Maintenance

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fifth Wheel Maintenance

No-lube fifth wheels are gaining acceptance, but they still require periodic inspection, and perhaps adjustment. (Photo by Jost International)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While the calendar says we've just about made it through another winter, as these words materialize on my screen, the Northeast is digging out from three days of record snowfall

Tags: More Maintenance

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vertical Integration: Friend or Foe?

As truck manufacturing gets increasingly global and the costs for new components spiral, chassis like this Freightliner being assembled in Saltillo, Mexico, carry an increasing number of in-house components. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There is a creeping vertical integration in North American truck manufacturing

Tags: Managing The Shop

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Ways to Make Onsite Product Training More Effective

When you spec a component, often training is part of the package. Training helps established suppliers set themselves apart from those selling cheap parts without any customer support, and generally there's no out-of-pocket expense to the fleet or dealer

Tags: Managing The Shop

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Rust forming inside steel saddle tanks might be caused by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, some maintenance people believe. This rusty tank was on a Ford truck operating in northern Georgia. (Photo by Chris Sands)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

Tags: More Maintenance

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Make Supplemental Filters Pay

A supplemental filter must be carefully mounted so it works effectively and allows the engine's oil circulation system to continue its job.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Cleanliness is next to godliness, so some truck operators change motor oil religiously according to manufacturers' recommendations. Others extend drain intervals but use supplemental filtration and oil analysis to do it safely and make sure the oil stays clea

Tags: Under The Hood

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Path to Parts Savings: Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Budget

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Times are tough. Fleets are scrambling for freight to fill trucks, shippers are beating up carriers on rates, and truckers are keeping their equipment longer because they can't afford to buy new

Tags: Managing The Shop

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Does Underhood Heat Go? Into the Cab

By Gary Hansen, Vice President, Red Dot Corp.

As engineers, one of our biggest challenges is how to deal with underhood heat. Because of aerodynamics and other styling changes, the engine box on trucks is smaller and more densely packed than it ever has been

Tags: Under The Hood

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

(Photos by Steve Sturgess)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

Tags: More Maintenance

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Suspension Maintenance

Keep everything pointing in the right direction: retorque your fasteners.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The key to keeping suspensions working for you rather than against you is to keep everything tight. When suspension components work themselves loose, tires wear badly, springs break, fuel economy suffers, and drivers complain

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Killing Your Tires?

Look after your tires; your tires will look after you. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tires are under constant attack, from the normal dynamic forces acting on the tread rubber, to a barrage of scrubbing and scraping actions caused by misaligned axles, unbalanced rotation, loose wheel bearings, and more

Tags: Tires

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways Fleet Maintenance Software Can Help Manage Costs and Boost Profitability

A robust maintenance software system can help a shop be more efficient and productive.

Kenworth offers this information to help truck fleet operators with their own maintenance facilities reduce parts inventory, decrease operating costs and increase productivity

Tags: Managing The Shop

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining APUs

APUs have come a long way in the past five years, but you can't ignore the maintenance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The auxiliary power unit has come a long way since the first commercially available units hit the streets in the late 1980s

Tags: More Maintenance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outside Shops Demand 'Right To Repair,' But That's Not Fair to Dealers, One Says

The "right to repair" one's vehicle wherever one chooses isn't in the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights, but many people in the maintenance and parts business believe it almost should be

Tags: More Maintenance

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Short Work of Corrosion

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the main concerns in front of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association is corrosion caused by road chemicals. The problem has escalated in recent years with the adoption of magnesium and calcium chloride

Tags: Under The Hood

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Disc Brakes: You Can't Inspect What You Can't See

The caliper is nearly impossible to see without removing the wheel, leaving CVSA inspectors at a loss on how to determine brake functionality.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Imagine having a brand new truck sidelined during a roadside inspection because the inspector didn't understand what he was looking a

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brake systems (pictured) don't look anything like drum brake systems. Inspection standards and procedures are not the same either.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The new federal mandate requiring shorter stopping distances dictates more brake torque for the front axle of trucks and tractors. The regulation can be accommodated by bigger drums, but it may stimulate a faster acceptance of the air disc brake for steer axle brakes.

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EGR Engines and Oil Control

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the planks in Caterpillar's argument for its Acert technology was that no particulate-heavy exhaust was recirculated into the inlet, as is the case with other exhaust gas recirculation technologies

Tags: Under The Hood

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Right Oil Now: Improving Your Engine Lubrication Program

A well-run maintenance program can help you extend oil drain intervals.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The recession has everyone pinching pennies. Close management of your engine lubrication program can offer cost savings in a number of areas - if done properly

Tags: Under The Hood

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Tips To Help Prevent Potentially Deadly Wheel-Off Accidents

What do a pregnant woman from Maryland, a 48-year-old man from Ontario, and a driver in Seattle have in common? They are all victims of truck wheel-off

Tags: More Maintenance

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Choosing the Optimal Tool Cart

Tool carts are available in just about every possible variety, from a simple two tray unit, to super wide units with six or more drawers and a flip lid, not to mention roll cabinet

Tags: Managing The Shop

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Telematics and Tire Pressure Monitoring

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You don't need me to tell you that maintaining correct tire inflation pressure across a fleet of trucks and trailers is a challenge of biblical proportion

Tags: Tires

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Column: Keep Your Cool

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

I like cool old cars. I happen to have a couple of extra-cool, extra-old cars in a Jensen Interceptor II and a Porsche 928. But while they are cool, they don't cool very well. However, I have discovered Evans Cooling'

Tags: Under The Hood

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seeking the SuperTechs: TMC Technician Skills Competition

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

This month, the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations is holding its fourth annual National Technician Skills Competition, or SuperTech, in conjunction with TMC's fall meeting in Nashville, Tenn

Tags: Managing The Shop

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Five Tire Killers

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Nobody questions that tires will wear out. But what might be considered reasonable in terms of service life varies considerably from application to application, from truck to truck, and from tire to tire

Tags: Tires

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.

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