Maintenance

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

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Better Maintenance Scheduling Leads to Better Service

Staying on top of maintenance not only improves the condition of vehicles, it can lead to improved business.

This 14-year-old Heil pneumatic tanker owned by South Shore Transportation in Ohio runs only about 150 miles a day, and its air springs finally needed replacement last month. All four bags were changed out.

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Is There A Set Time to Change Air Springs?

Type of service and wear, along with road damage, tend to establish any schedule, if that’s possible.

Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Tire Program

What to track in a tire program to make sure you’re getting the most out of every day they spend on the road.

Fleets need to do a risk-cost-benefit analysis when considering switching from branded to private label parts.

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The Private Label Parts Equation

With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?

The one tool every tire shop needs is a tire inflation cage. It's designed to absorb the blast from a tire exploding during inflation.

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Top Tools for the Tire Shop

Moving tire care in-house can save time and money - if you have the right tools.

Nearly all roadside tire failures can be traced back to underinflation. A TPMS system can reduce such incidents and pay for itself in less than 8 months. Photo by Jim Park

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Get the Most from Your Tire Pressure Sensors

Fleets are increasingly looking to tire pressure and temperature monitoring systems to optimize tire life and performance -- but if the system is not installed right, you won't get the full benefit of your investment.

Photo courtesy of Clark Public Utilities.

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Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection

Bucket and crane trucks pose greater safety risks than some other fleet equipment. Because employees’ lives may be at risk, careful inspection and maintenance of these vehicles are essential.

Aftermarket Editor, Denise L. Rondini

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Commentary: Managing the Shop

Does the system come before the leadership? Or do you need the leadership and then the system?

Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions.

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What’s Going on with my Brakes?

When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

Photo: J.J. Keller

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Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles.

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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.
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