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February 2018, - Department

How Drivers Can Make or Break Truck Aftertreatment System Maintenance

A truck driver may not know when to address a DPF regen warning, which can costs fleets days of downtime if it requires advanced service. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Parked forced regenerations of diesel particulate filters continue to frustrate and confuse drivers. Drivers under time constraints often tempt fate and continue their journeys, ignoring regen requests.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Truck Drivers, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter, Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment

February 2018, - Cover Story

What You Should Know About Aftertreatment System Maintenance

Aftertreatment system maintenance is easier when you stay ahead of the demand.

By Jim Park

We appear to be learning from our mistakes in aftertreatment system maintenance, but we still have a way to go before we’re at peace with the things.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, DPF, Emissions Reduction, Maintenance Management

May 2016, - 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

January 2015, - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

By Tom Berg

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter, Fuel and Oil

February 2014, - 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: Emissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, SCR, DPF

February 2014, - Feature

Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines

EGR Engines still plague owners of older trucks with problems.

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, Mack Trucks, EPA, DPF


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