a little maintenanc

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance-Based Brake Testing

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

What if you could find out in 10 minutes or less precisely how each and every one of your tractor-trailer's brakes is working? You'd know how much force they're producing to stop the rig, individually and by axle.

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology In The Shop Pays Off

By Jim Beach

Using maintenance software allows a fleet to track vehicle histories, work orders, technician performance, warranties, PM schedules and other maintenance-related tasks.

Tags: Technology, In the Shop

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Risky Business: The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

By Deborah Lockridge

OSHA Fines, Worker's Comp Claims, Lost Productivity, Lawsuits, Higher Insurance Costs, Equipment Downtime. The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

Tags: Productivity, OSHA, lawsuits, shop management, Workers' Compensation, insurance costs, equipment downtime

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tech Report: Maintenance by the Number

By Jim Beach

TMC's codes provide universal language for all

Tags: Warranty, software, vehicle maintenance software, VMRS 2000

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting 'Em Back On The Road - Fast

By Steve Mitchell, managing editor

Used to be, when a driver's rig stopped dead in its tracks, that driver was in for some serious downtime. He had to put out the cones, lock up the cab, then walk or hitch a ride to the nearest pay phone.Then, seemingly overnight, the cell phone arrived, an invention that could turn a daylong nightmare into a few hours of inconvenience.

Tags: GPS, Cell Phone Use, breakdown products

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips For Keeping Tires In Top Shape

By HDT Staff

What better way to start off a new year than making a resolution to better maintain the tires in your fleet?

Tags: Tires, Wheel Alignment, record-keeping

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Combatting Trailer Corrosion

By HDT Staff

There are ways to combat damage from aggressive ice-control chemicals, including spec'ing premium products and properly maintaining everything in the fleet.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, de-icing, anti-rollover systems

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Conflicted About How to Correct Right to Repair Fault

By Oliver Patton

The breakdown is in the aftermarket. Manufacturers and independent repair shops cannot agree on how to share the information, tools and equipment needed to maintain truck engines and other components. It's a longstanding competition in which some of the players have decided there is no hope of successful negotiations and have committed to a strategy of legislating a remedy.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diagnostic Dilemma

By Deborah Lockridge

Once upon a time, people worked on their own cars. Shade-tree mechanics bought Mitchell or Chilton manuals and jacked up their cars in the driveway or the back yard. If you weren't so inclined, the service station down the street had a few service bays in addition to the gas pumps out front.

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