Maintenance

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Saving Amps & Money

Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.

Buying fuel-efficient tires? Better make sure they're at the optimum inflation. (File photo: Goodyear)

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Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

We sat down with tire-industry expert Al Cohn to gain some insight into fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.

A corrosive fluid pitted this stainless steel tanker’s interior and started serious rusting. It might or might not be repairable. Once pitting occurs, the material is weakened and it’s likely to happen again. Knowing exactly what a commodity is enables a carrier to use the correct type of tanker and avoid such expensive damage.

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Avoiding Damage From Aggressive Cargoes

The Liquid Products Database lists 5,000-plus substances and how they affect the interior walls of tank trailers.

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.

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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