Maintenance

Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer at Chevron. Photo courtesy Chevron.

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Q&A: New Committee Head Talks PC-11 Oil Category

There's a new head of the committee developing the new heavy-duty engine oil classification, known as PC-11. HDT talked to Shawn Whitacre to find out what fleets need to know about the new oils.

This wheel is weeping but is essentially OK. Photo courtesy SKF

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Tips for Checking Greased Wheel Ends

Maintenance tips to help achieve maximum service life for greased wheel ends, as well as several symptoms that may indicate potential problems down the road.

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

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SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?

Wide base tires are thought to suffer premature wear. That’s sometimes the case but it’s not universally true.

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Preventing Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires

Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? We address that question and give tips on how proper care of your wide-base single tires can improve their life and ROI.

Photo via Haldex

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A Step-by-Step Approach to Brake Maintenance

Taking shortcuts when doing a brake job can lead to problems such as uneven wear and substandard braking performance.

Photo courtesy of Bendix

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Maintaining S-Cam Foundation Brakes

S-cam drum brakes are a familiar sight to every wheel-end technician in the North American trucking industry. These preventive maintenance guidelines can elevate the effectiveness of regular brake jobs.

The very pavement you drive upon is chewing away at your tires, mile after mile. Photo by Jim Park

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When the Road Meets the Rubber

Irregular or accelerated tire wear is annoying and expensive, but there's something else eating away at your expensive assets: the pavement itself.

The presence of water or other fluid mixed with diesel fuel is clearly apparent from the stratification shown here.

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Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean

If you don’t take steps to keep diesel fuel clean, it can degrade your fuel economy, damage expensive fuel system components and cause downtime. That’s never been more important than today.

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

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Commentary: Tracking Truck Health

Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.

Retreading gives a second or even third life to a casing, increasing the payback on the initial investment.

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Maintenance is Key To Retread Longevity

TMC’s latest fleet tire survey shows retreaded tires are going longer and further than some may expect – but maintenance is the key.

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