If you choose the right service provider, their technicians can even take diagnostic tools out into the field.  Photo: Travel Center


8 Ways to Make Outsourcing Work For You

Many fleets have tried outsourcing, only to bring their maintenance and repair work back in house because of negative experiences. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park


5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Like the driver shortage, the need to find qualified technicians is an ongoing problem. Photo by Paul Hartley


6 Takeaways from 2015 in Truck Parts and Service

The truck parts and service aftermarket got a lot of attention in 2015, as the focus of many fleets shifted to total cost of operation rather than cost per mile. This shined a bright spotlight on maintenance and repair practices as ways to keep asset utilization high.

Air disc brakes require minimal routine maintenance. Most of the moving parts are internal. Brake pads will often last for the first life of a tractor. Photos: Jim Park


Reduce Your Maintenance Burden With Air Disc Brakes

When you look at the reduced and simplified maintenance requirements of air disc brakes, better stopping power becomes the icing on the cake.

This brand-new air spring won’t need much attention until it’s worked for many miles and its rubber bag ages through contact with the elements. Its operating range is 40 to 100 psi. Photo: ContiTech North America


Maintaining Air Springs and Shock Absorbers

Air suspensions are subject to wear and aging, and must be regularly inspected and repaired or replaced when necessary.

Cold-flow additives don't work the same way as de-icers. Photo courtesy Advanced Fuel Solutions


Everything in Moderation (Including Additives)

Want to prevent fuel gelling in your trucks this winter? Using too much cold-weather fuel additives can actually make things worse rather than better. Learn why.

Denise L. Rondini


OEMs Step up Efforts to Help Fleets Improve Total Cost of Ownership

It seems like truck makers are acknowledging they have fallen short in their efforts to help fleets improve uptime and lower their total cost of ownership.

All bolts must be properly tightened and periodically checked for proper torque. Telltale signs of loose fasteners include shiny areas and weeping rust around them. Photo: Reyco Granning


4 Suspension Maintenance Items You Might Overlook

These complex mechanisms cushion the truck, load and driver, but too often are victims of neglect.

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrenches must be used to set the nuts. Retorqueing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it.


Why Do Wheels Come Loose?

Investigations into hundreds of wheel separation incidents reveals that whether it was loosened wheel fasteners or failed bearings due to improper installation or loss of lubricant, better maintenance could have prevented all but a few of the incidents.

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Preparing Your Winter Tire Program

For commercial tires, fall is the best time to insure winter tire programs are completely up to speed.


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