Maintenance

MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

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Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.

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Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles

Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.

Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.

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9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance

Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.

Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg

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Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

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

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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 the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It’s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.

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What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them

Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.

Photo via Ryder System.

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Winter Truck Maintenance Tips

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running.

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Inspecting Your Tires

Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear.

While remanufactured brakes have long been used by fleets, many are now including other remanufactured parts in their overall parts strategy. Photo courtesy of Bendix

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The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review

It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.

The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.

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Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.

USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.
The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors
The most inexpensive vendor isn’t always the one with the lowest bill rate. There are a number of cost factors that fleets need to consider when choosing an outsourced maintenance provider.
The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors
The most inexpensive vendor isn’t always the one with the lowest bill rate. There are a number of cost factors that fleets need to consider when choosing an outsourced maintenance provider.
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